Tuesday, March 01, 2016

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Dirt by Teffanie Thompson

On the list of things Washington would rather be doing, reading ranks right below cleaning his room. In fact, the only thing Washington wants to do on his summer vacation is play basketball, especially with the big tournament right around the corner. But one call from his teacher about his reading grades, and Washington's summer plans are about to be rewritten. Not only have his parents taken away basketball - they're making him read AND travel to East Texas for a family reunion. Could life get any worse?

When Washington tires of his family, he grabs a book and goes off to read. But one swirl of dirt transplants Washington from his family's reunion to the past - where he encounters his ancestors and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave when he is caught reading. After watching slaves long for something he took for granted, Washington just wants to return home. Will he ever see his family again, or will the circle of dirt keep him trapped in the past forever.

In this fabulous time travel book, Teffanie Thompson takes you on a journey into the past that is guaranteed to have you appreciating the present.

Author, Teffanie Thompson, grew up in Killeen, Texas where she spent many years playing with words on Gaynor Drive in Sugar Loaf. Today she lives in Midland, Texas, without her angelic oldest daughter and creative genius son. Teffanie does reside with her farmer husband, Ginger puppy and brilliant youngest daughter, working in education. A Master's graduate of Seton Hill University's esteemed Writing Popular Fiction program Teffanie has written several pictureless stories for children, teens, and ballerinas. When not writing, she enjoys working, hula hooping, road tripping, attending concerts and, yes, watching marathon reality television.

How can readers get in contact with you? 

Twitter: @teffanie
teffanie at gmail dot com

What inspired your book?

Initially a conversation with an editor from a large house started my mind searching. Around the same time I experienced Remembering Slavery on public radio. In particular the story told by Dr. Tonea Stewart. However the main inspiration came from my experiences as a child attending my family's reunions and my (at the time) basketball playing son.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

Reality is the state of being true.

Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

Hands down - Lucy! Lucy, the feisty quasi love interest of Washington while he ventured into time travel. I love Lucy. Several readers of Dirt want to see her in another book.

She embodies the nearest mystical black girl magic that existed in a fictional time over 100 plus years ago.
What did you learn while writing this book?

I loved the notion of the slave created community and their vegetable gardens. I learned that many slave quarters self sufficiently sustained collectively with limited resources. Fabulous, right?

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

Perfection is an illusion, self care is vital, and to respect the journey.
What advice would you offer to someone whose first book is about to be released?

Authors often tell aspiring writers to just finish writing the book. I would add... But if you can't finish just make your deadlines be they self imposed or publisher created.
What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?

Access to the greats. Great editors, publishers, photographers, reviewers are all just a phone call, text message, or email away. Brown Girls Publishing is a top notch family with everyone rooting and helping with your success.
What’s are your three favorite social media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?

Facebook, Twitter, and IG! I'm using the platforms to obviously promote the project's publicity points, but by and large, the platforms keep me connected -- connected with people, projects, news, trends, other authors and issues.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

Everyone has a story in them... Everyone!
Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG?

Thank you for supporting this platform of SORMAG and author artists. Fabulous Love. Oh and please buy Dirt for a youngster you love.

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