Date Published: June 11, 2020
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Heaven Hill Plantation, upriver from Georgetown, South Carolina, 1807: Sixteen-year-old Alexandra Degambia is the daughter of a wealthy African American planter and a social-climbing mother who can pass for white. Balancing on the tightrope between girlhood and the complicated adult world of Low-Country society is a treacherous undertaking.
Alexandra is a tenacious heroine who’s easy to root for, and the author elegantly articulates her precarious position between white and black society. Overall, this novel explores issues of equality and personal freedom in thought-provoking ways.
Sharp writing, an original plot, and a strong female protagonist make for an engrossing read.
This tale of desperation, injustice and courage is a much needed addition to our grasp of our nation's history. A 5-star reading experience. Highly recommend!"
Laura Taylor – 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner
1. What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I prefer to emphasize a character’s positive traits. The hardest part of writing my books is discovering and acknowledging the shadow-side that often motivates my characters’ choices.
2. What songs are most often played on your ipod?
John Lennon’s Imagine is my favorite song. My musical taste is eclectic. In addition to The Beatles, I enjoy the West Side Story sound track, Ravi Shankar’s sitar music, Bach, and the works of Chavalier de Saint-George (sometimes referred to as the Black Mozart).
3. Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I belong to two fantastic critique groups: Blue Moon Writers, in Davis, California and a group of women authors, also located in Davis.
4. How did you start your writing career?
My writing career started when I was nine years old and fell in love for the first time—with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Upon finishing the book, I vowed to become a writer. My first effort was a stage play adaptation of Little Women, painstakingly pecked out on a typewriter. The play was produced on the patio in my back yard by neighborhood thespians just before I turned ten.
5. Tell us about your next release.
My next release,Dfthegenius, is a memoir about my illuminating journey with my son, Dave, who had Down syndrome.
About the Author
Dorothea Hubble Bonneau is an award-winning novelist, produced playwright and optioned screenwriter. Inspired by a quest for justice, her work is informed by her love of family, nature, and the literary arts.
Dorothea is a member of Author’s Guild, Women in Film, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Aspen Summer Words Alumni, and Historical Writers of America.