To the naked eye, Zolla Ramsey might appear to have it all. An exquisite home nestled in one of Chicago’s most affluent communities, a thriving family and marriage therapy practice, and family and friends that adore her. If that isn’t enough, she has a husband who adorns her with all the luxuries money can afford and makes it his priority to satiate her every sexual desire.
As perfect as Zolla’s life presents, one might inquire as to why Zolla is feeling uninspired, emotionally depleted, and depressed. Could the answer lay in the reality that home is actually an empty shell, veiled by materialism to compensate for her mounting marital issues and dwindling passion? Perhaps the answer lies in unresolved family secrets that continue to haunt her. Better yet, maybe it’s the intolerance she displays when confronted with that one particular issue, the one issue that has lead her to immediately terminate valued friendships.
For years, Zolla has been able to mask these issues welling beneath her flawless exterior. Until she finds herself confronted with a situation and his name is Attorney Maxwell Garrison. As she struggles with the distressing reality of having met her soul mate outside the realms of her marriage, this situation stirs up emotions that challenge Zolla to reexamine the scrutiny she has held others to.
Zolla blew Pandora’s Box wide open, now she is forced to stand in front of life’s mirror and starting at the cellular level, reconstruct her existence.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and reared in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. I’m a proud graduate of Samuel Morse High School; I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as, a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from San Diego State University. Along with being an author, I’m a Licensed Clinical Therapist, Consultant, Human Rights Activist and Commissioner.
I’ve been writing with passion sense the seventh grade. However, my greatest passion is focused on creating literary work that will provoke reflective thought and creative energy by challenging the core beliefs of my readers.
What inspired you to write this book?
The passions had been instilled when I was a young teen. What actually inspired me to pick up a pen and write my novel was life; life happened. And it was simply time. I had gained the life experiences that I needed to ignite my literary passion/drive. One day I picked up a pen and the words overflowed.
How did you choose the title?
It just came to me without much thought?
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I actually faced two major challenges, the first being that I knew very little about the business and the process. To overcome both I educated myself. I read an array of books and Journal articles and I surrounded myself with several literary mentors. These Individuals were willing to educate me about this wonderful business.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I connected with my assignment in the seventh grade. My teacher issued an assignment; a ten page paper. The majority of my classmates were upset but not me. I was thrilled. I was happy that I had an opportunity to impress my teacher with my writing skills. I found joy in coming up with words that would intrigue her. In school I took creative writing classes and that’s about it. Writing was just a part of my soul, it’s just who I am.
How do you come up with the names of characters?
The majority of the names just came to me. Also, I allowed family and friends to name some of my characters.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes, I learned that if I set my mind to something and if I commit myself to putting forth the effort, I can reach my goals. Not only did I write an amazing book, I educated myself about the business of publishing from the eyes of an Author, Publisher, Agent, Publicist, Distribution Company etc…
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing, because I far exceeded my expectations.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I enjoy books that educate you on how to master a certain task or subject. Also, I love Romance novels as well as, self help books. My Favorite authors are Jane Austen, Zane, Terry McMillan, Cyrus A. Webb etc…My list could go on and on because I love a variety styles. No one recipe satisfies my literary craving.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, my second novel is complete and I’m really excited about it. I’m limited as to what I can disclose. I will say that it is non-fiction and it’s a series of short stories about men and their ability to love.
What is the best advice you can give other writers about writing or publishing?
As far as writing, stay focused and never give up on your passion for writing. Even if you feel that you are ready to write that mind-blowing novel and you pick up a pen and your words evade you, never give up. Continue to journal and live your life; trust that the words will come. Publishing is serious business and treat it as such. Do your home work, read all that pertains to this business, join literary groups, surround yourself with mentors and attend conferences and literary events.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
My novel challenges readers to look inward and assess the various decisions that have guided their life. A Misrepresentation of Myself, is Raw, Honest, Insightful, Passionate, Humorous but most of all, it’s a mirror into ones soul. To handle this novel and truly appreciate it, one must be open and willing to confront their baggage.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
If you would like to learn more about me and my wonderful book please visit my website at: maryegilder.com, Read the reviews posted at Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com, Join my Facebook fan page at: Mary E. Gilder, and follow me on twitter. My novel can be ordered on line or from any book store the ISBN is: 978-0-9823844-0-4.