Charlotte-area writer still in control of her words

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Novelist AlTonya Washington didn't let a rejection from her publisher kill her wildly popular series.

In January, Washington, an award-winning and multi-published author, self-published her first book, A Lover's Regret. The response, she says, was great, and this month she released her fifth book in the Ramsey series, A Lover's Worth. She recently talked to Creative Loafing about her publishing experiences:

CL: You've self published another book; what's it about?

AlTonya Washington: A Lover's Worth focuses on Moses Ramsey whose real fear of being like his father Marcus Ramsey pushes him to betray Johari Frazier in the name of protecting her. Now years later, Moses strives to prove his worth and win back the woman he loves. Problem? Johari hates him and carries a secret that could devastate Moses more than he knows.

How did readers respond to you taking publishing into your own hands, and have you seen a good return on your investment?

The readers have really responded favorably and they were very supportive of my going forth with the series and not letting it fizzle because the publishers chose not to continue. I couldn't imagine letting down my readers who had already become so involved with the Ramseys and yes, the return on my investment has been just as favorable.

Are you still working with a traditional publisher -- and if you are, what books do you have coming from them?

Yes, I have two titles coming out in August 2008. Rival's Desire (Harlequin/Kimani) and Passion's Furies (Genesis Press).

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