Shewanda Pugh

It is FOR and ABOUT authors. Here we shine the light on authors who we've read, reviewed, and recommend to others. In this edition we are shining our light on another gifted author...

Shewanda Pugh burst on the literary scene with her debut novel, Crimson Footprints, in 2012. Since then, she's been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television networks throughout the U.S. Shortlisted for the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, and the prestigious Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction, she's best known for brazen, out-the-box romances that delve deep into contrary worlds. Pugh whips up wit, charm, humor and a dose of heartache, for a sophisticated recipe all her own. Crimson Footprints,Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, and Crimson Footprints III: The Finale are available in stores and online.


Besides the obvious suspects, Facebook and Twitter, what is your FAVORITE app to use and why? The Kindle App on my laptop is a prized possession. Once, on a trip to the ER, my Kindle wound up cracked. Instead of replacing it, I waited for the HDX to debut. It was the Kindle app.

My shopping addiction is: You probably don't have to ask do you? Books, of course. My husband jokes that I get them on the black market and buy them in bulk.

Which would your feet most likely be caught in: stilettos, sneakers or slip-ons? I'm in Miami! Slip-ons!

My first kiss was…Uneventful. lol

What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake. Yum.

Do you have a favorite TV show? If so, what would you tell others to get them to tune in? Downton Abbey. The suspense in that show is so underhanded. You're the last one to realize you've pressed your forehead to the television.

What is your favorite electronic device? Kindle!

Do you doodle? Nope.

The best love advice I’ve ever received was: The best love is self-love; all else will come into place.

What is the wallpaper on your computer or laptop? I'm not sure exactly. I update from National Geographic regularly (I love maps). This one's a nighttime pic of a beach in China where the sand glows.


"Pugh doesn't use the obvious differences to give lip service to the can't we all just get along cliché. Instead Pugh demonstrates a sophisticated prose that allows the reader to delve deeply into two socioeconomic worlds. Thankfully, with this debut novel, Pugh has entered the field of romance fiction with her unique footprint to chart her own path." -USA TODAY

"Crimson Footprints is about understanding and looking beyond ones comfort zone for love. This was a romantic love story with twists and turns that will have readers anticipating if Deena and Takumi will stay together...I was impressed with the storyline and intrigued by Deena's sister, Lizzie's character and wanted to know more about her. I pray that there is a part two that will tell Lizzie's story. I recommend Crimson Footprints to others." -  APOOO BookClub

"With remarkable skill, Shewanda Pugh paints a picture of a bi-racial woman from a disadvantaged background who is smart and ambitious enough to succeed at life, despite her family's efforts to bring her right back down. It's bold and tragic and sweet and encouraging. The author's writing skills can't be faulted. She created a world that was vivid and real and then invites the reader in. Even with my very busy life, I managed to read this book in just a couple of days, and even now I think about it... If you'd like a book full of angst and love, family drama and family redemption, from an author who has amazing skills with the written word, I recommend you give this book a try. I bet you won't regret it." - LAS Romance Reviews


“This sequel proved to be better than the first…This book had more drama, suspense and was very entertaining from start to finish. The characters were well-developed and the author gives readers a more in depth look into the Hammond and Tanaka families. I cannot wait to read the finale in this series. I recommend this book to others.” - A&RBC Reviews

“You never know what to expect in life... and in books it appears. In Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, author Shewanda Pugh illustrates this very well…This is a strong story, a great follow-up to Part 1. I still favor Part 1; that first paragraph hooked me so in that book! Having finished Part 2, I'm left wondering what treats Pugh will bring to readers in her next work.” – ChickLitGurrl

"Shewanda Pugh has written another phenomenal story. I like the excellent quality provided by the author, which demonstrates a strong commitment to satisfy all readers. It's difficult to read a good book and have that followed up with a good sequel. Job well done!” - OOSA


“Ms. Pugh is an excellent writer who writes with a lyrical style that is poetic. She immediately draws the reader into the story and builds up to a climatic ending.” - Leona

“There were just so many layers to this story. I experienced many emotions as I read the story. I didn't want it to end. I know it was The Finale, but I wouldn't mind seeing some other stories branch off from it. Great job Shewanda Pugh!” – Courtney

“Loved this series.” – D. Lloyd

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