Marji Laine

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Interview: Debut Author Keisha Bass


PERMANENT-RESIDENT-AT-THE-PURSE-TABLEbI’m so excited to host author Keisha Bass today. Her debut novel, Permanent Resident at the Purse Table, has just released. Don’t you love the name? Seriously, it brings up all of the insecurities I had as a child and still struggle with.

And though I haven’t read the book in it’s entirety, I did get to critique on some of the initial chapters. Keisha just gifted me with my very own signed copy this weekend and I can’t wait to put it to good use! Here’s the premise of the story:

If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.

Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

I’m super excited about her new book – loving the cover as well, but I wanted to find out what else she’s working on. ‘Cause this gal is a hard-worker! Not only is she a middle-school coach (of volleyball, among other things!) she’s also the vice president of our DFW Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. And I’m please to get to call her friend!

Marji: I’m so glad Permanent Resident is doing well, but what else are you working on?
Keisha: Glory’s Calling comes out in November 2015 from Urban Christian Books.

Marji: Oh, I remember you telling about that one. What was the greatest challenge you had when writing that book?
Keisha: The greatest challenge was (and still is) trying to finish while simultaneously getting things in order for my debut release (ex. launch party and promotions).

Marji: So is this new book going to be part of a series?
Keisha: Yes, Glory’s Calling is the first book in my “For God’s Glory” series.

Marji: God’s Glory series. I like it. What is the series about?
Keisha: There are six more books in this series. Each character has some sort of issue or flaw. They can help those around them and help lead others to peace, but ironically, can’t do it for themselves. They must lean on God for their answers. As we all do.

Marji: What else do you write?
Keisha: I write non-fiction. I have several Christian self-help books in the works, but currently I am trying to acquire an agent for my memoir. It’s about being delivered from drug addiction while teaching in the public school system. (Sounds like the characters in my “For God’s Glory” Series :))

Marji: Yes, I’ve heard your story – amazing redemption and release from that bondage. I look forward to seeing that in print! How do you celebrate each completed project?
Keisha: First, I thank God for getting me to “The End”. Then I usually treat myself to a longer massage than usual, treat my family to dinner, go shopping, or sleep –LOL!!

Marji: Just for fun, besides writing, what do you do in your spare time – if there is such a thing!
Keisha: I read Christian self-help books, play sports, or catch up on my reality TV shows.

authoroutside_edited-2Marji: I’m so glad Keisha was able to visit! I hope you enjoy Permanent Resident at the Purse Table and make sure you leave a review. There are already some great ones up on the Amazon link! Here’s a little more about my friend!

Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, and Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles. 

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “Interview: Debut Author Keisha Bass

  1. Thanks so much for joining me on Faith~Driven Fiction, my friend! Looking forward to hearing more good news from you soon!


  2. Great interview Keisha and Marji. Praying a blessing on your books and the message to reach those that need it most.


  3. Congratulations, Keisha! Were you at ACFW in Dallas? I think I ate at your table once, or else I’ve seen you online so much that I feel like I know you.

    Seven book series? That’s impressive. I hope your book reaches a lot of people.

    Again, congrats!


  4. So excited for you Keisha! Good books showing the Good News in action. I know many will be blessed and lives changed. Congratulations!