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Breaking Free is an AMB Ovation Award Winner

Writing stories that you love is an awesome vocation and I know most will say that they’d write even if they never received the recognition. I tend to agree. I must write. It’s just a burning passion that I have to share my stories but it’s always wonderful to receive recognition for your hardwork. I’m […]

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Guest Interview: Lynn Emery Talks the Historical Inaccuracies of American Horror Story Coven

american horror story coven cast a lI have been fascinated with American Horror Story Coven.  When the series launched, I must confess that I wasn’t so taken with it.  Was it a True Blood knock off? I was hanging out in the Reading in Black FB group, when my writing buddy, Lynn Emery made mention of the historical in accuracies of the show.  I’m always fascinated with Lynn’s work, especially when she discusses New Orleans so I gradually became fascinated with the TV series, just to find out what was going on…  Lynn agreed to allow me to interview her about the series.  Here’s our discussion:

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Iniko Novella Available as an e-book Summer Read

Iniko 300x200I’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. 

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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?