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Destiny Love Jones Vol 1 follows sisters through two different time periods that face similar challenges with society and dating. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
Great question, thanks for asking. The story of Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys actually derived from a novel I had previously written which was a romantic satire. Upon completing that original book, my thinking evolved as I began to understand that there were more to women’s lives than romance (not saying that romance isn’t important, because it is), but I wanted to explore additional facets of being a female. I also loved the main characters from that original book and knew that I wanted to explore these complex characters more. Thus leading to my latest novel Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys. I wanted to dive into the characters’ history so readers can have a better understanding of cultural ideology, generational trauma, and the evolving and sometimes stagnant issues in society that girls and women of colour face throughout generations. I also wanted keep the essence of the original book so there are quirky and entertaining moments as well! I find that if readers can understand where a family and people are coming from, they can understand, empathize and even relate to their circumstance. I also felt that by comparing the past to the present in the story, readers can clearly see that although the times and society have changed, one can ironically question, have the times really changed or is it just systematically cloaked?
Your characters were enjoyable to follow and interesting. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
I have a natural ability to empathize with people; it’s a natural trait I’ve always had since I was a small child. Being a fictional writer, it’s easy for me to thoroughly develop a character because I can walk in their shoes. I can see their point of view when no one else around them can fully see or understand. I can do this from the most lovable character to the most grotesque. I believe that by having empathy as a writer, I can develop strong, well throughout, believable characters that are uniquely themselves (even the times when they pretend not to be themselves)!
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
There were numerous themes I included in this narrative because they are all important to mention. But if I were to focus on a few critical ones, I would say the issues of friendship/sisterhood, race, patriarchy, classism, colorism, mental health, relationships (both romantic and platonic), and just being a teen in high school and all of it’s dramas. I believe that all (or most) of these issues intersect in our lives at one point or the other and bringing them to the forefront will hopefully promote healthy duologues and explore ways to address some of these issues in real life.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Happy to say that Destiny Love Jones Vol. Sisters and the Plight with Boys is part one of a seven-series novel collection. With this well throughout series, readers will be able to follow these main characters throughout their life’s journey, mainly into adulthood, and all the adventures, obstacles and twist that will come their way. Volume 2 is due out Spring of 2022 and will be available for pre-order this fall.
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Destiny Love Jones Volume 1. “Sisters and the Plight with Boys,” by N. R. White takes place in the classic ’40s setting and follows three friends Pearl, Augustine, and Holly who carry a whole load of tricks up their sleeves. The three friends have to be cunning in their dealings to help them handle the harsh reality of segregation and black oppression among other political factors during the time. They stick together and their belief in the power of sisterhood helps them fight through some tough obstacles together. But when the girls turn into women they face a whole new set of obstacles in the form of dating and men. Their unique sisterhood bond is once again portrayed in another set of friends Destiny, Olivia, and Tiffany almost half a decade later who face the same challenges as was the case with Pearl and her friends. The stories of each set show the struggle that a young black woman would face in both 1940’s and in contemporary society.
Author N.R. White uses comparison effectively to explain the challenges that young black girls face throughout their lives. She uses fantasy to tell an engaging story that still reflects on the realities of modern society. The smooth transitions within the story helps the reader understand the constant challenges that black women have been facing throughout the 20th century.
The themes of loyalty, friendship, resilience, and sisterhood are embedded throughout this impassioned novel. They are all portrayed in realistic and interesting ways within the story. The plot is filled with endless challenges that the characters face throughout the book, making a story that is both riveting and thought-provoking. I also love how author N.R. White uplifts women and shows the strength within despite the oppression women have been facing across centuries. The characters show a resilience that is both heartening and memorable.
Destiny Love Jones Volume 1. “Sisters and the Plight with Boys,” by N. R. White is an emotionally-charged urban fantasy novel that that knows how to build up intriguing characters and make readers empathize with them.
Pages: 519 | ASIN: B08WHD1MJX
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