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In Defense of True Stories

In Defense of True Stories

I know, I know, agents are not interested in memoir, yet they openly admit they don’t know what sells. So why do we listen to them? It’s crazy because “Based on a True Story” sells. True stories are Hollywood’s darlings, and when we settle into our seats getting ready to watch a film and the […]

June 11, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Book Review: Elaine Neil Orr –  A Different Sun

Book Review: Elaine Neil Orr – A Different Sun

A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr “Overseer say whippin’ wasn’t enough.” “Enough for what?” “To make an impression.” The word sounded like something that bears down and changes you forever. “It’s good you cry,” Uncle Eli said. Do you remember  Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness? Author Elaine Neil Orr’s A Different Sun is a […]

January 15, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Learning to Fall

Learning to Fall

Between summer and winter, we are in fall, a season I have found particularly advantageous for writing.  The earth tilts away from the sun, our light source.  Yet though the days grow shorter, the light appears longer across the ground.  With this particular slant of light we begin to turn inward like plants do.  We […]

October 8, 2013 | By | 14 Replies More

Writing about Muslim Women Characters

Writing about Muslim characters, Muslim women in particular, must be one of the trickiest subjects to write about. Especially in this specific time when everything about women in Islam seems to be dissected, probed and questioned. No matter the conflict or the aspirations of the protagonist. One thing stands out immediately: she is Muslim. Hence, […]

February 17, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Duty and Desire – A Tale of Modern India

Duty and Desire – A Tale of Modern India

What can I tell you about my debut novel, Duty and Desire, the first in my Winds of Fire series, that would intrigue you? It was a 9 year journey to finish Duty and Desire. I began writing the original draft in 2002, shortly after we moved from Singapore to New Jersey, USA. My kids […]

February 13, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
A Turning Point in My Life

A Turning Point in My Life

I had a wonderful childhood, and leading up to the present, well, like everyone, I have had my share of ups and downs.  But as I will tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen, I feel that I experienced a turning point in my life only a few years ago. I awoke one morning, on a birthday, with […]

October 15, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Interview with Canadian Writer Bolaji Williams

Interview with Canadian Writer Bolaji Williams

We met Bolaji Williams on Twitter. She responded to one of our tweets. We read a recent blog post and loved the clarity of her writing and topic, so we invited her to do something with us. Voila, an interview with writer Bolaji Williams. When did you first know you loved to write? To be completely honest, […]

October 1, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Book Review: Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck

Book Review: Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck

In The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the reader is exposed to characters that are many things, including a surprise to those who have been limited to a Western literary interpretation of Nigerian culture. Adichie insists on considering the wide variety of Nigerian stories to be […]

September 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Journey of a Lifetime: Becoming a Writer

Journey of a Lifetime: Becoming a Writer

When did I decide to become a writer in this world of many? Am I a writer, or a teacher, or both? Looking back, it was meant to be. Born in a small town in Austria, I always felt displaced. From early childhood, I remember being the “different kid” that stood out. Not in a […]

July 23, 2012 | By | 12 Replies More
Women Writers in Ivory Coast

Women Writers in Ivory Coast

Although the French language has been present in Ivory Coast as far back as the 1880s, the first real piece of French literature by an Ivorian writer was not published until 1936. For nearly forty years, the literary scene was dominated by male writers. The year 1975 marked the introduction of women’s writing in the country, […]

July 16, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More