Last night, Jamelle and I were interviewed by V. Helena of the Writer’s Haven Show. We had such an amazing time. V made us feel welcome and at ease. She asked some great questions and had the conversation flowing. I thank her so much for inviting us and allowing us to share our journey with her audience. I will be sure to keep you posted about when the show will air.
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. 🙂
Hey Y’all. Christmas is just a few days away. If you are still looking for that great gift, I have two–Water In A Broken Glass and In The Mirror. Click on the links and order you copies today. I hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas.
It’s finally here! The Official Rerelease of In The Mirror. It’s been a long few months, but with the help of some truly talented friends, I was able to put this book back out with a new, fantastic cover and some beautiful editing. Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this amazing point in my writing career. I believe readers will thoroughly enjoy reading how Jasmine goes about trying to prove that the love of her life is not in love with his wife. Now without further adieu, click on the link below and get your copy of In The Mirror. Happy Reading 🙂
In just a few short days, everyone will be able to purchase the revised edition of In The Mirror. You can order it at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Odessa-Rose/dp/0615907334/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506354153&sr=8-1&keywords=odessa+rose+in+the+mirror
Order Today! Thank you in advance for all your support.
Look what arrived just in time for my appearance at The Baltimore Book Festival. The official rerelease of In the Mirror is Friday, September 29, 2017, but if you come to the Book Festival, you will be able to get a copy and start reading about Jasmine Falls and what she does to get proof that her boyfriend is not in love with his wife.
I will be at the book festival on Sunday, September 24th with the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland from 3 pm to 7 pm. I hope to see you there.
As always, thank you all for your support. It is truly appreciated.
Check out the trailer for In the Mirror, which will be re-released September 29, 2017.
Okay, y’all. After weeks of working with Createspace in trying to get the new cover for In the Mirror correct, and learning all there is to know about RGB and CMYK, I finally have a proof of In the Mirror with a cover I can live with. So, I want to thank everyone who helped me in the redesign of this amazing cover, starting with the very talented Tyrone Wilkens who took the photograph; the beautiful Toni Belafonte, Lauren Smith, and the handsome Malcolm Blackman for agreein…g to be on the cover; Victoria Valentine http://www.victoriavalentine.com/pageandcoverdesign/ of for her wonderful design; the great filmmaker Teresa Davis for allowing us to use her beautiful bed; and Devin FlyGuy Ricks, Kirby Griffin, Leonard Coleman, Jamelle Williams-Thomas, Symora Thomas, and last but not least, my wonderful, supportive husband, Michael, who does any and everything he can to support me. I can’t do anything of this with Michael, y’all So I hope you like the cover as much as I do. In the Mirror will be re-released in the next two weeks. Be on the look out. Thanks for all the support y’all always give me.
For the last few months, I’ve been working feverishly to re-release my novel, In The Mirror. It’s been a challenge because I am determined to produce a great story, inside and out. Meaning, I want the cover and interior to be awesome. I’ve been working with some wonderful people. Natalie Stokes-Peters has been formatting the interior. I wrote In the Mirror using Word. Natalie uses InDesign. The two programs did not mesh well at all. In reading the book, I found over 700 edits that Natalie had to address. That took a lot of time.
The cover is another thing that has taken a lot of time. More time than I expected. We shot the cover in April. Here is the link to the behind the scenes of the cover shoot. https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU
Well, we have a beautiful cover. The only problem is the digital version looks great, but the physical copy prints too dark. The main character, Jasmine, can be seen, although not at vibrant as the digital version, and the two other characters, Daniel and Regina, are hardly visible at all. So I am working hard to get it right.
My hope is that I’ll have it correct before the Baltimore Book Festival.
🙂 Happy Reading.
I had the wonderful opportunity of being interviewed by Joey Pinkney. Thank you so much, Joey, for the support you give authors. Click on the link for my interview. Happy Reading
Recently, I reshot the cover to my novel In the Mirror. I’d been wanting and needing to reshoot the cover for a long time. The first time the cover was shot was when In the Mirror was published by Dewdrop Publishing. The cover featured my beautiful cousin, Dana Pryor, who plays the main character, Jasmine Falls.
It is a wonderful cover. I love it, but it didn’t attract many readers. There was something missing from the cover. Not long after its release, I was able to acquire the rights to In the Mirror and I decided to reshoot the cover. Now, I’ve never bought a book based on the cover. I’m title’s person, meaning, if the title grabs my attention, I’m picking up the book to see what it’s about. I now understand that covers do the same for most readers. Their first introduction to you as a writer is the cover, and if it doesn’t grab them, they won’t grab the book.
So I had this wonderful idea for a cover and had a friend, Steven Houk, who dabbles in photograph to shoot it for me. For the talent, I again used my cousin Dana, who is Jasmine. I asked my co-worker, Lauren Smith, to play the role of Regina Roberts, and I asked my former publisher, Devlon Waddell, to play the role of Daniel Roberts. This is what we came up with.
This cover attracted a whole lot of attention. Every book fair I attended, I sold several copies because it drew people over to my table. And once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t wait to read it. The only problem is this cover didn’t exactly do what I wanted. I wanted it to be a night time scene, but we weren’t able to achieve that. So it looks like Jasmine is standing in Daniel and Regina’s room in the middle of the afternoon as they are napping. Also, we had elongate the image because we couldn’t originally shoot it vertically. So everyone is distorted, which I could say plays a part in how Jasmine views the relationship. Yeah, I could say that. It sounds really good….Naw…
Soooo, that brings me to April 23, 2017. I’ll tell you all about that day in my next post.
“Is In The Mirror autobiographical?”
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.
Here is my 2nd video journaling my Writing Journey.
Writer Vickie Oliver-Lawson took time out of her busy life to write this sweet article about me. I want to thank Vickie for describing my writing journey so wonderfully. I felt like I was reading about someone else. Please check out this article and the many others Vickie has written.
If you are a writer, one of the hardest things to do is feel confident about your work. You are always doubting whether you are good enough. If the story you want to tell is important enough. Will readers get what you are trying to say? Will you get what you are trying to say? I go through this every other day, it seems. And every time something happens to make me believe in myself. Yesterday, something happened. Or should I say, someone happened.
Writer and radio personality, Claudia Moss, asked me to answer a few questions for her blog about a month ago. I was happy to do so, and felt honored that she would want to interview me. Well, I was not expecting the glowing piece that she wrote about me. She not only talked about my books, but she included a picture of herself taking my In The Mirror Challenge. She photographed herself smiling with an electronic copy of In The Mirror. Then she posted the questions I answered. This is by far the best write-up I’ve ever had. I feel like a New York Times Best Seller. But to say that is to negate the respect women like Claudia have for my work. With this beautifully written piece, Claudia made me understand that I am a Best Seller. That my work is important. That my readers get what I’m saying. That I get what I’m saying.
Writers don’t get heartfelt, honest praise like this every day. And so I want to take this opportunity to thank Claudia for this special gift, which has made me see beyond the Best Seller list and see me, a writer.
I Love You, Claudia.
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