A. E. Reads [Maya and the Rising Dark]

Today’s A. E. Reads book review is on Maya and the Rising Dark, a 2020 middle grade novel written by Rena Barron. I found this book by looking up middle grade books with black characters and came across a whole slew of books to read. After much debate over the lists, my top choice to…

[Update] Where is Zippy Mae?

Hi, A. E. here. Today I wanted to update on where I am at with my current project, the Zippy Mae series. I announced this series last year and have been working on it ever since. I’ve restarted my draft twice, and am on the third draft now. After a lot of world-building, I decided…

A. E. Reads [A Song Below Water] Book Review

A Song Below Water is a 2020 YA novel written by Bethany C. Morrow. It features two high school black girls as main characters, Tavia and Effie. You’d think they’d be so-called “normal” but they aren’t. Tavia is a siren, and in this story, sirens have been black women for the past seventy-five years. However…

A. E. Reads: THE DEEP [Book Review]

THE DEEP is a 2019 novella written by Rivers Solomon and inspired by the song of the same name by clipping., which you can listen to on YouTube for free here. While searching for books written by black authors with black main characters, I came across THE DEEP. Once I saw the cover, I knew…

A. E. Reads: Clay’s Ark [Book Review]

The novel by Octavia Butler, Clay’s Ark, originally published in 1984, was written last in the 4-book Patternist series, however it comes third in chronology. The story takes place after Wild Seed (1980) and Mind of My Mind (1977.) However, as much as I’ve enjoyed Octavia Butler’s other works, Clay’s Ark was honestly such a disappointment…

Dream to Reality Part 4: Design

Welcome! This is Part 4 of the series on how The Other Side got published. Check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 if you hadn’t read them already. So jumping in. The biggest thing to design…was the Book Cover! BOOK COVER So the book cover. I did research on how to make a book cover…