Basically anytime that romance pioneer Beverly Jenkins is writing a new book, we mark our calendars. Her novels are so good. Her latest historical romance, Forbidden (an RT Top Pick!), explores the passion and peril of loving in the 19th century. Forbidden will be available next week, and in the meantime, we really wanted to learn more about the woman behind the words. Fortunately for us, Beverly graciously agreed to fill out our Unbosoming questionnaire…
What was the first book you read that meant something to you?
I’ve been reading for so many decades now I can’t remember, but I can say that my love of the printed word began early. My mom said I used to read the backs of the cereal boxes.
What book do you wish you could live in?
Bring on the Blessings. I’d love to live in the fictional town of Henry Adams.
What book are you an evangelist for?
I push every good book I read because I want to share the joy. Whether it’s the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs or Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo, if I love it, I’m evangelizing.
What trope most mirrors your life?
Little inner city girl grows up to do big things.
What book has been in your TBR pile the longest?
Since I don’t get to read as often as I like there are many that have been patiently waiting for some time. Among them: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, Raging Heat by Richard Castle, and Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat.
If we pulled up next to you at a stoplight, what song would you be shamelessly singing?
Probably singing — very badly, “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix.
If your ghost haunted a place, where would it be?
The site of the old Mark Twain Library on Gratiot and Burns on the eastside of Detroit. It’s one of the places that helped me become who I am today.
Who do you want to hug right now?
Every aspiring writer on the planet and tell them not to give up.
What do you do when you’re feeling discouraged?
I tell myself: Every problem has an expiration date and this too shall pass so keep it moving.
If you could only vacation at one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
One of the coastal islands off the coast of Georgia or South Carolina so I could wake up to the ocean every morning.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your spare time?
Spike or Angel?
Never watched Buffy so I choose Jon Snow.