Our guest today is S.K. Derban, author of the mystery romance, Uneven Exchange. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe. S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience. The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.
Her book, Uneven Exchange, focuses on thirty-three year old Alexandra who owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company.But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.
Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it.
Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach. Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose.
Dorothy Thompson: Can you tell us about your publishing experience?
S.K. Derban: It took ten long years and 500 rejections to finally sign with a publisher! As I received rejection after rejection, I considered self publishing. This important decision was at the top of my prayer list. My answer came when I finally acknowledged the fact that any talent I have is a gift from God. If being a published author was completely right for my life, I knew that God would make it happen. Therefore, I decided not to self-publish, but rather to wait on the Lord. His timing was perfect! I now have two published books, and am writing my third.
D.T.: What can you tell aspiring authors on their quest to be published? Any advice?
S.K.D.: While waiting to be published it is extremely important to keep writing. I believe that a true writer must write because they simply cannot imagine not writing! I would write even if never published. Write because you love to write. When you write for yourself first, good writing will find its way to others.
D.T.: Where can we find you on the web?
S.K.D.: On my website there are links to places we can connect. We can discuss books together on Goodreads, tweet together on Twitter, and share interests on Pinterest. My Facebook page is a great place to learn about contests and new releases. To make it easy, my links are listed below: