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As a mentor of Black student activists and leaders, what advice do you have for young people protesting in the streets right now?

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Beyond humanizing the cultural experience, how were you inspired to write this book for a greater purpose?

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Black women take center stage in your novel, fighting for the freedom of the men in their families. There is a lot of discussion right now in the Black community about Black women and femmes leading and holding up the Black Lives Matter movement but not getting the recognition they deserve. How do you tackle this in the book?

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Can you tell us a little bit about Tracy, the main character in the book?
She is determined to get justice for her father, who sits on death row for a crime he never committed – why did you decide to craft the story from her point of view and how do you think readers will view her?

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How did you come up with the title: THIS IS MY AMERICA?

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How did you go about finding the right publisher for the novel?

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How does it feel to have your novel, which discusses the unjust treatment of Black people in the legal system, published during a worldwide Black Lives Matter movement?

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Mass incarceration is a major theme of your novel. What do you believe are the first steps to change?

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Renowned Artist Chuck Styles created the beautiful cover of THIS IS MY AMERICA. What was your reaction when you heard he would be the artist and when you saw the final cover illustration?

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Tracy, the book’s protagonist, has a social justice column in her school’s paper and leads Know Your Rights workshops in her community. How much of your own activism as a student influenced the creation of Tracy?

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Tracy’s town has a long history of racism. How does that factor into the story?

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When did it come to you to write This Is My America?
How long did it take?