Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
December 28, 2004

Q. How is it that you can write 3 books surrounding the same character and do it so successfully?

A. To be honest, I was very worried when it came to writing a sequel and then a third novel centering on The Reverend Curtis Black because I was afraid I might cover too much of the same ground. But the more I wrote, the more I realized that Curtis is capable of doing just about anything and that there was still a lot more story to tell regarding his life.

Q. How did you come about the title THE BEST-KEPT SECRET?

A. There are so many secrets being kept in the story with just about every character, so I really thought the title was fitting.

Q. How did you come about the idea for Charlotte's situation?

A. I think my imagination tends to run wild at times when I'm writing and I also play the "what-if" scenario. I'm always wondering what would happen if a character did some terrible thing---something that could also happen in real-life.

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

A. I've written about the "other woman" a number of times, so with this novel, I wanted to do something centering on the "other man".

Q. Why did you choose to have Curtis the victim this time around?

A. After seeing Curtis hurt so many innocent people and commit sin after sin in CASTING THE FIRST STONE and TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, I decided it was time he finally received his comeuppance.

Q. Are any of your past novels coming out in paperback?

A. Yes, all of my novels are released in paperback about one year after the hardcover has been published.

Q. Are you currently working on another novel?

A. I'm actually ahead of the game for a change as I have just finished my 2006 novel entitled CHANGING FACES. Additionally, I'm now thinking about my 2007 story and plan to write it in early 2005.

Q. Will you give a brief synopsis of your 2006 book?

A. CHANGING FACES is about three best friends, one who is struggling with overweight issues, one who is dealing with an illness and one who is not the holier-than-thou person she appears to be.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from THE BEST-KEPT SECRET?

A. That we always reap what we sow and that status, luxury and money clearly don't guarantee happiness. I want to impress upon readers that we all eventually reap what we have sown.