I love to read as much as I love to write. As a young child, I never read the Harry Potter novels. I felt like they were beneath me and for little white kids. I didn’t have time to think about wizards and all that good stuff. I wanted to learn about life experiences because I had already witnessed so much at this young age. The authors listed below helped me to create a world a way from my actual reality. I didn’t see a lot of good relationships and I lived in a bad neighborhood, so they helped me to make sense of these things. It’s my goal to go back and read all of their novels because I was so young when I originally read them. I want to see how reading these books at such a young age shaped my reality.
Eric Jerome Dickey
Dickey is a long-term author who writes fictional novels and comics about Storm. He was the first black author I started to read in elementary school. He has the ability to capture the voices of black women without all the unnecessary stereotypes. His ability to realistically showcase the raw emotions in relationships is what I love the most about him. My favorite book of his is “Naughty or Nice.” I was too happy when I found out there was a sequel called Naughtier or Nice and immediately had to buy it.
Naughty or Nice
Friends & Lovers
If you have never read the True to the Game series then I suggest doing so. Woods is the queen of creating suspenseful and engaging series. Although her writing is a little bit more on the urban fiction side, she’s found a way to stand out in a watered down genre. The ending to the first book in the True to the Game is what made me fall in love with her. It was shocking and real. Then she followed it up with a second book to cure the heartbreak she caused us.
True to the Game
Deadly Reign Series
The Dutch Series
Souljah is not only an author but an activist who does not mind stepping on some toes. However, in the novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, she puts aside the activism to showcase the world a fiction story to showcase the dangers and consequences of living in the streets. Like Teri Woods, her writing is realistic and she tries to warn women about the dangers of choosing the street life. You can read more about The Coldest Winter Ever in my blog post.
The Coldest Winter Ever
A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story
The Midnight Series
Honestly, as I try to write a paragraph for each of my favorite authors, I realize each one appeal to me for the same reasons. Omar Tyree is no different from the authors above with his ability to capture the black experience outside of stereotypes. He connects with his readers by developing strong characters who are unbelievable yet interesting. His novel, Flyy Girl was dope because it showed the black woman’s experience from childhood to adulthood. Although it was written over ten years ago, it’s finally getting the movie it deserves.
Sweet St. Louis
Diary of a Groupie
Lawd! If you have never read a Zane book then you are in for a wonderful treat. She details the black woman experience that no one wants to talk about. In her raunchy stories, she showcases the black woman’s sexuality that has been suppressed for years. Her books are the original 50 shades of Grey. I admire her because when she originally wrote these novels, it wasn’t during a time period of sexual liberation or the “Free the Nipple” movement. It was during a time when women were still being told their worth was equivalent to how much they covered up or suppressed their sexual desires.
Shame on it all
Thank you for taking the time to read about my favorite authors. You should definitely check them out if you are looking for something to read. A lot of these books were written in the early 2000s or late 90s. However, I’m pretty sure we all suffer from some nostalgia. Who are some of your favorite authors? Leave them in the comments below.