Interview with S.K. Derban, author of 'Uneven Exchange'

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries.  Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

Her latest book is the mystery romance, Uneven Exchange.
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About the Book:

Title: Uneven Exchange
Author: S.K. Derban
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 344
Genre: Mystery/Romance

Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet’s life runs hot and cold.

At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor.

Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it.

Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission.

Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach. Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose.

However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong.
Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the peaceful haven that has now become her prison? Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever…

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  • Uneven Exchange is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

A: The idea for this book came to me while bicycle riding along Bayside Walk in Mission Beach. Most of my ideas come either while hiking or biking. I seem to lose myself along the trails while enjoying nature.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

A: First and foremost, I believe that a true writer must write because they simply cannot imagine not writing! I would write even if never published. Write because you love to write. When you write for yourself first, good writing will find its way to others.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

A: Limitless Publishing published Uneven Exchange, my most recent novel. Any talent I have is considered a gift from God. For that reason, I made the personal decision to trust in the Lord. If being a published author was completely right for my life, I knew that God would make it happen. Therefore, I decided not to self-publish, but rather to wait on the Lord. Ten years and 500 rejections later, I signed with a publisher for my first novel, For No Apparent Reason. After proving myself as an author, I signed with Limitless Publishing for Uneven Exchange.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

A: Definitely. Although I was prepared to market my book, I failed to realize the amount of time the marketing would consume.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

A: Presently I am working on another mystery romance with the working title of Circumvent. I am hoping for a publication date of Christmas 2016.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

A: Offline is my favorite place to hang out. When I am online, that means I am not writing. However, you will find my on Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Q: What’s your nightly ritual before retiring for the night?

A: Reading, of course!

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

A: It is my strong desire to make a difference in the lives of my readers. Throughout all of my stories I hope to bring them joy. I also hope that their strength and faith will increase by reading about the strength and faith of my characters.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

A: Yes. I would like to thank you for allowing me to be interviewed! I sincerely hope that I am able to encourage others, and have opened the question portion of my Goodreads page in case there are additional questions.

To all of the writers, I would like to remind them to Keep Writing! Try and write at least one page per day. I wish you all great success!
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