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!!!!

Busy, Wonderful Time

To say that life for me has changed would be an understatement.  So many wonderful things have happened in my life.   My family has been right here with me, which is so, so sweet.  My friends are with us on this incredible journey.  I’ve met some great, beautiful people.  You never know where life is going to take you until you just let life take you.  And it’s beautiful.  Hard, frustrating, scary, but beautiful.  Coppin State asked me to speak on a panel.  Woodlawn Page Turners asked me to speak at their anniversary.  Liberty Lite Book Club asked me back for their Book Club Extravaganza.  Reel Affirmation screened Water In A Broken Glass at the DC Center.  And it’s being shown in London!!  Come on.  London!!  I could cry some days.  All of this is so special and sweet and wonderful and awesome.  And I have my family, friends, and fans of the book to thank for all of this.

  Screening at the DC Center 

The Baltimore Book Festival 2017

I had one of the best times at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday.  I met a lot of talented authors and a bunch of excited readers, who were looking for the next book that will keep them reading through the night.

The new cover for In The Mirror was a big hit.  Readers could not resist picking the book up and once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t leave without buying it.  So, once again I want to thank Tyrone Wilkens, Toni Belafonte, Lauren Smith, and Malcolm Blackman for helping me reshoot the cover.  It is a beautiful thing.

So below are so highlights from the festival.  On my Facebook page, are interviews of several authors, who were gracious enough to allow me to Go Live so I could share their work with my friends and family, who, by the way, were super, super supportive and came out to get their copy of In The Mirror.  I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.  Happy Reading 🙂

“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 Cover Reshoot: Third Time Around

Okay, so they say that the third time is a charm.  I believe who said this is right.  In my previous post I talked about the two different covers I had for my novel In the Mirror and how something is missing from both.  Well, this time I got it right.  Everything I wanted for this cover I got and more, much, much more.  And guess what!  For you viewing pleasure, I recorded some behind the scenes footage that puts you in the middle of that wonderful shoot.  I do have to warn you, though.  While this video shows several photographs, I do not reveal which picture I chose for the cover.  You’ll have to wait for the re-release to see that.  So click on the link below and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU