Novelists are encouraged to write an elevator pitch - something short enough to describe to a stranger on an elevator ride. Here is mine: "In the south in 1950, two teenage girls--one black and one white--break racial restrictions, uncover family secrets, and form a friendship which revolutionizes their families."
Multi-Racial Read #12- Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond Part III
Multi-Racial Read #11- Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond Part II
Multi-Racial Read #10- Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond Part I
A Lesson Before Dying. A book review of a powerful book portraying racism in Louisiana in the 1940's.
When the Teacher Becomes the Student A honest appraisal: I need more internalization in my story!
Multi-Racial Read #9: The Sweeter the Juice A contemporary autobiographical account of a light-skinned woman who chooses not to pass, like her siblings.
Caucasia: Multi-Racial Read #8
My Next Big Thing: An overview of my book.
Souls of White Folks: A class to discover white privilege and another poem.
Care to find out the backstory of this book and how I came up with my ideas? Read this.
Rosa Parks: My Story.
Two outstanding picture books for African American history month.
A blog in which a conversation with Joyce Hostetter leads me to writing a poem from Kate's POV.
A blog about how writing this book is like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle as well as what drives me as a writer.
A review of Dangerous Skies- a contemporary novel dealing with prejudice and race relations.
This recent blog pictures the work involved in my latest "re-vision" of my story.
Multi-racial read #7: The Color of Love. This is an autobiographical account of a boy whose mother falls in love with a black man in the Jim Crow South.
Multi-racial read #6: Riot. A book review of the riots in New York City during the civil war between the Irish and African Americans. Told from the perspective of a light-skinned African American girl.
A blog referring to the research process at the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County.
An interview with Anna Katherine Dinsmore, my main character.
A panel conversation with the DeLaine brothers. Their father initiated the desegregation lawsuit which culminated in the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in 1954.
A new exhibit opens at the Levine Museum of the South. Turns out I interviewed the son of one of the main individuals spotlighted in this exhibit:http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/courage-returns-to-charlotte.html
Hooray! I met my goal! I finished my first draft on New Year's Eve!
Tremendous encouragement at the SCBWI conference: http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-pages.html
Gospel Shout on 9/14/10 at the Universal House of Prayer:
Some of the fine folks I've interviewed:
Review of Mixed: My life in Black and White:
Reiew of When White is Black:
Reviw of Fly Girl:
Review of Family Secrets :
Book review of Her Own Place, by Dorothy Sanders
Review of Inconegro
A first blog about my interviewees:
Following the African American Heriatage tour in Charlotte:
Early research trip to UNCC: