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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Award Winning Author, Jedah Mayberry

You have several books we can talk about, let’s start with the award winning “The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle”. What was the inspiration behind this book?

The inspiration was twofold. It began with a character I encountered ten+ years before the idea of writing a book was in my head in I Know This Much Is True (Wally Lamb) set close to where I grew up in Southeastern CT. Described as a person of color – Black, Native American, European, Ralph Drinkwater draws passing mention in the book as a sidekick to twin brothers, Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. I found his story most fascinating. How did he come to live in that part of the state? What was his family history? What if anything of consequence had he set out to accomplish in the world? KoPPM picks up where Lamb’s story leaves off, my protagonists, Trajan and Langston Hopkins, set at a point in time to potentially be Ralph Drinkwater’s nephews or grand nephews. From there, I wanted to explore what it might mean to come of age as a person of color at a time and place where cultural heritage takes center stage. With the resurgence of Native Tribes in the region reclaiming rights to their land, it suddenly became fashionable, profitable even to examine cultural history, to determine where your people come from. That I chose to write about brothers is an inevitable spill over from Lamb’s narrative surrounding the Birdsey twins. Only the brothers in this case more closely resemble Ralph Drinkwater, resemble a person who looks like I look.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Avril Somerville “A Journey of Life on Purpose”

What is the motivation behind “A Journey of Life on Purpose”?

I wrote this book because I know that many women like myself- intellectually curious and multi-dimensional in their gifts, with a strong commitment to family and community – struggle with finding meaning beyond their roles. This book helps readers, especially women, to reassign and reclaim value in the intentionality of their actions and words in their relationships and communities through candid conversations in prose and poetry. It delves into the primacy of the creative space, insists on the transparency required for real-ationships with others, including ourselves, and communicates a quiet urgency for more empathy as well as a deliberate understanding of what lies beneath race and identity; that is, the very soul and spirit of a being.

Separately, I struggled with my own displacement and belonging as a Black woman citizen of two countries – United States of America, by naturalization, and Commonwealth of Dominica, by birth – while honoring all of who I am. Illuminating themes of self-actualization, or becoming, in the context of our relationships with the women in our lives – friends, mothers, and even children- through candid conversations presents a powerful platform for cutting through some of the morass of identification that comes from identifying solely along racial lines. This too, is an important narrative that I wanted to highlight in print.

I want you to think of your favorite chapter/section, how would that part of the book describe you as a writer?

My favorite part of this book is the section titled “My Sister, My Self”. This section lends power to yet another narrative about the women’s collective. The tapestry of our love and the fabric of us as womenfolk is already layered individually, but collectively, we are formidable. We are often the gatekeepers of our homes, whether we acknowledge it or not. We have the ability to sway opinions, change minds, and appeal to the empathy of others, even our adversaries. Culling that power among us is critical if we are to move forward even on a personal level, let alone on a much broader level, but first it requires transparency with ourselves and each other. It is in this process that we’ll find our own strength. In our sisters, we can find ourselves.

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enjoy a piece of the Prologue from, The Town Dance

Enjoy a preview read of the Prologue to my debut novel!  And hey, while you are on the site, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Prologue to The Town Dance

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My name is Nikki Skies, I am an emotional writer…

AUTHOR’S NOTES from the novel, The Town Dance

Almost 15 years ago, I worked the front desk at a company, with another woman, as the assistants to the director. We both knew this was a passing job for us so we formed a bond and created a friendship through recapping our favorite television shows from the night before, bringing in leftovers and sharing recipes, covering when the other was going to be late for work and of course discussions on relationships. She almost immediately shared with me she was gay, yet we found what we had in common and became friends. One Monday, while enjoying our coffee and getting the office ready for business, we shared our mutual relationship updates from the weekend and she shared something she immediately regretted.

She told me she had been with her girlfriend and before she could stop the words she said, “I told her no, I did, but she’s so strong.” I stopped what I was doing to ask her for clarification but when our eyes met, her stare was already frozen in time. Even though it was a quick 3-5 second glare, her eyes told me an entire conversation she did not want to have. I heard her correct. I heard her say, “I told her no, I did.” From previous discussions I knew they used sex toys and she said shared with me once that her girlfriend, “hurts her” during intercourse. But this time, there was not going to be a discussion. Her words did an accidental escape and her expression was a mixture of frightened, embarrassed and please don’t make me repeat it. She turned towards her computer and the morning went by unusually quiet. We started speaking again just in time for our lunch break and we routinely ordered the Monday special from the diner across the street, tuna melts on rye bread.

I had this plummeting feel in my stomach all day. I was angry, very angry at her girlfriend for hurting her. I was annoyed I didn’t have the courage to gather words of support. And I felt so powerless. Who else was she going to tell that her girlfriend raped her? Her mother and sisters didn’t accept her life and her choice in a partner alienated her from a lot of her friends. The closest we every spoke about it again was when she broke up with her a few weeks later. She gave an awkward smile and said, “Now that’s a story for you!” But that story would take some years for me to write. I had to get to a place where I no longer needed permission from my fears to write it.
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I know… interesting right?… True story that took me almost 15 years to get comfortable enough to write. She and I are still friends and even after her knowing I finally turned those emotions I felt into a novel, we have not discussed “it”.

Based on real emotions I never forgot. The Town Dance, a novel…

You can pre-order from Kindle at
The Town Dance on Kindle

or, pre-order your autographed paperback copy at *(unfortunately, I am not shipping internationally at this time)*

Autographed paperback of The Town Dance

**A link to order directly from Amazon will be available next week**

The Town Dance; the synopsis

Lorna Simon, has plans to diminish her resume of safe journalism and be known for reporting trendsetting stories. Certain she can persevere her impressive family lineage within her carefree lifestyle as a social butterfly, this notion is put under fire after a night of partying thrusts Lorna into being a newsmaker instead of a news writer. Lorna alleges she has become the victim of a sexual assault crime committed against her by a woman, Trista, who is a promising event planner and an associate of Lorna’s mother.

Paralyzed with the humiliation of having to publically defend her sexuality as a heterosexual, Lorna must decide to believe in her bouts of memory loss and forego the incident or rekindle her passion for journalism to protect her livelihood and uphold the integrity of her family.

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You can pre-order from kindle

The Town Dance on Kindle

You can also pre-order for your autographed copy at (unfortunately at this time I am not shipping internationally)

Autographed Paperback of the Town Dance

Links to purchase directly from Amazon will be available next week.

I hope you enjoy the read of The Town Dance!