Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kimberla Lawson Roby, Winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction





Kimberla Lawson Roby is the 2013 Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction.  Roby self-published her first book 17 years ago and has sold over 2,000,000 copies of her titles.



(February 5, 2013) – New York Times, USA Today, Essence, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby won the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction for her novel, THE REVEREND’S WIFE (Grand Central Publishing).  This is Roby’s first nomination and win from the NAACP, and THE REVEREND'S WIFE is the 9th novel in her popular Reverend Curtis Black Series—a saga that centers on a prominent pastor and his wife and their struggles with money, power and infidelity.  The 44th NAACP Image Awards show aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, Friday, February 1, 2013, on NBC.


Roby has published 18 novels, and her latest, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE (Grand Central Publishing), was just released January 8, 2013.  THE PERFECT MARRIAGE tells the story of Derrek and Denise Shaw, a husband and wife who have everything:  unconditional love, a beautiful daughter, (2) six-figure incomes, and a gorgeous home.  But sadly, they are hiding a terrible secret:  they are both addicted to drugs.


In 1996, after receiving many rejection letters from literary agents and publishing houses, Roby’s mom insisted she shouldn't give up on her dream of becoming a published writer, and Roby’s husband encouraged her to use her business background to start her own business and self-publish.  It was then that Roby and her husband borrowed money from his 401K account, took out a small bank loan, and used some of their personal savings.  As a result, Roby sold just over 10,000 copies of her first book within 6 months, found a literary agent, and her second novel was sold to a major publisher.  In May 2013, her 19th novel, A HOUSE DIVIDED, will be published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group (New York, NY).


Kimberla Lawson Roby is the author of the bestselling works The Perfect Marriage, The Reverend’s Wife, Secret Obsession, Love, Honor, and Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, A Deep Dark Secret, The Best of Everything, Sin No More, One in a Million, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, A Taste of Reality, It’s a Thin Line, Casting the First Stone, Here and Now and Behind Closed Doors. She lives with her husband in Illinois.

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