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I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to lớn finish high school.

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I never attended college or any writing classes. I taught myself how khổng lồ write & started writing short stories around age four. I spent the first part of my life in Alabama and Ohio và moved to lớn Richmond, California in 1973. I have sầu lived in Oakl& since 1984. My first novel THE UPPER ROOM
was published by St. Martin"s Press in 1985 & was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. & in Great Britain. An excerpt is included in Terry McMillan"s anthology BREAKING ICE. I endured fifteen years and hundreds of rejection letters before I landed a contract for my second novel, GOD DON"T LIKE UGLY which was published in October 2000 by Kensington Books. GOD DON"T PLAY is my seventh novel to be published, và it landed me a spot on the prestigious Thành Phố New York Times Bestsellers list for the first time! My first E-book CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET was published September 2016. My twenty third novel ONE HOUSE OVER was released March 2018, and my Christmas novella REMEMBRANCE was released September 2018.

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My 2019 novels Over The Fence was release March 2019 and my 2019 Christmas novel RIGHT BESIDE YOU was released September 2019. My 2020 Novels; ACROSS THE WAY was released March 31st, and my third Christmas novella, THE GIFT OF FAMILY, was released September 29th. My 2021 novels, Mrs. Wiggins was released March 30, 2021. My fourth Christmas novella, Once In A Lifetime, will be released on September 28, 2021. For a menu of all of my books click here.In 2001 I won the Oakland Pen Award for Best Fiction of the Year for GOD DON"T LIKE UGLY, & in 2004 I won the Best Southern Author Award for GONNA LAY DOWN MY BURDENS. In năm nhâm thìn I received the Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award và in 2017 I received the J. California Copper Memorial Award.I am single, & love sầu lớn travel, và love sầu to interact with other authors. My passions are writing and reading. Most of my writing ideas stems from current events and the people in my life, yet most of my material is autobiographical. I enjoy reading anything written by Ernest Gaines, Stephen King, Alice Walker, và James Patterson.