Today I came across a website, Accredited Online Colleges. On this site is a list of 20 novels written by and about the experiences of African American women. And I was pleased, shocked and honored to find my first novel, Water In A Broken Glass, to be #17 on this list along with all the writers I admire–Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Terry McMillian, Zora Neale Hurston, Paule Marshall, Octavia Butler, and many more. I cannot tell you how wonderful this makes me feel. Water is 11 years old and every singel day someone finds it and finds me and tells me what a wonderful novel it is and how it changed their lives. I never knew it would have the impact that it is having on people. It amazes me and sometimes it scares me and makes me smile. When I was writing it, I hoped that people would love Satin and understand Tonya. As it turns out, people love and understand every character in the book. They also love and understand the story and the struggle that everyone is going through.
I cannot thank Guichard Cadet enough for having the guts and vision to publish Water. And as always, I thank my husband, who has been there for me since I we were 12-years-old.
Click on the link and have a look. http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/blog/2011/20-essential-novels-for-african-american-women/