Mary Monroe

Mary Monroe

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
December 16, 2005

Q.    How did you come about the idea to write the novel IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING?

A.   This book addresses the fast growing crime in America: identity theft. In it a mistreated secretary steals a mean co-worker's identity only to find out that a hit man is looking for the mean co-worker. The identity thief not only "loses" her own identity so to speak, she almost loses her life too.

Q.    How did you come about the situation surrounding Trudy and the identity thief?

A.   I was a victim of identity theft several years ago. And I had heard and read about a lot of other victims. I took bits and pieces from my experience and all the stories I'd heard. From all of that, I developed the situation in my book.

Q.    Will we ever know the trouble Ann was into that case her to flee?

A.   From the telephone conversations that Trudy eavesdropped on between Ann and the mysterious Mr. Giles, it was obvious that Ann had an on-going relationship with some shady individuals in Jamaica. During the confrontation between Trudy and the hit man in her secret apartment, he revealed to her that the real Ann had double crossed Mr. Giles and run off with a million dollars of his money. I didn't want to insult my readers' intelligence by explaining every little detail of Ann's deception. I think I told enough for my readers to draw their own conclusions.

Q.    How did you come about James and Marvis' characters?

A.   I didn't have to work too hard on developing James and Mavis! Both are composites of a couple of my ex-boyfriends and their mamas. Ha ha.

Q.    How did you come about Freddie and LoBo's characters?

A.   Freddie Ann is based on a sister I met in a typing class many years ago. She was extremely unattractive but she had more confidence and pride than the rest of the class put together. She had a handsome man, like LoBo, who worshipped the ground she walked on.

Q.    What is the title of your next book and when will it be out?

A.   My seventh book, "God Don't Play," will be released September 2006.

Q.    Will you give the readers a brief synopsis of your next book?

A.   My next book, "God Don't Play," will continue my "God Don't Like Ugly," series. The main characters, Annette and Rhoda, will face their biggest Challenge yet: a stalking situation perpetrated by an anonymous enemy who wants to destroy Annette.

Q.    How did you come about Wendy and Pam's character?

A.   I worked in the corporate world for a lot of years. Wendy and Pam clones dominate this field.

Q.    Are you where you want to be in your writing career?

A.   Yes and no. I am very happy with the success I've enjoyed so far. But it seems like the more I get, the more I want.

Q.    What message would you like readers to receive from reading IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING?

A.   The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Especially when it involves criminal activity!