Interview with Farah Heron, author of THE CHAI FACTOR

Saturday, October 26, 2019

I am so excited to welcome Farah Heron to The Debutante Ball this week. Farah’s debut, THE CHAI FACTOR released in June from HarperCollins Canada, and she’s one of my favorite people on Twitter. Check her out for a perfect blend of writing truth, political and equity truth, and straight-up humor. Farah is one of those writers you at once root for and want to be friends with it.    After…


Interview with Crystal Wilkinson + GIVEAWAY For THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Crystal Wilkinson was a guest lecturer my first semester of my MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She spoke eloquently about circular, fragmented, and braided forms. She spoke about how Point of View can circle overhead like a bird, coming to rest over different people. I wrote it all down very carefully, because I was not particularly good at writing linear stories and it was the first time I heard…


Smile, Black Girl

Friday, May 26, 2017

I enjoy being a girl. Especially a black girl. I enjoy my curls, my curves, and my culture. I know I’m full of magic and mystery. It’s the secret ingredient that adds flavor to my words. Often imitated, rarely duplicated, I’m Godly ordained for this role and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I also know being a girl, a black girl, comes with a certain set of…