Press Release

March 16, 2020 — Rock Hill, SC.

From the publishers of Black Magic Women, An Improbable Truth, and The Grotesquerie comes yet another groundbreaking anthology. Committed to amplifying marginalized voices in speculative fiction, Mocha Memoirs Press is on a mission to publish diverse and inclusive stories featuring protagonists not often found in mainstream publishing. In that vein, Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating vampires of the African Diaspora. Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renee Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Teri Clark, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, and Steven Van Patten, SLAY aims to be the first anthology of its kind.

To provide professional Horror Writers of America rates, Mocha Memoirs has launched a crowdfunding campaign. The Indiegogo campaign will run until March 31, 2020. Interested parties can pledge at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/slay-stories-of-the-vampire-noire#/

Contact:

Publisher

Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

www.mochamemoirspress.com

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Dicey Grenor

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

Been practicing law in TX since 2005. Been married since 2007. Been a mom since 2007. Been writing and publishing sci-fi fantasy horror fiction since 2011. Been hosting the Sex & Horror Podcast since 2019. Been writing scripts since February 2020. Been a misfit since 1974.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

JR Ward. Because her vamps are sexy af.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Without hesitation.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Sleepy Willow—my narcoleptic vampire character.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

Black vampires. In the words of Issa Rae: “I’m rooting for everybody black.”

6). What inspired you to write (your story)?

As with many of my stories, it derived from a random-ass conversation with my husband.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK VAMPIRE: a bored vampire meets an equally bored human and chronicles the budding, albeit risky relationship.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with your story?

Entertain readers. Provide an escape from all that ails them for at least a few minutes.

9). Will there be more stories about your character?

Nope. ‘Fraid not. I’ve written several other vampire stories though, if anyone’s interested.

10). How do we keep up with all things Dicey Grenor?

I’m all over social media as @diceygrenor. Follow and engage. Please and thanks.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Promote the hell out of it. Let the world know we’re out here writing stories you want to read. Show the supply. Stimulate the demand. We’ll keep writing them.

To read Dicey Grenor’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. I am an African speculative fiction writer from, and resident in Nigeria. I am a slush reader, writer and editor.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Anne Rice.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Without a second thought. Sexy, powerful and immortal. Who wouldn’t?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Lestat de Lioncourt.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I like it’s assortment of brilliant authors, a lot of which I have read before and am proud to have my work appear besides.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

Well, I suppose the same thoughts that made the editor compile the anthology, I wanted to see, feel or enjoy a vampire story by and for people like me. I wrote my story a while ago, years back in fact. What’s that they say, great minds think alike. If the editor didn’t compile this anthology, I would have, eventually.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Well it’s based on some almost real experiences and people, from back in my life. Just throw in a couple hundred vampires, magic swords and a lot of blood and gore.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

Honestly, I just want the reader to be entertained, to have a good time and smile, or even shake their head ruefully. Nothing so serious. Just vampires. Right?

9). Will there be more stories of your character?

We’ll see. I’ll be looking to see how he’s received. I was writing a bit unconventionally from how I currently do. I mentioned it was written a while back. So I’ll be watching to see if my character is appreciated. If not, cancelled.

10). How do we keep up with all things Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki?

Well, that’s easy. My Twitter and website.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Strap yourself in and get ready for one h** of a ride.

To read Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Valjeanne Jeffers

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a speculative fiction writer, a Spelman College graduate, a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Carolina African America Writers’ Collective. I’m the author of nine books, including my Immortal and Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective series, and I’ve been published in numerous anthologies including: Steamfunk!; Sycorax’s Daughters; Black Magic Women and, most recently, All the Songs We Sing, and Bledrotica Volume I. I’ll be releasing my tenth novel, Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective: The Case of the Vanishing Child later this year.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

If you had asked me this last year, I would have said Anne Rice. But recently, I have a new favorite: Penelope Flynn (who also has a story in Slay). I’m not shy, at least not about anything writing-related, so I don’t mind saying that I love to read (and write) about vampires of color.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Definitely! I have loved vampires since I was a little girl watching Dracula and Dark Shadows.  I was never afraid of them. Instead I envied their immortality and preternatural powers. And I always felt like they got a raw deal in movies and TV shows. Why did they always have to be evil, and why did they always have to die? When I started writing about them, I vowed to fix this.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

“Blacula,” hands down! I love the concept of an African vampire reborn to seek out his immortal bride. The cherry on top is the 70s setting and funky music (although I don’t care much for the ending).

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

Slay is a groundbreaking anthology, a collection of diverse and talented authors, all writing about vampires of color. For me, it is a dream come true, and an honor, to be able to see my name alongside them, and to be able to share my voice.

6). What inspired you to write Beautiful Monsters?

When I first saw the call for submissions, I realized that I had never written about traditional vampires, as much as I love them,  only vampires that drink time (as in my novel Immortal III: Stealer of Souls). This inspired me to try my writing hand at creating a vampire more along the lines of those I grew up watching.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

In my story, “Beautiful Monsters” Sanyu is young black vampire. Young in the sense that she’s only a few centuries old. She drinks blood. But she is also a skilled warrior fighting to free her people from an oppressive sheriff. In this sense, she’s something of an “anti-hero.” Beautiful Monsters is set in an alternate steamfunk world, so I had a chance to write using two of my favorite tropes: steamfunk and vampires.

8). What do you hope accomplish with Beautiful Monsters?

I hope to entertain my readers with story that has lots of action and also give them a tale that will leave them feeling breathless and upbeat.

9). Will there be more stories about Sanyu?

Someone suggested that I develop “Beautiful Monsters” into a novel. I haven’t decided whether to create a novel based on Sanyu, but I’m betting she’s going to show up in future novels and stories.

10). How do we keep up with all things Valjeanne Jeffers?

Folks can visit me at: www.vjeffersandqveal.com

http://tehotep.wixsite.com/scierogenous

http://tehotep.wixsite.com/immortaliiiaudiobook

https://www.facebook.com/valjeanne.jeffers

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Readers you are in for a wonderful (and sometimes frightening) journey– one unlike any before. So, sit back and enjoy.

To read Beautiful Monsters by Valjeanne Jeffers and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Lynette Hoag

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an attorney and married mother of one son, one cat and one Doodle. We live in Oak Park, just west of Chicago.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Anne Rice

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Yes. Why not?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Dracula as played by Frank Langella. I’m still infatuated with his performance.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

The fantasy element that allows writers to be creative in countless ways.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

The character of Amondi was inspired by Lupita Nyong’o and the night typist at my first job. I never met her. But the dictation appeared, magically, each morning, typed. I wondered: What does she do when she’s not typing? It could be literally anything, including vampire slayer.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Amondi Jekesai is a part-time Vampire Assassin. Talen Teasdale calls her for help with his wife. He’s not sure, but he thinks his wife might be a vampire.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

It’s a short story that I hope to turn into a novel.

9). Will there be more stories of your character?

Absolutely! I’m working on one now.

10). How do we keep up with all things Lynette Hoag?

Lynette S. Hoag my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/leftbrainmomand on Twitter @LeftBrainMom

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Prepare to be addicted and left wanting more.

To read Lynette Hoag’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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L. Marie Wood

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m L. Marie Wood and I am a psychological horror author. When I’m not writing horror fiction, I am reading it. When I’m not doing that, I am teaching ways to create it. When I’m not doing that, I am watching it. Gosh, I’m scaring myself now.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Anne Rice because, you know, Lestat.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Well, now… I guess it depends on whether you mean the Nosferatu kind or the Queen Akasha kind. I’d need to know that going in.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Lestat. His demeanor, his attitude… he is a mood.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

All vampires, all the time! This is my kind of reading. I’m honored to have a story in such an incredible collection.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

It just came to me one day, as most of my stories do. I didn’t set out to write it, but when I started typing, that’s what happened.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

The club. Enchanting beat. Swaying bodies. Vampires. ‘Nuff said.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

No goal in mind other than transporting readers into a fantasy world for a little while – we could definitely use that kind of respite right now.

9). Will there be more stories of your character?

No. Yes. I don’t know.

10). How do we keep up with all things L. Marie Wood?

Check me out at www.lmariewood.com or @LMarieWood1 on Twitter.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Read in broad daylight when the vampires are tucked away, keep some garlic handy, and stakes… you’ll need plenty of stakes…

To read L. Marie Wood’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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John Linwood Grant

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a born and bred Yorkshireman, a hardy breed from the bleak coast of the North of England, and I’m a writer and editor. I started late in life, but I’ve had sixty plus stories published in the last four or five years, plus a novel and novella or two – a range of dark contemporary horror, weird fiction, and period supernatural tales. I also edit Occult Detective Magazine, and a number of anthologies. Far more importantly, I live with rescue dogs, my greatest delight. And I have my own beard.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Ironically, I’m not a great vampire fan. If I write about them myself, I usually try to deconstruct the ideas, to get away from the world of ‘draculas’. Maybe I’ll have to say Stoker, simply because like it or not, his concept has had such an impact on the market for eerie stories. Good for writers, at least.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

If you’d asked me in my thirties or forties, I might have been interested. Nowadays, the idea of being undying but with back-ache and bad knees is somehow less appealing. And how would I trim that beard with no mirrors?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Have to be Blade – and although the show was badly flawed, I did like Peter Mensah as Lemuel, the Black vampire in the TV series ‘Midnight Texas’. In terms of nostalgia, and despite what I said above, I suppose I still have fond memories of Christopher Lee’s Dracula.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

The fact that’s it’s a whole anthology full of Black major characters. We all know that for a long time there was a tedious habit of Black characters playing supernumerary roles – either as the tragic victim, the ‘mysterious’ source of deep wisdom, the loyal secondary friend, and so on. So to go all out on Black vampires like this is great – and to be allowed to play here is a genuine thrill for me.

6). What inspired you to write Snake Hill Blues?

I often write about the 1920s, so the thought of a vampiric threat in the bustle and contradictions of Twenties Harlem, such a complex blend of new ideas, inequalities, and progress. Bright lights, clubs and dark tenements, dollars aplenty, and poverty next door. A good feeding ground for a vampire, especially if one hadn’t been hunting there before. Snake Hill, or Slang Berg, is real, by the way – the area’s now called Marcus Garvey Park.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

In short – a blood-walker gets lazy and stops bothering to cover up his kills properly. And he might have gotten away with it, but he has the singular misfortune that Mamma Lucy, a particularly ornery hoodoo-woman, is in town. When one of his victims is linked to where she’s staying, it’s time for her to step up…

8). What do you hope to accomplish with Snake Hill Blues?

It’s meant to be slightly different, and maybe interesting. It matters to me that all of the significant characters, including the protagonist and antagonist, are Black, and they’re living out normal lives – they’re not there to make a ‘point’. It’s a further exploration of my interest in folk magic in the UK and the States – that aspect (and yeah, being stubborn and old) is what connects me to Mamma Lucy. She relies on the imaginative use of conjure and root-work, plus her natural canny mind – psychology – rather than grand, showy sorcery. Just folk magic, as I say.

9). Will there be more stories of Mamma Lucy?

There are a few published already, and more to come. They’ve been very popular, but there’s always that awareness that they have to be written with care and respect. The Twenties are a period of huge achievements and dreadful, wicked inequity. Mamma Lucy doesn’t – and can’t – put that society right, but she focuses on people’s problems as she meets them, especially the problems of people of the Black Diaspora.

10). How do we keep up with all things Linwood Grant?

I’m fairly lively on Facebook, though useless on Twitter. My website greydogtales.com is fairly busy, and my Amazon Author page probably has most details of my published writing on it.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

I could say just enjoy the stories. But on a larger scale – promote it on social media; recommend it to friends and people you meet. Review it. Create a demand for such books, and in the process, increase the market for Black writers, and for Black characters with real agency. Even have a go at writing such things yourselves, if you fancy it!

To read Snake Hill Blues by John Linwood Grant and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Jeff Carroll

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a semi woke guy who writes stories with a little bit of historical awareness and lots of action. I write novels, comics and screenplays. I go to the movies every week when I’m not at a comic convention. I started making micro budget horror movies and now I cross my stories into each medium.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

LA Banks is my favorite vampire author. I love her Huntress series. It was a beautiful mix of Hip Hop and paranormal elements. I met her a few times and still have an email she sent me.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

I would if it was the type of vampire in one of my stories. Some vampires can’t control their animalist craves and others are deformed. My vampires are a mixture but, most are like Blade.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

I’ll exclude the vampire in my story so, that leaves Blade. I like him because he is a badass but, also because he can control himself.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I love that is brings together Black writers and gives them a platform. I am looking forward to reading the other stories. Slay was a challenge for me because the only vampires I had in my stories were villains. It was fun creating a story were they weren’t monsters.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I had written a Fan Fiction comic strip spoofing Tracey Morgan’s The Last OG. The idea I had was too good for it to be limited to just a comic strip that I couldn’t put out.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

My story is about a vampire who awakes after a 100 year sleep.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

I really enjoyed writing and creating my character and story world. I would really like to continues the story in a comic book and a novel with fan support.

9). Will there be more stories of your character?

I hope so. I don’t know.

10). How do we keep up with all things Jeff Carroll?

My books are found on my Amazon Author page. I do not have a website. I am very active on Facebook under my name. I have a Youtube page that needs subscribers it is RBGPromotions.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

For everyone reading this book enjoy it and open your mind to all of the different imagined universes that these Black writers created. Support their other works and if you find a story or a few stories that you like suggest them to television and cartoon producers. If you like what you read and you are a real fan of vampires and Black paranormal stories then promote these types of projects and the authors in it.

To read Jeff’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Alicia McCalla

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I write stories for both new adults and adults with my brand of Black superheroes, dark paranormal, and horror. My stories always include strong black women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

One of my favorite authors is AD Koboah. She has this amazing series that mixes Vampires and African magic called the Darkling series.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Hmm. I’m always freezing cold, maybe… I could be a vampire but in general I love Slayers over Vampires. I’d rather be a Vampire Huntress!

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

One of my favorites is Akasha from Queen of the Damned. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the movie as well as the deep ancient African roots associated with the character.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I love the fact that Slay has so many great authors who have told stories about Black vampires and vampire hunters. It’s a very cool anthology.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I’m a huge Blade and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I’ve always wanted to write a Vampire Huntress.  When the call came to write for this anthology, I was too stoked and couldn’t wait to write something unique and sinister (evil laughter).

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

When a vampire huntress finds a bloody butcher knifed note stuck in her apartment door, she must stop her vampire ex-boyfriend from killing all the hunters in the Guild or face fulfilling a terrible prophecy.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with your story?

Generally awe, horror and dismay. No seriously… I’m hoping readers will enjoy the supernatural action in the story and will email me and let me know if they’d like me to continue the story by creating a series…

9). Will there be more stories about Kendra?

Sure…If readers want more, I’ll be more than happy to turn Kendra into a full series.

10). How do we keep up with all things Alicia McCalla?

Readers can keep up with me at www.aliciamccalla.com I have a Diverse SciFi & Fantasy podcast, thoughtful blog post musings, and other fun things there. They can also sign-up for my subscriber’s list to get special free reads and deals.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Hold on for some great black vampire stories! It’s gonna be good! 

To read Alicia’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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Penelope Flynn

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror and have read genre books and watched genre films all my life. I am a mom of adult children, I practice law and enjoy improving my skills in 3D art and animation. My writing is adult-themed horror, fantasy, and science fiction with paranormal and erotic romance. I co-host the podcast Discussions from the Otherhood Saturday evenings at 9pm EST https://www.talkshoe.com/conf/show/discussions-from-the-otherhood where we discuss all things related to diversity and entertainment media.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

For pure fear factor Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot takes the prize. Recently however after being exposed to the television show I read the graphic novel The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and was really taken with how well the horror was depicted in phantasmagorical sequential static images. I see now how it translated so smoothly onto the small screen. In addition, if one was to count screenplays I would also have to mention David Goyer giving kudos to his original Blade screenplay and recently I have started reading the works of Roxanne Bland who weaves a delicious blend of sci-fi, horror and romantica.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

If we consider the vampire as this solitary creature that treats the world as a twenty-four hour buffet then no. I have no interest in that. If the vampire trope is extended to include societies of vampires who are able to interact and commune with each other and the world civilly, then why not?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Mitchell (John Mitchell) from Being Human is the most endearing, frightening, engaging vampire ever to hit any screen. Being Human is on my list of the top television shows, ever; due in large part to the fantastic acting of the ensemble cast headed by Aidan Turner who plays Mitchell, a vampire whose blood-thirst is an addiction which he tries desperately and unsuccessfully to kick while trying to live life as a human alongside his werewolf and ghost roommates. I re-watched the show again recently and it still holds up.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

In the Slay anthology there are so many writers with their own voices and techniques for storytelling. I really enjoy when writers are provided a theme then in adherence to the theme they all come back with stories that are unique. Nicole Givens-Kurtz has aggregated a motley crew of talent so it is my expectation that Slay will be a fantastic read.

6). What inspired you to write “Unfleamed”?

I had conceived of this story a long time ago. The purpose was to explain how my characters connect to the characters in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The idea of this anthology where we get to express the vampire lore and mythos from the points of view of over two dozen authors each touching on the diaspora really encouraged me to complete it.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

“Unfleamed” begins in a Whitechapel alley, 1890. Our heroine, Yannara is the head of a vampire/human hybrid clan who wakes up paralyzed from a blood engorged stupor beside the corpse of a blood drained and mutilated streetwalker. How did she get there? How will she get out of there? And why is someone hiding in the shadows watching her? The story answers these questions and introduces the reader to backstory surrounding Dracula’s trip to England.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with “Unfleamed”?

I am hoping that this introduction to my characters will spark interest in my other works, and I am hoping specifically that African Americans will read and decode the allegory behind the works to ask questions about the use of speculative fiction to tell our tales.

9.) Will there be more stories like Unfleamed?

There is a novel already in circulation, Regarding Koescu, Revenant Lineage Book I; and the second book in the series, The First Book of Ramona is scheduled for release October 30, 2020.

10). How do we keep up with all things Penelope Flynn?

If you want to know what I’m doing and where I am you can join my FB page https://www.facebook.com/PenelopeFlynnMedia/, and/or check out my website https://www.PenelopeFlynn.com, and if you want to show your support for my projects join me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Penelope_Flynn

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

I would urge readers to consume the tome with the understanding that there are many diverse voices telling these stories. The point of view that they have normally been accustomed to in vampire lore may be changed or nonexistent based upon the filter through which these tales are told. So I would admonish them to reserve judgment, keep an open mind. They should sit back, relax and let the plots and characters reveal themselves. Even if the reader runs into a few stories that may not be their cup of tea, I am certain that with all the talented voices involved in this project there will be something for everyone.

To read Unfleamed by Penelope Flynn and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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Alledria Hurt

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Alledria Hurt. I live in sunny (most of the time) Savannah, GA where if the sun don’t kill you, the rain will try its hand. I’m primarily a writer of spec fic, but I also have a terrifying love for shelf-help books.

2. Who is your favorite vampire author?
I grew up reading Anne Rice and she’s the one I go back to most often aside from Bram Stoker.

3. If you had a choice, would you be a vampire?
If it would heal the things wrong with my body, yes. If not, no. I’m comfortable enough with the end coming not to be overly worried about it.

4. Who is your favorite vampire?
Ankasha from “Queen of the Damned” (book, not that horrible movie). She’s beautiful, she’s powerful, and she’s more than a little insane from spending so long just watching the world go by without her.

5. What do you like the most about Slay?
The different takes on the vampire mythos. It reminds one that there are a  lot more things out there that go bump in the night.

6. What inspired you to write “Ujima”?
I have two sisters in my head. They’ve appeared in several stories together,  always in slightly different ways each time, but they are always sisters. I  wanted to tell their story as a story of family and the choices one makes to keep it.

7. Tell us a bit about your story.
“Ujima” which means collective work and responsibility is a story about family and the ties that bind. The main question of course is which bindings one chooses to wear. Imani, my main character, has to make the decision between her old family and her new family. That is the central question of the piece.

8. What do you hope to accomplish with “Ujima”?
I hoped to entertain and maybe remind people how important family is.

9. Will there be more stories of Imani?
Maybe. I never quite know truthfully what’s gonna happen with the people who populate my brain.

10. How do we keep up with all things Alledria Hurt?
http://linktr.ee/alledria That’ll give you my website and several of my social media platforms.

11. What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?
Be careful about reading in the dark! You just might dream of fangs in the night.

To read Ujima by Alledria Hurt and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire