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.



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The Book Escape Is Staying Open

Yep!  You read the headline right.  The Book Escape has been doing so much business that the Calvert Street location will remain open for one more month!  This is great news.  I’m hoping that people will continue to shop there so that the store does not close.

So, if you are one of those people who still love to read books, actual printed books, get down to the Book Escape on Calvert Street.  You’ll find tons of great books at great low prices.

Missing The Book Escape Already

Ever since Andrew announced the closing of the Calvert Location of the Book Escape, it has been overflowing with customers buying up all the books they can.  And why not.  They are cheap.  $3.00 and below.  You can’t beat it.  I’ve been buying a bunch myself.  I wish the customers would keep coming so my favorite lunch time hangout will stay open.  By the way, I didn’t add the dramatic music.  It was playing in the store.



The Book Escape

As I wrote last week, my favorite hangout is closing.  The books are now $3.00 and below.  Check it out. 10 N. Calvert Street.  The last day is February 25, 2013.

The funny thing is, now that the store is closing, business is booming.  Maybe they won’t close.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  When they close, I’ll have to walk down to Barnes and Noble at the Inner Harbor.  Until then, I will go to the Book Escape everyday.


What People Are Saying About “In the Mirror”

“Just finished In the Mirror. Jasmine is crazy and should have listened to Candy. I enjoyed the story! Could not put it down! Thanks for blessing us with your talent!”  Etosha Bakari

“Hi Odessa! We’ve gotten several requests for Water in a Broken Glass at the Calvert Street location of The Book Escape since your signing- any idea when you might have some more copies for our shelves? 🙂 Glad to hear your publicity for In The Mirror is going well!” Sophia, The Book Escape

“Chapter 8 and on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait to discuss this book!!” Iisha, Lady Brunchers Bookclub

“The closet will never be the same again after reading In the Mirror,” Anondra Kat Williams, author of black girl love

Thank you all so much.

Response to “In the Mirror”

Right now I am feeling as blessed and happy as anyone in the world.  People are really loving In the Mirror.  I don’t even know what to say.  When you are alone in your room, writing until you are falling asleep at the computer, you hope but don’t really believe that people will like what you write.  You know you like it, but you’re never sure if people will get it.  Well, the folk that are reading In the Mirror are getting it.  And best of all, they are telling other folks so they can get it too. 

I received an e-mail from Sophia at The Book Escape.  She said that several people have come in requesting my first novel, Water In A Broken Glass.  I stopped by today and dropped off Mirror, because I stupidly forgot to order more copies of Water.  Well, she posted on The Book Escape’s Facebook Page that she had 3 copies of Mirror.  Come and get ’em.  And the next thing I knew, she posted, One down.

An author couldn’t ask for a better response from her hometown than I’m getting right now.  It is wonderful.  My friends are telling people on the subway about the book.  They are telling their friends, and their friends are telling their friends.  It’s amazing.  

The other cool thing is people are truly enjoying the story.  They are e-mailing me about scenes and music and places in the book.  They are stopping me and telling about their experiences.  I am just in awe of the great response this book is getting. 

All I can say is thank you for supporting me and letting me know I got it right.  Baltimore is making its author feel great.

Book Signing At The Book Escape!!

The book signing at the Book Escape was great!! My co-workers showed up like nobody’s business. I wasn’t surprised because they have supported me since they first learn about my first book. But it feels great to know that people care about you like that. I had the best time I’ve ever had at a signing.  And The Book Escape was so wonderful. They too have been very, very supportive. They are a bookstore that truly celebrates and supports local authors.  Thank you Andrew, Mary and Sophia.  If you are an author, you need to hook up with these three wonderful people.  

Now take a look at yesterday.