In 1997, I wrote a novel about a reporter. This was before chic lit and still in the days when Black women, who wrote outside the box, had a hard time breaking through publisher stereotypes about what Black folks would read. Of course, we know we have diversified literary tastes and while the publishing industry has come a long way, it has many miles to go before it sleeps.
Anyway, the following blurb is from my soon to be e-released third novel, Sell Out.
Investigative reporter Tanya Leslie stumbles upon a secret: L.A.’s popular African American Mayor is embezzling money from the citizens he’s served for 16 years. Unable to resist the scoop of a lifetime, Tanya grapples with racial loyalty and courageously sets upon a course to dethrone the Mayor. Airing Black folks’ dirty laundry, however, proves harder than she could have imagined and sets Tanya on a course of professional suicide, sabotage and danger. Her resolve is stretched to the limit when her sister, a victim of domestic violence, disappears and their bible-thumpin’ mama looks the other way.
Twin emotions: shame and denial force her to wonder if selling out is worth it.
Sincere and funny in the vein of Pearl Cleage’s, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, Sell Out navigates Black political Los Angeles in the 1990s with ease.