9.25.2011

The Origins of "Corruption"

Last year, I was introduced to the Blasian movement by my business partner and friend, Ankhesen.  It made me aware of an entirely different world that existed outside of my own.  I addressed this in a previous post and wondered if I’d be able to write in the genre after years of writing about black women exclusively paired with black men.  Not necessarily the easiest thing to do.

Fast-forward one year.  I just finished my first Blasian novel, a 350-page animal titled Corruption.  I started writing it last September, after being inspired by a most wicked scenario.  The book had risqué origins and was intended to be an erotic short story that I was going to contribute to MCP’s The Sultry Court.  But Jordan Yoshito and Mahogany Carroll, the protagonists, had way too much life and would not be restricted to a mere sixty pages.  And so I kept writing, wondering where I was going with it.  I got lost many times and considered abandoning the book, but once again, Mo and Jordan wouldn’t allow it.  I tried going in random directions, but then something occurred to me and it was then that I understood what it was I was really writing about.

I wrote the last third of Corruption in an emotional whirlwind, as I was using the plot as a cathartic canvas for my own volatile emotions.  There were many crevices and cracks in the storyline that I filled with my own experiences and I knew that this novel represented a major turning point in my ability to tell a story.  I’d finally gotten some stuff out of the way and could move forward in my writing.

Because Jordan is Japanese, his characterization required extensive research; research I’d never done before and it was a lot more difficult than I imagined.  However, with the aid of a wonderful, knowledgeable, insightful beta, I was able to reasonably authenticate Jordan’s background and aspects of his culture.  I think that by making him Asian instead of black gave the story a depth that it would not have had otherwise.  And I learned a few things.

You can find a short little tease here. Corruption will be published sometime this fall; it is currently in its final stages of production.  It is my sincerest wish that the book is well-received by the Blasian community, as I believe it is my best work to date.

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Music featured is "Live with Me" by Massive Attack, featuring the vocals of UN Humanitarian Award-winning soul legend Terry Callier.

10 comments:

  1. Now THAT'S a cover.

    *thundering applause*

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  2. I am looking forward to reading this book. I am wondering how and where I will be able to purchase it?

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  3. Ladies:

    I must give you mad props for expanding the world of Blasian fic with taste and style. May the Middle Child publishing house succeed.

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  4. Nice cover, intriguing story and excellent trailer. You & Ankh have done an amazing job in your usage of music to evoke a certain mood. Looking forward to all the good stuff from MCP.

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  5. I am so glad you wrote about your struggles. I am working on a Blasian Book as well. I have been struggling with my writing and thoughts of abandoning the project but I am definitely encourage to finish it.

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  6. @Amaya,

    Congratulations on finishing your novel. *banzai, banzai, banzai." Who are the models on your cover?

    @Jay L'Harris,

    I sympathize with your struggles. I was in the same boat for nearly two years. I was able to overcome this problem by challenging myself to write about a Black woman and an Asian man who also have strong Indigenous roots. The end result was a Geechee woman and an Ainu man. Writing about people whose lives are completely beyond my experience keeps me on my toes. It's all very scary and I pray I'll be able to find Geechee and Ainu betas to tear the first draft apart and force me to work even harder on getting it right.

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  7. I wanted to add that Amaya taught me the POWER of having someone rip your work to shreds. Real authors can't have thin skins.

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  8. @Hateya,

    I don't know the names of the models, but I did learn a little something about how graphic artists do put together cover ideas, and it is NOT what I thought it would be. So I'd advise any author who is willing to put up a piece of change for a good cover to have a strong idea of how it should look, and then let the artist be the artist. April had to change mine several times before I was completely satisfied.

    @Jay'L: Finish your book. Let the story play itself out, even if it takes some time to do it. Don't force it. There were weeks when I could barely stand to look at the words on the page, and then there were weeks when I wrote at a breakneck pace. Once I understood and accepted what it was I was dealing with, the rest of the story was easy. Use your struggles as a jump-off point and see where they lead. Good hunting.

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