Water and the Hampden Branch Library

I had the most marvelous time at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  Devon, the branch manager, set up a theme in the library based on black art and water, including bottles of water from all over the world.  It was one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for a discussion about Water in a Broken Glass.  Speaking of discussion, it was so awesome.  Everyone really enjoyed the characters, the art in the book, and the way Baltimore is represented.  Devon appreciated the mention of the Pratt Library in the book.  If you have a chance, please visit the library.  It’s small but so adorable.  You will love it.

I thank the Hampden Branch for having me and all the people who came out to support me, which includes my mama and my husband, Michael.

Here are a few pictures.  Enjoy.

  

Discussing Water in a Broken Glass

On Thursday, July 20th I will be at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library discussing Water in a Broken Glass.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone there.  It’s going to be a fun time.  I hope to see you there.  Click on the link below for more information.  And thanks so much for all the support.  I couldn’t do any of it without you all.

http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/bood_discussion#.WW66LbpFyUk

 

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

It’s All About The Book Cover

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.

Page Turners Book Signing

I had the most marvelous time at my book signing for the Page Turners Book Club.  It was held at the Woodlawn Library and boy when I say they pulled out all the stops, I mean they pulled out all the stops for me as an author.  Delicious food, great crowd, insightful conversation about the book, and even a replica of the broken glass on the cover of Water In A Broken Glass, created by Rosa Stone.  That was simply amazing that she did that.  Also, I want to give a shout out to some of my fellow authors who came out to support me and the Page Turners: Rosa Griffin, Wilma Brockington-Parker, and Leroy McKenzie.  Every author should be spoiled in the way the Page Turners spoiled me.  They are truly an awesome book club.  Thank you so much.

                  

Me and the artistic Rosa Stone, who made the replica of the broken glass. 

Page Turners Book Club

The coolest thing in an author’s life happened to me. Page Turners Bookclub selected Water in a Broken Glass for their book of the month. The discussion was originally supposed to take place in a restaurant, but I received a phone call from Page Turners this morning. People have been calling the library wanting to attend, so the library asked them to have the discussion at the branch instead. Crazy, right? I want to thank Page Turners Bookclub, Mr. Farmer of the Woodlawn Library, and the people who love Water in a Broken Glass for making my day.

Click on the link to read all about it.

http://md.evanced.info/bcpl/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=127385

Liberty’s Lite Readers Book Club Extravaganza

I had an absolute ball at the Lite Readers Book Club Extravaganza!  The members of Lite know how to treat authors.  We all felt like royalty when we walked into the Senior Center and found our tables decorated with beautiful table clothes, flowers, and candy.  Not only did they feed us breakfast, but they provided lunch for us.  The event was well attended and well publicized.  I got to hang out with some authors I’ve been friend with for years and some I just met.  It was great being in the room with so many talented people.

Thank you Liberty Lite Readers for showing us love with this wonderful event.  Check out some of the pictures.

   

Ms. Battle from the Baltimore Times interviewed me.

The Artist Exchange Radio Show Interview

Jamelle and I had a wonderful time with host Nate Couser and Big Mama Ama on the Artist Exchange Radio Show.  We talked about everything having to do with my novel, Water in a Broken Glass and the film Water, based on book.  Nate and Ama asked some very intriguing questions.  They did their homework and had a genuine interest in the novel and the film.  I’m usually very nervous during an interview, but they had me completely at ease.  Please take some time to watch us and continue to support The Artist Exchange Radio Show.

Click on the link below for the interview.

https://youtu.be/VXegli5ghtQ

The Artist Exchange

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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.

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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.

Filming is Underway for Water

Guess what, y’all!

Filming for Water started about three weeks ago.  And let me tell you, it has been an amazing experience.  When I wrote Water In A Broken Glass over sixteen years ago, I never thought this would be happening.  I dreamed about it, wished for it.  But I don’t think I ever believed it would really happen.  Or maybe I did and that’s why God let it be.

Where should I start.  Okay, first, in case you don’t know, Water the film is directed by Jamelle Williams-Thomas.  She is a DC based filmmaker and owner of Lodge Street films.  Jamelle contacted me back in 2009 and asked for the rights to turn Water In A Broken Glass into a film.  So, it’s been a long process, some ups and down, but here we are some six years later and Lodge Street Films along with IKam Productions are in Baltimore shooting this film.

Baltimore.  My city.  All my novels take place in Baltimore, because I love showing the side of Baltimore people rarely focus on.  And don’t think the characters in my stories don’t have any problems.  They have plenty.  They just have something other than drugs and killing on their minds.  Baltimore is way richer than that.  So it’s cool going to different areas of Baltimore filming.  So far Jamelle and her film crew have filmed on the campus of Morgan State University, at The Book Escape on Light Street, Whitelock Street, Nubohemia Café and Lounge on Biddle Street, in the Arts District on Guilford Avenue, Druid Park Lake Drive.  They are truly doing Baltimore justice.

I will try to write something every day about the making of Water.  Next I’ll talk about the cast and crew.  Stay tuned.  Love you for all the support y’all have given me over the years.

And for more information, visit the Water The Film website at http://www.waterthefilm.com/

Love y’all for all the love and support.

Odessa