Interview with Angela Benson

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a university professor so when I'm not writing fiction, I'm writing academic articles and books. Most of my non-working hours are spent with my husband. We enjoy travelling, dancing and going to the movies. In the last year, we've taken road trips to Atlanta, New Orleans, Pensacola Beach, DC and Detroit. W recently started ballroom dance classes. My husband is an action-adventure fan, so we can usually be found at the early showing of the new action-adventure releases. We're fans of several series, including X-Men, Hunger Games and Fast & Furious.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The earliest story that I remember writing is "My Interview with the Jackson Five," which I wrote when I was in fifth grade. I remember that story because of the reaction that it got from my classmates and my teacher. My classmates all clapped for me and my teacher gave me A's for the rest of the school year. I was an obese child who struggled at sports and outdoor activities, so writing was a place for me to shine. I cherish what writing did for me during my early years as life can be difficult for a child who is different.
What is your writing process?
I start too late and I always finish in a panic. I keep telling myself that I have to change but it's been 25 years now so I'm probably better off accepting this is my process.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. My husband and I share an office and a desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small towns in southeastern Alabama so I'm a country girl at heart. My stories tend to be about people who are very similar to the people from my old neighborhoods.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story, Delilah's Daughters, is a cross between two TV shows: American Idol and Braxton Family Values. Delilah's Daughters is a family story and they challenges they face as they pursue fame and fortune. I started this book before the first episode of Braxton Family Values aired. I like to think that means I'm ahead of my time. :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I take pleasure in the response of readers. There's nothing like getting a letter from someone who was touched by something I wrote. I consider it an honor that people invite me into their lives and hearts through my books.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up my next book, The Summer of Me, which will be released in January 2015. The Summer of Me is a moving story about a single mother who discovers the woman she can be in one unforgettable summer. It's been a challenge to write but I think readers will enjoy it. I'm also working to update the first three books I wrote--Bands of Gold, For All Time, and Between the Lines--so that I can publish them as ebooks this Fall.
Published 2014-05-29.
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Books by This Author

Enduring Love
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Series: Genesis House, Book 4. Pre-release—available May 15, 2015. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Enduring Love, Book 4 in the Genesis House series, features the long-awaited romance of Daniel and Vickie, who were first introduced in Abiding Hope (Book 2).
Between the Lines
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Series: Sweet Passion. Pre-release—available April 15, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A novel in the Sweet Passion series. New York businessman Jake Mason works hard and plays harder. Alabama newspaperwoman Eleanor Sanders works so hard that she never finds time to play. When Jake is sent to Alabama to broker a deal with Eleanor, the couple's matchmaking grandfathers bank on sparks flying and love blossoming between their beloved grandchildren.
For All Time
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Series: Sweet Passion. Pre-release—available March 15, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A novel in the Sweet Passion series Newlyweds Joshua and Gloria Martin are a middle-class professional couple, well on their way to achieving the American dream. When Josh loses his job, their plans for the future take a stark detour and their marriage faces its biggest challenge.
Bands of Gold
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Series: Sweet Passion. Pre-release—available February 15, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A novel in the Sweet Passion series. Christina’s ambition has taken her to the top of her profession, but new employee Jackson makes her wonder if she’s sacrificed too much for her success. Jackson knows a career is safer than a relationship—he has the broken heart to prove it—but something about Christina makes him want to wade back into the murky waters of romance. Will love overcome ambition?
Telling Your Tale Boxed Set for Writers: 2-in-1
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Series: Telling Your Tale, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 54,530. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Telling Your Tale: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Fiction for Print and eBook, Telling Your Tale WORKBOOK: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Fiction for Print and eBook
Sweet Passion II Contemporary Romance Boxed Set: 3-in-1
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Series: Sweet Passion. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 195,480. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
A novella and two full-length novels in the Sweet Passion contemporary romance series: Friend and Lover, The Nicest Guy in America, and The Way Home.
Genesis House Inspirational Romance and Family Drama Boxed Set: 3-in-1
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Series: Genesis House. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 267,370. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Genesis House. Real life. Real love. Real Faith. Awakening Mercy (Book 1) Abiding Hope (Book 2) The Amen Sisters (Book 3)
The Amen Sisters
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Series: Genesis House, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,810. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Christian
The Amen Sisters, A Genesis House Novel. Would you believe a friend who told you she was pregnant with your pastor's child? Francine Amen doesn't and it leads to drastic consequences for both her and her friend. The Amen Sisters is a compassionate look at the lives that are forever changed when a pastor abuses his power with the women of his congregation.
The Nicest Guy in America
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Series: Sweet Passion. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,090. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A novel in the Sweet Passion series. Computer security specialist Reggie Stevens doesn’t think women want a nice guy. Reporter Kimberla Washington doesn’t think men want a nice woman. Kimberla and Reggie find their beliefs and their hearts on a collision course when Kimberla’s magazine sponsors a Nicest Guy in America contest and Reggie finds himself as one of the finalists.
The Way Home
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Series: Sweet Passion. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,320. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A novel in the Sweet Passion series. Class bigotry destroyed the young love of Marlena, a girl from the wrong side of town, and Winston, her wealthy boyfriend. When Marlena comes back to town as an acclaimed attorney, she finds things haven’t changed much, including her feelings for Winston and his for her. Will new winds of bigotry and secrets from the past destroy their second chance at love.
Awakening Mercy
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Series: Genesis House, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,300. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Book 1, Genesis House series. CeCe Williams and Nate Richardson were not looking to fall in love. Neither is prepared for what grows between them when CeCe comes to work with Nate at Genesis House. Can they let go of the pain of the past and build a life together or will secrets from CeCe's past destroy any hope they have for a future?
Abiding Hope
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Series: Genesis House, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,620. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Book 2, Genesis House series. Marvin and Shay Taylor lost themselves and their ministry after the death of their six-year-old son. Time and God's grace brought them back to a place of renewal. As they step back into their ministry, Shay also wants to step back into motherhood. But Marvin's fears make him reluctant to share her dream.
Friend and Lover
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Series: Sweet Passion. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,220. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
A novella in the Sweet Passion series. Reed Lewis thinks his best friend, Paige Thomas, is engaged to the wrong man, so he devises a holiday ruse to make her see things his way. Celebrate the season with a lighthearted holiday romp about two friends on the path to becoming so much more, and the grandmother who helps them get there.