Interview with Jamallah Bergman

Welcome, Jamallah Bergman!

1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
(JB) Well I
was born in Jamaica Queens New York but I’ve lived in the south for most of my
life and now reside in Atlanta Georgia with my teenage daughter. I love to meet
new people and I’ve met a lot of great authors as well as fans of mine. Well
I’ve been writing for a number of years but I didn’t get noticed until I
published my first book back in 2011. A good friend and fellow writer Mike
Arsuaga was the one who told me about sending my manuscript off to Secret
Cravings Publishing since I had such a hard time trying to find anyone to
publish my work. Well after checking it out and all, I went and turned it in. A
couple of weeks later, I got a contract for my 1st book. It’s called
“If…Only You Knew” and it’s probably one of my best.
2.  All writers fear the dreaded
“block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(JB) The longest time I’ve ever had the dreaded “block” was
going on 8 years…ugh! But what I did was I would either go for a  walk to clear my head of whatever could be
blocking me from writing OR I just talk with someone because honestly that’s how
I get some of my great ideas is by talking and carrying on a conversation with
my friends. Because honestly you never know what can come across in your mind
when you have a good conversation with your friends or fans. Either that or a
picture that might come across my screen of a very handsome man.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life,
it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that
bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(JB) Well I do like to go for a walk sometimes, depending on the
weather you know, either that or I like to drive around to thrift stores and
try and find something I like there as well. I do collect cookbooks as well as
Cobalt blue glass items. It’s my favorite color so if I see something that I
don’t have, I try and get it right away.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
(JB) Well for me, I said that I had wanted my name out there
from the very beginning. So that folks that thought that I wouldn’t do anything
with my life, they thought basically I would fail in what I had wanted to
accomplish, could see for themselves that I did it. I’ve had friends of mine
from high school give me praise for being able to become a writer. I know it
give me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing now.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re
like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(JB) Good lord in the morning woman,lol,you know that’s a
toughy….but I’ll try and think. Lemme see here….ummm….and these are in no
particular order mind you. J.R. Ward, Sienna Lynx, Taabia Dupree, Leanore
Elliott, Johanna Lindsey, Stephen King, Harper Lee, Sable Hunter, Ryan O’Leary,
Jane White Pillatzke…I do have more but we’ll be here all year,lmao
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or
otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in
the parts?
(JB) Oh my….you know I would probably have to say my first book “If…Only You Knew”, it’s a sweet story and the story itself is something that a lot of people go through daily. Trying to tell someone that you love how much you really mean to them. I would have Marley as Queen Latifah or Jill Scott or maybe a unknown and Richard as either a unknown or hmmmm….that’s kind of hard to figure out,lol….I’ll get back to you on that one for sure Kameron. 🙂
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if
it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear
it’ll go no further.
(JB) Your too much you know that, lol.
Well as far as what I am working
on right now, I am in the midst of working on edits for my next book in the
“Wrong Number Series” called “Constant Surprises”. If anyone has read the 1st
book “Sorry…Wrong Number”, there was a character that I know a lot of my fans
and readers had read about and wanted more of him. His name is Roy Fulton and
he’s heading back home to Kansas. This story picks up to when he is getting off
the plane and what happens afterwards…..well I can’t tell ya what happens next
but the title itself tells the whole story. There are plenty of surprises for
those that read this story. *wink*
But I would like to talk about my
latest book that is out right now called “The Admission”. I wrote it with one
of my favorite old movies in mind called “The Heiress” For those that know me,
I am a huge old movie buff and this movie here is one of my favorites. I
thought the story itself was not only something that most if not all folks can
relate to but it was a story that had so much meaning as well. My characters
Cathy and Rodrigo go through so much in this story that honestly it seems
unreal that they will find love with one another. I hope that those who read
this story will go through the same emotional journey that these two lovely
characters have endured within those pages.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading
order?
(JB) Well you can find most of my stories either on Amazon,
Barnes and Noble, ARE or Bookstrand. You can also go onto Secret Cravings
Publishing website to find my books there. As far as reading order, there
really isn’t any order at all. You can read the blurb and if one my books
tickle your fancy, then I so suggest taking a look at it.
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact
you?
(JB) You can find me at the following links below:
My Romance Novel Center Profile: http://www.romancenovelcenter.com/jamallahbergman
Good reads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805513.Jamallah_Bergman
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have
anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(JB) Never give up on your dreams. I always had people telling
me for years that I honestly wouldn’t amount to anything and even though I had
dreams of becoming a writer, I had always had doubters that made me feel that I
couldn’t accomplish those dreams. Well I ended up proving them all wrong in the
end.
Wrap-up
There you
have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Jamallah Bergman for stopping
by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and chat.

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  1. Great interview!
    Will definitely be checking out your books.

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