Celebrate with us as we recognize and highlight just a few women making a mark in the literary industry as we bring you…
The Real Housewives of Literature
They are mothers, wives, daughters, aunts and sisters, yet they have found time to make a name for themselves and pursue their dreams.
O.O.S.A.’s goal is to not only acknowledge African American women in literature, but to educate and encourage others. We hope that you will join us as we recognize, respect and applaud their efforts as these phenomenal women make history or in this case, HERstory!
Children: 2, ages 8 and 22
Rhonda McKnight is the author of the Black Expressions Top 20 bestseller A Woman’s Revenge (Mar 2013), What Kind of Fool (Feb 2012), An Inconvenient Friend (Aug 2010), Secrets and Lies (Dec 2009), Breaking All the Rules (Oct 2013), and Give A Little Love (Dec 2013). She was a 2010 African-American Literary Award nominee in the categories of Best Christian Fiction Novel and Best Anthology. She was the winner of the 2010 Emma Award for Favorite Debut Author and the 2009 Shades of Romance Award for Best Christian Fiction Novel. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia, home for fifteen years.
Behind the Books
Do you have a special way to prepare before you sit down to write? If so, what is it? Not really. I have to make myself write, so I just have to mentally make up my mind to do it. I say a prayer and start typing.
What do you wish to accomplish with each book? To entertain my readers and prompt them to say, “Ooo weee!” at least once.
When did the writing bug first bite you? As a child. I wrote my first book when I was 6.
How do you balance being a mother and author? Am I balancing both? I’m a mother first, always. I never put anything before my kids. I prioritize writing and writing related activities in behind them and my full-time job. Some weeks I write, some I don’t. Some weeks I promote heavily, others I don’t. But my writing is important, so I don’t have a lot of other activities at the church or in my community which means I can generally fit my books in right behind my family.
What female authors have influenced you? Victoria Christopher Murray is one the greatest writing influences. She encouraged me to write the story of my heart nearly 20 years ago. It took me 10 years to follow her advice, but when I stopped over-thinking the writing and just wrote from my heart I finished my first project and signed to a book deal. She’s also been a great mentor about the business. I’ve learned more from her in an hour than I’d ever learn in five years in this industry.
Stay tuned next week as we highlight another incredible woman!
Stepping to the stage is: OOSA
It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual ALL THINGS LITERARY AWARDS. The winners of these awards reflect a celebration of reading and writing. The public is welcome to submit nominations online beginning April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, in each of the following three categories:
Best Female Author
Best Male Author
The nominee must have/be a new and original work published within the time period of March 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
Books that are solely eBooks are not eligible.
Who May Nominate? The nomination process is open to the public.
Judging: This is not a popularity contest based on who received the most nominations or votes. The final nominations will be read and judged by a panel of judges according to specific guidelines. The judging process is blind. The judges are provided copies of the nominations minus any identifying information. To ensure fairness, the judging panel is made up of readers from across the U.S. both men and women of varying ages whose tastes expand the spectrum and include all genres.
This is a confidential process. The identity of the final nominees will be kept strictly confidential until after the judging process has been completed. The identity of the judges will remain confidential.
The winners will be announced in St Louis at OOSA’s Pajama Book Jam in October. In addition, the Brenda Hampton Honorary Literacy Award winner will be announced. The winner of this award represents unique individuals who put forth every effort to uphold the standards of African American Literature. This honor includes writers, reviewers, editors, publishers, agents…all who have remained dedicated to the cause for years, who have inspired many others along the way and who have had a great impact on the industry as a whole. Recommendations for this award can be sent to:firstname.lastname@example.org
About Us: The All Things Literary Awards is presented by OOSA Online Book Club, an award-winning book club and reviewing team founded in 2005.