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Can African Americans come to know the African Gods and Goddesses like the Greek, Roman or Norse Ones?

flee72dpiwebOver 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?

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Facing Down the Beast: African Elementals Series is birthed in 2013…

Beastofthesouthernwild1“In a million years, when kids go to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub.” 

Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and watch movies.  Beasts of the Southern Wild pulled me into the world of Hushpuppy in the Bathtub and forced me into a Sankofa/Satori moment that had me blubbering and crying like a baby.

I’m a rather private person and I usually only share my woes with very close friends and family. So, it is hard for me to publically disclose the fact that I haven’t been writing.  Writing is one of the most important things in my life. If I’m not writing, I feel like I’m dying or dead inside.

Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter Five

Flee small - CopyThis is the last chapter. I hope you all have enjoyed my Summer Reading Fest.  Don’t forget that I’ll blog next week about why I chose to include domestic violence and female genital mutilation in my paranormal romance. This is the last week to participate in the free drawing for Breaking Free so make sure you RT/Tweet, like my FB page, or sign-up for my subscriber’s list. 

 

I’m hoping that you’re on the edge of your seat. Shania’s got that creepy priest after her baby, her memories are all messed up and Corbin’s about to go through an evil awakening.  Do you agree that she should run? Finish Chapter Five of Flee.

Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter One


Flee small - CopyWelcome to my summer reading fest.  I’d like to introduce everyone to my heroine, Shania. Her grandmother has passed away and left her an interesting wood box that hums and glows.  Nobody else can see that part, though. This box is opening up her earth elemental magic. It’s awakening her lost memories. 

 

I’m hoping to inspire conversations around the Africana symbols, Shania’s creepy ex-boyfriend, Thor, her dog, or even if a romance heroine is allowed to have an abortion.Let me know what you think.

 

BTW, Don’t forget to RT/Tweet, like my FB fan page or sign-up for my subscriber’s list to win a free e-copy of Breaking Free.  Without further adieu, Here’s Chapter One. 

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Blog Circus: State of Black SciFi 2012 Youth Symposium at Auburn Research Library

Youth_SymposiumI’m a little late this week so I’m catching up with the other writers who will be participating in the Youth Symposium at the Auburn Research Library this Saturday, May 5th.  The topic is when I was a child, speculative fiction taught me…

I fell in love with scifi and fantasy when I was really young. In fact, one of my first stories that I wrote was a spaceship story about two black children who escape from harsh city life and fly in a cool spaceship to explore the universe. The title was “Lashamn and Zeneco’s Space Adventures.”