Please welcome Silke Ming to Sunshine Reads!
I have always loved writing. I started out with poetry and then graduated novels. Not a day goes by that I do not do some form of writing. I have written six fictional novels, and when time allows, I try to read at least two books per month, thanks to the convenience of the E Reader, which makes it easy to shop the bookstores from the comfort of one’s home.
In addition to my love of books, is my love of travel. Although my career was in travel, I am still bitten by the travel bug, and still travel when I can. I have lived in The Caribbean, Italy, India, Germany and now make Canada my home. Thai and Italian are among my favorite foods and my other pastimes are cooking and gardening.
I am new to romance writing and it has been quite a challenge, but as you can see from my list of titles, it has become one of my favorite pastimes.
Q. Who is Silke Ming?
She is a lady who loves to laugh. She knows what she wants from life and sets out to get it. And no, I am not Chinese. This is a question that I am constantly asked. Silke is actually a German name and I never miss an episode of the TV cook, Ming Tsai.
Q. Why did you choose the romance genre for your book?
I had always thought that erotic romance novels were written by older men hiding in closets somewhere. I was surprised to find out that most of the romance authors were female, who were proud of their craft.
Q. How many romance novels have you written so far?
I think that ‘Josephine Revisited’ is my thirteenth novel. Gosh, I hope that number thirteen doesn’t mean anything superstitious.
Q. Are you superstitious, Silke?
Let me put it this way. I will not walk under a ladder, nor will I allow a black cat to cross my path and I am always wary of Friday the thirteenth. Does that make me superstitious?
Q. What was your inspiration for your latest book, ‘Josephine Revisited?’
This is actually the sequel to a book I wrote last year. It was called ‘Possessing Josephine,’ and dealt with the topic of female genital mutilation. I decided that readers would probably be interested to know the outcome of the case that the daughter had brought against her mother.
Q. Why did you choose the Romance genre to tackle such a sensitive subject?
It may not seem like the right platform to advocate matters as important as this, but since the romance market is geared toward females, and there are many female romance readers who have never heard of this inhumane practice being perpetrated against women and young girls.
Q. When did you first hear about this practice?
I was actually on my first visit to West Africa when I heard about it. This is so ingrained in the culture, that young women are preyed upon and no one is ever prosecuted.
Q. Do you think that speaking about it on this forum will make a difference?
Who knows? At least women who are not as fortunate as we are will be more aware of this horrible practice that is still being imposed upon women.
Q. Silke, what are your pleasures in life?
I am an avid gardener. As soon as the spring thaw is gone, I am one of the first persons out there trudging through the slush in the back garden. Traveling is my passion and I love cooking. I will proudly say that I consider myself a gourmet cook.
Q. So what is your favorite cuisine?
Thai. I love the Thai flavors.
Q. You seem to have traveled extensively. If you had to choose one place in the world where you would rather live, where would that be?
Without a doubt New Zealand. That country has the most breathtaking landscapes and the New Zealanders are the loveliest people I have ever met.
Q. Where would you like to travel to next?
I would like to visit Cuba. I have been there on three occasions, but it was always on business, and I would like to really see it again before it changes and is over-run by tourism.
Q. Have you any regrets about your life? Or is there anything you wanted to do or wished you had done?
I wish I had learned to play the violin. I envy people who took the time to learn the instrument and are so good at it.
Q. Who is your favorite author and why?
I love the Austen sisters, Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens. I have been reading these authors’ books since I was a little girl and I have lost count of the times that I read Jane Eyre.
Q. Do you have a favorite romance author?
I don’t have a favorite, but there are several of them whose books I love and that includes some Siren authors.
Q. Lastly, Silke, what does your normal day look like?
I wake up around nine thirty in the morning, have breakfast which my husband prepares. We sit there and watch the variety of birds and wildlife in the garden. I make lunch around two and then I start to write. We never have dinner, because lunch is usually pretty substantial. Later in the evening I watch my cooking shows and if time permits, I get my E Reader out and try to read some of the books I’ve bought and haven’t yet read.
Thank you, Silke.
SILKE MING TITLES
Josephine Revisited (released Dec. 14, 2015)
The Layover (releases Jan 4th, 2016)