Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Women Writers of Color Series

Community, I'm always looking for more ways to promote women writers of color and today I'm happy to share our latest feature, Women Writers of Color Series (blame the name and formatting on my years working in reference publishing). This series is designed to introduce you to emerging writers or writers who have established writing credits but aren't given the spotlight they deserve.

I'm honored to introduce our first writer, Paula Chase Hyman, YA writer. Paula will be on blog tour this month so stay tune for details. Do give her your support by promoting her work and the tour.

Full name: Paula Chase Hyman
Birth date: September 2
Location: Maryland
Website/blog: Paul Chase Hyman
Genre: Young Adult fiction

WIP or most recently published work:
My most recent is Flipping The Script, the fifth in my Del Rio Bay series. I'm currently working on a novel that explores a fractured mother-daughter relationship between a mixed-race teen and her Korean mother.

Writing credits: My Del Rio Bay series (5 books)
Countless articles for Suite 101 (I used to be their R&B editor years ago) and Liquid Soul Radio.com, A half dozen articles for Girls Life Magazine.

How frequently do you update your site?
It's tough but I try to blog weekly and keep the events information fresh. When I'm unable to update, it's usually because I'm focused on writing or I'm chronicling things for The Brown Bookshelf.

Is your site designed for reader interaction?
Readers can reach me via email from my website and I do a monthly chat, but otherwise not really.

100 words or less how would you describe your work?
I go where the voices tell me to go. With the Del Rio Bay series, the voices told me to follow a group of friends and watch how they mature while in high school. Right now, they're telling me to share the story of a girl who longs for her mother's love but rarely gets it in any tangible way. Although my writing schedule is more structured than before, my style is still very seat-of-the-pants.

100 words on less please share your thoughts on children and reading:
I wish more adults would give children credit for being able to process fiction. Too often we want to push "educational" reading on them because, I guess some of us have forgotten that any book that provokes thought and emotion can teach a lesson...even when it's not the book's intent.

Paula, thank you for allowing us to promote and support your work. We wish you continued success.


Doret said...

Susan, how do you have time to do all these great features. Your hat closet must be huge.

I love what Paula and all the other authors do at The Brown Bookshelf

Color Online said...

My closet is full! I don't know how I do. Lately, I've been enlisting my friends. I needed you. You have no idea how relieved I was when you agreed to join me in the madness. lol

avisannschild said...

This is a great idea for a feature. I'm looking forward to being introduced to more women writers of colour!

Tea said...

Paula Chase's books look yummy. Can't wait to get one to read.

Paula said...

Hey, Susan, when people ask me that question I always say I don't know either. But the real answer is my house is pretty cluttered and some days dinner is sandwiches and chips. LOL.

@Tea : yummy...I like that!

Olugbemisola (Mrs. Pilkington) said...

Love this feature. Thanks to both of you!

regularrumination said...

This is an awesome feature! I'm so excited to read the rest of the authors.

Pamela said...

Great feature! Loved learning more about you Paula.

As a teacher, I especially loved your view on fiction and children. I think it's important to expose children to fiction and promote a love of reading. Too often, they are just given the educational reading and not the fun reading. Then they lose interest.