Interview with Ripley Bellers

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a person just like every other human being on the planet. Well, maybe not every other human being. I'm American so let's see. I get up, go to work. Spend at least eight hours shaking and sometimes faking, and then I come home. I feed my family, watch a little TV, and then get to work…again. The work after the paid job is working on my novels. This is not all I do. I do love going to the movies. I'm a writer, and well, I like to see how other stories have turned out. Most of them are amazing. Some, not so much.
I have learned a lot from movies, and that helps me in my own writing. Tone is one thing, and pace is another. Continuity is also an important aspect that I have learned. Yes, I am in the theater a lot!
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! I love a good story period. I don’t have a specific genre that I stick to like most folks, I just do it. I have read both good and bad in all genres, but it doesn't stop me from reading. I will admit that I gravitate to both romance and the paranormal. I love strong characters (especially strong men), in the stories I read, and I find that in both of those genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A Woman's Trouble was the first story I attempted to write. I have always had stories floating around in my head, but until I discovered self-publishing, I never had the nerve to actually try writing. I always heard it wasn't easy and very competitive. Those two facts put me up to the challenge, but I was still very apprehensive about what I wanted to do.
Then something unusual happened. I discovered that one of my good friends also wrote books. She reassured me that it was okay to try, even if I wasn't very good at it. She introduced me to Smashwords, and subsequently my management company, and I was on my way.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author of all time is Sydney Sheldon. Hands down. There is something about a romance written by a man. Many will argue and say that Sydney was not romance. I will disagree. Any book written with a strong female character couldn't be anything else.
Mr. Sheldon still has my attention. I read his novels over and over, still wishing that we could get a new one.
Master of the Game is absolutely the best novel Sheldon ever wrote. I could go on about Sydney, but I won't. It makes me sad that he can no longer give me a new book.
I also enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton. Romance on a whole different level.
Describe your desk
A hot mess! I am surprised that I get anything done. Is my desk supposed to be organized? I'm new at this so I'm not sure. Maybe it should be so I can focus, and not worry about what important documents I may lose. But really, it is all over the place. Papers, opened bills and the like. I try not to focus on my desk so much as the story that I am trying to write. That is what is important, right?
What are you working on next?
The third in the series, of course. First there was a Woman's Trouble. Next Teebone had his turn. The next book is The Return Home. I can't give you much on this, because I really have very little idea what is going to happen in this novel. I will give you this…Teebone makes his way back to New York City…
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans. That word is an anomaly to me. I don't know what that word means. I'm a new author and don’t have any fan's yet. But If I were to have fans, they would mean the world to me. Fans can make or break your novel. They may or may not express their feelings on the book, but they are important.
One fan may say something publicly, smashing the book, and other fans who choose not to express their feelings electronically, may speak to their friends. This is deadly. I hope that my novels are good enough to merit a good review.
Published 2016-03-11.
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Books by This Author

Teebone's Turn
Series: The Streets, Volume Two. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 152,430. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016 and represented by Sharp Teeth Publishing. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Robert "Teebone" Jackson had a secret life when he was just the average contract killer, when he lucked up on the gig of a lifetime. He landed a contract with Cain Lucas, notorious gang alpha and drug kingpin. Follow Teebone through his growing pains as he learns that he should never mix business and friendship, for it is now his turn in the shadow as the largest drug dealer in the city.
A Woman's Trouble
Series: The Streets, Volume One. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,070. Language: American English. Published: September 1, 2015 and represented by Sharp Teeth Publishing. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Keona Clark. A woman in her early twenties, in a crew, and she could easily go to jail if found guilty of the things she has done. Drug dealing, extortion, illegal weapon possession, and murder are all on her street resume. Growing up on the Harlem streets, she joined Leon's crew when she was very young. Many years later, she betrays her leader, and spends a few years in a mental institution