Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintaining the grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor’s whole way of life is called into question. RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vibe. It’s the first of many queer black novellas by the author Verde Arzu.
Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
Yes! I can’t be one of those people caught out there without something to read!
In the event that I forget whatever tangible book I’m reading at the time, my phone
does have the kindle downloaded in case of an emergency!
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Honestly, it wouldn’t matter, just make sure my character is badass!
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In my head, I’m on the beach! But in reality I’m usually cuddled in my papasan or somewhere sitting in the sun.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Walking my dogs. Outside losing in a game of tennis to my wife. In front of the TV watching basketball or football with a cold drink in my hand.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
That is rare! Ha!
What are you most proud of?
Publishing my first novella has made me extremely proud! It is a dream come true.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Wow! I can’t believe I did that shit! I really stuck with this crazy dream of mine.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never. Give. Up. No matter how long it takes you. No matter how many breaks you take in between writing. No matter what anyone tells you about writing. Never quit. Publish that story. If you’re the only person to read it, so what? You’ve accomplished your dreams. The good news? You won’t be the only person to read it!
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Easy question. Hands down, Toni Morrison. One of the greatest writers to ever put pencil to paper. She is phenomenal!
When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write early in the morning or late at night. I can write just about anywhere. But, preferably, in front of a window.
Thank you, Verde Arzu and R&R Book Tours
About the Author
Verde Arzu is a passionate, middle school special education teacher. She graduated from Fisk University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Nashville, TN. There she earned a B.A in History.
Her love for teaching pushed her to go on to graduate school where she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from National University. Verde is not only a teacher but an advocate working to ensure equity for students of color, especially those with learning disabilities.
Verde is excitedly working toward completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in writing from UC Berkeley Extension. Upon completion of the program, she plans to continue to publish novellas, short love stories, centered on realistic lesbian and queer relationships.
Verde recalls writing her first piece of fiction as a kid on the front stoop of her two-flat home on the south side of Chicago. She traces her passion for writing stories about African American queer characters from her desire to see more characters’ voices she can relate to.
A native Chicagoan, she currently resides in Northern California with her beautiful wife and two furry, four-legged children, Bob and Marley. She enjoys reading books written by African Americans—with her favorite genre being romance. She is a die heart Chicago sports fan. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, basketball, biking, binge-watching her favorite TV shows, and of course, cuddling up with a good book!
Signed Copy of Rainbow