Love is the one thing missing from Fatima’s life, beginning when her parents left her at the age of four. Usually she enjoys calling the shots in her love life, but when she runs into a mysterious man on a night out, everything changes.
Cory Hines would give anything to undo his childhood. Growing up with an abusive father and distant mother left him wary of family and relationships. And as he tries to straighten out his life, the nightmares return and send him down a drunken spiral. His siblings force him into therapy, but it’s not until he meets Fatima that he begins to learn what commitment is all about.
Though their pasts continue to haunt their relationships, it is their common problems that draw Cory and Fatima closer. In the process of getting their lives on track, they find out more about themselves and their pasts than they bargained for and realize they must rid their demons for good in order to survive. But just when Cory and Fatima get comfortable with each other and the idea of a relationship, news of an unexpected pregnancy sends them both running back to the familiar.
Full of raw emotion and a vulnerability that pulls you in, Parallel Pasts offers an inside look at what it takes to escape a history of domestic abuse, as Cory must suppress the urge to fight anything that gets in his way, and the women who love him through the process.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I call my genre the blues. Its intensity and poetic flow resonate with your heart to make you feel for the characters and their plight.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never stop writing. Get in touch with the characters you are writing about. Tell the story from their point of view and leave yourself out of the equation.
I love telling stories about what happens in life when people aren’t honest with themselves, and how to put the pieces back together once truth is revealed. I’ve called many places on this earth home thanks to my military father. One of these days I will find a place to call home for good. Until then, I keep my bags packed and the gas tank full.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Working a boring job introduced me to my love for writing. A character whispered in my ear and it became my mission to find out more about her and her story.