Sunday, August 23, 2009

Attica Locke

Carleen Brice was named 2008 “Breakout Author of the Year” by The African American Literary Awards Show for her debut novel Orange Mint and Honey, which was also a selection of the Essence Book Club. She is also the author of Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color, and Lead Me Home: An African American’s Guide Through the Grief Journey and edited the anthology Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife.

Her new novel is Children of the Waters.

At her White Readers Meet Black Authors blog, she interviewed Attica Locke, author of the novel, Black Water Rising.

Part of the Q & A:

White Readers Meet Black Authors: Describe your work for someone unfamiliar with it. What's your writing style like? What subjects/themes do you explore?

Attica Locke: I once described my work as a cross between John Grisham and the filmmaker John Sayles. I appreciate the forward moving engine of a good plot (and am drawn to stories about lawyers), but I also like telling stories set against the backdrop of larger socio-political themes.

WRMBA: What's your goal(s) as a writer? Do you set out to educate? entertain? illuminate?

AL: My first goal is to ...[read on].
The Page 69 Test: Carleen Brice's Children of the Waters.

The Page 69 Test: Attica Locke's Black Water Rising.

--Marshal Zeringue