With Victoria Christopher Murray
of Joy and Temptation
Could you tell us how creating TEMPTATION affected you personally?
VICTORIA: I really cannot
say that writing this book affected me in any way that is unusual.
It was my first book and I was writing with thoughts of would
this be good enough for publication, would I get an agent, etc.
I was affected more by the publication of the book than the writing
of the book.
GGBC: Did you learn anything
about yourself personally during the writing process - or about
what it means to be a black Christian author in America today?
VICTORIA: I didn't learn anything new about myself during
the writing of this book, but I learned a lot about being an African
American author. Interestingly, the "Christian" did
not play any part in this process because I did not know I was
writing what people would later say was Christian fiction. Though
an avid reader, I had NEVER read a Christian fiction book in my
life - I didn't know the genre existed. I just wanted to write
a book like many of the others on the market and put God in the
middle of it. And because the mainstream publishers had not published
a contemporary Christian fiction before, they didn't know what
to call it either. So, my challenges were not as a Christian writer,
but as an African American author.
The perception is that African Americans still do not read and
when they do, they will not purchase hardback books. So, we bring
our books to the table with people who do not understand our culture,
our expectations, our desires...etc. Their expectations of us
and our performance as authors are so little. For that reason,
I believe it will always be a struggle for African American authors.
However, it is no different to me than my experiences as an African
American woman in Corporate America - especially when I entered
that arena in the early '80's. So, I will just continue writing
the books that I am led to write and fight to have them published
GGBC: Where do you go from
here? Will there be a sequel?
VICTORIA: Well, since I'm a writer, the next place for
me to go is back to the computer to write another book. I'd better
- or I won't be eating next year. I have a four book contract
with Warner Books, so I will be writing many more. My second book
is complete, the cover has been designed, galleys should be available
in a few months - basically, it's in the bag. I'm working on my
third book. And, no. There will NOT be a sequel.
GGBC: If there was on thought
or conclusion that you would like readers to take away from this
story, what would that be?
VICTORIA: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
GGBC: What do you hope readers
and critics will talk about?
VICTORIA: I'm not sure I understand the question. My first
reaction is that I hope they will talk about the book and whatever
they got out of it. What I have found is that everyone who reads
the book pulls something different from it.
Whatever the Lord wants to work on in that person is what they
seem to pull from the novel. So, I definitely don't want people
talking about only one thing. I would like critics to talk about
that fact that the book is entertaining , not preachy, and a very
good read. (Which the reviewer at Barnes and Noble.com said.)
GGBC Thanks Victoria For Her Time
and prays for continued success!