Frequently Asked Questions
What's the book about?
The novel, Born of Sin is African-American literary fiction set in Pittsburgh, PA, in the early 1980s. It is a contemporary fiction family drama. Born of Sin follows complex and layered characters who encounter and react to the universal affects of betrayal, unrequited love, and redemption.
Conceived out of wedlock and "born of sin," Jacob Dewitt suffers deeply at the hands of his resentful stepfather. In the midst of family chaos, Jacob is shipped off to boarding school. Years later, when the school expels him, he believes he can’t go back home.
As a young man alone on the streets of Pittsburgh, Jacob lies about his age and assumes a new identity. Intelligent and ambitious, he soon gets recruited by the city’s crime organization. Yearning for acceptance, Jacob embraces his new family that consists of an up-and-coming Madame, his primary mentor, and other drug runners.
He grows up fast. It doesn’t take long for the big boss to discover Jacob’s quick mind and other talents. Despite his rising status, Jacob yearns for a righteousness the streets can’t provide. To fill the void, he attends the local university and uses his gifted knowledge about the Bible to encourage his crew. Word of mouth spreads and miraculous things happen to the people he helps. Unfortunately, Jacob discovers that church and crime are an unholy union.
Alternating between the fictional town of Edgeboro, North Carolina in 1976 and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the early 1980’s, Jacob must choose between leaving the street family that embraced him and seeking a legitimate life with the family that disowned him.
Born of Sin follows a complex and layered African American family as each member deals with the universal affects of betrayal, unrequited love, and the desire to have something more.
Is it a Christian Book?
Born of Sin doesn't fit the Christian book themed format. The novel does however, address universal themes of family, unrequited love, forgiveness and redemption.
Should I buy the book?
You should buy this book because the characters' trials and struggles transcend a lot of what happens in our own lives and families. We've all experienced unrequited love, rejection, and loss. I believe this novel is a good read. I'm truly proud of this project.
Where can I buy it?
Now that it's published, you can buy it online on Amazon in an ebook or print format. Look out for the audiobook version that will soon be available on this website, and on Audible.com. If you want autographed books, please order copies from the "Books" tab on this website.
Do you plan to write a sequel?
Born of Sin is a stand alone novel but yes, there is a sequel. I've just completed the manuscript and will begin editing the draft soon. I've titled Book 2: Born by Fire. I also plan to write a third book in this series titled, The Last Born.
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