J.L. Sapphire was recently interviewed by SORMAG’s Blog. Find out what she had to say about her latest novel, the challenges of being an author, and more…
SORMAG: What inspired your book?
J.L.S.: I like to read and try my hand at writing different genres. With all the racism and injustices that happens to Black people daily- such as unlawful arrests and/or killings while unarmed- I wondered what it must be like for couples who are of a different race to discuss issues such as these at home if/when they have different opinions about the situations and how hard it must be to be an interracial couple in a society that’s still very racist, even in 2016.
SORMAG: What would you like readers to take away from your book?
J.L.S.: To learn to agree to disagree when it comes to race. It’s certainly understandable for us to be mad and protest and speak out when another Black life is taken, but to realize that not everyone who’s white is out to get us. There are good and bad people in all races.
SORMAG: Which character did you have the most fun writing about?
J.L.S.: Naomi. Going into detail about her dating history, which led her to getting down with the swirl. Since I’ve also had a quite interesting dating history myself, it was easy to relate to her at times.