Three people at the brink of achieving all they’ve dreamed of since childhood…will the past get in their way?
Zannia Morrow is blazing a path to stardom as supermodel, Zane. Her million dollar face and body have landed her the most coveted modeling contract in the business, but Zannia has a problem. It’s one that money and success can’t fix.
Bonita Jones ran away from home at the age of 16. Now she’s Benxi, a hot new R&B singer with the right voice and look to take her right up the charts. Her future is bright, but she’s done some things she’s not proud of. She’ll do anything to keep her secrets, even if includes sacrificing the success that’s right within her reach.
Mekhi Johnson has had success as a music producer. He’s got the talent, connections, and drive to take him all the way to the top. He just needs the right artist to make it happen for his record label. Will he be able to sign Benxi, or will an old enemy stand between him and his next level?
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Interview with Rhonda McKnight
Why is the theme of this project important?
Life if full of unpredictable events and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Stuff happens. I like to believe that my strength as a writer is in creating complex characters with deep wounds. The kind of hurts that only God can heal. Almost There is a story about the ugly stuff in life that happens to some people as children and young adults that impact their choices and often their options.
Almost There is a prequel to novel I’ll be releasing in November. It’s the backstory for Mekhi and Benxi, supporting characters that my readers have already become acquainted with in my Samaritan Woman series. Other titles are An Inconvenient Friend, What Kind of Fool, and Righteous Ways. I’ve also introduced a new character. Her name is Zane.
As for new readers, I think Almost There is the perfect place to begin with my books because it’s the story that happens before An Inconvenient Friend begins. In that respect, it stands completely alone as a title for the series.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
That I have to stay true to the story, no matter what my brand is or what my readers expect of me. I also learned every project that comes out of me won’t necessarily be redemptive or even inspirational. This one is neither and that’s very different from the other eleven projects that I’ve written. It’s a prequel, so redemption is coming for one or more of the characters in the next book, but getting to the end and looking at what I had created in Almost There was eye-opening.
I also learned that I struggle with writing young people. My editor told me my uneducated 21 year old sounded like a 45 year old social worker with her master’s degree. Yikes! Thank God for editors.
What is the one thing you want your readers to take away from this project?
I always want my readers to take away a message of hope. I think readers will see that despite the character’s circumstances each has a hope and a future, if they can get out of their own way. Just like us. Many of our problems are self-created and we hate to own up to it. Even if someone got the ball rolling for us, at some point we have decisions to make, often difficult ones about where we will go from where we are. Oftentimes fear paralyzes us. Life is full of forks in the road, or as I like to tell my children– wide roads and narrow roads — choose your path, don’t look back, and don’t make excuses. God is with us, all of us, the saved and the unsaved. In the case of my book, nearly all my characters are backslidden Christians. Their faith is in the rearview mirror of their lives, so they choose wide roads and every one has led them to where they are when the book opens.I always want my readers to take away a message of hope. - @rhondamcknight Click To Tweet
Finally, it’s my mission as a writer to cause my readers to search their own hearts. I’m not sure this book will do that, because like I said, it’s different, but I do believe at a minimum it will make my readers empathic to the trials and tragedies other people have had. I like to say comparison is the devil, unless it’s purpose is to give you a healthy dose of perspective.
About Rhonda McKnight
Rhonda McKnight is the author of several award-winning novels and Black Expressions Top 20 bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Friend, What Kind of Fool and Breaking All The Rules. She is the winner of the 2015 Emma Award for Inspirational Romance of the Year. Rhonda writes edgy stories that touch the heart of women. The themes of faith, forgiveness and hope mark her stories.
In 2015 she joined the staff of Brown Girls Books as the Publication Manager for the Brown Girls Faith imprint. Rhonda has done freelance work as a developmental editor and writing coach for the past seven years. She’s also the founder of the Write It Right Online Fiction Writer’s Workshop. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for twenty years.
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