INTERVIEW | S. D. Denny

Describe yourself for our visitors.

I’m a single mother and full-time aunt, so I spend a great deal of time making sure everyone else’s needs are met. When possible, I treat myself to a little “me” time on weekends. I enjoy watching Food Network, traveling, and I love to write.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I attend church, but I also connect with God daily through prayer and private worship. I also connect with God through writing literary works that uplift, inspire and encourage. My debut novel, The Baker’s Dozen, was written for that purpose.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite Books?

As a teen and young adult I was a big fan of Stephen King and loved reading science fiction and horror. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve enjoyed authors like Eric Jerome Dickey and Toni Morrison. One of my favorite books was The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. Lately, I’ve been reading the works of some authors that I’ve come to know through networking and look forward to acquiring more of the works of other authors I network with. There are some really talented writers out there!

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’ve been writing and collecting poetry and short stories since childhood. I’ve written and edited training material for national organizations and also volunteered as a journalist for a church magazine. In 2006, I began networking with authors on social networks and I learned that my dream of becoming an author was actually within my reach. When I responded to a call for submissions by Peace in the Storm Publishing, I was signed immediately and my novel was scheduled for release on May 1st!

Tell us about your current book.

Breanna Baker felt as though her life was under control as long as she was in control of her life, but the moment she makes the startling discovery that she’s five weeks pregnant, things start to spin out of control for sure. To add fuel to the fire that’s already burning in her life, her grandmother passes away and she returns home where she’s compelled to turn her attention to issues other than her untimely pregnancy. Breanna feels obligated to save everyone from themselves, but when she uncovers the dark secret that had been hidden by her family for years, she is forced to face herself in the mirror to discover a truth that must be reckoned with before she can go any further in her life.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

The Baker’s Dozen actually contains bits and pieces of different personalities I’ve known. I prayed for direction on how to convey the overall message and it was revealed to me over a period of time. I’ve incorporated some fictional characters and events to make for a good storyline, like the title “The Baker’s Dozen.” There are actually thirteen in a baker’s dozen and I thought that would give the story a spicy twist.

What’s next for you?

I will be focusing on promoting The Baker’s Dozen for a while. Hopefully, after the New Year rolls in, I can start spinning my wheels on my next literary project, which will show my diversity as a writer as I cross over into a new genre. Stay tuned!

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There are 1 comments for this article
  1. Ebony Robinson at 6:03 am

    Sharon,

    I am so proud of you. I feel like you are a inspiration to all the people that want to write. I can not wait to read your book the Baker’s Dozen.

    You go girl. Your friend for life.

    Love you