JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
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Author O Wright, author of Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story)
Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story) depicts a heartrending and sometimes distressful, historical narrative of a beautiful young tribal princess named Lavina from West Africa. This poignant narrative tells how she and her promised one, Rabboni, were unmercifully taken from their homeland and brought to the colony of Virginia. They were then sold as slaves to endure the harsh abuses and cruelties of the fields.
Separated and alone, Lavina is purchased by a compassionate elderly couple, while Rabboni suffers at the hands of different slave owners. However, with deep and abiding faith in their Almighty Protector, they miraculously find each other again and fulfill the promise made at their sacred market place.
Told in graphic and honest detail, this author’s portrayal of their deep faith in their Almighty Protector shows again and again how these two unfortunate people survived the harsh and intricate system of oppression marshaled against them.
This historical narrative is an excellent read for all Americans, particularly young African-Americans, interested in learning more about the American history involving their ancestor’s most horrific existence as slaves in Colonial Virginia. Read and examine the painful, yet moving and exultant triumph of Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story).
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story)?
Author O Wright: After having taught in the public school system as a business professional in the Junior Achievement Organization, I discovered that many of the youth, particularly African-American youth, were completely unaware of colonial American history pertaining to our enslaved African ancestors.
Therefore, having been brought up from the South and having read a great deal of American history, I decided to write a narrative on the enslave African experience in early American history.
JP: What sets Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story) apart from other books in the same genre?
AOW: This narrative is set in the form a romance and a love story of a princess, the only daughter of a tribal leader. It culminates in Africa and ends in the colony of Virginia. In it development and execution, all of the scenarios and situations the African finds himself once arriving into this country are portrayed.
Because the African person is basically spiritual, this narrative is written from a Christian perspective.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story) getting out to the public?
AOW: I believe that our youth are the future leaders of our society. If they don’t know about their own history, they will have problems determining their future. Therefore, I wanted to instill pride in our youth and encourage them to take control of their future. Hence, my goal was to educate our youth.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess (The Complete Story)?
AOW: I drew from my experience and my love for the people of my heritage. However, this book took probably ten years to finish.
JP: What’s next for Author O Wright?
AOW: I will continue to provide influence to our youth and to our country through personal and profession endeavors.