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Mysteries vs. History; Why I Wrote a Mystery

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.

Alice 

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welcome

Welcome to Red Room, Alice, and safe journey to New Orleans. Really enjoyed watching your YouTube video reading at the wonderful Alexander Book Co. Judith

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Thanks

Judith, thanks for the welcome.  Your kindness made my day.  I'll be in touch when I return from New Orleans.  I've been invited to Tulane and Dillard Universities and hopefully, you'll tune in for recordings of my readings and talks there.

Soon,

Alice

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Welcome Alice

I'm Thomas and work here at Red Room. Thrilled to have you aboard, reading about New Orleans, makes me miss my relatives in Shreveport. Also our founder and CEO Ivory Madison, lived in New Orleans for many years.

Welcome aboard and wishing you success on your promotion events in Louisiana.

Thomas Dotson
Red Room Staff

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Thanks

Thanks, Tom, for the welcome and the good wishes.

Alice

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Good luck!

Good luck, Alice!

 Your book sounds wonderful!  Can't wait to read it!

I'm a new Red Room author, though my page won't go public till my book is out in the fall.  It's a Cajun-Creole music memoir, so there is a definite Louisiana connection.  In fact, my love for the music got started when I made my first visit to New Orleans 18 years ago.  It's a city that remains close to my heart.

 

Hope all goes well on your promotional visit.  Please let us know how it goes!

 All the best,

 

Blair 

  

 

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Thanks

Blair, thanks for your good wishes.  Perhaps when your book comes out, we can get together and share our connection with others.  Anyway, I will be sure to get in touch when I return from New Orleans.

Thanks, again, for the good wishes.  Kind thoughts can move moutains.

Sincerely,

Alice

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Looking forward to the new videos

Thanks for your response, Alice. Hope the trip is going very well. I look forward to hearing more from you when you return. Best wishes, Judith