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The truth about urban fiction7


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,Urban Fiction Books
,African American Fiction Books
,African American Books
,Ravon Swindell

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The truth about urban fiction7

  1. 1. The Truth About Urban Fiction Urban Fiction Books When i edited urban fiction, similar to most new endeavors, I stumbled in it. But as a former social worker, I've always found it interesting how women of color cope for unexpected expenses. As I read different manuscripts, I recognized the voices that I'd met over the years in my own life, in several foster homes or even in my inner city case work. African American Books Although I'd recently completed my nonfiction book, Heal thy Soul, Twelve months of Healing for ladies of Color, to become published by Urban Books in November 2008, I would like to address urban fiction. Like a story editor of the best selling urban fiction writers available today, I've many userful stuff here along the way about urban fiction. I can speak from both sides of the fence-both as a writer so that as an editor. As urban writers, we occasionally get bad press. I would like to clarify something. All urban writers aren't street fiction writers. This genre is sometimes referred to as ghetto lit or street lit, or reggae fiction. Some people say there's excessive drama, even in the women's distinctive line of Urban fiction, instead of enough literary literature. Well, just as one editor, that depends on how you look at it.
  2. 2. What is drama? I remember when i read that drama is danger when combined opportunity. To write about people of color who live in urban settings will be replete with danger. Only to think of some of the dangers these urban characters face, it starts the moment the characters wake up. Any day your could find yourself homeless, a victim of violence, or foreclosed upon. Now how do we create these components in our stories? By showing the (limited or missed) opportunities we have to obtain the American Dream and also the danger that is linked to trying to pursue it. For many people, they take the nine-to-five route. For some individuals they go the route of crime. But all characters, inside the pursuit of the American Dream of happiness, will go over a journey. This journey involves subtext. My concise explaination subtext is what is going on underneath the story. The dictionary's definition are these claims:
  3. 3. 1. The implicit meaning or theme of a literary text. 2. The actual personality of a dramatic character as implied or shown by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance. My story "Katrina Blues," a novella, in anthology, Didn't know Love Like This Before, (published by Urban Books-Urban Soul in June 2007) relates to a cross section of society. The protagonist, Deni Richards, can be a thirty-something Los Angeles attorney who winds up facing discrimination at a restaurant, racial profiling through the police department, and disparity of treatment for my child job. Although she thinks she's got achieved the American dream because she drives a Mercedes, is the most successful child in their family and owns her own condo in Santa Monica, California, after the story, she learns some harsh truths about as an African American citizen with this country. She finally ends up getting an up-close and personal taste of reality when she opens her where you can a displaced saxophonist, Coleman Blue and his awesome family, after Hurricane Katrina. I've found a lot of meaning in regards to the American Dream while i read urban literature and it's not always found on the surface of the story.