Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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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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…

For More Information

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

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Spending time outdoors is a passion of mine. Spending time outdoors with my family and friends makes it even better! I am blessed to live in San Diego where the weather is near perfect. The hardest thing to decide is if I want to go bike riding, golfing, stand up paddle boarding, or to play tennis!

When did you start writing?

In fifth grade I won my first award for a short story. After that I kept writing but only as a hobby. I did not get serious until I turned 40.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

It took having my second book published for me to really feel like a published author. I finally understand what it takes to make a career out of writing.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would love to gain access to the tunnels under the Temple Mount area of Jerusalem. One of the books I am presently writing takes place in the Old City of Jerusalem. There are parts in the book that require research of the area under the Temple Mount. I have been in the Rabbinical tunnels, but have not yet seen the restricted areas.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Pour a glass of red wine, light a candle, snuggle into a comfortable chair, and read a good book.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?


Back to your present book, Uneven Exchange, how did you publish it?

Limitless Publishing blessed me by offering me a contract.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

That is the fun part! I got to travel to Mazatlán.

Why was writing Uneven Exchange so important to you?

It is my strong desire with all of my books to make a difference in the lives of my readers. Throughout all of my different 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.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Most of my ideas come either while hiking or biking. I seem to lose myself along the trails while enjoying nature. When playing tennis or golf, I have to concentrate. While either hiking or biking my minds gets to wander.

Any final words?

Thank you to each and every person who has read my books. Since there are millions of books to choose, I feel honored whenever one of mine is selected.

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