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“Grandma, I don’t want to go to church today.”
“Baby, what did I tell you before?” Not waiting for an answer because she said it almost every Sunday for the past six months. “Everyone who lives in grandma’s house goes to church.”
“Grandma, I’ve got to tell you something.”
“You know how I like to wear boy’s clothes?”
“Yeah baby, grandma knows you’re a tomboy. Some little girls start off that way but you’ll grow up to be a beautiful woman and let go of that tomboyish phase. I know it baby, cause grandma’s been praying about it.”
“Ahhh…No Grandma, I won’t.”
“What do you mean child?”
“Grandma I’m a lesbian. I like girls.”
“Not in my house you don’t. What you’re about to do young lady, is go upstairs put your dress and shoes on so we can go to church.”
I did what my grandma said but I knew that this would be my last day in church.
Half an hour later we were walking up to the church after saying nothing to each other the three block trip. The pastor for some reason began preaching on homosexuality and how it was a sin. I mumbled under my breathe while shaking my head, “here we go.” My grandma pinched the skin under my arm. If she wasn’t my grandma and I didn’t respect her like I did I would pinch her old ass back. After church she drags me by the hand to the preacher while he was saying Goodbye to Sister Johnson.
“Pastor Watkins can I have a moment of your time please sir?” Sister Johnson slowly walks around like she is looking for something. Her nosey butt is always in somebody’s business.
“Yes Sister Winters, you sure can.”
I began rolling my eyes because I knew where this was going. “Pastor, this morning my grandbaby told me that she’s a lesbian.” The Pastors eyes went wide and so did Sister Johnson’s. My grandma acted like she didn’t care who else was standing around. I did. These people don’t need to know my business. I only told her cause I thought she should know. The pastor says “I knew this was coming. I saw your grandbaby’s demeanor these past few months. How she’s been dressing when she comes to bible study and to choir rehearsals. Hold on Sister Winters, we’re going to pray for Jayla. Let me call my wife and some of the other sisters over so we can all be in agreement.”
“I’ll pray with you.” Sister Johnson says stepping from behind the pew that she was acting like she was looking for something on.
“I’m seventeen years old now and I think I should have a say if I want someone to pray over me or not.”My grandma pinched me again. “Grandma, please stop doing that” I wanted to yell but I didn’t cause she would’ve probably knocked me into the middle of next week. Meanwhile Pastor Watkins called over his wife and some of the other sisters. “Look, I don’t mind you all having your own opinion about me but what I don’t want is yall standing over me trying to pray for something that I don’t think is a sin.”
“Baby, the Bible speaks on it and it is a sin.” One of the sisters dressed in pink and white looking like she was wearing her daughter’s dress said while Sister Mosley who I knew was the pastor’s side piece began speaking in tongues.
“Look Sister Mosley, I believe you’re worried about the wrong thing.” I gave her this knowing look.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about little girl. Who you are is an abomination to the Lord. You don’t even deserve to breathe the same air we breathe.” I couldn’t believe what this woman just said to me. My grandma said nothing. She just let this woman talk to me like I was shit on somebody’s shoe. The pastor grabbed my hands and told everyone to get into a circle around me. I was disgusted by what these people were doing. These people who weren’t perfect were trying to pray who I was away while having their own issues. I yanked my hands away from the pastor and said “Okay, so Jesus was on the planet for thirty-three years right? And of those thirty-three years he preached for three right? You all do agree so far right?” they all shook their heads in unison. “Well, I believe that he knew all that was going to happen to him and that he had a small window in which to work with. If homosexuality was so bad why didn’t he heal people from homosexuality? Why didn’t he talk about it? I mean everything he said in the New Testament was in red right? I think yall Christians want to believe you know the Lord more than anyone else so you take the views that you believe and place them like shackles on the feet of those who don’t know any better. Don’t you think that if Jesus thought it was so important that he would’ve said a parable or something about it? I mean we black people love us some Jesus, me included, but if it was that important don’t you think he would’ve said something?” They all looked at me like I was crazy just like the Pharisees did Jesus when he had healed the man with blindness on the wrong day.~Jay Winters, Abandoned Property ©
THE NEXT BIG THING’ BLOG HOP
We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. This is an awesome way to be exposed to some wonderful authors that you might not have otherwise been exposed to. Be sure to follow our blog hop and be introduced to some exciting reads as well as works in progress. Below you will be able to learn a little about myself and some authors who I’ve had the privilege of working with. Be sure to check them all out. Sylvia Hubbard, Phette Ogburn, and LaCharmine Jefferson are all awesome authors that I am delighted to brag about!! Special thanks to Madeline Sloane for asking me to participate. Madeline Sloane has published several history books, she segued into fiction as an independent author. In addition to “Consequence,” her booklist includes “Distracted,” “East of Eaton” and “West Wind.” Her books are available in print and digital format at all major booksellers. Check Madeline out at http://www.madelinesloane.com/.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
Q: What is the working title of your book?
A: Abandoned Property
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: I came up with an idea to do a series of books that would consist of titles that reflect real estate terms. These were titles that most of us could relate to in one way or another. The concept was to follow the lives of a group of people who would go through issues that reflect life as it is for many of us today. Stay tuned for future works in the Eviction Chronicles as it’ll all tie in together.
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Lesbian Fiction
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: The Role of Kori Maitland would go to True Blood’s Rutina Wesley. Thandie Newton would act as Layla Bradford. Shawntae Harris ‘Da Brat’ would play Jay Winters. Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ would play Darius, Tasha Smith of Tyler Perry’s ‘Why did I get married’ would play Caren. Kerry Washington would play CoCo, and Carmen Ejogo of Sparkle would play Carina.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: Abandoned and left to deal with their broken lives as if they were whole; Kori, Layla, Jay, and Darius continually destroy relationships and themselves because they never knew their worth.
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: Abandoned Property is still a work in progress. The intricacy of the characters will differ from the appetizer that I gave in the first book in the Eviction Chronicles called 30 Day Notice. This book will give a lot more substance to the characters and should be completed by the beginning of the year 2013.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: I am not sure that Abandoned Property could be compared to any other book in my genre. Once again I’ve gone through extreme lengths to make sure that there is something for every one to not only relate to, but to also look inside themselves.
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: The Characters in the first book were an inspiration, but mainly the readers. I wanted to give them something deeper; a deeper look into the lives of the characters from 30 Day Notice and an even deeper message within the pages of Abandoned Property.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: 30 Day Notice was the appetizer. All I can say is get ready for the entrée. Abandoned Property is like the meal that you’ve been waiting for.
Something you’ve been craving but wasn’t quite sure that you have room for but you’re going to eat it anyway because it’s just too good to pass up.
Here’s a list of my tagged blog hop authors for next week. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, October 31st, to read about their WIPs and New Releases:
Sylvia Hubbard: Sylvia Hubbard, a Native Detroiter, romance suspense author started independently publishing her work in 2000. An avid writer & reader, in the same year she started Motown Writers Network, an organization geared to connecting Michigan’s Literary Network and increasing literacy in Metro Detroit. Always grateful for her fans for her success as a top AA erotic author on Google and one of her books reaching #2 Bestsellers in Erotica on Amazon in 2012, she’s a constant work in progress as she completes her 32nd novel by the end of the year.
Phette Ogburn: is a wife, mother, and confidant who enjoys writing about real life issues that provoke thought and awareness. She’s a member of the Motown Writers Network and co-facilitator of the Motown Book Club. She published a book of short stories August 2011 and, her first novel, Innocence, GA, is due out December 2012. Her movie, Sext Messaging, started production June 2012 and the short film, The ID, is slated for production late November 2012 ~both are adaptations from her book It Can Happen To You.
L.A. Jefferson: L.A. Jefferson is a natural hair enthusiast & blogger as well as a women’s contemporary fiction author. She’s active in the writing community as a member in Motown Writers Network and an adult literacy tutor.
Literary Voice and I would like to invite you to come down to UDetroit Cafe on Wednesday night, August 8th at 8pm for a live taping of the Red Remote TV Show where I will be featured! The Red Remote TV show is shot live at UDetroit Cafe in Harmonie Park in Detroit. I will be discussing my book “30 Day Notice”!
I will also be on hand before and after to meet you and sign copies of my book!! There is no cover and a full bar. Come on down and meet me and don’t forget to get your copy of “30 Day Notice”!! If you cannot make it, the show will be streamed live on UStream.com
So what’s that big smile on your face?”
“Man, I’m just excited about the business plans that I have been putting together. It seems to be falling into place.”
“Well, you know how I love women and think that they should be pampered mentally and physically, right?”
“Yeah, Rico Suave!”
I laughed and said, “Well, for a long time I had been thinking about owning a salon. Not just any salon but one where women could be consciously beautified in mind, body, and spirit. I have finally laid out my plans to the T.”
“So, tell me what these plans are.”
“Well, you know how women go to a salon and they pretty much spend their entire day there?”
“Well, I came up with an idea to hit all angles. Conscious Rootz is what I want to call it! When you walk in off of the street a set of double frosted glass doors will lead them into the most beautiful reception area with soft sensual colors and soothing music. There will be a cornflower blue round sofa that seats six in the middle of the reception area with two Shryley couches that sit on either side of the wall. I want women to feel like they are the most beautiful Queens on the planet when they walk in. They’ll be catered to from the time they enter in until they leave out.” I could barely stop running my mouth and didn’t for another ten, fifteen minutes while I laid out my vision in front of my friend.
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