Connie Divers Bradley began her writing career when, for 3 years as a contributing columnist to one of Chicago's daily newspapers, her provocative commentaries on racism made her a popular target of controversy. Later, after retiring from the U. S. Post Office, Connie returned to her first love and has since authored 3 well-received books.
Currently, this street-wise scribe spends her time contemplating life and seeking wisdom through meditation. Reading, writing, surfing the Net, watching TV, and playing cards also keep her busy along with being a essayist on a discussion board located at AALBC.com.
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The anatomy of a novel
BRINGING A BOOK TO LIFE
Any book begins with inspiration. The ongoing triangle that puts black women in competition with white ones for the affection of black men was mine. It’s a topic I’ve never read a book about so I became motivated to write The Only One, a novel based on this scenario. I wasn’t sure where this subject would lead me but, equipped with my personal observations and input from my children and their friends, I sat down at my computer, placed my fingers on its keyboard, accessed its word processor and got on the same wave length with my Muse.
The first step was to conjure up a cast of characters to star in this little melodrama, and this involved crafting the roles they would play in the plot. Once that was done, I visualized how they’d look and tried out names on them until they answered to what I called them. As soon as I started putting words in their mouths, these people came to life, steering me to where they needed to go.
Settling on a “sista” as my protagonist was what determined the book’s setting. A big city environment pulsating with the uniqueness of the black experience was what made Chicago the perfect choice.
Then, I got into the flow and let the words have their say. Realizing the value of taking a break, from time to time I would do so, then return to the manuscript with a new set of eyes. This was how I eventually recognized the need for a sub-plot that would add an element of suspense and keep things interesting. Filling this void called for a villain and he emerged from the shadows of my imagination, grabbing his crotch.
With this addition, more inspiration kicked in guiding me toward the technique for creating a mystery by inserting misleading clues to stump the reader.
Finally as one chapter led into another, all the scattered parts came together completing the jigsaw puzzle that had been waiting to be assembled by the creative process that turns a writer into an author, and an idea into a book whose story has been told.
Months later, I held the latest version of The Only One in my hands. It was fresh off the press and it was if it vibrated with life!
- Review of The Only One
Refreshing, poetic, sarcastically humorous, easy flowing, relatable, classy are the immediate words that come to mind for the book The Only One. The characters were enjoyable and relatable.
Celeste maintained such self- control when dealing with her own emotions from rejection. Observing the man of her desires skip across her like a lily-pad in a pond he needed to cross in order to reach the blond damsel in distress running through the floral field of privilege over yonder.
- IAM THATIAM (FaceBook Poster)