A. door-to-door canvasser, salesgirl, receptionist, travel coordinator, copywriter, editor
A. Mfantsiman Girls' Secondary School and Vassar College
A. Marvin Gaye
A. tie between Fargo and Mahogany
A. tie between "I Love New York" (1 & 2) "I Love Money" (1 & 2), "Sex & the City", "Entourage", and now "Kendra"
A. Fear itself.
A. Where I'm supposed to be.
A. I'm able to empathize with most sides of a story.
A. My love of shawls, wraps and scarves.
A. "Tracy Chambers" in Mahogany
A. tie between "Miss Evans" in Mahogany, "Barbara Covett" in Notes on a Scandal, and "Jerry Lundegaard" and "Carl Showalter" in Fargo
A. Interviewing people.
A. World Traveling Do-Gooder
A. Humility, Ambition, Sharpness
A. Peanut butter soup filled with bite-sized chunks of meat
A. This is an ever-evolving list, but so far these have been favorites for the longest time: "Chinwe Ike" by Resonance, "I am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel, "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell/Kate Bush, "Best of Me" by Mya feat. Jay-Z, all the songs on "Here
A. Buchi Emecheta, Zadie Smith, Janet Fitch, Chinua Achebe, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, Alice Walker, Madeleine L'Engle, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Terri McMillan, W. Somerset Maughm, Shauna Singh Baldwin
A. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta White Oleander by Janet Fitch A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe Just Above My Head by James Baldwin White Teeth by Zadie Smith
A. You have the time to write even if you have a 9-5 or some other demand on most of your time.
A. As a kid, I lived in Ghana for three years where I attended boarding school and encountered a small group of kids whose parents had also sent them to Ghana from Europe and the States. I wanted to write a book about that unique hybrid experience of being from two places at the same time, reconciling a first world superiority complex with respect for your immigrant parents, crisscrossing the globe to visit family "back home" and on other dots of the map, and figuring out how to answer when people ask you where you’re from -- all while meeting the challenge of growing up.