Unwrapping a Marriage
by Reana Malori & Michel Prince
Genre: Interracial Romance, BMWW
A collaboration from two of your favorite Multicultural / Interracial Authors. Just in time for the holiday season.**
What do you do when the love that once set you free, feels like it’s holding you prisoner?
Sterling and Elizabeth Jackson have built a life most would envy. A beautiful home, two wonderful children and a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet something is tearing them apart. With divorce looming, they are trying to make it through the holiday season for their family.
With clashing schedules, demands from employers and two busy kids, the former lovers have managed to stay out of each other’s orbit, at least for a while. But Fate, or maybe their well-meaning family, has set them up on a collision course.
Past memories bubble up to the surface and there’s nothing to stem the flow. What once was amazing has turned hurtful and full of pain. But is that the real story? Is it too late for a couple who once lived and breathed for each other to find their way back?
There’s a thin line between love and hate. Will Sterling and Elizabeth be able to mend a love that seems broken and lost, or will the final pull on the holiday ribbon unwrap their last chance to save their marriage.
I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions of these amazing authors and I just want tosay thank you ladies for taking time out of your busy schedules to indulge me.
1) What made you both decide to write a story together?
Michel Prince and I often remark that she’s the yin to my yang. Our stories, and our lives, are practically mirror images. It seemed a very natural thing for the two of us to partner together and write a story. While I typically write stories featuring black women and white men, which Michel more often writes black men and white women. After attending a book conference together, we both came upon the idea. It was perfect. We have very different writing styles – she’s the queen of the sarcastic dialogue and I’m the one who brings the internal thoughts and struggles. Writing a story together brought the best of both us to the table and it’s been an amazing experience.
2) How did you decide what elements to the story you were each going to contribute?
Honestly, we winged it to some degree. While we did plot out the story, characters and premise of the story, we both knew that we would have to play to our strengths. Ultimately, we used a divide and conquer approach, splitting the story into reasonable chunks. And as we wrote our section, the other would go back and add their special sauce, i.e., Michel would add dialogue to make the character interaction stronger and I would add internal thoughts to give the reader a sense of the personal struggle. Again, our yin-yang approach helped us along the way.
3) What made you decide on a struggling marriage plot?
We wanted to answer the question, “What happens when the fairytale ends?” Both of us write stories that feature romance and happily-ever-after scenarios. But life doesn’t end after the book is finished. Life goes on and love can be challenged. The person you love the most, the one that you feel is the answer to your dreams, is not perfect. They make mistakes. Life gets in the way. The romance can fizzle when faced with the details of life. This story was created to highlight that next step in life. When things aren’t going well. It was such a challenge to show the cracks in a marriage, but also get across that love can still be strong. The saying, “It’s a thin line between love and hate”, was definitely prevalent in this story. Unwrapping a Marriage is a very unique story, but it’s filled with love and redemption and second chances.
4) If you could be any character in any book...who would you be?
Michel Prince - Gabbie Thomas, from The Guardian's Heart. She has little she regrets and is a strong person with best friends that would kill for her.
Reana Malori – Faith Douglas, from Finding Faith. She was honest, true to herself, confident, and loyal. Faith had a lot more strength than even she realized.
5) Do you find yourselves incorporating elements from your lives into your stories?
Yes, Definitely! Both of us have used snippets of our life, people we’ve come in contact with, scenarios we’ve seen and experienced to enhance our stories. Some of our best stories include things that we’ve incorporated that are based on our regular lives, because it’s what our readers can connect to the best.
Reana's stories focus on multicultural / interracial romance. A firm believer that LOVE in all its forms should be celebrated, her goal is to weave a story that pulls the reader into her world and share in her universe, even if only for a short time. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, and has two very handsome sons. You can most often find her enjoying a good book, as she is first and foremost a reader. And she loves a good romance. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest or you can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.