From all the
books you have written, do you have a
FAVORITE BOOK IS
STILL MY FIRST ONE PUBLISHED IN 1988 BYMCGRAW-HILL TITLED "IN THE
SHADOW OF THE PEACOCK" (RECENTLY RE-ISSUED BY THE HARLEM WRITERS
GUILD PRESS AND AVAILABLE AT iUNIVERSE
At what point in time did you
decide that writing was the "thing for you"?
AT AGE 7., MANY MOONS AGO
What advice would you give to
someone interested in becoming a writer?
JOIN A WRITERS GROUP OR A WRITING CLASS AND
ALSO READ OTHER WRITERS IN ORDER TO GET A SENSE OF STYLE. OUTLINE
YOUR PLOT. IDENTIFY WITH YOUR PROTAGONIST, AND DECIDE WHAT IT IS
THAT THE PROTAGONIST WANTS.
What is the name of your favorite mystery
FAVORITE MOVIE WILL BE THE MALI ANDERSON MYSTERY SERIES WHICH IS
SCHED FOR CBS-TV STARRING QUEEN LATIFAH. MEANWHILE I'LL SETTLE FOR A
VERY OLD SUSPENSE MOVIE CALLED 'NOTORIOUS' STARRING INGRID BERGMAN
AND CARY GRANT.
What other authors do you enjoy
BLAND, WALTER MOSELY, VALERIE WILSON WESLEY, JAMES LEE BURKE,
BARBARA NEELY, (THESE ARE ALL MYSTERY WRITERS
THE OTHERS ARE
BERNICE MCFADDEN, TONI MORRISON, JAMES BALDWIN,WILLIAMFAULKNER. AND
What other types of jobs have you had?
ANYTHING THAT DID NOT TAKE MY MIND OFF MY
there anyone, in particular, who influenced you?
MY CREATIVE WRITING PROFESSOR AT CITY
What led you to write mysteries?
OFFERED A CONTRACT I COULDNT REFUSE
read reviews of your books?
YES. BECAUSE ITS NICE TO SEND A THANK YOU NOTE TO THE
would you like to be remembered?
AS A WRITER WHO USED HARLEM'S CULTURAL SOCIAL AND
POLITICAL HISTORY AS BACKGROUND FOR HER STORIES
What do you believe is the
highlight of your career so far?
THE FACT THAT I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO BE PUBLISHED AT ALL
How did you
get started in writing?
HONESTLY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT INCIDENT INSPIRED ME BECAUSE I'VE BEEN
AT THIS SINCE AGE 7
How do you come up with plots?
DREAMS, IMAGINATION, NEWS HEADLINES, OVERHEARD
BITS OF CONVERSATION, FROM STRANGERS, FRIENDS, FAMILY
How do you
spend your free time?
TEACHING OTHER WRITERS
Do you have a message you would like to give
to all your readers out there?
PATRONIZE YOUR LOCAL SMALL BOOK STORES. THEY NEED YOUR HELP
IF THEY'RE TO STAY IN BUSINESS AND COMPETE AGAINST THE CHAINSTORES.
IF A PARTICULAR BOOK IS NOT IN STOCK, THEY WILL GLADLY ORDER IT
THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE