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Mary B. Morrison, New York Times best-selling author also writes as HoneyB took  time out from her busy promotional schedule to talk to Elev8.com

She has 17 novels including her newest release, If I Can’t Have You.

Writing for both Kensington Publishing Corporation as Mary B. Morrison and Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) as HoneyB, Mary is at the top of the African-American fiction genre. In her novels, Mary addresses social and sexual issues that impacts relationships. Mary is pro-female empowerment and believes all women are worthy of living free from abuse.

E8-What drives you to write your books?

Mary B. Morrison’s: “Like many aspiring writers, initially I just wanted to tell my story.  When my soulmate and I parted, the title Soulmates Dissipate came seven years prior to the publication.  Once I self-published my first novel, I was hooked.  Seventeen published books later, my fans and my undying passion to pen stories drives me.  I absolutely love my fans!”

 E8:Is there any character in any of them you wish you were friends with?

Mary B. Morrison’s  “1. Darius Jones.  I think he’s my most misunderstood character.  Women hate that they love him and at the same time they love they hate him.  In some ways Darius reminds me of Stevie J on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.  They both have mad swag.  The difference is Darius is more sophisticated in how he deals with his women.”

 E8:Has there ever been a story that started out one way and evolved in a completely different way?

Mary B. Morrison’s: “Absolutely!  By the time I’m finished writing my novel, my editor Selena says, “Wait.  The flap doesn’t match the story.”  I can’t put my characters on a non-stop flight to final destination.  They take detours all the time.  I have to keep in mind, it’s the characters’ story, not mine.  I’m simply the catalyst.

E8: Do you think Black writers are treated differently than white writers?

Mary B. Morrison’s“I don’t know exactly what you mean by treated differently.  I believe publishing is a business.  I treat my career like it’s my responsibility to succeed.  Now, of course I’m a NYT bestselling author because of Kensington’s continued investment in me.  All writers have the same access to social media tools.  In today’s climate, there are no excuses for writers not to build their brand.  I just attended an amazing social media for small businesses class (in Oakland).  I shared via facebook and twitter some of the free marketing tools like www.wix.com and Google+ Hangout with my fans.  I’m blessed to have a seven film deal with Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Entertainment and Leslie Small, director and producer.  Soulmates Dissipate is slated to be in theaters in 2013.  I prayed for a movie deal and it has happened.  God blesses me with whatever I ask Him for.  Instead of authors expecting others to do for them, maybe they should have faith, work hardest for themselves, and pray. I’m not sure I’ve answered this question for you but I will say, I am who I am because my fans continuously support and love me.  Thanks Elev8.com!  You’re my newest and bestest friend now!”

Do you have questions for Mary?  If so here  is your chance. Join her for a cyber discussion on Tuesday, August 7, 2012  from 6:00pm – 7:00pm EDT.  Mary will be available. She will discuss her newest book “If I Can’t Have You.” We will remind you on your Facebook page and twitter. Interested? Go here and RSVP.

In her newest novel “If I Can’t Have You” Madison Tyler thought a man like Granville Washington could fulfill her sexual desires and her need for occasional male companionship. And as the owner of a multimillion-dollar multimedia firm, that’s as much as Madison wants or needs right now. Granville is desperate to hold on to Madison. The harder she tries to end contact with him, the harder he fights to stay connected to her. She’s captured his heart, and he’ll do whatever is necessary not to let her break it. He knows she doesn’t love him the way he loves her–she’s repeatedly said so–but if she takes time to get to know the man behind the muscles, he’s convinced she’ll agree that they’re perfect for one another. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see that.

Are you intrigued? Well Mary reached out to Madison. Here is Madison’s special handpicked playlist for you!

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