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Black Child to Black Woman is a ‘live diary’ experience that will grab your attention right from the start. Tara Walker speaks directly to the reader as she adds entry after entry into her Journal. She documents her experiences, her family life, her triumphs, as well as her interpretation of life and the world as she saw it. As she grows, so does the language and tone of the diary, which matches her maturity and speech patterns as the time passes.
Experiences are mere images engraved in our minds that we recall when future events occur such as a tragedy or even when a song is playing on the radio. Tara has captured those moments in time in her diary, even the painful ones. Although she came from a loving home with both parents, she struggled to come to grips with siblings addicted to drugs, molestation, attempted rape, broken hearts, and so much more.
Her diary experiences will make you laugh, cry, scream, sigh, and gasp aloud. As Tara struggles to keep her head above water and fight through the tribulations of her life, she continues to smile, continues to grow as a person, continues to be successful in her career, and continues to survive. Through it all and through her daughter, she eventually discovers the true meaning of unconditional love.
Come discover life through the eyes of Tara as she grows from a black child to a black woman.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
A: I cried. I admit it. I felt like I had finally reached full circle and ready to venture to the next level in life. I felt a great burden lifted off of my shoulders, and my heart, and I exhaled, and then cried.
Q: Who or what was your greatest influence that made you want to be a writer/author?
A: actually I had no writing influences or role models growing up. Although I read all the time, I found writing to be soothing even as a young girl. I would write poems, short stories, songs, etc… and read them to my Mom all the time. As I got older I started writing in my journal and writing for the school paper, publishing my poems in literary magazines, etc….
Q: What are a few of your favorite genres and why?
A: Sci Fi and Murder Mystery/Suspense – I love being a detective and looking for clues!
Q: Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?
A: Yes, many novels that claim to be murder mysteries but have slow starts. After 20 pages if I am still turning a page every 20 minutes, which is extremely slowwww, I give up.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: James Patterson
Q: What advice would you give for first time authors, those choosing the writing life.
A: Pick a topic that is close to your heart. An experience that you can remember in your head like it was yesterday. Write your story ‘around’ that experience and you can guarantee your reader will feel it! Also, never say never!
Cheryl McNeil (pen name, Cheryl D. Bannerman, her birth name) is CEO of a small virtual training company based out of Central New Jersey. She works out of her home office and creates classroom training materials, e-Learning modules, job aides and much more for corporate employees and their clients. She holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Project Management. She is also the (divorced) single mother of a beautiful eleven year old girl.
In her spare time she loves to read murder mysteries, watch movies, try new restaurants and cuisines, shop with her daughter, and in the summer, walk the boardwalk and take in the sun on the beach. Although her works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her life’s experiences into her stories.
You can find Cheryl at www.bannermanbooks.com