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BERNICE L. McFADDEN

 

Its all about Excel’n in ’11 and I am honored to present an author that needs to be on your bookshelf, in your iPad or simply in your hands! She is continuing to  trailblaze her way onto the scene with her latest book “Glorious”  which was named the “Book to Watch” by Oprah Winfrey and has just earned Bernice her recent NAACP Image Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work.  Bernice’s books are popping up in book clubs around the country, in homes of everyone who wants to take a journey down history lane and by those who want to be enriched by characters that will transform your world. Bernice shares with us just what it takes to “breathe life back into memory” through her writing and unforgettable characters, what motivates her and everything in between. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Bernice L. McFadden, and be sure to take notes….you will never want to forget that name.

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WHO IS BERNICE L. McFADDEN?

 I am the eldest of four children. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. For the most part, most of my education took place in Catholic schools. When I graduated high school I enrolled at The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising. After one year I decided that Fashion was not something I wanted to pursue and turned my attention to the hospitality industry. After I had my daughter, I returned to college to pursue a degree in liberal arts. I spent four semesters at Fordham University before dropping out to pursue my writing career.

*AS A LITTLE GIRL GROWING UP, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE? DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old. Although I did dream about becoming a published author, I didn’t really believe that I would be able to accomplish that goal because for many years, African-American writers were not being published in the numbers they are now.  

For a brief time I thought I would work in fashion; then I wanted to work for an international hotel chain or major airlines — only because I love to travel and thought it best that I be employed with a corporation that would offer me travel perks!

*WHAT WAS THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST BOOK AND WHEN WAS IT PUBLISHED?

Sugar and it was published in 2000.

*WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE BEFORE YOU WERE ABLE TO GET “SUGAR” PUBLISHED?

I shopped Sugar for nearly ten years before it was finally picked up. I had a difficult time finding a home for the novel, because publishers weren’t looking for literary works by African-American writers – they wanted chicklit or more of the sister girl books that were and remain very popular.

* WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO KEEP GOING? 10 YEARS IS A LONG TIME!

I don’t believe in giving up on my dreams and I’ve always felt deep down in my soul that writing was my purpose in life.

(LESSON: If you know what your purpose in life is…never give it up! What God has planned for you can not be stopped. Delay never means denial!)

*LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK “GLORIOUS”. WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS BOOK VERSUS YOUR OTHER BOOKS? WHAT DOES THIS BOOK MEAN TO YOU?

Glorious is my first full-fledge historical fiction novel. The story spans fifty years, covering the periods that include Jim Crow, The Harlem Renaissance and the opening of the Civil Rights Movement. Blending the truth of American history, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

 Glorious holds a very special place in my heart, simply because the protagonist is a writer like myself and I can sympathize and empathize with the challenges she is confronted with.

 

 

**Check out Alfre Woodard as she shares her thoughts about “Glorious”**

 

 

*WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO WRITE SO FAR?

I loved writing all of my books for very different reasons. Sugar is certainly one of my favorites, because it’s my first novel and I spent nearly a decade writing and rewriting it before it was finally published. 

*WHO IS GENEVA HOLLIDAY? HOW DID SHE COME ABOUT?

 Geneva Holliday is a pseudonym that I wrote under between 2005 – 2009. I guess you can call her my alter-ego. She is the sassy, light and breezy half of my writing persona.

*GENERALLY, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

It takes me about a year to complete a book.

*TELL US ABOUT THE MOMENT YOU FOUND OUT YOU WERE GOING TO BE FEATURED IN ‘O’ MAGAZINE AS “AN AUTHOR TO WATCH” .

It was a very exciting time! O magazine was celebrating its 10th anniversary and I was celebrating my 10th anniversary as a writer, so it was a special honor to be featured in that particular issue.

Oprah Magazine

*HOW ABOUT WHEN YOU FIRST FOUND OUT YOU WERE BEING NOMINATED FOR A NAACP AWARD FOR “OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK”? THAT HAD TO BE EXCITING!!

I was in Ohio, getting ready to head out to lunch with a friend when I got the call from a fellow author. He just kept saying congratulations – but I didn’t know why he was congratulating me! The news had been leaked on Twitter and Facebook before the NAACP had a chance to contact my publisher.

 

**CHECK BERNICE OUT DURING HER RED CARPET INTERVIEW AT THE NAACP AWARDS LUNCHEON**

 

*TAKE US TO THE MOMENT YOU REALIZED YOU WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DREAMS MANIFESTING. HOW DID YOU FEEL?

I have to admit that every single thing I have consistently prayed for  and dreamed about,  I now have or have had. Life is a wonderous and amazing thing when you realize how it works. I truly believe that your word is your wand – so I put a lot of effort into remaining positive.  My dreams are still manifesting – and it’s a glorious feeling!

 *WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

I hope to be in a lovely home near the water. That maybe here in the USA or in the caribbean. I want to be able to open my home to writers who will be able to take advantage of the time, space and beauty in order to create stories that move and inform readers.

*WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SCRIPTURE THAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?

“We are the hopes and dreams of the slave.” – Maya Angelou  “Still I Rise”

*HOW CAN WE KEEP UP WITH YOU?

 You can visit my website www.bernicemcfadden.com to follow me on twitter, add me on facebook or even email me!
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WOW!!!! What an awesome interview!! Are you not motivated to chase down your dreams?! Let us all wish Bernice nothing but favor, blessings and continued success!! We love you and look forward to seeing what is ahead!!!

Love Ya!

Peaches

EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE

 

 

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