JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Angelia Vernon Menchan, author of Zen Cooper: Grown Woman
(Honorable MENCHAN Media)
Zen Cooper has been gone from Center City for over three years. At age twenty, she has earned a degree from Howard University and plans to go home for a short stay before returning to Howard to become an assistant.
But there are Zen’s plans, and then there is life…
Her father Charlie has been away in Africa for three years, seeking wellness and her mother is still mired down in fear and a lack of confidence in who she is. Her grandmother, Willie Mae is determined to control what goes on around her, while unable to control herself.
More interesting is the new dancer who has shown up in town with plans of his own, that might include Zen, especially since Zen Cooper is a “grown woman” now.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman”?
Angelia Vernon Menchan: Zen was inspired, in many ways, by the girl I was – growing up in a less than stellar neighborhood and being known as a brainy, odd girl with very strong opinions. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Angelia Vernon Menchan, author of Zen Cooper: Grown Woman