Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Shhh...Secrets, Loves, and Decisions

Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident
by Anjuelle Floyd

The elegant, accomplished African-American protagonists are transformed by witnessing a near stabbing in a restaurant one evening. Their personal translations of the incident propel them toward deeper connections, unifying the characters in their search for self-definition and the meaning of their lives.

Reader Roundtable on October 7, 2007
Lisa Diane will be joined by other rapturous readers for a lively discussion on Anjuelle Floyd's new novel . Click below to see what time the discussion will be LIVE in your area!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Interview With Andre Coleman

Taking a bold leap forward from his already-entertaining debut novel A Liar's Tale, Andre Coleman undertakes the history of black America over the last 40 years through the eyes of one family, mixing the personal and the political while creating a work that could ultimately stand as the African-American Wonder Years.
--Carl Kozlowski - Life the Final Frontier

RR: What inspired you to write Blackbirds: Volume 1?

AC: I have always been interested in this time period, and I wanted to show what it was like to be a black man. I mean, really getting into what we feel, how we think and the experience. So I decided to connect it to the entire black experience. Like a lot of folks, I wondered what I would have been like if I came up then. Would I have been one of the folks who marched or a kid who sang on the street corner? I have a real love for the music of the day. I couldn’t make up my mind, so I created characters that do both, and made them brothers. Then the book evolved and really became about the family.

When I got the book back from the printer I was disappointed. I sent him a proof with a lot of changes. He only made about half of them, so there are some typos. But that’s not stopping people from reading it. It burns me up, and I almost pulled the book off of Amazon, but a professor in Arizona emailed me and told me he was going to use it to teach his black history class, and he convinced me to leave it out there. I plan on making the corrections on the second printing. So these will be collector’s items!

RR: The trailer of the book showed a number of difficult to look at, but real events in history. Would you categorize Blackbirds... as historical fiction? Why/why not?

The book is definitely historical fiction, but it’s also about family. It is a five volume look at the black experience through the eyes of one family. The people may not exist, but their experiences are real and moving. I also call it real “real fiction” because it pulls no punches. I get real about all of it; church, politics, the way black folks step on each other.

RR: Are there similarities between the experiences of the McCray family and your family during your teenage years?

AC: Well I am only 43, my mother’s maiden name is McCray and she is from Louisiana. So I use a lot of the little touches I learned about the south.Volume five is about me.

RR: What emotions do you hope your readers will experience as they read the last pages of the novel?

AC: All of them. I hate demographics. I don’t write heroes and villains. I write real people in real situations, hopefully that make the reader stop and think. But like real life some parts of the book are a tragedy, other parts are a romantic, funny and then there is the action and I love writing the history. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

Born and raised in Southern California, Andre Coleman is currently the city reporter for Pasadena Weekly.

On Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. (PDT), I'll continue to talk with Andre about his new novel and Razor7 Publishing, his publishing company.
Join our discussion at: www.blogtalkradio.com/therapturousreader.
In the meantime, visit his website: www.razor7.com where you can get a signed copy of his novel!

Scroll down to my previous post to see the trailer for the novel!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Author Interview and BlogTalkRadio Debut!

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