* This is a special look back at some of the more successful authors who have graced HFR with their wit and attention. Some of them are authors and some are poets who have gone onto national and even international acclaim. So we are inviting you to take a walk with us down memory lane...*
Gloria Naylor sat down with HFR in June of 1990 for our 7th issue. She is the author of The Women of Brewster Place, a novel about men and women and their relationships. She was asked if she gave herself deadlines for writing her stories and she said “I don’t know what it is. A book will get born when it gets born, unlike a child.” That is such an interesting way of looking at books, but it makes sense that books are born. They are a brain’s child, your thoughts, stories, and ideas in print form. Naylor also says that some of her earliest influences were the English classics she says her teachers introduced her “to great works, to the Brontes and to Dickens and Thackeray. I think that influenced me the most.” I dig that because to a certain extent the classics have influenced all of us who love to read. Naylor’s story for HFR is "Mama Day." To read a sneak peak of the story here is a link, but if you would like the issue email us here at firstname.lastname@example.org.