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TV OR NOT TV, THAT IS THE QUESTION
The August '03 RT review of Angela Winters' novel, Saving Grace, says it has "enough excitement to rival any action movie." How fitting that Winters is pursuing a screenwriting career.
It was three years ago when she realized that a story she was working on wasn't "meant to be a book." Instead, Winters reworked what she had into a screenplay treatment and shopped it around to producers. Shortly thereafter, Winters was bit by the Vegas bug after visiting with some girlfriends. The author may not have returned home up to her elbows in winnings, but she did come away with the plot of HIGH STAKES, out this month from BET/Arabesque.
In this latest novel, Sabrina Scott runs to Vegas to get over sportswriter Clark Hunter. Clark shows up at the hotel where she works to cover a prize fightand to convince Sabrina that he was true.
In addition to working on her next novel, A Class Apart, Winters continues to turn out spec scripts for various TV shows. The Washington, DC, resident says being a member of the Organization of Black Screenwriters helps. "They let me know what contests are going on, and since many members
are on TV writing staffs, I've been able to get referrals and advice as well."
Winters would have plenty to talk about with author Lori Bryant-Woolridge. A 15-year veteran of the television broadcast industry, she won an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Writing in 1983. But when a sitcom idea she'd penned wasn't picked up by the networks, Bryant-Woolridge decided she'd had enough. "That experience soured me on writing for a series," she says, adding that she found her niche with Read Between the Lies (Warner, 2000), her first novel.
In it, she delved into the topic of
illiteracy, which tied neatly into her
own work with ABC Television's Project Literacy United States (P.L.U.S.) Outreach. Working with P.L.U.S., she says, taught her that "a popular mass medium like television could be used to not only entertain but enlighten." She soon learned that novels afforded her this same opportunity.
Her second novel, HITTS AND MRS., due out
this month from Avon, tackles emotional infidelity. African-American designer Melanie Hitts walks away from fiancé Will Freedman and a suburban middle-class future, only to become involved with John Carlson, an older, whiteand marriedarchitect.
The interracial aspect of Hitts and Mrs. advances
the author's point that we throw love away because "it comes in the wrong packagerace, religion, personal style, economic status. The only way we truly learn about life and our place in it is through other people, but we put so many boundaries around who, what and how we love that we lose the lessons that
person was there to teach us," she says. "I know this is a very evolved
concept, but it's worth thinking about."
For more on Bryant-Woolridge, visit loribryantwoolridge.com.
For more on Winters, visit www.tlt.com/awintershtm.
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