I’m not sure I’ve ever actually met a “whole” person in my life, and I happen to believe that we can all give ourselves over to love even when we’re broken. And aren’t we all? Even just a little bit? The first time I tackled the ‘broken-and-in-love’ thing was with Tracy in ‘Unsuitable Men‘. Homegirl had some serious issues going on: knew she was beautiful but felt ugly, wanted a perfect man while knowing full well she was a very imperfect woman . . . But she still fell head over heels, deeper-than-the-ocean in love.

After her, I was hooked. And I did another broken character in ‘The Seduction of Dylan Acosta‘, and then again in ‘Secret‘. And now, in ‘Wife‘, there’s Keisha. Boy, is she ever broken. The things she’s done, the ways she’s undervalued herself–she should be a mess. And she was. Now, she’s beginning to put herself back together, and while she does so, maybe that leaves room to expose the ‘brokenness’ in the man she loves, Jayson.

As tempting as it was to write the kind of book where a “good guy” comes and rescues the “bad girl” from herself, I couldn’t do it. If you read ‘Mistress’, you know that there was no way Jayson wasn’t just a little bit broken himself, given what he’d been through, and furthermore, let’s face it, sometimes love is just the broken part in one person being drawn to the part of another person that they think will help them heal. I’m not saying that’s the healthiest kind of love, just that sometimes that’s just the way it is. And when that is how it is with a couple, how does it play out? When one of them begins to heal, and is a little less broken, what changes between them?

In ‘Wife’, that’s where I went with Keisha and Jayson. Expect no knights in shining armor from me. And no fair maidens either. I like the messy ones; the ones who’re broken. Hang with me a little bit–let’s see if they can put themselves back together.

Happy Reading.



Part I of the ‘Mistress’ trilogy.

Keisha Crawford is at a crossroads. Just when she thought she’d finally risen above the scandal in her past, her latest “sugar daddy” passes away, and now she’s being evicted from the luxury penthouse she thought was hers. Slinking home to her father’s house with her tail between her legs, Keisha’s only goal is to get out of Brooklyn and back to the lifestyle that she’s become accustomed to. But when you go home again, it’s that much harder to let go of the person you used to be.




Part II of the ‘Mistress’ trilogy. 

No longer a mistress to wealthy, much older men, Keisha Crawford isn’t certain who or what she is anymore. But one thing she is sure of is how she feels about Jayson Holmes, the handsome-as-sin ex-con who gave her a reason–and the courage–to change. Jayson’s going through an identity crisis of his own. He wasn’t the kind the man who was supposed to wind up in prison, and now that he’s out, he’s serving a different kind of time—living in regret for all that he’s missed, the relationships fractured and opportunities gone for good. 

Now Jayson needs to make some changes and build a new life. But when he does, he just may find that Keisha shouldn’t be part of it. 


12 thoughts on “Broken

  1. You have me thinking Nia. As I was reading, I started to hear Joss Stone singing “bruised but not broken….” What happens when something is broken? Sometimes you can put it back together, sometimes you can fix it, sometimes you can’t. I finished reading Wife early this morning. It was eye opening when you revealed that Keisha really wanted to give, not take. She wanted to matter. Don’t we all?

  2. There is no fun writing characters who aren’t a little broken, in my opinion, Nia. I think it was Anne Lamott who said it, and i’m paraphrasing, that if humanity wanted to be portrayed in a better light in fiction, they should’ve behaved better. LOL So, I have no apologies for writing broken characters. In fact, they are the most fun to write because they bring so much delicious conflict to the table.

  3. Hi Nia,. What I love best about your writing is that your characters are flawed. I mention this in my review of Wife that both Keisha and Jayson both needed to heal. Your stories are never “pretty” they always have a little grittiness to them. The characters almost always need to shed some “skin” to evolve and get to the place they need to be to find love or just self acceptance. I think that’s why Unsuitable Men and Maybe Never are my favorite of your books. Tracy evolved but she never really became perfect or whole. To me she was like a teacup that breaks and you glue it back together. It may look fixed but it will always have the small crack that showed it broken.

    I can’t wait for Mother and the roller coaster of emotions it is sure to bring!

  4. Hi Ms. Forrester,

    I avoided reading Mistress; didn’t think Keisha was worth the trouble. I was wrong; forgot to never judge a book by its cover. Wife was exceptional; even broken people deserve respect and understanding. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  5. Hi Nia,
    I finished wife a few days ago and once again I would like to thank you for sharing your gift. Your characters are so beautifully flawed, you bring them to life in print so brilliantly and realistically. Please never stop writing, I want to meet all of the potential characters that’s living in your head. Great job!

  6. Ms. Forrester, I have read ALL of your books to date and they have all captured my attention and quelched my “I just need to read a GOOD book”. Your gift of telling a story, from both perspectives, openly, honestly and with such conviction has sparked something within me to want to do something different, better if you will. So thank you for sharing your gift, making me laugh while keeping me entertained. I cannt wait until the next releases. You are my favorite author! Be blessed!

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