J.L. Sapphire was recently interviewed by SORMAG’s Blog. Find out what she had to say about her latest novel, the challenges of being an author, and more…
SORMAG: What inspired your book?
J.L.S.:I like to read and try my hand at writing different genres. With all the racism and injustices that happens to Black people daily- such as unlawful arrests and/or killings while unarmed- I wondered what it must be like for couples who are of a different race to discuss issues such as these at home if/when they have different opinions about the situations and how hard it must be to be an interracial couple in a society that’s still very racist, even in 2016.
SORMAG: What would you like readers to take away from your book?
J.L.S.:To learn to agree to disagree when it comes to race. It’s certainly understandable for us to be mad and protest and speak out when another Black life is taken, but to realize that not everyone who’s white is out to get us. There are good and bad people in all races.
SORMAG:Which character did you have the most fun writing about?
J.L.S.:Naomi. Going into detail about her dating history, which led her to getting down with the swirl. Since I’ve also had a quite interesting dating history myself, it was easy to relate to her at times.
I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any literary events since I began my literary journey two years ago, but I really want to attend this one, especially since I’m part of the Brown Girls Books Family. Click the link below for more information about the event.
PCJ Consultant Group is hosting The Ex Chronicles Facebook event on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 9:45 AM – 9 PM EST
Details about the event:
Whether it’s the love of family, friends, or that special someone who takes your breath away, LOVE is always difficult to define and accept. But what happens when it all goes wrong? Do you break up, then make up? Or do you just walk away?
Join me as I introduce you to twenty talented Brown Girls Writers as they introduce you to The Ex-Chronicles – stories about relationships that falter…among spouses, lovers, family, and friends.
I feel so honored to find out that The Ex Chronicles Anthology is #3 on AALBC’s Best Sellers List. My short story ‘The Ex factor’ along with 19 other short stories make up the anthology, which is all about exes- bf/gf, spouses, bosses/co-workers,even family members. The Ex Chronicles will be released on Tuesday, March 8th.
Click the link below and follow The Ex Chronicles Authors on Facebook for information about book signings, virtual meet & greets, and other events.
I’m sure you’ve all read about how about 30 Black students were kicked out of a Trump Rally at the college they attended. But the image of a young Black woman being pushed and shoved by a bunch of fat, greasy, redneck, cowardly ass white men has really irked my soul. To see her being shoved repeatedly by the old wrinkled up vet made my blood boil. He’s the same vet who wants respect for his years of service in the military though, right? He seemed to be the most angry one of all of them, as a matter of fact. He obviously had a flashback to how he treated Black folks back during the 50’s and 60’s. All I can say is, that young lady had much more restraint than I would have had, because his old ass would have gotten shoved back had that been me. And if I’d had my pepper spray and taser, things would have been worse. And the sad part is, had she tried to defend herself and pushed some of their asses back, she would have been seriously hurt, if not killed. I’m guessing the Stand Your Ground defense (the same one that allowed Zimmerman’s psychotic ass to walk free after murdering an unarmed 17 year old boy) doesn’t apply to this woman, or any of the other students who said they were kicked, punched, and spit on at this same rally.
Black people, y’all better wake up. Y’all out here engaging in silly social media beefs, participating in and posting ignorant fight videos, trash talking your own race of people, and all the while, a proud racist is successfully running a presidential campaign, without even having any type of plans on how to fix the economy or benefit the nation. His entire campaign focuses on “Making America Great Again” which translates to: making Black folks inferior to white people again. Snatching away every Civil Right and privilege that so many of our ancestors fought and died for us to have. And even worse, there are millions of white people who think and feel the same way he does, and they are going to do any and everything they can to put him in office so they can make that happen. White people who look you in the face and smile at you everyday. White people who are teaching our children in schools, giving us check-ups at doctor’s and dentists’ offices, sitting beside us in restaurants. Yesterday, I went to an auto lot to sell my old car, and as soon as I walked through the door, the first thing I saw hanging on the wall was a Trump sign with his slogan: Make America Great Again. The lady behind the counter was helping a customer ahead of me and proudly voicing her support of Trump and his way of thinking, while Faux News was playing on the flat screen tv on the wall. All of that was bad enough, but then I see a Black man also behind the counter, an employee there. I wondered how he could do it…work around people who support a presidential candidate who says things like,“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS RACISM ANYMORE. WE’VE HAD A BLACK PRESIDENT SO IT’S NOT A QUESTION ANYMORE. ARE THEY SAYING BLACK LIVES SHOULD MATTER MORE THAN WHITE LIVES OR ASIAN LIVES? IF BLACK LIVES MATTER, THEN GO BACK TO AFRICA? WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH THEY MATTER THERE.”
That man hates anyone who’s not white and rich. He doesn’t even give a damn about the idiots who are out here supporting him at his campaign rallies, like the punks who violated the young woman’s rights in the photo above by putting their hands on her. I personally don’t even see how so many Black celebs like NeNe Leakes can smile all up in his face on The Apprentice, knowing he’s calling them nigger’s in his head. All money ain’t good money, and there’s no way I could be in this man’s presence, for any amount of money, knowing how he feels about me and my people. While y’all are out here b.s.ing, you need to be making it your business to let your voices be heard and vote so that this so-called man doesn’t become the next Commander In Chief. I know people are joking, talking about moving to Canada or wherever if he does become President, but you and I know that’s just talk. If he wins, we’ll have to stay here and watch history repeat itself more than it already is. VOTE!!!!
I was asked if there was one song to be the theme song for my short story in The Ex Chronicles Anthology, which one would it be. Seeing as how my characters grew up as best friends turned lovers, I think U Make Me Wanna by Usher fits perfectly.
Below is the press release flyer for The Ex Chronicles Anthology. I’m so excited and can’t wait for you all to read it. I’ve read some of the stories, and there is something for everybody to enjoy.
J.L. Sapphire, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, is one of 20 authors chosen to contribute to Brown Girls Books latest release, The Ex Chronicles. Ms. Sapphire’s story was chosen out of a pool of 300 submissions.
The book is due to be released on 03/08/16.
Please see the attached release and share it with your readers.
If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.