In the aftermath of her husband’s life-altering mistake, Tiana Williams grapples with lingering resentment while working full-time and raising their toddler. But when Jay becomes a person of interest in the kidnapping of ten-year-old Zoe Miller, Tiana is torn between trusting her husband and believing the growing pile of evidence. After she gets dragged further into the mystery and discovers her connection to the missing girl, the shaky ground beneath her crumbles.
Author interview with Alessandra~
Tell us a little about yourself and how you started writing.
In 2007, I became a freelance writer for a San Francisco Bay Area publication geared toward the African American community named City Flight. I wrote feature essays, interviews, and event reviews. A couple years later my dad gave me three novels for Christmas, and he said I should write one. I told him I write nonfiction, but after reading the books, an idea for my first novel began to brew in my mind. In 2010, I joined a Intro to Creative Writing Class through my local adult education center. I also took a good number of online writing classes regarding craft. By 2014, I had completed my first novel, which would become my debut Blaming the Wind.
What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
I have a husband and four kids, so I enjoy spending time with them, attending their sporting and school events, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
Finish this: “I can’t write without…” Coffee (of course :)
What career did you think you’d have as an adult?
When I was in junior high, I told people I wanted to be a talk show host like Oprah Winfrey. I grew up in the 80s and 90s during the heyday of talk shows like Oprah, Sally Jesse Raphael, Geraldo Rivero, Montell Williams. During the summer, I would stay up until 2am watching reruns of the days shows.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I grew up playing chess, and in 7th grade, I won my school's chess tournament and was the Grandmaster. It was short lived because I lost in the championship game in eighth grade. The junior high teacher organizing the chess tournament talked about how great the game is and it is a lifelong skill to play. It came in handy because when my husband and I were dating, we would play chess on our dates! I still love chess and had a lot of fun watching The Queens Gambit on Netflix.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on my first non-fiction book that is under contract with a Catholic publisher, Orbis Books. IT will examine the history and current manifestation of anti-Black racism in the United States from slavery to Jim Crow segregation to mass incarceration in the light of Christian teaching and the gospel message of justice and liberation. It has been a steep learning curve to research and write this book, but I am excited about the project.
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