Welcome, from my desk to yours...
My latest book, published by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, is Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, the second in a series of novels about a book club comprised of misfits and dreamers in small-town Florida in the early 1960s.
I began my career in the newspaper business and became a book author quite by accident. I pursued a story about two then-unknown centenarian sisters, Sadie and Bessie Delany, who were the daughters of a man born into slavery. My story on the Delany Sisters, published by The New York Times in 1991, was read by a book publisher who contacted me and asked if I would expand my story into book form. The Delany Sisters agreed, and we worked together for almost two years to create the oral history we called, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. The book was a blockbuster bestseller. It was adapted to the Broadway stage and for an award-winning film.
My other nonfiction books include the story of a pair of married Holocaust survivors who masqueraded as Christians and worked for the Underground during World War Two, and a rare oral history of a female Native American Elder whose name is 'Strong Medicine.'
Although I am writing fiction currently, I do expect to write nonfiction again.