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Why I want to write “BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS”

When I was seventeen years old, I was sitting in my family’s living room contemplating two things at once : why I enjoyed CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan so much and why I haven’t ever read a black romance. I am, of course, a hopeless romantic — I’ve devoured classics like THE NOTEBOOK by…

Why I wrote “Of Blood and Roses”

OF BLOOD AND ROSES is what I often like to call my passion project. It was the one story that stuck with me since the age of thirteen until now, so I’m not exactly surprised that it’s the one that got me my literary agent and is on submission to editors as we speak. The…

Why I want to write “When Black was Beautiful”

I’m used to reading books about slavery. Growing up as a black girl in the western world (I was born in London, England before I moved to Canada when I was nine), I was desperate to see myself in any form of literature or media, and most of the time that translated to feature films…

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The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding across the night sky.

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