Unwrapped: Rhythm Can’t Keep Time
Intimate Conversation with author Deondriea Cantrice
Deondriea Cantrice started writing to improve her penmanship. It quickly advanced into a passion and expression of her active imagination and inner thoughts. Deondriea aspires to engage, entertain, educate, and inspire her readers with tales of true life. She aims to have a positive impact on everyone she encounters through effective communication, veracity, and affirmative interaction. Deondriea believes, “with direction and discipline, accomplishment is attainable.”
EDC Rating: Adult Content - 4 stars
After experiencing betrayal after betrayal, Sterling put his heart under lock and key. Will he be willing to grant Sheridyn access to the one place no one can enter? Or, will he be afraid of another disappointment? After Sheridyn's first love left her broken hearted; she vowed to never love again. Can Sterling convince her the give love a second chance? Or, will her song remain a solo? When Sterling and Sheridyn's worlds collide, will they be able to control the passion between them? Or will their harmonic rhythm laced in humor and vicarious personas cause this seductive dance to burn up in flames? Sheridyn poised herself for a place in Sterling’s life and in his heart, but settled for a place in his bed. Will his bed become the gateway to his heart? Just when Sheridyn thought she was gaining ground with Sterling , he would disappear from her life, each time resurfacing in synch. Their on again off again song lasted 10 years. Just when you think the rhythm and time are in synch, Sheridyn realizes songs are timeless, melodies may be the same, but dances never last forever.
Q: What issue, person or thing inspired you to write this story?
In addition to needing healing from an unhealthy relationship of my own, I have met so many women that have made not just poor decisions but life-altering decisions based upon great sex. I wanted to write a story that was challenging but not confrontational to inspire readers to establish healthy romantic relationships.
Q: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp and share?
More than anything I would like for readers to grasp the meaning of true love. Love is a verb not an adjective. Love requires work. The subtitle of my book is Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough, which means love without commitment, loyalty, support, understanding, trust, and communication is not enough to sustain a healthy relationship. Before one can give or receive love, they first must love themselves.
Q: What sets your book apart from other books in your genre?
I believe what sets Rhythm Can’t Keep Time from other erotic books is that it distinguishes the difference between love and sex. My book explores how passion can divert your attention away from your needs and cause you to chase a feeling. There are only four or five sex scenes in the book, and they are HOT. But the scenes support the storyline of how a feeling can dull the other senses by causing a person to become deaf and blind to the obvious. I also took a non gender-biased approach to writing the book so it would appeal to both men and women.
Q: What was the most powerful chapter or scene in the book for you?
Chapter 11 is my favorite chapter. Sheridyn is confronted by Sterling ’s mate Victoria. Victoria admits to Sheridyn that she takes comfort in knowing that Sterling is loyal to her despite his love for Sheridyn. Victoria knows Sterling is a dog, but “he comes home every night.” Sheridyn walks away from the confrontation feeling good knowing that Sterling still loves her. Sheridyn shares the confrontation with her best friend Madison and Madison tells Sheridyn that she would not want to be Victoria and wake up next to a man for the rest her life knowing she was his second choice, that love was in fact better than loyalty. This is my favorite chapter because it invokes thought and causes the reader to examine his or her thoughts about love. All three women had their own perception of what was good, although good, none of their thoughts were healthy.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I am not writing, if you don’t catch me at the mall shopping, you can always find me snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
My family is extremely supportive of me being an author. My children offer the greatest amount of support by marketing and attending my books signings as professional staff. In fact, my 22 year old son is waiting for me to “get rich” so he can come work for me fulltime. Yes, he would make an awesome manager/publicist. However, my family was extremely shocked that I wrote erotica. Most of them didn’t even know I knew some of the words in my book.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?
Writing is easy, being an author is work! The best advice that I can give any aspiring authors is, first and foremost know and understand your craft. Simply put, read books by other authors, understand the publishing process, connect with a mentor and/or other authors, and learn industry standards and expectations.
Secondly, I would advise him/her to be prepared to invest in themselves. Which means have a website, purchase promotional material, seek marketing opportunities, blog, join social networks, and most importantly SOW. Support the vision of others by sowing time, supporting other’s events, and treat others how you want to be treated.
Finally, be prepared to accept feedback. Some people will love you and others will hate you, so don’t take reviews/feedback as a personal attack. Evaluate the information and use it to challenge your ability and sharpen your skills.
Q: Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.
I will be releasing the Rhythm Can’t Keep Time Companion Book, which is a guided journal to help you define your expectations of your relationship. Although the companion book compliments Rhythm Can’t Keep Time, it can be used even if you have never read the book. Look for my second book entitled When Emotions Lie in February 2010. (Sorry it is not erotica, it is drama)
To learn more about me, purchase a copy of my book, or view my schedule of events visit me at http://www.rhythmcantkeeptime.com/ or http://www.deondriea.com/ . You can find me with screen name Deondriea on Facebook, Ning sites, or on other major social networks.
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