Hard to believe it's been 16 years since my neurosurgeon removed a tumor from the the lining of my brain. A month earlier, the meningioma reared its head by causing a grand mal seizure in Blockbuster video.
Those abnormal cells and were putting pressure on my parasagittal sinus vein (the big one). In the end, they were no match for Dr. Fleming.
Sexy, sophisticated, scandalous!
Everything you need for a hot summer book… you’ve got it in Dark Secret, my bestselling novel about a woman who’s living a lie – to live the glamorous life.
You’ll find issues of race, sex, class, personal identity all wrapped into a fun, fast-paced story that will keep you turning the pages.
I’m working really hard on my soon-to-be-published spiritual book: God’s Answer Is Know.
The basic message is that we all have God’s power within us, and with that power, we are capable of anything.
This message is really important because we live in a world that teaches us to seek everything outside of ourselves. That can lead to feelings of inadequacy and lack. Society also programs us to believe that we’re not complete or truly happy without the company of others, especially in the romantic sense.
I am a spice nut, and yes my spices are arranged alphabetically on a prominent shelf in my kitchen.
I keep the cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg on a separate shelf -- away from the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
This morning, however, the cumin, having made its way to the wrong spot on the wrong shelf, landed in my hand and performed a sprinkling dance over my oatmeal.
These words, written in gold glitter, sparkle on my office wall as I work on books all day and into the night.
For Catherine and me, our writing life began with a daydream. Daydreams are most delicious when they seem far off. But when you do the work, you can make them happen, and they become REAL!
A woman with tight, curly gray hair, wearing a white eyelet blouse and a blue handkerchief-print skirt positioned herself on the concrete dance floor just below the outdoor stage. The MC introduced the opening act on the final day of the annual blues festival. A few wanna-be dancers lingered nearby. The majority of the crowd sat comfortably in tent-chairs.
The blues harmonica started, then the guitar, and then one guy started wailing my-baby-done-left-me vocals.
“Your book cover does not reflect the story. This story is edgy, sexy, sophisticated, scandalous. You need an image to convey that.”
These words from one of my biggest fans provided some of the most pointed analysis I’ve heard about my second novel.
So I pulled out all previous versions of Dark Secret...
COMING SOON! The re-release of Dark Secret!
Two beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both.
Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white.
Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community.
But their black mother is dying.
Camille can save her. But will she? And will the national scandal that her Dark Secret sparks, cause both sisters to lose their lives?
Everything is transient. I read that in 2005 on page 18 of The Three Pillars of Zen.
Nowhere better epitomizes this than the dreaded dentist’s chair.
The other day, Regina, my hygienist, made her way around my mouth, as I tried to simultaneously focus on being present with the cleaning she was administering and not getting caught up in the discomfort.
by CATHERINE & ELIZABETH
Two Sisters Writing and Publishing explodes with enthusiasm as we type these words: our amazing mother, retired Chief Judge of Detroit's 36th District Court Marylin Atkins, has written her memoir, and we are going to publish it!
The Triumph of Rosemary: A Memoir will be out this summer!
By ALLEN ALLENSWORTH IV
People respond to adversity in a lot of ways. Some people try to find themselves. Others turn to God. Still others turn to sex, drugs, and/or rock and roll. If you’re a black man, you have a lot of options, but finding yourself isn’t one of them. Especially if it means going to therapy. Black men may go to church or the titty bar, but we don’t go to therapy. I don’t mean court-ordered counseling or your cousin over a drink (probably at the titty bar). I don’t mean couple’s counseling. I mean one-on-one with a clinically trained, board certified, MD-having, drug-prescribing psychiatrist.
Yes, you can judge a book by its cover. The evolution of the little gray T-shirt from rigid and boxy to something a little more comfortable-looking to something downright pretty grabbed my attention. The magnetic effect of this cover put my hands on autopilot, and I pulled the book off the shelf.
The back cover sold me! Again, the same three gray T's, but this time with the tiniest hint of the story inside...
We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our February Groundhog Day contest...in a couple of days! We will publish their stories soon on our Winners page. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we’ve got a bunch of open contests, including a new Magical Realism contest. That one was super popular! We were inundated with entries!
By ALLEN ALLENSWORTH IV
I’m a man. Nowadays, that doesn’t tell you much. Gender roles – hell, gender itself – have become more fluid.
That’s generally speaking a good thing, but for old heads like me it’s a change. It also blurs the image that the statement, “I’m a man” once conveyed.
So let me be more specific...
We’re so excited to announce that we’ll be featuring guest bloggers here!
So many of our clients and friends are phenomenal writers –– we want to showcase their innovative ideas and unique voices on topics that will inspire you to look at things in a new way.
Each of these thought pioneers views the world through a fascinating lens of unusual life experience that has focused their philosophies and lifestyles in unconventional ways.
So please watch for bylines by these amazing individuals...