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Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'From Laura Ingalls and Alicia Florrick to Elizabeth II: literary and historical women as role models'
"The girls and women of the stories I read as a young girl, teenager and college days didn't so much influence me, but resonated with me as they journeyed with me in my coming of age. Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird was innocent in her…"
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Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'What Are E-Books Worth?'
"I will not purchase an ebook for the same price for the print version. I just go ahead and purchase the printed edition.  Otherwise I choose to pass. I think $9.99 from a major publisher is too much. As an author I would not  my rexpect my…"
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Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'She Writes Press News: Announcing IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by M.A. Adler'
"Hi Mary, I'm not surprised that your readers were unaware of this. Everyone thinks of California as one of the most liberal, tolerant places but just as African Americans migrated from the south for better opportunities, many of their white…"
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"Had a great session of about three hours meeting with my writing partner to set our schedule and goals for 2014."
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Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'She Writes Press News: Announcing IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by M.A. Adler'
"As a Bay Area resident, I am very much interested in this book. Very few people now about the Port Chicago incident and this book sounds like it would inform as well as give a historical context. Additionally, most people here are unaware that the…"
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Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"Thanks Jim. I have a better idea of what is going on. And thanks Tasha for your input. Wow, I had no idea. I'm working on an ebook;lots to think about."
Sep 13, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"I didn't finish my thoughts. How can these "sites" post books that were pirated and distribute to others? Is it only illegal when you get caught and threatened with litigation? How do they make money if the ebooks are free? What is…"
Sep 12, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"Okay, I hate to sound naive, but how can you pirate a book other than obtaining a PDF link that someone sends out? What other ways are there? Is that file sharing? Several years ago, a link to a PDF went out in a group I'm in for a current NYT…"
Sep 12, 2013
Sakki selznick left a comment for Dera R Williams
"Dera, I have a question for you. I've about finished the novel I've been working on for the last seven years. There is an editor who was interested in my first novel but could not get collegial support to buy it. I want to ask her if she…"
Jul 14, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'How to be a Super SHero'
"This is so inspirational I hope this becomes a feature blog for She Writes. Wonderfully, bravely written.Words of wisdom for so many audiences. I am happy that you are in my neck of the woods and looking forward to our visit."
Jun 21, 2013

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Who I am:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:

Mother Wit: Stories of Mothers and Daughters, Mamm Productions, FL 2010 (Co-author)

Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady, SUNY Press: 2009 (Contributor)

Our Black Fathers: Brave, Bold, Beautiful, Five Sisters Publishing: 2008

Coming of Age in 1963, Museum of African Diaspora (MOAD) I've Known Rivers Project- online 2006-

Contributor, The Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions: Greenwood Publishing Group, Fall 2006

Letters To My Teacher: Tributes to the People Who Have Made a Difference, March 2006- Adams Media (Contributor)

My Mother, Myself, Help! I’ve Turned into My Mother: Strebor Books, November 2005, (Contributor)

Profiles of African American Writers, Encyclopedia of African American Literature: Greenwood Publishing Group, November 2005 (Contributor)

Life’s Spices for Seasoned Sisters, Epigraph: In the Company of Women, published Spring 2005

My Blackberry Summer, Peralta Press, published February 2004 (Contributor)

Quilting a Legacy, A Cup of Comfort for Women, Adams Media Corp, September 2002 (Contributor)

The Journal of Dera R. Williams: A Room of My Own (Blog)

Affaire de Coeur, reviewer bi-monthly - General fiction, nonfiction, romance (over 200 reviews); author interviewer and articles, 1997- present
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Affaire de Coeur- book reviewer, interviews and articles
Reviewer/editor for APOOO Book Club review team
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Yes, mentoring. Have been co-facilitators of writing groups and mentoring to emerging writers.
Editing of articles for journal
Editing others' writing
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
AAGSNC Genealogy writing group, critique group
My professional associations:
Alumni of Squaw Valley Writers- 2001
V.O.N.A. (Voices of Our Nation) Writing Program, University of San Francisco
African American Genealogical Society of Norther California- board member

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At 5:57pm on July 14, 2013, Sakki selznick said…

Dera, I have a question for you. I've about finished the novel I've been working on for the last seven years. There is an editor who was interested in my first novel but could not get collegial support to buy it. I want to ask her if she could suggest some agents who might work for this second novel, which is quite different from the first, lighter, one. I knew this editor from sequential conferences when my oldest child was little. Is is kosher to ask an editor for agent suggestions on a novel she has not yet read? (Agent for first novel was not interested when it didn't sell, no matter how many times it Almost sold.) 

At 7:42am on January 9, 2013, Jacqueline Malcolm said…

Thanks for reaching out - looking forward to getting acquainted with your work :)

At 4:55am on June 23, 2012, Emily Kennedy said…

Hi Dera!

Glad to be friends here.  I'm not on SheWrites very often. Many of us here moved to Facebook.  I even started a group called "A Purely Accidental Writer's Group."  We talk to each other about every day.  Join us if you like.



At 12:06pm on September 11, 2011, Rebecca Elswick said…

It's nice to "meet" you! Can't wait to check out your book!


At 10:04am on August 9, 2011, Tara Betts said…
Dera, thanks for the kind words about my publications! I see you're a Squaw Valley and a VONA alum as well. It looks like you've published quite a bit too.  It's an ongoing process, right?
At 11:38am on July 18, 2011, Tonya Rice said…

Dera, I just wanted to let you know how beautiful and moving your Father's Day blog tribute to your dad was to me. My grandfather was from Tennessee and I was so reminded of him as I read about your father. As he called Richmond his home after WWII, he became a part of fighting for civil rights here - eloquently with words to the local and state government. His methodical, patient way of approaching the world is still with me. I mentioned him a bit in my Veteran's Day post last year, but I'll probably do another one to feature him. I've always been proud of him too and he's also one of the reasons I embrace the old-fashioned, country side of me! I know I'll also be on the lookout for your work in Our Black Fathers soon.

At 5:27am on July 18, 2011, Tonya Rice said…
Hi Dera! Oh how I wish it were staff position at It's an independent contractor spot, so the more we produce and aid in marketing efforts for readership helps our pay. The pay can be good based on output, which is why I need to get to cracking more at it. But, alas its part time for me. My research and the oral history I'm blessed to have helps me a great deal with the articles and certainly my novel.

Thank you so much for reading my blog! :)

I'll keep posted on the book. How is yours coming along? I love Southern lit so much. The range in voice is so vast, its mesmerizing. Right now I'm reading Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

Do stay in touch!
At 5:32pm on July 17, 2011, Tonya Rice said…
Hi Dera! Thanks so much for your friend invite. Just looked through your bibliography; I'd love to read your piece, I've turned into my mother! Me, too. Scary stuff! :)

At 11:45am on June 18, 2011, Rukhpar Mor said…

Hi Dera,

I think I will attend the anniversary meetup in Laguna Beach, OC. The details have not been established.

At 6:08pm on June 17, 2011, Yejide Kilanko said…
check your inbox :)


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