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.

  

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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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.

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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Why Write About The Other Woman?

“Is In The Mirror autobiographical?”

In The Mirror Front Cover Final May 4 300 DPI

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.

6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo

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.

CityLit Festival and Baltimore’s Uprising

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.