Hello, Everyone. Nice to meet you. I've written a novel, OUTSIDE CHILD, (OC), set in modern New Orleans, pre-Katrina. It is the first of three. The second and third to take place during and post Katrina. OC is one of only a few books written about the city by a Black native. One question I get asked a lot is why did I write a mystery? My answer: Katrina exposed a New Orleans that most have not seen and would like to believe does not exist for the same reason much of the Black American experience is ignored in history books. I thought a mystery would put the real New Orleans front and center without preaching and teaching. Something Walter Mosley did with L.A. in the Easy Rawlins mysteries. Factual information, history, even a culture can be experienced through characters and setting when the protagonists are engaged in a whodunit.
OC tells the story of sister and brother sleuths. Ladonis Washington and her brother HeartTrouble grew up in a New Orleans inner city housing project. Ladonis went on to get her MBA while HeartTrouble remains a small time crook in their old neighborhood. But Ladonis is the one who gets caught up in a hotbed of criminal activity and her sibling reluctantly helps her out.
The term, OUTSIDE CHILD, not only refers to the predicament of several characters. It also describes New Orleans, which some readers have dubbed a character in the story as well. For sure, I wanted to show how the dynamics of a racist, corruput community can affect the day-to-day choices of its people.
I'm headed to New Orleans to promote OC. I look forward to reporting to you how it was received.