Quote of the Day: “Sign your name across my heart/I want you to be my baby…” “Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby
Hometown(s): Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Favorite book: Wow, I can’t pick just one. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux Chauvet
Favorite author: Again, can’t pick just one. Toni Morrison, Marie Vieux Chauvet, Jacques Roumain, Jacques Stephen Alexis and Paule Marshall
Favorite movie: Whale Rider. That Niki Caro movie starring Keisha Castle-Hughes. It’s set in Australia. Also Daughters of the Dust, the Julie Dash movie. I also love Joanthan Demme’s adaptation of Beloved, in which I had a small role as one of the thirty women who come at the end to liberate the house from the ghost.
Favorite song: “Kèm Pa Sote” by Haitian roots band Boukman Eksperyans. It’s an anthem to fearlessness. Also, Wyclef Jean’s “Yele”
Favorite word: It’s “actually.” I didn’t realize I said it so much until my three year old pointed it out. (Apparently I sometimes say it through clenched teeth, according to my daughter.)
Biggest influence as an writer: Oral storytelling.
Career High: Being nominated for the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction
Life High: The birth of my two daughters
You are on a desert island but can have 5 books with you, what would they be?
Since it’s a desert island and I’d have lots of time to kill, the books would have to be really long.
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
All Souls’ Rising by Madison Smartt Bell
The Complete Stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Oeuvres Completes de Jacques Roumain (Completed Works of Jacques Roumain.)
Your favorite quote: “Live simply so that others can simply live.” — Gandhi