Author Interview: Mary B. Morrison

In her most riveting novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers an emotional rollercoaster of a tale with Careful What You Click For, the story of four new friends chasing after their heart’s desires, no matter the cost. We spoke with author Mary B. Morrison about her inspiration, the significance of Black-owned bookstores, and more.

“Mary B.’s quick pacing and penchant for sexy bedroom scenes—her forte—have always kept the pages turning.”

Juicy Magazine

Please tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write this book and how this story took shape for you.

I’d heard from quite a few people about their online dating experience. A few success stories but let’s say moreso disastrous dates or no real love connection. At conception, CWYCF was intended for sheer entertainment. I signed up for several dating sites and had a blast concluding that people were taking online dating too seriously.

A few things were important for my characters. Secrets. Most individuals don’t want others to know they’re on a dating app. Vulnerability. Deep inside people desperately want to be loved. Deception. My characters, like a lot of people, lie to themselves all the time about who they are and what they want.

In two sentences or less, what’s something that might surprise listeners about your audiobook?

I graphically explored male sex trafficking.

Have you listened to your own audiobook? If so, what struck you about the narration?

I’m on chapter 35 of the audiobook for CWYCF. The overly exaggerated southern accents are funny. I think Shari Peele and Mirron Willis did an excellent job narrating my male and female characters.

Are you an audiobook listener? If so, what are some of your favorite audiobooks?

I am not an audiobook listener but I should be. Recently, I listened to my novel, Soulmates Dissipate, in preparation for adaption for a television series. That brings my audiobook total to 1.5. Seriously.

What have independent bookstores and/or booksellers meant to you personally and professionally?

Independent bookstores were my/our/African-American authors’ lifeline to readers. It saddens me that almost all of the African-American owned bookstores and distributers since I started writing in 2000, are out-of-business. I wouldn’t have success and longevity in the literary industry without them.

Note: Check out our list of Black-owned bookstores here.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

October 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. On January 17, 2020, I opted to have a double mastectomy. I’ve undergone four chemotherapy treatments, have lymphedema as a result of the surgery, was recommended to undergo five weeks of radiation (during the pandemic), and start reconstruction in March of 2021. Being a positive woman that uplifts other females, I’ve posted pics and videos on my social pages @celebhoneyb. You can find my website here.

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