The Cosmic Turkey is as delightful a romp as we’re likely to encounter. The heroine, Janet, begins life in Connecticut, but soon she is off to Pluto and galaxies galore. As she stumbles and bumbles her way through one planet after another and one adventure after another, we fall in love with her technological ineptitude, her sense of inadequacy as she assumes the helm of her spaceship, her struggles to lead her crazy crew, and her feelings for Beau Dangere and his sometime girlfriend, Richena.
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Tell us one weird, interesting tidbit about yourself.
I’m distantly related to the Loomis Gang, a 19th-century family of horse thieves in upstate New York. If I ever write a historical novel, they’ll be in it.
Which character do you identify the most with in your book?
Anyone who knows me can tell you that Janet’s “technology hex” is drawn straight from my life. I can screw up a computer without even touching it – I just have to look at it funny.
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T. K. Barber did a beta review, back before I shortened the title from "Flight of the Cosmic Turkey:"
"If you like Sci-Fi, tongue in cheek humor, slap you in the face humor, puns, and insanely awesome alien races, you will adore this book. I hope there are several more adventures for the Turkey and her crew because I’ll read every single one."
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Part of being a reader and writer is trying to see the world through someone else's eyes. Here are some of the books that helped educate me about systemic racism and white privilege.
Carol Anderson One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
bell hooks, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
An unwilling time traveler is trapped in the slave era, forced to protect the white "master" who will one day become her ancestor. This book is a tour de force examination of what oppression does to both the oppressor and oppressed. Rufus starts as a friendly, open-hearted child who will "never" be like his abusive father. But the temptation of power is too much.
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
A family trying to move to a white neighborhood encounters soft-spoken racism that comes through loud and clear.
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
A teen watches in horror as a police officer shoots her friend at a traffic stop - and the media puts the dead boy on trial.
Join Janet and the crew of the Turkey when we blast off on August 4, 2020!