I’m almost done with Kizmic’s Journey, but I’ve run into the dreaded procrastination monster.
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.
“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.
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.
Kizmic’s Journey is all about loving and remembering your childhood. Some of the things we remember the most are the games we played. Four Square was one of those games.
On Saturday, July 25th, my new publishers, Edward Robinson and Natalie Stokes-Peters, held an Odessa Rose Fan Appreciation Day for all the people that have supported my writing. It was a great event. I wasn’t sure if I could do something like that at first, but when I realized that I’d be able to thank all of you for believing in and like my work, I was all for it.
We enjoyed good food, music, and conversation. I read a chapter from Kizmic’s Journey and I must say that it was a hit. I was a little worried that people wouldn’t like it, but everyone loved it. I’m going to do another reading this week and I’m going to post it here so people can see it.
Kizmic’s Journey is a wonderful story. I love the characters. I love the events that take place. It really takes you back to your childhood.
Kizmic’s Journey is scheduled for release in 2016. I can’t wait for you all to read it.
Here are a few pictures with some friends that came out.
In Baltimore, we played a game called Four Square or Block Ball, depending on what side of the city you lived. I grew up in northwest Baltimore, and we called it Four Square. I got together with my friends and family to relive our childhood playing this wonderful game. When people see us playing this game, they say it brings back wonderful memories. That’s what Kizmic’s Journey will do–bring back all those beautiful childhood memories.
Below is another A Few Minutes On Writing. This post talks about the self-doubt that most authors are afflicted with from time to time. I’m sure almost every author has heard the story about Stephen King and how after writing Carrie, he threw it in the trash and his wife retrieved it. Self-doubt causes more authors to throw their writing careers away than anything.
I’m back with another episode of A Few Minutes On Writing. Check it out as I give you the latest on my writing, events, This Is Baltimore, Too, Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch, and the new What Authors Do When Wednesday. As always, thanks for the support.
Today on A Few Minutes On Writing I talk about the Baltimore African American Book Festival, This Is Baltimore Too, Kizmic’s Journey, and Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing.