Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?
I’m most readily identified as a romance novelist, though my work branches out into the realms of pure old “women’s fiction” and whatever that presumes to entail.
Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?
Probably not. Though I do reserve the right to write under a gender neutral one in the future.
Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:
Angelfall by Susan Ee, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, the Harry Potter series, and Hunger Games series.
Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?
My mother has been my absolute hero. Without her it would be impossible for me to write, let alone publish. She’s the heart of the snarky humor that peeks through at times and the inspiration for my belief in love against insurmountable odds.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?
Take your time. Getting published isn’t a race that goes to the swift.
Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?
I recently released the third and final book in the Crimson Footprints series. It is a stand alone, so please take a gander. Hopefully, you’ll one click!
Crimson Footprints III
Deena’s grandmother is dying. Her final wish is for a Hammond-Tanaka reunion. Both sides set out for Aruba, and once there, all hell breaks loose. Then they miss the evacuation order. Threatening floods push Hammonds and Tanakas up, up to the top floor. No secret is safe on the top floor. Even if Tak and Deena do survive, the question is: will their marriage?
Where can we find you?
Connect with Shewanda Pugh on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or through her blog.
Novelist Shewanda Pugh scorched the literary scene with her debut novel, Crimson Footprints, in 2012. Since then, she’s been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television networks throughout the U.S. Shortlisted for the National Black Book Festival’s Best New Author Award, the AAMBC Reader’s Choice Award, and the prestigious Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction, she’s best known for brazen, out-the-box romances that delve deep into contrary worlds. Pugh whips up wit, charm, humor and a dose of heartache, for a sophisticated recipe all her own. Crimson Footprints, Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, and Crimson Footprints III: The Finale are available now, in stores and online.