Trisha R. Thomas

Trisha R. Thomas
"Would I Lie to You? "

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
September 10, 2004

Q. Who is Trisha R. Thomas?

A. I'm an artist. I used to be afraid to use that word, thinking it pretentious. Now I say it with pride. I create, I'm always creating in one form or another. My house is my art. I have paintings on the wall on canvas and murals. I create in my writing, characters who live and breathe.

Q. What inspired you to write Would I Lie to You?

A. I started Would I Lie to You with one goal in answer a simple question. Is Venus happy? This character was left without the brass ring in Nappily Ever After. Because she didn't marry the doctor at the end, most readers thought she got the short end of the stick. It's a constant with women, believing that getting the man is all that matters. Getting the right man is what matters.

Q. How did you come about the title?

A. Game playing. A pivotal scene in the book is when Venus is seeing more than one man at a time. She has to wear her playa playa hat, shifting between men with a straight face. She has to lie here and there to maintain her relationship with her fiance' while falling in love with someone else behind his back.

Q. How did you come about Venusís character?

A. She's my alter ego. I love her and hate her for being so stupid sometimes.

Q.Why did you choose to give Paulettaís character cancer?

A. I had a lumpectomy when I was 26 year old. My grandmother had both her breast removed around the same time. Then recently my mother had to go through a major battle with her doctor to get a proper diagnosis after a questionable mammogram. The doctor wouldn't grant certain tests that would have answered questions quickly without putting her life in danger. Because of her insurance, she was restricted in care. The whole process sent me into a rage where I had no control or ability to help. There are two doctors in my family, my sister, and my brother, and they couldn't help. It was all consuming. I had to filter alot of that into the book just to get it off my chest.

Q.How did you come about the idea for Airicís company?A. My husband is a stock junkie. I follow the market and the securities fraud scandals just to be able to talk to him.

Q.How long did it take you to write Would I Lie to You?

A. It took a solid year. I write in spurts, like straight for three months, then nothing until I feel a burst of emotion again.

Q.How many books have you written?

A. I've written six. Only three have been published, Nappily Ever After, Roadrunner, and Would I lie To you.

Q. Are you currently working on another novel?

A. Yes, absolutely. I'm completing the third installment of Venus Johnston's Journey, currently titled Permanently Yours. Venus is going back to the perm chair. I'm also working on a script called Family Girl with Tyra Banks attached. I try to stay busy.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading Would I Lie to You?

A. Give real love a chance. It doesn't always come as planned or by a certain time-table. It most definitely comes when you least expect it. The other point, and this is a biggy, Venus finally gets married in this story and coincidentally, it's the first time she didn't live with the guy first. Why buy the cow if you can get the cottage cheese for free.