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Author Interview - Laila Ibrahim

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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How much sleep do you need to be your best?

7 to 9 hours

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

In my dream of dreams Yellow Crocus will be a movie.

What color represents your personality the most?


How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

I love the connecting with people across large distances.  I mostly stay connected with people that I already know, but I have also appreciated making new relationships via social media.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

Set design

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?

I do my best writing when I have a retreat for a few days.  I just put everything aside and make great strides in moving the plot forward.  That works best for initial drafts.  I can edit and re-write in shorter chunks at home.

What makes you angry?

Injustice in so many forms.  I wish we lived in a world where laws and systems were set up fairly, but they aren’t.  I feel it our job to continually notice who is being given privileges  and who is being denied privileges.

Yellow Crocus 

In 1837, Lisbeth Wainwright is born to the white mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation. Seconds later, she is delivered into the arms of her black wet nurse, Mattie. For a field hand like Mattie, her transfer to the big house is supposed to be considered an honor—except that the move tears Mattie away from her beloved grandfather and her infant son, Samuel. But Mattie is a slave, with no say in the matter, and so she devotes herself to her master’s daughter, though she longs to be raising her own child. Growing up under Mattie’s tender care, little Lisbeth adopts the woman’s deep-seated faith in God, her love of music and black-eyed peas, and the tradition of hunting for yellow crocuses in the early days of spring.

As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn slowly back into her white parents’ world and begins to learn the ins and outs of life for a high-born young lady. Still she retains her connection to Mattie, befriending Samuel and drifting comfortably between the two worlds. She accepts her parents’ assertion that their slaves depend upon them for guidance and protection, yet that notion becomes more and more difficult to believe as she gains awareness of the inequality of life in the big house versus the slave quarters. When, on the threshold of her society wedding to debonair Edward Cunningham, Lisbeth bears witness to a shockingly brutal act, the final vestiges of her naiveté crumble around her. Just twenty-one years old, she is forced to choose between what is socially acceptable and what is right, a decision that will change her life forever.

This compelling historical novel chronicles young Lisbeth Wainwright’s coming-of-age during one of the most difficult chapters of American history. Lisbeth’s powerful bond with Mattie makes her loss of innocence in the face of society’s ugly secrets all the more heartbreaking, and yet it is the courage she learns from her stand in mother that enables Lisbeth to blaze a new path for herself. Yellow Crocus offers moving proof of how the greatest social change often blooms forth from small personal acts of love.

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Genre - Historical Fiction

Rating – PG-13

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