I love book clubs! Whenever possible, I enjoy meeting with book clubs in person but I am also open to e-meetings. Please use this form to schedule a date for me to meet with your book club. At the bottom of this page you will find links to The Truth About Awiti book club discussion questions.
But first, check out these five questions and answers from me! 🙂
I look forward to hearing from you!
Q&A with Christine
1. What inspired you to choose the historical events and locations referenced in The Truth About Awiti?
In graduate school is when I first heard the theory of restless slave spirits causing havoc. It always stuck with me. When writing The Truth About Awiti, I researched the top ten hurricanes and then looked to see if there were corresponding moments in Black history that would justify the wrath of a hurricane. And every single time, I found a connection.
2. What was the hardest chapter for you to write and why?
All of the chapters were challenging in their own way. Some made me cry more than others. I would have to say Chapter 15: I Showed Myself was the most difficult. Writing from the perspective of a slave child, especially because I am a mother, was just heartbreaking.
3. What were your emotions like when writing The Truth About Awiti? It’s such an emotional read!
My emotions were the same as the readers! 🙂 I cried. I was angry. And there was sadness. Lots and lots of sadness. It’s a heavy read, but I didn’t want to sugarcoat the experience. Slavery was deep, dark, painful, and ugly. And that equates to a lot of sadness.
4. I’ve never heard of the theory that restless slave spirits are embodied in hurricanes and storms. Where does that come from?
I believe the theory first began because many hurricanes start formation off the coast of West Africa. As the winds cross the Atlantic, they gain momentum and impact mostly the Southern slave holding states. There are quite a few variations of the rationale within African Diaspora folklore. But almost all of the stories center around someone being angry or seeking revenge.
5. What are you currently working on?
I am working on a bit of poetry and a WWII love story — both centered around the Black experience. 🙂