Updated: May 13
How I Describe My Writing #ElevatedInferno #MonetsMoment #FirstResponderFAiryTales
So it is so hard to describe my writing style except to say that I write books that I would want to read. So the question becomes what do I want to read? I love to read about Black people winning. I love to read about Black Women in STEM and professors. I also love to read African American Fiction, in particular romance novels. I love when there is a strong Black female character and a romantic interest who lets her be strong as well as vulnerable. He appreciates her strength and intelligence as well as her beauty and sexy but also knows how to step in when he is needed. He can stand aside to cheer her on as she breaks through those STEM glass ceiling but will also step in when she needs to be held after dealing with the daggers and darts from the obstacle course of being a Black Woman In STEM.
Although, we are able to deal with a lot we are not always strong and this is why I want my books to have this whimsy and fun side. I learned the term meet cute during the pandemic and this is exactly what I want my books to be. A couple that meets in a really cute way and then blossoms into something exciting. However, I am still a professor so in the midst of that let's learn a little about what it means to be a Black Woman in STEM or a Black Woman in the academy. So I broach these serious topics while also giving my main characters multiple dimensions and that realness. It is about making a message in the mess, testimony in the test, and win in the winter. I have seen hints of this in other books I've read but none contain it all so I had to write it. My genre is #AfricanAmericanFiction #AfricanAmericanRomance #BlackWomenSTEM. Every book has to have these components on some level.
Books I Love
To help you understand who I am as an author, I will share with you some of the books and authors that I fangirl over. Most of them I discovered during the pandemic and never put them down. In fact, I was sad to see them come to an end.
Alexandria House. You cannot go wrong with any of her books but the one that did it for me was "Teach Me (Romey University Book 1)". It was one her first books I ever read and it did it for me once I saw a Black Woman professor. In fact, you can't go wrong with the entire Romey University series. After that you must check out McClain Brothers and Them Boys series.
Christina Jones. Someone else you can't go wrong with but the book that did it for me was "Ante Up (High Stakes Books 1)". Although Asha was not a professor or Black woman in STEM I just loved the complexity of her character and how Kingston always showed up for her despite her flaws. What I love the most about her books is how she has built an entire community, Blackwood, around her books and the characters pop up in each others stories. This is something I hope to do with my writing as well.
Jacinta Howard. Last but certainly not least is my most recent find. I have read the fewest of her books but her contemporary romance novels are right in the pocket of where I want to be. I absolutely loved the Prototype series and I am currently reading the Love Always series. Dorian and Raven ("Less Than Forever (Love Always Book 3)") are my absolute favorite and then Brian and Destiny and I think it is because it is not all rainbows and unicorns. There is a realness that I can absolutely relate to.
Elevated Inferno by Carlotta Ardell coming soon from Rebellion Lit.
Check it out in early July 2022 and follow my social media (@DrCABerry) to find out how to be an advanced reader or pre-order in mid-June.