Keisha Beale, a post-college, African American woman, hopes to see her dream of owning a recording studio and music store become a reality. Venture Capitalist, Tristan White, a Caucasian, one-percenter, holds the keys to realization of that dream, but it comes with a price. Tristan is prepared to front the funding for Keisha’s business with a bonus if she will agree to be his friend-with-kinky-benefits. Keisha’s acceptance of Tristan’s terms pushes the boundaries of everything she thought she always wanted in life when it comes to love and relationships. After a rocky start, she is reborn as a submissive and embraces his lifestyle with aplomb. Tristan has been adamant that he doesn’t want any emotional attachment. Keisha is all set to try and change his mind, to awaken the dormant desire of commitment in him, until demons from her past make her continued arrangement with him impossible.
Targeted Age Group:
18 and above
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The best advice I can give other writers is to remain true to your vision. Even though you should always be in a posture of learning craft as a writer, there is an intrinsic knowledge of your story that no one else has. I say this because I used to have a tendency to allow editors, pre-readers, and readers even to sway me too easily from my vision of the story. I learned the hard way when I was solicited by a well-known NY agent to send in the first 50 pages of a manuscript I was working on. When I began the process of polishing these 50 pages, I employed a relatively well-known editor to give it a good once-over. I took all the suggestions given by this editor as gospel and it changed the whole trajectory of the story. The agent wanted the exact opposite of everything the editor suggested, which were the very things I’d done in the beginning. If I had followed my own heart, or my gut in this situation, I would have been agented. However, you live and you learn. That situation taught me a valuable lesson about my value as a writer and demonstrated to me that I should never compromise my vision based on someone else’s opinion.
L. V. Lewis is a married, mother of four who lives in South Georgia, and works in the Florida Panhandle. A new author who decided that stories like Fifty Shades of Grey needed a little more diversity and comedy in them, she penned Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever as a parodied response to those wildly popular books from a woman of color. A voracious reader since kindergarten, and writer since her teens, L.V. loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine. She and her husband are political junkies, a hobby that is time consuming, but free. Now that Lewis has teens who think they don’t need their parents anymore, she has taken up another time-draining career of writing. However, she is happy to report that, for once, her extra-curricular activity costs far less than her husband’s. Her love for writing is only eclipsed by her love for her family.
I think what I wanted to see in Fifty Shades of Grey, but did not, is what inspired me to write my book. I wanted more diversity in Fifty Shades of Grey, sort of like my favorite TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy. I wanted a heroine who was a flawed, yet strong character, who could stand up to the male protagonist–one who didn’t have to be told that as a submissive she had the power. Also, I was very intrigued by what the Fifty Shades of Grey books have done in the industry, and I wanted to see how something similar with an ethnic flavor would be received.