with Laurinda D. Brown
Laurinda D. Brown
Before "Walk Like A Man - The Play," Brown began her
literary journey with Fire & Brimstone, the 2005
Lambda Literary Award finalist for "Best Debut Lesbian
Fiction", followed by UnderCover and Walk Like A
Man, the 2006 Lambda Literary Award winner for "Best
Lesbian Erotica. Walk Like A Man also received
"Honorable Mention" at the 2007 West Hollywood Book
Laurinda is a featured writer in the Nghosi Books
anthology, Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian
Stories, and in Zaneís Purple Panties. Her
other titles include Strapped and The Cathouse.
Laurinda resides with her two daughters in the greater
Atlanta metro where is working on her two 2010 releases.
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Urban Reviews: Tell our
readers about The Highest Price of Passion.
Laurinda D. Brown: Covering 100 years of
the most volatile era to ever divide American soil, The
Highest Price for Passion is the story of Passion: the
mulatto slave struggling to please her mistress in hopes of
one day winning her freedom; passion for the confederacy
fighting to keep slavery alive; passion between lovers,
husbands, and friends, the passion to give oneís life for a
cause. Based on actual events in American history, The
Highest Price for Passion reaches its climax when its
protagonist, Passion, is forced onto the auction block and
rates the highest price ever paid for a slave. The date is
March 3, 1859, a.k.a. "The Weeping Time," the day 437 slaves
from the Butler Plantation were sold to settle one manís debt.
It rained relentlessly that day as husbands and wives were
separated and children were ripped, screaming, from their
motherís arms. The Highest Price for Passion covers a
time when the concept of family paled against the principle of
human bondage. Unyielding, uncompromising, yet undeniably
romantic: these are the qualities that make The Highest Price
for Passion an instant classic bound to be unforgettable.
Urban Reviews: Where did
you come up with the idea for this novel?
Laurinda D. Brown: Zane was asking for
new submissions from her authors, and I was walking through
the house and blurted the title out. It took me a while to
develop the concept. I'd never read a book of historical
fiction where the master and mistress both craved a female
slave, so I decided to be the first.
Urban Reviews: When did you
discover the art of writing and what was your first published
Laurinda D. Brown: I noticed my gift of
writing when I was in the sixth grade. I did mostly poetry,
though. My first published work was Fire & Brimstone.
Urban Reviews: What lessons
have you learned the hard way in regards to the literary
Laurinda D. Brown: An important lesson
I've learned in the publishing industry is that money isn't
everything. At a time when I was financially strapped, I
accepted a publishing deal which has turned out to be a
nightmare for me. I may never know how successful one of my
best-selling titles actually did. It's so important to read
those contracts and hold those at the top accountable.
Urban Reviews: Which author
has been a major influence in you or your writing?
Laurinda D. Brown: Richard Wright has
been a major influence.
Urban Reviews: What's the
best literary advice you've gotten from another author so far?
Laurinda D. Brown: The best advice I've
gotten from another author is to not read the reviews on
Urban Reviews: Do you have
any upcoming projects that we can look forward to? (include
titles, descriptions, release dates)
Laurinda D. Brown: My next books,
Married Black Female and Girl What? Tales of Stupid
Women from My Stylist's Chair, will be both be released in
Urban Reviews: Do you have
any favorite authors or books?
Laurinda D. Brown: My favorite book is
Black Boy by my favorite author, Richard Wright.
Urban Reviews: What do you
like to do outside of writing? (Hobbies, skills, etc)
Laurinda D. Brown: I enjoy shopping and
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