Press Release – 2020 Debutante Lisa Braxton Makes Her Launch into the Literary World

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2020­­­—Drum roll please!! It’s launch week for me, Debutante Lisa Braxton. I am the fourth of five Debs to step out onto the ballroom floor!  The Talking Drum hits shelves today. The Talking Drum is about three couples in the 1970s and how they’re affected when an urban redevelopment project takes over an immigrant neighborhood for gentrification. The fictional city of Bellport, Massachusetts, is in…


Drum roll please!! It’s launch week for me, Deb Lisa Braxton

Monday, June 8, 2020

3…2…1…Liftoff! It’s hard to believe but The Talking Drum has finally launched. My debut novel, the one I’ve been wanting to write since I was 6 years old, is finally out in the world. I have heard from friends and colleagues that the orders they placed through have arrived. Orders placed through Barnes and Noble are on their way. People who placed orders weeks ago with my publisher, Inanna…


Interview with Deb Lisa Braxton and Giveaway of Signed Copy of The Talking Drum!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Lisa Braxton can be described as a “communications queen.” She’s been a radio news reporter, newspaper reporter, television news reporter and anchor, an editor of scholarly publications and a public affairs manager. It wasn’t until she left daily journalism in the early 2000s that she had the time to fulfill her dream of writing a novel. The Talking Drum debuts next week. The novel focuses on three couples and how…


It Makes Me Wanna Holler!

Monday, June 1, 2020

My heart is heavy. This past week has been gut wrenching—the murder of George Floyd by police, a woman in Central Park calling the police on a bird watcher because he asked her to leash her dog? It’s all too much. In the words of the late singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, “It Makes Me Wanna Holler.” In my household we are in a period of mourning. It feels as if race…


Getting to Wear the Pearls is Worth It

Monday, May 25, 2020

One of the best decisions I made when I began my journey to publication for The Talking Drum was applying for a spot as a debutante. I had been following the Debutante Ball Blog for more than a year and marked my calendar so that I wouldn’t miss the application window. I was ecstatic when I got the email that I had been chosen as one of the five Debs….


Drum roll please!! It’s launch week for Yodassa Williams

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

It’s finally time! Yodassa Williams is the next of this year’s Debs to step out onto the ballroom floor!  The Goddess Twins launches for publication today, May 19th. Foreword Reviews calls the book “an impressive, commanding novel about black girl magic,” and “an emotive and powerful feminist novel that inspires the innate goddess in every girl.” Kirkus Reviews says, “Continuous revelations keep the optimistic tale humming, and the cast is…


Summer Vacation Reading in the Midst of a Pandemic

Monday, May 18, 2020

Because of the times we’re facing, many of us will have more room in our schedules for reading this summer than we normally do. Stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements, and the financial hit many of us are weathering because of COVID-19 will mean that stay-cations will be more common than activity-crammed vacations. When people think of summer reading choices, beach reads—fun, light novels filled with adventure, drama, and romance that…


The Writer’s Education—MFA versus NYC

Monday, May 11, 2020

In a widely read essay entitled “MFA vs NYC,” bestselling novelist Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) argued that the American literary scene has split into two cultures: New York publishing versus university MFA programs. His book brings together established writers, MFA professors and students, and New York editors, publicists, and agents to talk about these overlapping worlds, and the ways writers make (or fail to make) a living within…


What Is The Right Age to Begin Writing a Novel?

Monday, May 4, 2020

When I was in my late 20s, I considered enrolling at The American University in Washington, D.C. to earn an MFA in Creative Writing. I was torn between getting a degree that would help me write my debut novel and a master of science degree that would help me jump start a career as a television journalist. Ultimately, I decided to enroll at Northwestern University to help me launch my…


Hidden Secrets in The Talking Drum

Monday, April 27, 2020

I’ve hidden a few secrets in The Talking Drum that close family members and friends will probably be able to identify. The character, Percy, a Vietnam veteran, owns a German shepherd named Bridgette. Percy is never seen without his dog and the two are regulars in the community. Coincidentally, or not so coincidentally, growing up we had a German shepherd in my household named Bridget. She was very protective of…