Shades Of Romance Magazine: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.
Linda Dominique Grosvenor: I'm a New York native that has been writing books since 1997. I felt that writing was a calling and I went willingly towards what I felt God wanted me to do. I aspire to write books that touch on various everyday issues. Although drama happens, I prefer a literature like touch rather than over the top plots in my writing as well. I have 3 novels and an acclaimed collection of poetry in print. I'm a budding filmmaker and am currently filming my first documentary BLACKGIRL in North Carolina.
SORM: Tell us about your current book?
GROSVENOR: Fever is the highly charged sequel to Like Boogie On Tuesday. Fever focuses on the new life of Troi Singleton and her daughter Dakoda as well as her sister Nina and her new hubby. This book deals largely with blackmail and explores the reasons why some women feel a man should complete them and what inevitably can happen when they don't fill the void.
SORM: Which scene in the book is your favorite?
GROSVENOR: I love the scenes where the daughter Dakoda interacts with her mother Troi. Their interaction is so real, nothing at all like television sitcoms, more like situations in everyday life.
SORM: What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
GROSVENOR: I would like my readers to read Fever and understand the need to make themselves happy, do things inside and outside of the marriage or relationship that brings them enjoyment and continue to do those things, even if it means sitting and re-reading Fever over and over again.
SORM: If your book could be made into a movie, whom would you choose to play the lead characters?
GROSVENOR: Incidentally Like Boogie On Tuesday and Fever is currently being combined and will be made into a full length feature film. Filming begin in the Spring of 2003 and as for characters I see Lisa Nicole Carson as Nina and Regina King as Troi. The other characters I'm still feeling out. I just hope my readers are pleased with this adaptation and enjoy it to the fullest.
SORM: Do you think you'll ever write a historical?
GROSVENOR: I may delve into that at some point in my career. I plan on experimenting with different genres. I plan on writing for the rest of my life.
SORM: What was the best writing advice you received?
GROSVENOR: An author told me once that in a quest to write the perfect novel, we writers normally write and then keep revising the first chapter over and over and over again and thus ultimately it takes forever to complete the novel in progress. Her advice was to just write the entire first draft without revising a thing, then, go back and re-write. That's worked for me ever since.
SORM: What are your goals as a writer?
GROSVENOR: As a writer I'd like to write a novel a year, stay sane and see a few of my works adapted to the silver screen. I want to continue to encourage and mentor aspiring writers as well as continue to develop projects for television.
What advice would you give someone whose book is about to be published?
GROSVENOR: Get a publicist. Asha Covington (ashacovington.com) is great! I've used her and she has been very thorough and flexible with assisting me in getting my books out into the forefront. I think that even with a publicist writers need to be ready to sell themselves. A lot of people think that you write a book, it goes on the shelf and then you hit the bestseller lists and everyone's talking about you...not so. It's hard work.
SORM: What is the latest pager-turner you've read?
GROSVENOR: I've just read a preview copy of Bittersweet Chocolate by Tanya Marie Lewis and it is phenomenal. I'm currently reading Book Club by Curtis Bunn and it's really a page-turner as well. These are two authors you won't want to miss.
SORM: Do you have any advice for those aspiring writers?
GROSVENOR: I think that budding writers shouldn't make it their goal to mock someone else's success ie. being the next Terri McMillan, forge your own niche, write "ONLY" because you love it, and remember the 3 "R's" re-vise, re-write, re-edit. A novel is never done. It can always be made better. When you end your story you'll be tempted to publish it as is, but the market is tough now and getting tougher so you have to write a "tight" book. From emails I've received, I know readers are tired of the fluff, they want more than "she stole my man..." give the readers more and you'll have an audience for life.
SORM: How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
GROSVENOR: Readers can access my site at www.lindadominiquegrosvenor.com or (only until the end of the year -- www.readfever.com)
My email address keeps changing. I get the weirdest requests, currently I can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
SORM: Can you give us a sneak peek at your next book?
GROSVENOR: My fourth novel is titled Spanish Lullaby and is as little more sensual than I normally write. I think readers will absolutely love it. I'm hoping they prove me right!
SHADES OF ROMANCE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. GROSVENOR FOR THIS INTERVIEW. WE WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS.