Brown Girls Books
Cynthia Freeman Gibbs
Author of Insatiable Revenge and Reasonable Insanity
Get to know me...
What is your story about?
Insatiable Revenge is about the life of Dr. Olivia C. Maxwell after she has been released from behind bars for arson. She desires to build a new life without rage, however, her soon-to-be ex-husband has announced that he has a fiancee'... yes...he is engaged while they are still married and he plans to move their 2 children out of the state against Olivia's wishes. She is being counseled by a friend and hopes to get off of Team Ratchet and onto Team Righteous. Her best friend, Savvy, is branching out in her career and in relationships. She encounters a thug version of Idris Elba and a man who is a tad bit more enamored with someone other than Savvy. There are twists and turns in this story, which brings about surprise encounters and dangerous paths of revenge.
What do you want readers to take away?
I want my readers to come away with witnessing Olivia transform her life from crawling to flying and to release herself to love again and be loved.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by the opportunity to give readers a chance to escape into the world of a character they can connect with. I am motivated to write stories that touch the Black community as it relates to mental health and awareness of what may affect us. If I can bring people together to have conversations around topics such as overcoming colorism, bulimia, dysfunction, self-harm, toxic relationships and finding self-love, my mission is accomplished.
What's on your playlist?
My list is long. I listen to African American classical composers when I write because I can't have on music with singing when I am trying to create a story. I edit to Daughters of Nina Simone, Daughters of Ruby Dee, and other 'Daughters' playlists or the Girl Trek 'Resistance' playlists. On Sundays before church is Yolanda Adams radio and after church, it's Art Blakely, Roy Ayers, or Miles Davis. And any other time, Jill Scott is my absolute favorite!