This novel covers Faye Becker's quandary about whether or not to tell the truth of what she witnessed when an unarmed Black male is shot and killed by the town's local White troublemaker. Everyone thinks the shooter is guilty, but Faye (to her regret) knows differently. While the shooter has been guilty often in his past, he is not guilty in this particular incident. Will Faye tell the truth or will she lie to keep the peace in her community?
Kevin is an author and entrepreneur who especially loves the creative process of writing. He has been writing for over fifteen years and has eight books to his credit. His published works include several non-fiction projects on a variety of topics such as Christian singleness, a spiritually based motivation book, a coffee table book honoring local senior women at his home church, a Mother’s Day coffee table book and a history of how the Bible came to be. His first fiction book is a witty and entertaining look at one man’s journey to rediscovering an authentic relationship with Christ. His second book centers on one woman’s pursuit of justice with a tinge of revenge in a small, fictional town in SC. He prides himself on writing projects that are different from each other and interesting.
Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Kevin lives in Columbia, SC where he is always on a search for the next great interesting book to write. His future projects may be a novel that highlights an ironic twist or a non-fiction work that has something to do with the Bible.
In this excerpt, Faye has made it home after her near death encounter. Before she could get too caught up in the grips of what she felt was a panic attack, she heard the voice of her now deceased mother. Her mom is basically reminding Faye of the burden that many Black women carry. "We Black women don't have the time or luxury to lose our minds."
Rightly or wrongly, many Black women subscribe to the myth that they need to be superwomen. As a Black man who admires Black women, I understand that impulse. But my author side would like to remind them that it is not their supposed heroic nature that is attractive, but their humanity including their vulnerabilities.
Will Faye understand that to make it in this world, she doesn't have to be tough and unfeeling?
Know Your Weapon
Sitting at the kitchen table, Faye felt like she was suffocating. Even though she never had a panic attack before, she wondered if that was what she was feeling now. Out of nowhere, the voice of her mother popped into her mind. “Girl, stop that foolishness. We Black women don’t have the time or the luxury to lose our minds.” Even as she had to force herself to breathe, Faye managed to chuckle at the thought that her mother, even in death, could run a serious guilt trip on her. Shaking her head, she continued to inhale and exhale until the sense of panic abated.