Casting The First Stone

Kimberla Lawson Roby
Casting The First Stone

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
June 14, 2004

Q. How did you come about the idea to write "Casting The First Stone?"

A. When I was preparing to write my third novel I told my husband, Will, that I wanted to write something that readers everywhere would be able to relate to. He thought about it for a few minutes and then said, "What about all the issues that are going on at some of the churches here in our city?" So, I immediately began drafting an outline for CASTING THE FIRST STONE.

Q. How did you come about Curtis' character?

A. Curtis is a mixture of many pastors I know as well as many pastors I have heard about from family, friends, and my reading audience.

Q. How did you come about Tanya's character?

A. Tanya is a mixture of many pastor wives that I have met personally and those that I have spoken with over the years.

Q. Are there any of your personalities in Tanya or Nicole's character?

A. To a certain extent, because both Tanya and Nicole are very strong, independent women. But I must say that I certainly wouldn't have tolerated Curtis's infidelity for as long as Tanya did. I would have given him an ultimatum much earlier than Tanya did and then if he refused to change his ways, I would have ended the marriage. I also wouldn't have went along with the way he manipulated his congregation for money.

Q. Have you ever known anybody like Curtis?

A. Unfortunately, yes. Pastors like Curtis are everywhere and they exist because members of congregations allow them to.

Q. Have you ever known anybody in Tanya and/or Nicole's situation?

A. Yes, I have met a few women locally and nationally who have experienced both situations.

Q. Are you currently working on another novel?

A. Actually, my seventh novel, THE BEST-KEPT SECRET will be released in February 2005, and I am currently working on my eighth for 2006.

Q. How did you come about the title?

A. It was suggested by a former publicist of mine and I decided to use it because it conicides with the scripture in the Bible. Curtis was clearly wrong on every account, but so were many of the other characters in the story who were committing sin after sin and then judging everyone else. I think we all do that from time to time, but it's definitely not what God expects from us.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading "Casting The First Stone?"

That they should follow and praise God and not the man standing in the pulpit on Sunday morning. That we should listen to our church leaders as long as they are preaching God's Word, but at the same time, we must make sure to have our own personal relationships with God. We need to thank and trust him before we do anything else.