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.
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.
This year I attended the 12th Annual CityLit Festival, which is held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. It took place the Saturday after what is now known as “Baltimore’s Uprising.” It was a difficult time for the Baltimore. At CityLit, a number of authors and poets discussed their work and expressed their feelings about the riots and their love for Baltimore.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love horror books and movies. I blame it on my mother, who used to read Stephen King novels to her children when we were small. One of the things I love most about horror are zombies. I love watching zombie movies. Don’t ask me why. It’s just fun to watch. So, you know I love The Walking Dead. It is by far my favorite television show.
Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to meet a guy by the name of Zomb-G, also known as Wyzae Crankfield. And guess what. He’s a zombie! Yep! And he’s from Baltimore. So you know I had to interview him for This Is Baltimore, Too. Wyzae Zomb-G is a very entertaining and interesting dude. Check him out, and you will find that he is also very intelligent and inspiring. You know that’s how we do at This Is Baltimore, Too. So, check out his story and See What’s Good In Your Baltimore Neighborhood.
We at This Is Baltimore, Too had the wonderful privilege of seeing the Bahamas National Youth Choir perform at Koinonia Baptist Church. These talented children are what is special, inspirational, and beautiful in this world. Watch this mini documentary and you will see what I mean.
Baltimore author, Chris Hicks, chats about his latest contribution to the literary scene in Baltimore. Tune in Tuesday nights at 9 on Channel 75 Comcast To See What’s Good In Your Baltimore Neighborhood.
The first episode of This Is Baltimore, Too will air on Channel 75 on Tuesday, November 11th at 9pm. This show focuses on the “Enough Is Enough Prayer Walks” orgainzed by city Councilman Nick Mosby and his wife and newly elected States Attorney, Marilyn Mosby. The walks were in response to the violence in the city. We featured the Prayer Walks because they show the citizens of Baltimore in a very different light.
In addition to the Prayer Walks, this episode features two other segments that show the good in your Baltimore neighborhood.
So, please spread the word about This Is Baltimore, Too, and be sure to tune in. Michael and I believe you will love this show.
We did it. This Is Baltimore, Too will be on TV. Starting Tuesday, November 11, 2014, This Is Baltimore, Too will air on Channel 75 every Tuesday at 9pm. Please tell all your friends to tune in. The first show will be The Enough Is Enough Prayer Walks organized by Councilman Nick Mosby in response to the crime in the city. While this show covers crime in the city, its main focus are the people trying to do positive things to help abate it. I believe you will enjoy this piece. Michael and I are very proud of it. It also features two other very good pieces about Baltimore.
So tell all your friends and family to watch the show so they can see the good in our Baltimore neighborhoods.