Guest: LaVerne Thompson

Taking Risks

Sometimes we regret not taking that last turn off on the beltway of life. I don’t think there are many people who don’t think at some point in their lives they ‘should have or could have’ done something differently. If only…and life would not be the same.

That’s what writing for me is about, taking a risk with a storyline. An online friend lost her job, so I wanted to write a story about a woman who lost her job. So what, I asked myself, that has been done before. But, what if it was a mistake? That was a risk and could set this story apart. Next, what if there was an office romance, with the boss? Okay it’s been done, but what if the focus of the story wasn’t on this being an office romance and there was a twist to the storyline? Again a risk, but one that could set the story apart from other office romances. So I had the premise for my latest story.

I thought about the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken, and in my story I wanted my characters to go down that road. My latest story, Chances Are, is about making that kind of decision. I have my characters taking a chance in each other and knowing that they followed their hearts and not their heads.

Here’s the blurb for Chances Are:

If we work together can we still sleep together?

Kayla’s world is turned upside down: first she’s fired from the bank she’s worked at for fifteen years. Then on the same day rehired by the new bank president, a man she’s got the hots for, but he’s her boss and he’s got the hots for her too. Until he finds out his bank’s been robbed and Kayla’s somehow involved.

Talbert Reynolds, III isn’t at the top of the financial world because he shied away from risks, and pursuing Kayla could be one of the biggest risks of his life. But she’s worth it.

Or is she?

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LaVerne Thompson is originally from Trinidad. She is a wife and mother and has been writing stories all her life. She is now also a multi-published author and an avid reader of a variety of genres. She writes contemporary, fantasy and sci/fi sensual interracial romances. But racial conflict is not an issue in her story lines. Her fantasy work, Dragon’s Heart-Story of the Brethren, won first place in the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Aspiring Author Contest. She can be found online at, or

Laverne is giving away a pdf copy of her short story, Promises, to one lucky reader. Due to the content of the story, the winner must be over the age of 18. To enter the drawing, you first need to leave a comment or question for LaVerne. Then to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to The winner will be chosen on Sunday, August 1.