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On having a Southern Baptist father and a mother who grew up in the Nation of Islam, and how it affected his writing
It’s really important that, in the midst of sorrow, the greatest art is conceived. – Robert Jones, Jr.
Well, the the fabulous thing about it is that my mother, Joan, is one of the freest people that I know. She outright rejected both. You know, I realized that I was queer at a quite a young age. I was about four. And because my mother had already taken the bumps and the bruises from the family for her claiming her own autonomy, I had a path that I could walk down to reject both of those things and claim my own.
That along with the fact that I always loved reading, my dad gave me my first comic book at the age of four, and that was it. It was a Wonder Woman comic book, and I am the hugest Wonder Woman fan in the world. And her character in particular was one that was about love and peace and humanity, and maybe some of that rubbed off on me because I would then rewrite the stories and put myself in them as Wonder Woman’s sidekick. And so I that’s where my love of reading and writing kind of emerged.
On why he wanted the book to be hopeful
It’s really important that, in the midst of sorrow, the greatest art is conceived. I think about the enslaved people on the plantation who were forced to pick cotton, or chop cane, or pull indigo or whatever it was. And the melodies and the harmonies they created out of that pain, which to outsiders it looked like, oh, look, they’re having a great time — and it’s no, they’re giving their sorrow a voice, because otherwise that machete that they’re using to chop that cane may come across your throat. They’re doing this to prevent themselves from degrading themselves like you have degraded yourself by putting them in this position. So it was very important for the core of this book to be hope and love.