What is the Gist of Your Story? #14

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming M.J. Kane. You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her here: Blog & Website / Author Site / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Google+ / Linkedin.

Author bio

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories to keep herself entertained, though she didn’t share them. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to set free the characters inhabiting her imagination.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed her stories to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men with a purple strait jacket.

MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken—book one of the Butterfly Memoirs—became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.

MJ on her writing

I am often asked what inspired me to write The Butterfly Memoirs series. My life and experiences of those around me serve as inspiration and are my motivation for the stories I tell. What began as a healing process has turned into so much more. My stories are not your typical ‘love at first sight’ or ‘the rich hero falling in love with the everyday heroine’. My stories are about a person’s ability to overcome obstacles in their lives, from both the heroine and the hero’s point of view. I address issues my readers may have experienced in their life. The characters are like you, me, or the neighbor next door.  My goal is to give hope, inspire, or encourage anyone who may be living through or experienced these events and let them know they are not alone.

Links to author pages for both books: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Smashwords

The premise of A Heart Not Easily Broken

Often, people find love where they least expect it, only to discover that relationships are seldom easy. The story follows the lives of Ebony Campbell, a goal oriented black woman, and Brian Young, a bass guitarist for a local band and entrepreneur. Neither is looking for a relationship, but they are unable to ignore the attraction they feel, especially once Brian makes it known getting to know Ebony is more than about just sex.  Friendship leads to more and issues that once seemed important quickly fade into the background as lies and deception take precedence.

Remember, effective book publicity relies on strong promotional messages, which are extracted from the themes contained in your writing that, collectively, make up the premise of the story.

There are various themes in A Heart Not Easily Broken

  • Open yourself up to love where you least expect it. The love of your life doesn’t have to the same race or nationality. Skin color should not be the determining factor. Beneath it the epidermis, we’re all the same.
  • Being an independent woman does not mean you can’t ask for or accept help.
  • Some secrets should not be kept. Doing so can be detrimental to you mental and physical health.
  • Women’s health and the decisions on what happens to her body is a personal matter.
  • How a woman deals with being raped is a personal decision, there is no right or wrong, and by no means is it something she’s asked for. Seeking out help, whether privately or publicly, is the key to recovery.
  • Never doubt the support or understanding of true friendship.

Since there are a variety of themes addressed in my book, it falls into several categories: Women’s Fiction, Interracial Romance, and Contemporary Romance. My main target areas for promotion include Interracial Romance support group websites, IR book promotion sites and reviewers. I have also written blog posts on the main themes of the story in respect to:

  • women’s health and the right to choose
  • dealing with family/friends when in IR relationships
  • true meaning of friendship

Please note that, by popular demand, this blog series may continue a while longer.