11 September 2020

Published September 9, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Before continuing I have to share my happy news. My novel “Last Dance with Annie” is now under contract with literary agent Diane Nine! www.ninespeakers.com 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

COUP D’ETAT 1898

Easter and me’s both six years old. Her daddy owns a shoe shop in Wilmington. He made my Sunday shoes. He’s really nice.

            Easter’s funny and she draws real good. Her skin is pretty. It’s as brown as chocolate so she don’t get sunburns like me.

            Day before yesterday, Easter’s daddy went to vote in the ‘lection. Someone said white men in red shirts shot him in the street. Easter cried and cried. I cried, too.

            Easter, her mama and lotsa other black folks moved away sudden like. I don’t understand why people are so mean. I miss my friend.  

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90 comments on “11 September 2020

  • Hard to ‘Like’ a story like that but, as usual, well told. 🙂
    Why can’t we all just get along?? ‘Cause some people are very insecure. For them to believe that they are “on top” they have force others beneath them. 👿

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    • Dear Neil,

      You were ahead of me on this one. I just learned of it on my recent trip to Wilmington. Children see things simply, don’t they? We could learn from them. As for the signing…I’m over the moon. 😀 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Such an awful story (what really happened, not your take on it). It is also interesting (in a very sick way) that those responsible for the violence are also the same ones who created Jim Crow and deepened the racism that still reverberates to this day. There have been some evil people in our country’s history, but few as evil as the “secret nine” and their followers. Great take on it, and again, it’s great that you use your stories to raise awareness.

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  • First, many congrats on your book! You must be doing the happy dance all over the place 🙂

    You story is so powerful, told from the viewpoint of children who had not yet learned to hate.

    Sometimes I can only shake my head at the ongoing saga of man’s inhumanity to man. Tit for tat has never been a very good alternative.

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  • Beautifully crafted story, Rochelle. If only people can see others the way a child does. I love the MC’s description of her friend, Easter. If only people would see the person and not the color/race. Thanks for sharing a tragic chapter in History. Shalom.

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  • Rochelle,
    I loved your choice of point of view, the simple diction, the unadulterated diction. Seeing evil through the innocent eyes of children is all the more sickening and revealing. Racism and countless other evils committed daily will never leave the human heart. But that’s no excuse for fighting against it, individually and corporately, if only for our children’s future.

    Congratulations on your contract 🎉 and best wishes for your novel’s success!
    Shalom,
    Dora

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    • Dear Liz,

      It’s a step in the right direction. A publisher did voice an interest in the book after watching my interview, so Diane and I are in hopes she’ll still be interested in it when she reads the manuscript.
      Always happy to share history. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Congratulations on your book! My current project is prepping a synopsis and query letter for one of my books. Selling myself is really hard for me.

    Human beings have a natural disdain and fear of anything different. The fact that children don’t fear or disdain people of varying skin colors should be enough to tell us we’re not that different. Instead, prejudices and fear are taught, passed down through generations. It’s obviously challenging to break free of those learned prejudices. It’s a reflection of humanity’s weaknesses and failings. It’s heartbreaking. Well told from the perfect POV.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      It is very difficult to break free of prejudices. They are sometimes automatic thoughts that come from nowhere.

      The toughest part of publishing for the author (at least the way I see it) is self-promotion. Synopses are a challenge and I admit I had some help with mine. My advice is keep it present tense and avoid the passives. All the best.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Great story, Rochelle. I clicked on to read about the Wilmington Insurrection. Apparently the only incident where people overthrew the local government. Considering the people now, who are marching into local capital buildings while armed, and now others shooting protestors in the streets, well, I wonder if we’re not looking at a repeat. Way to keep us all informed about history catching up to us.

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    • Dear Priya,

      I quite agree with you. There are so many things to learn and appreciate about people of different colors and nationalities. When will we learn? We need children to lead us. 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Congratulations on the novel news Rochelle, well deserved I’m sure. Another sad chapter in history, and the looming election in America seems it will inevitably become just as divisive. Can only hope it won’t end in violence, but I would not be surprised.

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  • Rochelle, Your story distills the reality of Wilmington, NC historical event perfectly. I followed the link and read quite a bit of the info. I shake my head in disbelief, rage, and sorrow at the depraved and malicious actions of humans upon each other. I went out for a bike ride on a road I don’t usually take last week and was appalled by some of the political decorations in support of the orange one. I even saw a sign for him in brown, which triggered the memory of brownshirts. We need to nip this madness in the bud and soon.

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  • Thank you again, Rochelle.

    Another lesson in history for me. There are so many on that subject, it can be overwhelmingly disheartening.

    The POV telling was excellent and the context spot-on.

    And congrats to you on the good news. Well done, all around.

    Peace,

    Bill

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  • Your story sent chills through my heart, Rochelle. I grew up in South Carolina in the ’60’s and know all to well how hard the hearts of men can be. I was scolded by my grandmother for inviting my black girlfriend over to play. I was eight years old. It wasn’t proper, I was told. Deep sigh. If we could all just see each other through the eyes of children. ♥♥♥

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  • Mind-numbingly sad and shameful piece of history. I love the way the story’s told from a child’s point of view. Children are not fussed by color of skin or ethnicity or anything else. They are taught to care about those things. An important lesson to learn. This was brilliantly written, Rochelle.

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