Ship of Souls is my third book in four years and I just wanted to take a moment to welcome it into the world! Another friend sent me some kind words this morning, and Doret has posted her review over at The Happy Nappy Bookseller. I’m taking my three classes to the African Burial Ground today but will try to find a moment to do something celebratory in advance of our launch party this Saturday.
I’ve been reading Ship of Souls each evening, and I really love your work. I think your writing is important. You’re creating these E. Nesbit type stories, with classical themes of fantasy creatures helping children. But then placing it in Brooklyn, creating a magical-feeling urban space, creating richly-developed kids from backgrounds that are so different from most published books. I really don’t know why other publishers have not been snapping you up. I will admit to spotting a few things that I might have talked about as an editor (though not many) – and one day I do hope we manage to work together. But overall, it’s a smooth, engaging and resonant read. I look forward to my reading time each night – for as long as I can stay awake. And look forward to seeing what happens!