Shades Of Romance Magazine: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.
Sybil Barkley-Staples: I am Sybil Barkley-Staples, born and raised in Detroit by my mother and grandparents. She'll Learn is my first published novel, but keep on the lookout for more from me. Growing up, I used to write stories about my friends and our neighborhood. When I wasn't playing basketball, I was writing. I loved to read books by authors like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Harlequin Romance novels. I was hooked on them, so much I started writing stories with a Romantic tone. I was an instant fan of Beverly Jenkins after reading Night Song. Today, I write stories about life and how we live it.
SORM: Describe your current book in 50 words or less.
BARKLY-STAPLES: She'll Learn untangles the web of life's trials and tribulations. Its lesson is being taught each day we live it. Maxine, Sydney, and Indira learn that nothing else matters, but true friendship. They figure that although they lead separate lives, they affect each other. Together they always make it through.
SORM: What's your favorite scene in the book?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: I have too many to name. I enjoyed writing about Maxine more than the other women in my story. The scene when Bruce arrives over to Maxine's house unannounced leading to a fast paced encounter with passion ranks high on my list. Maxine's character is full of surprises. She is like so many women we know. Afraid to truly commit to someone and let herself be loved. Even though deep down she really wants to be loved.
SORM: How did you develop the characters in your book?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: The characters in She'll Learn were created out of the many stories I've heard and the things I saw growing up. The women in my family are strong and feisty and have been through a lot in their lives. I loosely based the characters on the people who were and are in my life.
SORM: What would you want your readers to take away from your book?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: I want readers, well my sisters to come away from She'll Learn realizing that you have to learn to love yourself before you can truly love someone else.
SORM: Tell us about your journey to publication?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: I feel so blessed and full of pride to have my book published. After close to 100 rejection letters from agents and publishing houses, Nancey Flowers introduced me to Sadorian Publishing and here we are two years later.
SORM: What was the best writing advice you received?
BARKELY-STAPLES: The best advice I got as a writer was from my drama teacher at Cass Technical HS in Detroit, Mr. Otulakowski. He was a piece of work and we gave him the hardest time. Whether he knew if I was paying attention or not is a different story. He told his students to write about what we know. He also said that your mind gets blocked up when you try to draw from something that isn't there. He was right and the words flow freely when I write.
SORM: What is the latest page-turner you've read?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: I have two daughters, 4 years and 4 months old. I read and write after they fall asleep. I loved A CHANCE AT LOVE by Beverly Jenkins. It's so cool that we are Alumni of the same high school. I also read Sparkledoll Always into Something by Dorrie Williams-Wheeler and For Every Eye by C.F. Hawthorne.
SORM: How can readers contact you?
BARKLEY-STAPLES: I love to hear from readers. I can be contacted by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit my website @ www.geocities.com/sb_staples/index.html and sign the guestbook. I look forward to hearing from you.
SORM: Can you give us a peek at what we can expect from your next romance?
BARKELY-STAPLES: My second novel introduces readers to Kandy as she wakes up to a new day in her life. The day she realizes that she wants to be loved. Tired of her own games with men and love, the time has come to find true love. Look for it soon.
Peace, love and hairgrease! Thanks Shades of Romance.
SHADES OF ROMANCE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. BARKELY-STAPLES FOR THIS INTERVIEW. WE WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS WITH YOUR CAREER.