I have been a teacher and coach for fifteen years, and currently teach P.E. and coach girls' volleyball and softball in Crowley, TX. I grew up in Houston, but have been in the DFW area ever since graduating from college in 1998. I love spending time with my family and friends, playing sports, singing and rapping, volunteering in my church's bookstore, and laughing all the time.
I know this is your debut novel. Congratulations! What is your story about?Thank you!! Here is the back cover blurb...
Where did you get the inspiration for your story?Permanent Resident at the Purse Table came about because I thought a lot about the girl who never gets asked to dance. Whether it be a poor self-esteem, poor self-image, self-doubt, or all of the above, we have to find our worth in the Lord and nothing else. Society or the world may shun you, but everyone needs to know that to God, we are cherished and special.
My main character, Ava, struggles believing this about herself, and when she receives attention from her best friend’s fiancé, she betrays her friendship. Having a poor self-image, can lead you to make bad choices to feel important or noticed. My novel explores this issue and the consequences that linger as a result of those choices.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?I have a couple of scenes that I love, but if I must pick one, I'd say a scene where there's an altercation between friends. I had to put myself in the scene as I wrote it which was fun. I literally acted parts of it out, so I could see the positions of everybody. It was a great help to act it out, but if anyone would have seen me, they probably would've thought I was crazy. (except for other writers who understand, of course :-)
What do you plan to work on next?
Where can readers connect with you?http://www.keishabass.org/