What I'm Working On

Desere: A Love Story of the American South

Soon to be released! Be sure to check out my Novel Excerpts Page for a sample of Desere!

I'm back to writing historical fiction with Desere: A Love Story of the American South.

I'm actually collaborating with Dr. Alpen Razi's African Survey Class at California Polytechnic State University!

This is a very fun project for me, and I hope Dr. Razi's students, as well. I provided the class with a synopsis, and Dr. Razi assigned different categories based on the synopsis for the students to research.

I'm currently awaiting the results and am looking forward to seeing the research. I'm sure there will be some fascinating story ideas I can incorporate into my plot!

Desere is a coddled "mulatto" slave who lives a pampered existence until the death of her owner. Once the plantation is taken over by the owner's heir, Desere's life will never be the same.

I received the student reports from Dr. Razi and had a wonderful time reading them! I was extremely impressed with the creativity of the students, and I received lots of useful information and story ideas I will be incorporating into the novel! This has been an absolutely amazing project and I'm so glad I was asked to be a part of it. Now, off to work on Desere!

Another Update (November 2016)
Desere is coming along slowly but surely. I had to do a lot of research about South Carolina cotton plantations, so that took lots and lots of time! I'm on more of a writing roll now since I've done enough research to make the story believable. Also, as you can see above, artist Terry Tolentino painted a beautiful portrait of Desere for the cover! That's inspired my writing roll as well. Hope to be done soon!

Another Update (October 2017) 
Wow, what a ride this novel has been! It's finally complete and in the revision stage, PHEW! It's been nearly a year since my last update. Since then I've struggled with what direction I should take the story, as well as a bit of writer's block. I hope to have Desere out by the end of the year, if not before!