Today I’m pleased to welcome novelist Yolonda Tonette Sanders to Story Matters. Yolanda is the owner of a Yo Productions, a Christian-based company that provides literary services as well as theatrical entertainment. A working wife and mother, Yolonda strives to live a purposeful life and uplift art from all walks of life with her company.
Her latest novel, Shadow of Death, is the third in the protective detective series that started with Wages of Sin and Day of Atonement. It explores what happens when homicide detective Troy Evans is framed for the murder of his ex.
Why I Write
by Yolonda Tonette Sanders
When I started Yo Productions, my goal was to create an extraordinary company that would “uplift, encourage, and inspire individuals from all walks of life.” The motto for my company is “Performance with Purpose.” I don’t write only to entertain. Sure, I like to make people laugh and I’m grateful that they enjoy my stories. Ultimately, I want people to walk away from my productions or finish one of my books with a renewed sense of hope about whatever situation they may be facing.
One thing that’s certain about life is that it’s often unpredictable. Even when we have our best plans all perfectly laid out, life comes in and interrupts things. The interruption can come in many forms. Death, illness, betrayal, and unemployment are a few examples. What I aim to do through my writings is to create stories that relate to real life circumstances.
My latest book, Shadow of Death, centers around a cop who has falsely been accused of murder. One of the reasons he gets into this predicament is because of his failure to be honest about some things in his past. Consequently, his reputation, his freedom, and his family all come under fire.
I create imperfect characters with a variety of issues. My characters are flawed because they reflect the marred men and women who exist in reality. We all struggle with something. We have all hurt and been hurt. No matter what race, gender, or socioeconomic status, pain is something that doesn’t feel good. Yo Productions seeks to reach people no matter where they are in life.
People in our world are hurting. It’s evident by the depressing news stories we see each day. Faith is an essential element to my writing. My characters find that it’s easier to work through their issues with God than without Him. Like people, the characters in my books don’t always embrace God at first. Some of them struggle with believing in Him just as many people in the world do. It is my desire that, after reading one of my books or seeing a Yo Productions stage performance, people’s lives will be impacted. For those who believe in God, I want to help build upon the faith they already have. For those who don’t, I’m hoping that they will at least give Him a second thought.
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About this book: The third in the new detective series that started with Wages of Sin and Day of Atonement, this thrilling page-turner explores what happens when homicide detective Troy Evans is framed for the murder of his ex—and the secrets that got him there.
A devoted husband, father, and detective, Troy will do anything to protect his family…including kill. In a fit of rage, he threatens the life of an ex-girlfriend when she attempts to cause trouble in his marriage. Little does Troy know, his words are caught on tape and will eventually come back to haunt him.
When Troy’s ex mysteriously disappears, he is convinced that she staged her disappearance to get back at him for his rejection, and his assessment seems plausible—until her body is discovered. Soon, Troy becomes the prime suspect in the murder investigation. And as secrets of the past begin to surface, they threaten to destroy more than his reputation; his marriage is at risk too, and ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.
Now on the opposite side of the law, Troy works diligently to find out who has gone to such great lengths to set him up. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head, Troy must prove that he’s neither a cheater nor a murderer. If he fails, he could permanently lose his badge, his freedom, and his family.
After words: Have you read any of Yolanda’s other novels? Can you pick a favorite?