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I am Not Pro White

I am pro human.

It’s crazy to me that, in 2014, we are still talking about race. No one should be made to feel inferior because of the color of their skin.

Whether you believe there is such a thing as “white privilege” or not, though, there are entire communities that feel as if they have been forgotten, as if they are being beaten down because of their skin color.

Failing to acknowledge that is disgraceful. As a society, we need to change the conversations that we are having. Instead of making it about race, we need to make it about improving our circumstances.

In my city, the majority of people are lower class. I grew up in a family that always “made do.” I have friends who fled New York City and came here in search of a better life—and found that better life in one of Waterbury’s nicer neighborhoods. My neighborhood is a hot spot for drug and alcohol addiction, and the house I grew up in is surrounded by crumbling buildings, sidewalks, and streets. The unemployment rate in Waterbury, Connecticut is 10.7%. The unemployment rate in St. Louis, Missouri is 8.2%.

I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to live in Ferguson or St. Louis. I only know the circumstances in my own city. I know how it feels to live in a place that feels forgotten. For decades, we had mayors who made us promises… then turned around and stole from us. This city was once bursting with opportunities, but we lost our main economy, and businesses fled, taking the money and any interest in Waterbury with them. Only recently have we voted a mayor into office who actually keeps his promises and has been working to improve our city.

I don’t know what the answer is. I do know that our country is very, very broken when a city of people feels like they are being oppressed and ignored by the rest of the country. We have a responsibility to acknowledge that and open up some dialogue, rather than simply saying “no, that can’t be.” We need to come together, arm ourselves with information and education, and talk to each other.

My Favorite Place in the World

Of all the places I’ve been and fallen in love with, only one is my favorite: Laurel Lock. Technically, it’s a seasonal campground, but for me and my family, it’s an oasis. Nestled in between Oakdale and Montville, Connecticut, Laurel Lock is right on beautiful Gardner Lake. I’ve been going there every summer ever since I was born. (Literally; my parents first brought me to Noni’s campsite when I was just a couple weeks old.)

Laurel Lock also happens to be the setting for the Becoming Natalie trilogy. The things I love and the people I love tend to make cameos in my books all the time. Laurel Lock is too magical a place not to share, so I snapped some photos the last time I visited my grandmother.

I also took a little bit of video. This is proof that there are lots of surprises at Laurel Lock. You just never know what you’re going to find!

11 Days Until Becoming Natalie is Available!

In less than two weeks, the final installment in the Becoming Natalie trilogy will be available! Catch up on the series now; the first book, Raising Dad, is free!


What’s your favorite place in the world? Tell me in the comments!

My First Signing for SADE ON THE WALL

Sade on the WallI’ve scheduled my first signing and reading event for Sade on the Wall for Saturday, April 6th! I am excited and still not entirely convinced that this is really happening. Heh.

If you live in Connecticut, you can RSVP to the event via Goodreads or Facebook (or, hell, both). You should also add your email to my newsletter list so you can stay up to date on the details (and my other news—plus I occasionally send freebies). I will be signing copies and doing a reading at Monte Cristo Bookshop in New London between 1 and 4pm. I receive 75% of every copy I sell that day.

You may have also noticed that the ebook has received a makeover. The new cover was designed by the lovely and super talented Char Adlesperger of Wicked Cover Designs. She also designed the wraparound cover for the trade paperback (more news on that coming soon). Char was a pleasure to work with, and I am absolutely head over heels in love with the final product. The new cover is on Goodreads and will be on the Kindle, Nook, and ebook versions by the end of this week.

I have a lot of exciting things coming up, so stay tuned!

RSVP on Goodreads | RSVP on Facebook