Friday, July 18, 2014
My publisher has official released the rights for my novel Act of Grace back to me and I am now in the process of independently publishing a new edition both as softcover and ebook.
Act of Grace will be back up for sale by August 15. In the mean time it is still available on Kindle.
I am celebrating this transition because it means continued life for my novel and allows me to better serve my readers.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
On Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm I will be reading from my new novel, Rooms of Wonder as a part of a new program called A Gathering of Women Writers.
This day of author readings and conversations will be a chance for women in the Ann Arbor area to come together to share their work and talk about the joys and struggles of being a writers.
The program will run about 90 minutes. Refreshments and conversation will follow.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|Keshia Thomas (L) shown with Karen Simpson (R) at the University of Michigan in March, 2013.|
With nothing but a picture and a few paragraphs I started on my writing journey. I used my imagination to contemplate how much courage it would take to shield someone who is full of hate. My novel, Act of Grace developed into a paranormal, speculative fiction taking on race relations in America.
Although my novel departed from the original story, I still often wondered about what happened to Keshia. March of this year I was able to help bring Keshia to the University of Michigan to speak about her experience via the Understanding Race Project. I was over the moon to finally meet her and grateful for the experience.
I was elated this week to see Keshia and the wonderful photographer who took those historic photos, Thomas and Mark Brunner spark positive thoughts about race relations across the globe.
Please take time to read about Keshia and her wonderful act of bravery.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I think one of the earliest religious disappointments as a young girls developed from my unanswered prayer for a horse. In the 1960’s I was an African American girl praying for a dream that from all the evidence only white people could make come true. There were no brown children like me riding horses on the television or on the movie screen. There were no heroes of African descent riding fast horses to victory in any of the books I read. Yet I believed, as only a child can believe, that if I prayed, wished on stars and blew on the fluffy heads of dandelions that one day God would reward my faith.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Go On Girl!! Book Club Awards, a set on Flickr.
It was wonderful to be honored for my novel Act of Grace by the Go On Girl! Book Club. My Award was a lovely quilt piece and I was so touched by the ceremony and the gift of being able to talk with so many of my readers.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Happy Birthday James Baldwin
When I was young I use to beg my mother to let me stay up late on a school night so that I could watch him on television. He was the first black writer I had ever seen and he was writing about the things I cared deeply about. I was mesmerized by him and soaked in everything he said. When dad brought home a copy of the Fire Next Time for a class he was taking I snuck that book out of his pile and took it to my room. I know now my dad must of know I had it, he saw me sneaking around and reading it, he never asked for that copy back he just went out and bought a new copy himself:)
In my novel Act of Grace, Mr. Baldwin's book The Fire Next Time show up when Grace's english teacher is trying to reach her restless class: