I’ve been working on my latest project. Iniko is a short novella about the bi-racial daughter of the West African goddess, Mawu. This project has been intense and emotional but I believe that readers of the African elemental series will be excited. There’s plenty of sword action and of course, controversial issues that relate to Africana women. So far this series has tackled, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and now trokosi slave wives.
Alicia kindly asked me to come and talk about my website, Alien Star Books, how it all came about, and what I’m doing with my vast proceeds of 54 cents for the past year. (Ummm, nothing, they don’t pay out until you’ve reached $10!)
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on the foundation of my upcoming African Elemental series. In some ways, it’s been an adventure. Research always does that to writers. It’s a form of the creative process or creativity. Because I write dark paranormal, I don’t have to be as historically accurate or as precise as other authors. But it begs the critical question, when you’re unfamiliar with a culture or tradition, how far should you go? Then it dawned on me, why am I so unfamiliar with West African gods and goddesses? I don’t seem to have this disconnect with Greek, Roman, or Norse ones. What’s up with that?
I’m too excited about my interview with author Kenya Wright. She’s agreed to give away a free e-copy of her book. I’ll also give away one e-copy of her book. So I’ll announce two winners on Friday after 5pm from the commenters on my blog about her interview. So, get your questions and comments ready. Here’s her interview.
K. It’s truth time. I love Grimm! It’s one of my all-time favorite shows. I have to admit, in the beginning I was simply intrigued with the “fairy tale” storyline. When Grimm was in Season 1, I thought it was just another “fairy tale” show that would flop. Really, I believed that there was only so much that could be done. This season I have been pleasantly surprised and now I consider myself a legitimate “Grimm” fan.
Today is Election Day! I’m so excited about the possibilities that this day brings. Not only have I already “early voted” for my favorite candidate but I have the wonderful opportunity to share the release of the long-awaited SOBSF flash fiction anthology. Before I share the details about the anthology, I wanted to share my views about the State of Black Science Fiction 2012. What’s even more amazing is that the other authors in the anthology are sharing their views so don’t forget to hop over to their blogs and read their opinions. Here’s my observations:
Within the last couple of months, I received lots of tweets and emails asking about Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series. Double Identity is scheduled to come out 2014. I’m working hard to build or create a series that readers will continue to love and enjoy. I’m hoping readers will enjoy book two. Double Identity picks up where Breaking Free ended. Here’s the description.
Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series Available 2015! XJ Patterson’s world just got more complicated. She’s been trying to save her revolutionary mom from an evil mind swipe procedure when she discovers that she and her two long lost cousins are a secret genetically-enhanced weapon. She’s already saved one cousin and now she has […]
I will start this post by admitting to living in a bit of a bubble my entire life. I’m a small town girl from the suburbs with two loving parents and a little brother. The small town I lived in was situated right beside Fort Hood Army base, the largest military installation in the world. While my father got out of the army before I got to Kindergarten, the presence of the military was a strong force in my community. As such, I am accustomed to a multicultural mix of people living and working around me. It is not unusual for soldiers to come home from overseas with Korean or German wives and for biracial children to dominate schools.