A. advertising sales-NY Daily News; plus size model; managing editor-Maxima Magazine
A. South Shore High School, Brooklyn, NY, Barnard College, New York University graduate
A. Endlessly evolving, sometimes challenging, frequently surprising, uniquely engaging.
A. Of course I can
A. I gave up perfection quite some time ago--too limiting. Happiness comes in different ways on different days. Could be canoeing with my husband, listening to jazz at a club and sipping a Manhattan, snuggling in flannel sheets on a chilly morning, with no place I've got to be any time soon. The important thing is to make time for it, which is something I've had to learn.
A. Pain I can't bear.
A. On a beach where nobody was looking for me, sans Blackberry. St. John, USVI would work--at least for a couple of weeks.
A. Identify is tough. I am fascinated by those ancestors who were brought from places in Africa I am unable to identify, survived Middle Passage and sit at the base of my gene pool, giving me what I need to move forward today.
A. Nelson Mandela comes to mind--Someone who sacrificed his own comfort and well-being for the greater good without being consumed by bitterness.
A. 'Cool' and 'I'm fine' come to mind.
A. Regret is boring. I try to learn from the situation and move on.
A. Playing the cello well.
A. Remaining whole and continuing to grow.
A. I'm sticking with myself. I gotta see how this works out.
A. I have no idea. Ask my friends.
A. Self-centered people who are oblivious to others around them.
A. Honesty, Common Sense, Humor
A. Eggs--chicken eggs specifically
A. This is completely impossible for me to answer. The list would change endlessly, then I'd have to get into whose version of the songs. . .
A. Another Impossible List: Sula Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man The Sound and the Fury Push Ragtime
A. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
A. Be honest--both in your storytelling and in your accessment of your work.
A. It's a toss up between 1) I can't tell there are two of you writing the same book or 2) I relate so much to your characters
A. Gotta is the sequel to our 1997 novel, Tryin’. From the very beginning, literally days after publication, we began receiving letters and emails from readers wanting to know what the characters were ‘doing’ after the book ended. As though Pat, Gayle, Marcus, and Ramsey were friends they had come to know and care about. It is quite an honor when readers become that intrigued by your characters-- their challenges and triumphs, their friendship and growth-- but it makes the idea of continuing the story a bit daunting. Yet ten years and several books later readers still wanted to know what those characters were up to, so we decided it was time to continue their story.