I started writing this book in June 2014. It was, what I call, my “rabbit hole” ride because it was supposed to be a simple football story inspired by the World Cup. Then I met them all and that’s when the journey began.
This is my first step into the historical fiction genre and I’m mindful of how sensitive some people can be about their #HisFic but the minute I handed it to the publisher in late November 2014, I was already happy with it and my mind was rolling around ideas and research for Book 2. So yeah, there’s a book 2 that will be written eventually…once I go through the research links the librarian sent me.
The cover, now THAT was a different story. I knew it was not going to be easy because, let’s be honest: I’m writing a story in the early 1900s that involves Africa and there aren’t many stock photos of black men or women from that era. If there are, they wear loin cloths, live in huts and carry spears. NOT inaccurate for certain stories but not this one. But our cover artist pulled it out and I was again blown away. I actually misted at how beautiful it was and how it captured two important characters in the story in a compelling way.
It is gorgeous and colorful and eye-catching. I write stories. When I finish, then I categorize because I don’t want to clutter my brain with extraneous information when I would rather concentrate on the story. Not all stories will be from the same genre. I have other ideas brewing and I leave myself enough room to always just keep my eyes and mind on the story.
So why am I babbling on about this?
This story is nothing like the Baxters. It’s a different animal altogether and some may not particularly care for my turn. And that’s fine because freedom to choose is a beautiful thing. For those who are open enough to check out this new avenue, I hope you enjoy it. For those who can’t or won’t, I get it and no offense taken (there’s more coming to choose from so no worries). I’m going to stretch and try new things, tell different stories. I love what I do and I’m going to just keep doing it.
That’s just how I roll. 🙂
Now, without further ado, let me introduce you to the FULL cover of Eyubea Girls, due out sometime during the week of Jan 12, 2015. As I said, I hope you enjoy it. And don’t ask me when book 2 is coming out. Just trust me, it’s going to happen…eventually
Here you go: