Author Interview with @AuthorPalessa Baxter Family Saga Collection: Books 1-3

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About the Book:

Cass Baxter looks at the folder before him. This was his family’s story. The Baxter family’s secrets, well-placed lies, deep loves, and gut-wrenching losses. As he continues to mourn Virgilia’s death, he wonders about the legacy he had to endure, and how Edith and Edward started it all.
As he looks at his brother, Dr. Grayson Baxter, a man who went through tragedies that equal his own, they give each other subtle nods. To understand their complicated history, Grayson and Cass have to relive some of the most painful moments that aren’t their own.

About the Author:

The author of the Baxter Family Saga series among other stories. Her very first published book is Unchained Hearts, which chronicles the life, love, tragedy, and legacy of the Baxters, a powerful, influential South Florida family. She’s also the author of Eyubea Girls, her first historical women’s fiction novel.

Jamaica-born, Miami- raised, Palessa currently lives in the mountains of western Jamaica. In between working on a few other books, she farms, markets, and guffaws at her crackeer-munching doggies.

Baxter Family Saga Collection

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Author Interview:

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

This is a collection of the first three books of my Baxter Family Saga series. The Baxters are a south Florida family, in the Coral Gables/Miami. People look at them and think that they have it all, because they are ridiculously rich. But this peels back the history of this family, starting with a letter from the dead mother to her daughter in the first book, Unchained Hearts. The next two books go deeper into the individual stories of important characters, which sets up readers the next two books that will be coming late 2020.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

I will say that book 1, Unchained Hearts, is polarizing. You either like it or you don’t. Happily, more than half who read it, go on to read the other two, and that’s where they really get invested. These books are for people who are open to allowing authors to commandeer their imaginations for a few hours. Readers who like a bit of romance, who like a bit of soap-opera like drama with a few twists and turns that smack you in the face, those are the ones I’ve found who really GET the books. I have heard from some readers who have lost sleep reading book 1, because they had no idea what the hell I was thinking. It’s cool and humbling to have someone’s attention in that way. This Baxter Family Saga Collection is for readers to understand more of the ties that bind these stories.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?

This is tough, because I can’t choose one. But since I’m talking about the Baxter Family Saga Collection, the one author who comes to mind is Barbra Taylor Bradford. Emma Harte was my hero, and I loved the way she walked her world, which is a testament to BTB’s amazing writing. A Woman of Substance was my inspiration for the Baxters. It’s the kind of epic world I aspire to create. Don’t know if I did that, but it’s always good to work towards what you think is great! Anne Rice, Alice Walker, Ken Follett, Zora Neale Hurston, V.C. Andrews, Robert Ludlum, Robert Jordan…the list goes on and it’s growing.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft or business?

I’m at a point now where I’m focused on freelance writing. In that profession, I have learned so much about the craft and how to be a more concise writer. I would say edit viciously. You won’t write the best version on your first go. It’s just not possible, as the first draft is you working the story out for yourself. The second draft is when the editing process really starts to shape the story. Think of it like cutting a diamond. When you first see that rock, it looks bumpy and misshapen. But some see its potential, they just have to refine it. That’s what editing is, and I’m talking about both self-editing your story and getting it professionally edited.

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