What’s Happenin’ People :)

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post.  So much has been happening that I haven’t had time.  These last few months, actually the last two years have been amazing.  Things are happening in my life that I never imagined would happen.  As writers, we always dream about something big happening in our careers but we never really believe they will or can come true.  Well, things that I dreamed and didn’t dreamed are happening.  It’s crazy.

Let’s see.  Where do I start?  I guess with May 11th.  That is the day Water In A Broken Glass screened at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.  It was an amazing night.  Candiace Dillard, who plays Nikki, was there with her family.  Jamelle, my husband, Michael, and I were there.  Kirby Griffin, who shot the film came.  And Wes Hall, who plays Malcolm made it.  The audience loved the film.  They were laughing, fussing, and crying throughout the movie.  That let us know that the film hit all the right cords with them.

A few days later, The Washington Blade wrote a wonderful review about the film.  Check it out. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/12/bi-love-triangle-explored-in-water-movie/

Then on June 16th, Water screened at the Rapport Film Festival in London!  London y’all!  http://rapportfestival.com/movies-16-june-2018-water-in-a-broken-glass/

That was incredible.  We weren’t able to attend, but at around 11 am our time, we all started tweeting, posting, and texting about our film playing in London.

Then on July 14th, Water screened at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, NC.  Jamelle, Emi, the script supervisor for the film, Michael and myself attended.  The cast was not able to make it because they were busy with other projects.  But we represented for them.  Jamelle participated in a panel discussion on diversity in Hollywood.  Then we returned for the screening of Water.  And guess what!  We won Best Film.  That was so incredible.  We were not expecting that at all.  Check out the picture of us during the Q&A and see the surprised looks on our faces.  We were like, Tre, for real?

I want to thank Tre McGriff for selecting our film.  It is an incredible honor.  It means so much because I watched how hard the cast and crew worked on this film and for them to receive this award is awesome.  They truly deserve it.  And a special thank you goes to Eternity Phillips who told Tre about Water.  If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have even known about the film.

Congratulations Everyone!!!!

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Water In A Broken Glass premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Historic Senator Theater in Baltimore. Based on the novel Water In A Broken Glass by Odessa Rose, the film was directed by Jamelle Williams-Thomas,  and stars Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Toni Belafonte (Last Love Lost), Candiace Dillard (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Shani Ashley, Lee Avant, Carlyncia Peck, Renea Brown, Omar McClune, and Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless and Diagnosis Murder.)

The Red Carpet was hosted by KSal and filmed by Leonard Scovens (All Things Baltimore) and Vaughn Mason.

Click on this link to see scenes from the Red Carpet: https://youtu.be/yr1Qxuj8xBc

I want to thank the 650+ people who attended the premiere and made it such a memorable night for us all.

For more information about Water In A Broken Glass, please visit https://www.waterthefilm.com/

White Pages Black Print

I want to take this time to thank the members of White Pages Black Print Book Club for selecting my novel, In the Mirror, for their book-of-the-month.  I had the most wonderful time.  From the delicious food to the fun, wild discussion, it was a night every author dreams will happen at a book club.  I especially want to thank Erica who recommended my novel.  That great night wouldn’t have happened without you. 🙂

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

Well, it happened!  Water In A Broken Glass the film premiere on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the historic Senator Theater in Baltimore.  The Red Carpet started at 6 pm and let me tell you, we sold the theater out.  650 people came out to support the film.  It was a spectacular night.  The entire cast was in the building–Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Candice Dillard, Toni Belafonte, Lee Avent, Carlyencia Peck, and Victoria Rowell. It was an incredible night. I want to thank everyone who came out, especially in the rain.  The best thing is afterward, people begin spreading the word about how great the film was so now people are asking when and where they can see it.  So I’ll keep you posted about that.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from that awesome night. Enjoy.

   

Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign

What’s goin’ on, People?  As you know, we are in the middle of our Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign for the film version of Water In A Broken Glass.  Our goal is to raise $45,000, most of the money will go to paying the wonderful cast and crew who worked on this film.  So far we’ve raised 10% of our goal, $4,375.  We have about two weeks to go.  I know that we will get the funds we need to bring Water In A Broken Glass to the big screen.  The premiere is set for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater in Baltimore City at 7 pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful event.  To help support the film, Click the Link and Pick A Perk.  It’s that easy.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-in-a-broken-glass-finishing-funds#/

I will see you all on the red carpet. 🙂

“Water” in the Baltimore Times Newspaper

I was fortunate enough to be featured in an article written by reporter and playwright, Ursula Battle in The Baltimore Times newspaper.  Click on the link and read all about Water the film, which is based on my novel, Water in a Broken Glass.  Thank you all for the support and love you are showing Water.  I truly appreciate it.  None of this would be happening without you.

http://baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2017/jul/28/odessa-roses-water-broken-glass/#.WYDmmW4l8Sg.facebook

 

Book Club Extravaganza

I am excited to be one of the featured authors at the Liberty Lite Readers Book Club Extravaganza, which will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Liberty Senior Center.  Thank you Liberty Lite Readers Book Club for this wonderful honor.  I’m looking forward to it.

The Artist Exchange

Hey Everyone!

Nate, the host of The Artist Exchange Radio Show, will be interviewing me and Jamelle on Friday, February 17, 2017.  We will discuss everything from writing, acting, movie-making, and of course how Water in a Broken Glass made its way to the big screen.  Tune-in and call in.  Thanks in advance.  I be listening for your call on tomorrow night.

Tune in LIVE!!!!! FRIDAY 02/17/2017
7pm-9pm EST
TheArtistExchange Radio Show
Topic: -Facing Fears Pt.2-
Guests:”Odessa Rose”
Nate Couser (Host)
BigMamaAma (Co-Ho8st)
Real Artists⭐Real Talk⭐Real Live
www.BeExposedRadio.com ————————–———— 📌Join the conversation LiVE!!!! Call us at (410)702-5657
Or
Text us at (443)642-9403. 📌COMPUTER/MOBILE USERS GO TO
www.BeExposedRadio.com &
click on the listen live button. 📌YouTube Live
SUBSCRIBE.. to our YouTube channel
@BeExposedRadio… Tune and listen live during our show or listen to the full show Anytime!!!!!” 📌 Join our Facebook Group and Fan Page @The_Artist_Exchange
www.facebook.com 📌 Artists looking for exposure Email me a link to your work. Include a brief bio & headshot 📌Businesses looking for creative options to promote or market your business…. Contact Us…. 443-418-8168
TheArtistExchangeRadioShow@gmail.com We have affordable rates & packages that will fit any budget

Liberty Lite Bookclub

I had an absolute ball with the Liberty Lite Bookclub.  Everyone was so welcoming and we had a great discussion.  I love it when readers can tell me things about my work that I didn’t even see.  I want to thank Liberty Lite Bookclub for featuring Water in a Broken Glass and for loving it as much as I do.

Promoting Water the Film

On Wednesday, January 25th, Jamelle and I had the wonderful privilege of being guess on Channel 13’s On Time show with host Marcus Washington.  It was a great interview.  Jamelle did a better job of talking about the film than I did.  I was so nervous.   But I had fun.  The show will air Sunday, February 5th at 6:30 AM on Channel 13 in Baltimore.  I hope you will be able to tune in.

Water In A Broken Glass Movie Trailer

On Sunday, August 23, 2014, I had the enormous pleasure of being on set for the filming of the movie trailer for my first novel, Water In A Broken Glass.  Guichard Cadet of La Callie Nous Publishing took a chance and published Water back in September 2000.  Who would have guest that almost 15 years later, it would be made into a film?  Not me.  Even while I was on set I hard a hard time believing I was out there for one of my books.  As I write this post, it is still surreal to me.  But I think the most difficult thing I had believing was seeing Tonya and Satin walk around in real life.  Tonya is played by the beautiful and talented Shauntice  Donita Wyatt and Satin is played by the beautiful and talented Okema T. Moore.  But to simply say these women play Tonya and Satin is an understatement.  Shauntice is Tonya and Okema is Satin.  That’s what made the day even more unbelievable for me.

I want to thank Jamelle Williams-Thomas for loving Water In A Broken Glass enough to want to put it on the big screen.  She is a marvelous director.  I also want to thank producer Danielle Mooney, who still doesn’t realize the great contributions she is making to bring Water to life.  Tekoa Smith is also doing a fantastic job making sure everything has what they need so this film goes off without a hitch.

And we all want to send a big thank you to Andrew, the owner of The Book Escape.  He was gracious enough to allow us to film part of the trailer in his beautiful store, which is located in Federal Hill at 805 Light Street.

None of this would be possible without the love and support of my family and friends.  Michael has been with me and encouraging me pretty much from the first day we met.  Brian, Marcus, and Nina remind me everyday why my writing is so important and fun.  My mother,  who sparked my love of reading by reading to me, lets me know how proud she is of me.  My sister, Rachel, who makes me smile and blush when she tells random people that her big sister writes books.  One day I will be able to write down the names of each and everyone of my friends who support me, but for now, I want say thanks for everything.

Below are some pictures we took of the shoot.  I can’t wait to see the trailer!  And then it’s onto the actual film.  Stay tuned.

20150823_09113220150823_09153920150823_10562520150823_09520320150823_09503320150823_09155520150823_09132020150823_11012720150823_09125820150823_10430520150823_09013920150823_09000020150823_10350720150823_090105

 

Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot (1)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot (2)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot (15)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot (17)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (5)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (18)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (7)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (8)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (20)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (27)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (25)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (39)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (43)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (42)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (47) Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (46)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (53)Water In A Broken Glass Trailer Shoot 2 (55)

20150823_15420520150823_15525220150823_16002820150823_16022020150823_16022520150823_16022120150823_16024420150823_160643

Why Write About The Other Woman?

“Is In The Mirror autobiographical?”

In The Mirror Front Cover Final May 4 300 DPI

This is the question that I hear most often from people who have read In The Mirror.  When I confess that the story is completely made up, most don’t believe me.  “It seems so real,” they say.  I take that as a compliment, because when I was writing In The Mirror, everything seemed real to me.

“Why did you write it?” is the next question.  And I say that In The Mirror came out of my desire to understand why and how a woman becomes “the other woman.”  What is it about married men that attracts her?  What does the other woman have to do in order to survive in that role?  What sustains the other woman in that role?  What role does the other woman play in an adulterous relationship?  What is the other woman’s thought process?  What power does the other woman have in an extramarital affair?  What impact does the other woman have on her married lover’s family, and indeed, on his own family?  How does the other woman see herself in this type of relationship?  How does the other woman not see herself?  Exactly who is the other woman?

In writing In The Mirror, I answered all of these questions and several more that I didn’t know needed to be addressed.  The answers are not easy, and I often found myself at odds with them.  But I learned a lot about the other woman.  And dare I say, I now understand her a lot better than I did before I wrote this book.

6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo

Yesterday, I attended the 6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo.  This wonderful event is the baby of Patricia Johnson-Harris, one of the hosts of  Authors Talk Live blog radio show.  Although she is not an author, Pat is a great supporter of authors.  This is my second year attending the Expo and it’s been a blessing.  I’ve connected with so many talented authors and the sweetest, most supportive readers.  You feel loved when you are at this event.  I am so thankful to be a part of it.  I can’t wait until next year.