Blog: Hurricane Katrina: 11th Anniversary Revisited
By Dr. Maxine Thompson
Today is the 11th anniversary of #hurricaneKatrina; copy of The Katrina Blues by Maxine Thompson. http://amzn.to/2byNB57
My novella, The Katrina Blues, was written about 10 years ago. I was deeply disturbed at seeing people who looked like me in a flood on roofs, thirsty, and being treated like Third World refugees. I’ve witnessed racism all of my life, but this was an event which struck a chord. What a precarious position my people live in. And what an omen of things to come.
As a writer, I wrote “The Katrina Blues” as a love story against this backdrop in Black American history. It was published, even made a Best seller’s list as part of an anthology on the now defunct Black Expressions’ Book Club.
The 11th anniversary is here. Things have gotten worse. Black lives matter, yet Black/Brown blood is running in the street. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Alton Sterling. Philandro Castille. Koryn Gaines. Charles Kinsey.
How do we establish a system of justice? This is a question that we, as Black writers, need to explore.
Here’s the back cover.
Meet Deni Richards, a Los Angeles attorney, who appears to have everything. She has an expensive Mercedes, a condo in an exclusive neighborhood, and a job at The Los Angeles Children’s Court. But after a public disgrace at the altar, she is left heartbroken, bereft, and lonely. Her professional titles and material possessions do little to heal her heart.
In the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a talented Jazz saxophonist, Coleman Blue, is getting his heart smashed in one of the most unspeakable betrayals a man can imagine.
Fast-forward one year later, on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, it affects people throughout the United States.
Follow the journey of two unlikely people who meet, and, although they are complete opposites, tragedy brings them together in a common ground of love.
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About the blogger: About the Blogger: Dr. Maxine Thompson is a novelist, poet, columnist, short story writer, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent. As an editor, she has edited numerous best-selling books for African Americans, including many books for men and women who are incarcerated in the prison system. In a down economy, as a literary agent, she has negotiated over 100 book deals for African Americans. She is the author of Novels, The Ebony Tree, Hostage of Lies, LA Blues, LA Blues 2, and LA Blues 3, A Place Called Home (A Short Story Collection), a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, (A Black Expression Bestseller) All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Black Expression Book Club best-seller, and Kindle Bestseller).
She is also an ebook author of The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell 1, 2, The Hush Hush Secrets of Making Money as a Writer, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love, Novellas, The Katrina Blues, and Capri’s Second Chance, contributor to Proverbs for the People, and Editor/Contributor to anthology, Saturday Morning.
Her novels, The Ebony Tree, (Won a small Pen Award in 1997), Hostage of Lies, (Voted a Best Book of 2009), LA Blues, (2011), and LA Blues II, (2012), which were featured in Black Expressions’ Catalog in August 2012. LA Blues 3 was published in August 2013.