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Transcript - February 4, Wednesday
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by Gloria Mallette
Format: Hardcover, 298pp
Pub. Date: November 2003
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
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= Gloria Mallette:
Gloria: Hi, Thumper
Hello Gloria, how are you doing this evening?
Gloria: I'm fine. I'm excited to be speaking (typing) with you
Gloria: How are you?
I am fine, thank you. It's a pleasure to be speaking with you. I should have had
you here a long while ago.
Gloria: There is no better time than the present. Thank you for inviting me at
Gloria: Is that too light?
Gloria: I'm trying colors here.
A little bit. As you already know, I love...LOVE your new novel The Honey Well.
I like the green.
Gloria: Thank you, Thumper. I've read your review at least ten times. I love
Gloria: The Honey Well was fun to write
Ah now, you're making me blush. How did you come to create the charcters in The
Honey Well, especially Esther?
Gloria: Well, I'd heard a story years back about a woman back in the 1930's....
Gloria: down in SC who's husband died and left her with six daughters to
Gloria: with no viable means of support, this woman turned her daughters into
Gloria: and her home into a brothel. This is a true story.
Gloria: I wanted to know what kind of mother would do that?
Gloria: So I created Esther. A manipulative, calculating, vindictive witch. No
Esther's love for Arnell, I think, was twisted. She loved her but wanted to use
Did Esther love Arnell?
Gloria: Exactly. Esther's money was initially tied up in Arnell.
Gloria: Yes, I believe Esther loved Arnell. They were all each other had.
Gloria: But Esther let the almighty dollar become her God
Gloria: To Esther, Arnell meant money
Esther certainly built a career on Arnell's back that's for sure.
Shevi: LOGGED IN
But why did Arnell stay for so long, even after she had a house, a college
degree and all that?
Gloria: For sure. Yesterday, I got an e-mail wherein the writer said that it
was as if I watched her grow up.
Hello Shevi, how are you this evening?
Gloria: Hi, Shevi
Gloria: Arnell stayed because to Arnell Esther was her only family. She had
been attached at her mother's hip since she was three
Shevi: Good, and excited to be here!
Gloria: Did you have any qualms protraying a truly dysfunctional mother-daughter
Gloria: Qualms? Please. Not at all. I've seen dysfunctional mother-daughter
relationship in the real world.
Gloria: They truly exist and at times, it has nothing to do with jealousy, but
Gloria: What I worried about was how readers would receive Esther. Of course,
every one hates her.
With Esther, it was a love-to-hate thing.
Gloria: But book club members have told me that they have had issues with their
Gloria: YEs, Thumper, I agree---love to hate
Esther was the perfect villian.
She did evil things, but there was a side to her that was touching and loving.
She was complex.
Shevi: Esther was a hard to love, glad she was fictional.
And THAT'S what I loved most about her.
Gloria: Yes, but she was to be pitied. She had her own baggage from her
Gloria: Arnell had self esteem issues, while Esther had anger issues.
Yes, I agree.
Gloria: YEs, Shevi, this Esther was fictional, but what about Shanta Kimes? Did
I spell that even close?
Shevi: Is there a chance for a sequel, digging into Esther's past, explaining
why she acted that way?
Gloria: What she did to Kenneth Kimes is a sin? Thumper, like Arnell, Kenneth
in real life stayed with his mother
Gloria: Well, Esther was molested by an Uncle and she probably felt that her
father, who was a minister, should have done something to help her, but her
father never knew.
Gloria: Sequel? At this point, I don't do sequels.
With Arnell, you had to walk a fine line. She could either have went to sappy or
too strong. Did you have any concerns with how Arnell would be preceived?
Gloria: Well, I knew that readers would ask the question you asked about why
Gloria: Most have said that they would have kicked their mother's behind
Gloria: Some felt that Arnell should have been stronger and maybe left after
she got the money she acquired, but many felt that Arnell's self esteem had been
Shevi: She respected her mother in spite of the things she did.
Gloria: I wanted Arnell to find her strength and take on Esther but until Trena
showed up, Arnell wasn't strong enough
Gloria: No, I don't believe Arnell respected Esther, I believe she loved her
but hated her for what she did to her.
Gloria: In Trena, Arnell saw herself and in saving Trena from Esther, in a way
Were you worried about the reception The Honey Well would recieve with the same
audience that loved Promises To Keep and Shades of Jade?
Gloria: Oh, yes, I certainly was. Thumper, you hit that one on the head.
Gloria: Readers all tell me that none of my books are the same. So I knew this
one was far from Promises to Keep and Weeping Willows Dance
Gloria: Especially Weeping Willows---my grandmother's story.
Gloria: But thankfully, readers say that they love the great differences in my
books. They never know what to expcet
Gloria: that expect
For a small detour: Gloria could you tell the audience how to purchase Weeping
For those not in the know.
Gloria: Weeping Willows Dance can be purchased on line at Amazon.com or BN.com.
or ordered through
Gloria: their bookstores.---African American or chain stores.
Gloria: I get orders all the time. In fact I'm thinking about letting my
publisher publish it because the response to it has been phenomenal
Shevi: Thanks, I will order tommorow.
Excellent!! All of your novels are different. Was this a goal you set for
yourself as a writer?
Gloria: Weeping is a very spiritual book. Shevi, go on line to Amazon.com or
bn.com to see what other readers have to say about it.
Shevi: I will.
Gloria: Thank you, Shevi
Gloria: I've always wanted to ask you, thumper. Is there a novel in you?
Shevi: Good question, Gloria!
Shoot yeah! If my family ever pisses me off enough, I might write one about them
out of spite. But I don't have the patience.
Gloria: How do you come up with the stories for your books?
Gloria: Hey, it's that family story that seems to want to come out first.Oh,
I'm sorry. I missed that question. I always had so many stories in my head. For
years I couldn't get anyone to publish me, so now that they are pouring out, I'm
just commiting them to paper in whatever manner they want to come out.
I have learned that with you to expect the unexpected. What's next?
Gloria: Now the stories that come to me come from things I hear. When you read
If There Be Pain, you're going to ask, "Where in the world?"
Gloria: In october, this is Distant Lover. I just finished, What's Done in the
Dark, perhaps for next year, and I'm working on If There Be Pain. But waiting in
the file cabinet is Suffer the Children
Gloria: Thumper, I'm still hungry to get a book written. I write all the time
so I don't get a chance to read others. I don't know where you find the time to
read a zillion books like you do
Gloria: By the way, none of those titles are like the other, but they all have
one thing in common...
Dang Gloria! I'm loving it! As you know, I'm a huge fan of yours, but How do you
keep it all going? What's changed for you that now, your stories are getting
published? I haven't read a dud from you yet, so I can't comprehend what their
problem was in not publishing you.
Gloria: a study in relationships between friends, family, and lovers.
Gloria: PUblishers said there was no market for my titles. I figured they had
their quota. Even now, I don't sell like the most popular
Gloria: books out there---urban, erotica, street.
Gloria: I'm beginning to think my tales are too dark, but then when one gets
into the phyche of relationships, it can be dark. I just hope not boring.
Reading the books is easy because I reading GOOD fiction. Does that bother you
that your books doesn't sell the same numbers as some of these other books?
Gloria: Yes and no.
Gloria: Yes, because all writers want to post big numbers
I meant to put because I LOVE reading Good Fiction.
Gloria: No, because I know that the readers that are reading me are serious
about their reading time and with each book, I hope to build my readership.
Gloria: Oh, don't worry about the typos, Thumper. I've posted tens of them.
Gloria: Shevi, you're so quiet.
It's for the editor. *LOL*
Gloria: Thumper, I'm honored that you like my tales. I pray I never disappoint
Gloria: But you'll let me know. lol
Shevi: I loved the Honey Well so much and I just stumbled upon it and the cover
looked interesting, now I'm hooked. I love dark tales.
I have a new chiming clock in my office (pendulum and all) and I've notice that
our 30 minutes is up!
I have a new chiming clock in my office (pendulum and all) and I've notice that
our 30 minutes is up! Way TOO Soon
Gloria: Bless you, Shevi. Thumper, how time flies.
Gloria: It was fun. One day we have to do this in person. Thumper, much love.
Shevi, thank you.
Gloria do you have any parting words to share with us?
Shevi: Thanks, Gloria.
Gloria: Well, just to say thank you, and that I'm bless if only one person
readers me and only one person gets my message.
I want to thank you Gloria for agreeing to do this on-line chat! It was fun!
Thanks Shevi for joining us.
Gloria: It was my pleasure.
Gloria: Thank you for inviting me.
Gloria: Let's talk soon.
Shevi: It was my pleasure.
We have to do this again!! Next time, we'll talk about Shades of Jade. Shevi,
you have to read this one!
Gloria: Shevi, bless you, hon. Have a good night. Thumper, pleasant dreams.
Shevi: LOGGED OUT
Gloria: lol. That's cool, Thumper.
Gloria, most definitely.
Gloria, most definitely. Good night.
Gloria: I still get email on that one. Good night.
Thumper: LOGGED OUT