Stay consistent & push the envelope

B.M. Hardin is a Black contemporary author, who has published at present over 30 books independently. I came across Hardin’s work looking for something to read, her cover for her latest novel, Give Him Back, stuck out like a sore thumb. It was eye-catching, bright, and to be quite honest it showcased a black woman who was beautiful but visibly upset.

I read the synopsis and added it to my TBR (to be read) list, at the time I didn’t have an exact date for when I would begin the novel but I had it in my kindle. I frequent Amazon a lot to look for new books for my book club or simply to see what’s out and making noise on the charts. Hardin’s novel, Give Him Back was holding down the number one spot in African American Mystery and African American Woman’s fiction.

That was an amazing feat in itself but what made the accomplishment stand out was that she held those spots for several weeks. I bumped the book up on my TBR list and I have been reading Hardin’s catalog ever since. Her writing will leave you on the edge of your seat, it’s filled with mystery, suspense, murder, love, lust, and a hint of crazy. Just when you think you have it all figured out there’s another plot twist.

Hardin doesn’t stick to the preconceived notion that you must stick to a specific genre in order to be successful as a writer. She writes what’s in her heart–even if it’s about a modern-day witch who happens to be a successful black woman who is running from love.

I was able to sit down and chat with Hardin and she spilled all the tea. We talked about how she went from a full-time employee to a full-time writer. She dropped some Sistah Girl gems giving advice on how to handle business as a writer, promoting your work, and staying consistent. And I was able to get her to talk about how she pulls out those jaw-dropping storylines that keep us on the edge of our seats.

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Sharee Hereford



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