Youth Olympic Games 2018

So this post has nothing to do with books or with my life as a writer, but I’ve been in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the past 5 days. My son is an Olympic athlete competing in the High Jump for the United States. For the past 5 days I’ve been nervous and anxious, hoping that…

Queen of Zazzau

We are now taking pre-orders for Queen of Zazzau.  And calling all reviewers!  If you’d like an ARC, please contact me. If you’re in the Winston-Salem area (or you’re down for a road trip), stop by the 14th Annual Festival of Books & Authors on September 8th.  Afrocentric Books is in Booth 113. We’d love to…

Cold-calling people is nerve-wracking!

I feel as though I’m being super-intrusive when I contact people that I haven’t spoken to in a long time. I feel as though I’m being super-intrusive when I try to pitch something to people that haven’t asked for said thing. ‘Tis the same feeling when it comes to selling my novel. I feel as…

Afrocentric Books

This is part of what’s probably my first (and possibly only–I’m not much of a ranter) rant about the whiteness of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Originally posted on my old blog (http://jsisthinking.blogspot.com/2015/03/afrocentric-books.html) in 2015. Afrocentric Books first novel was released in December 2017 (discounted through February!). The second novel is now in the pipeline. —-Original…

QoZ Final Revision is DONE!

I’m done! My novel is currently in the copy editing phase (with a real copy editor). I’m not sure how long it will take her to finish–several months for sure. But the novel is officially in the pipeline!  

Queen of Zazzau

Amina is coming! I’m in the final review period for this novel, which has been a long time in the making. I should be done with it in the next week. After that, we go to copy-editing, which could take upwards of 6 months (I hope less). In that time, we’ll also be working on…

Happy New Year!

2017 went by on a quick breeze. I had ups, downs, and a lot of air turbulence. But I made it to 2018! I am thankful for many things, but mainly, for my family. For my husband, my children, my parents, my siblings, and the many cousins and other extended family members that have loved…

Hello world!

For those of you who read my previous blog—to which I showed a deplorable lack of interest—you may know that I completed my first full novel, Queen of Zazzau, several years ago.  In the intervening years, I have revised, streamlined, and polished.  I had hoped to publish the novel in 2016 (or was it 2015?),…