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When I reflect on this past year, I’m imbued with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  I have so much to be grateful for, and when I count it all up, it surpasses 2014. I have a loving God, my health, a wonderful husband, a great place to live, an income, a passion, and family and friends who love me, and so much more.  On the career front, this time ten years ago, I was vacillating over whether or not to self-publish my debut novel, Daughter Denied. I couldn’t pay an agent to represent me. Daughter Denied was self-published in 2008 and within the past year, I acquired literary representation, have written five novels, three of which have been published. I became a recipient of the Jesse Redmon Fauset Fiction Literary award for my indie novel, Four Ladies Only, and I’ve had several novels on Amazon’s bestsellers list. In October, my play Sacrificing Simone opened to sold out audiences, and in November I completed a new novel in a new genre—new adult literary suspense. My fan base is growing and my book sales are steadily increasing. I have a lot to...
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At least I could in my dreams last night.  I can’t recall the last time I had a flying dream. But this morning I woke up and immediately remembered taking flight in my dreams. It was an incredible, exhilarating feeling. In the dream I was approaching strangers trying to convince them that I could fly. Then I would step back, push off, and soar into the sky, leaving them below with their mouths agape. Curious about the meaning, I searched several dream websites and found numerous interpretations—the most common being that the dream represents that I’m on top of a situation and that I have risen above something. It may also mean that I have gained a new and different perspective on things.  Some feel that flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is indicative of your own personal sense of power. On top of things?  Risen above? Hmm, interesting. Perhaps there is some truth to that analysis. Just recently I successfully co-produced and directed fifteen people in my play, Sacrificing Simone, while at the same time promoting the first t...
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  Today is my 15th wedding anniversary. That is truly a miracle. Fifteen years ago I believed I had a better chance at winning the lottery than landing a husband.  Well, God showed up and showed out and sent me a wonderful man.  We’ve been going through life together as a team, he in pursuit of balance and a stronger spiritual life and me in pursuit of my longtime dreams and goals:  1)      To land a good agent.  2)      To land a publishing deal.  3)      To have at least one novel on any bestsellers list.  4)      Obtain a good publicist.  5)      To have at least one novel optioned and turned into a major motion picture.  6)      To have enough money to live my dream full time.  7)      To have at least one of my plays produced on a major stage.  8)      To have at least one of my plays optioned a...
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  While reading her email I could feel every ounce of enthusiasm and excitement that enveloped her being. Her words bounced off and danced across the screen. Who was this young woman who so exuberantly expressed her love for "The Baby in the Window," my latest novel? My eyes took in every compliment, every adoring word.  “Alretha, I soooo loved this book!!!” “I love Nick & Cass!!!” “You’re a great author!!!”  I love reading validating statements such as these just as much as I loathe reading comments like, “An okay read.” “I’ve read better.” Readers are human and they bring their entire life experiences to a novel. What one reader finds brilliant, another may think is boring. This is why it’s imperative that writers approach readers’ comments with balance and perspective.  But then there are those times when you get that reader who’s full of elation and cheer, a reader who gets you, your characters, your story, they just get it, they connect. These readers are rare and very inspirational. Alisha is that kind of reader. Alisha re...
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  Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the movie “12 Years a Slave.” I had first learned of the controversial film while at the theater to see “The Butler.” The trailer for “12 Years a Slave” immediately caught my attention. The notion that a free man is kidnapped and held captive for 12 years was unimaginable and terrifying. I wanted to know who this man was and if he escapes and how he endures such an atrocity. When Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Solomon, the man kidnapped and enslaved, appeared on screen, I knew I had to see this film. I loved him in “Talk to Me” and “Inside Man.” Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I love going to the movies. My husband isn’t as fond of movie-going as I am and oftentimes he has to be persuaded and I have to endure a barrage of questions. “What kind of movie is it?” “How do you know it’s good?” “Who told you it’s good.”  “Who’s in it?” To spare myself the third degree, sometimes I’ll skip asking him to go with me, and I’ll see the movie I want to see by myself. But this time I wanted him to go becau...
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