Author’s Commentary: About “The Shadows”

In honor of the release of “The Shadows” from earlier this week- and also my first eBook to become available for purchase on Amazon- I decided to take this time to discuss some interesting facts about it.  I will go in on how I came up with the idea for it, some influences for it,  and other little details regarding it too.  SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read it, as I will obviously be making references to it.  So therefore, if you haven’t read “The Shadows” yet, read it first and then come back and read this.

photo by Lauren Lola
photo by Lauren Lola

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In Tribute to Maya Angelou

I couldn’t pass up today without doing a quick post about this.  Whether a writer or not, everyone has heard of, and have at least read one book, by Maya Angelou.

photo retrieved via Wikipedia
photo retrieved via Wikipedia

Maya Angelou, the woman who graced us with her lyrical words and books about growing up in the Jim Crow South, while proving herself to be a Renaissance woman, died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She was 86-years-old. Continue reading “In Tribute to Maya Angelou”

Thoughts About Young Adult Fiction

There was a piece that was published on the Cosmopolitan website that I stumbled across on Twitter a few weeks back that I couldn’t help but find rather interesting.  It was an opinion piece written by author John Green (yes, as in the one who wrote the much talked about, New York Times bestseller, soon-to-be-released-as-a-film novel, The Fault in Our Stars) about why many of us continue to read young adult books, even long after we grow out of our teenage years. Continue reading “Thoughts About Young Adult Fiction”

Special Tuesday Post: Announcing “The Shadows”

designed by Lauren Lola
designed by Lauren Lola

I would like to announce a small eBook I am going to release.  It is called “The Shadows” and it is a short story that I have written.

While AMW is still very much in progress to completion, I wanted to release something in the mean time, just to give you a sense of what I am capable of writing.  This has been a super secret project that I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m so glad I finally get to share it with you all. Continue reading “Special Tuesday Post: Announcing “The Shadows””

4 Questions from Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)

Yesterday, a friend of mine thought it would be fun to send on over some interview questions for me to answer on my blog, which is what I’m taking the time to do today.  From this interview, you will learn even more details about my impending novel, as well as a few details about me in general.  This is the first time I’m posting an interview on this blog, so this is quite interesting for me- especially since I’m hardly ever the one being interviewed!

As for the interviewer who sent me these questions, that would be my lovely friend, Draven Katayama (loudlysilent).  For those who are unfamiliar with him, he is a comic book enthusiast.  He writes regularly for Geeked Out Nation as well as Newsarama.  He is also an avid blogger- he’s actually been blogging longer than I have.  You can find him here on his website as well as his Tumblr too. Continue reading “4 Questions from Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)”

Representation and Diversity Through Books

It’s Day 3 of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, and when not being occupied by schoolwork, I partake in it with my own contributions in social media, as well as checking out some of the others by other people (some of them coming from my favorite authors).  It was such brilliant timing when I heard about it, because it’s a subject that I’m really passionate about, and really involved in.

That’s right, you heard me.  Let’s talk about race. Continue reading “Representation and Diversity Through Books”