Book Release Date: March 2016
Author: E. N. Joy
About The Author
Joylynn M. Ross now writing as
BLESSEDselling Author E.N. Joy (Everybody Needs Joy)
BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas" series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.
After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.
Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.
In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.
After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber's Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.
You can visit BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy at www.enjoywrites.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Book
What does crazy look like? Let Deborah tell it, it's the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.
Lynox is Deborah's husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?
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Q. Please tell the readers who are the main characters?
Deborah is the main character in my book, One Sunday at a Time. Deborah runs her own business from home, which is sometimes a hard act to juggle with her role as a mother, wife, and a Christian trying to stay saved. But Deborah simply throws on her cape and hopes it will help her to fly.
Lynox is Deborah’s husband. The suave, debonair Lynox Chase is the man Deborah had wanted for years. She’d had him once before, but had left him hanging when she decided to give her ex another try. The spark never fully developed in the rekindling of Deborah’s romance with her old flame. With her ex no longer in the picture, Deborah had to eat crow and go claim Lynox. In reconnecting, those two defied the laws of romance, but ultimately ended up together. The thing is now, though, with Deborah losing control of her life and her mind, can they stay together?
Q. What or is there conflict in the story?
There is definitely conflict in the story, and Deborah seems to be not only in the middle of it all, but the cause of it all. Anger and anxiety issues consume Deborah, still leaving plenty of room for control issues and depression. Lynox knew she had come along with some baggage when he married her, but he had no idea the weight of her luggage exceeded the limits in which he could travel through their marriage with. Everyone knows there is a price to pay for overweight luggage. Will it be worth the cost for either Deborah or Lynox?
Q. Which characters in One Sunday at a Time “are you most like? I’m not just most like the main character of Deborah, I am Deborah. I believe that after reading this book, so many readers out there will realize that Deborah represents some characteristics they may have as well.
I didn’t do some of the things Deborah did, but I absolutely felt the way Deborah felt in this story, which was crazy and inundated with everything that was going on in my life.
Q. Take us inside “your book” What are two major events taking place?
In One Sunday at a Time, one of the major events that take place is when Deborah goes from simply feeling as though she’s up to her neck with tasks, responsibilities and expectations of life, to completely going under to the point of drowning. Prayer doesn’t seem to be the lifesaver she needs, and the lifeguard—God—appears to be off duty. Not knowing how much longer she can hold her breath under water, Deborah takes matters into her own hands by making a decision to do something that almost no Christian woman would ever admit to doing.
The second event is the turning point when even Deborah’s husband, Lynox, feels that it’s going to take more than God to help his wife; it’s going to take herself. Lynox feels that perhaps he’s obstructing God’s path and may need to get out of the way. Things go from bad to worse when Deborah feels Lynox is turning his back on her. It hurts Deborah to the core. And like they say, hurt people hurt people. Like I say, hurt people hurt people…including themselves.
Q. Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
As an author I write what I know, I research what I don’t know, and then I make up all the rest. So typically the people portrayed in my books are me; the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s what I love so much about writing; I get to put my true self behind the pen, that way when I speak on my life or give my testimony, the devil can’t hold it over my head. I tell my story before Satan can. Satan likes to use humiliation, shame, guilt and embarrassment. When I tell my story through my ghostwriter, the Holy Ghost, it’s with much grace and mercy. Might there be some conviction? Sure. But what there is not is condemnation.
Q. Describe each character in three words?
Real Life People. I say this because as an author who wants each title to be better than the last, at some point I had to graduate from simply writing about characters to writing about people. I wanted my readers to feel as though they were reading about a friend, neighbor, relative, or themselves.
When I first started writing books, I wrote about characters. Once I started to receive emails and testimonies from readers about how the lives in my stories mirrored their own or someone they knew, I realized then that some readers didn't see the people I was writing about as some fictitious character. They were real and their lives were real. More importantly, they were emotionally connected. At that point I knew I couldn't deny my readers of what they longed for (a connection/relationship with the people I write about) and continue creating characters from dust. I had to give them real live people with real life situations. I could no longer create these plots and scenarios just because they sounded like they would make for good drama and a great twist. Heck, real life is filled with enough drama, twists and turns of its own. So why not just bring the real and bring the truth? Readers can relate to something that not only feels real, but they know to be real.
Q. If your book became a movie who would play the characters?
I think I missed my calling as an actress. I felt that way when I played the role of Helen in a play that was based on my book, She Who Finds a Husband. Because I put more of myself in the characters of Helen or Deborah, in One Sunday at a Time, I would love to play the role of Deborah. I could see actor Vincent Ward playing Lynox, although he’s more in the pocket when he plays the role of a bad guy, and Lynox is a pretty decent guy. Vincent actually played the role of Blake in the stage play “She Who Finds a Husband,” and he nailed it. Some of you might recognize Vincent as Oscar in The Walking Dead.
Q. Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship.
Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures? Even though One Sunday at a Time is book number thirteen in my “Divas” series (She Who Finds a Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved, I Can Do Better All By Myself, And You Call Yourself a Christian, The Perfect Christian, The Sunday Only Christian, I Ain't Me No More, More Than I Can Bear, You Get What You Pray For, When All is Said and Prayed, One Sunday at a Time, Lady of the House) it all started with She Who Finds a Husband, in which a single’s ministry was created. Although the women were interested in finding a man to spend their future with, they had to deal with that raggedy past of theirs. Deborah, my main character in One Sunday at a Time, was one of those women.
That baggage is hard to let go of when a person has a death grip on it. Deborah and her husband Lynox play a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. But all that baggage that was swept up under the rug (Deborah’s emotional rug) gets to stinking. Lynox has a hard time standing and coping with the stench. Deborah, like so many women, allows her past to keep her so bound, that God can’t catapult her and Lynox to where they need to be.
Q. How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?
I knew who Deborah was because she was me. The emotions I had her experience and go through in the book were some of the same emotions I had dealt with in my own life. I began to pen One Sunday at a Time after looking at myself in the mirror one day and asking the very same question I have Deborah ask: “What does crazy look like?” I honestly thought crazy looked like me. If I felt this way, I could only imagine how many other women wearing multiple hats—being mother, wife, working and trying to stay saved—might have felt. I wanted them to know that they were not alone, because it was the moment of feeling alone that could have taken me down a destructive road; the same one it took Deborah down.