Book launch day. Exciting! Nerve-wracking! Roller-coaster ride!
I’m talking about my feelings, those aren’t book reviews. 🙂 But here’s what the first reviewers said:
“An entertaining read! I was never sure who could really be trusted and there were quite a few surprises along the way.”
“I read Dark Drink in one sitting — wow! The story is exciting and character-driven. It’s so refreshing to see such a realistic female friendship on the page.”
The most important aspect to me was this feedback:
“Dark Drink has LGBTQ+ representation, too — Mercedez is a transgender black woman and Jude is Asexual. While it is mentioned, it wasn’t the focus of both character’s stories. Both characters have lots more to them than their sexuality or gender, it’s just another aspect of who they are, it’s not token representation, and I thought this was great!”
I took a risk and worried that it wasn’t done correctly, respectfully. I rewrote until Mercedez had a voice – a real voice. But she did not tell me her secrets. That wasn’t what this book was about. The research was heart-breaking. You can’t look up transgender black without reading horrible tales of murder.
So, I’ll spoil it kinda, Mercedez lives. She prevails. I had to give her a good story—a sense of strength. Writers, have that responsibility, to write the world we want to see. Sure, this story has horrible things in it. But it also has acceptance, friendship, strength, hope.
And Jude, well. She’s who I would want to grow up to be (minus the stalkers). A lot of her is my own voice. But she’s bad ass.
I’m exhausted and it’s only 10 am. Also, I’m sick of hearing my voice already. 🙂 Introvert problems.
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