Natalie Baszile on How to Write Past Doubt

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Write is an OZY series that features short readings and conversations, hosted by author Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

In this edition, Manyika reads to us from Queen Sugar, a novel by Natalie Baszile about an African-American woman’s unusual inheritance: a sugarcane plantation in the Deep South. Set in contemporary Louisiana, the heroine of Queen Sugar is a modern, single mother struggling with self-doubt.

Baszile sat down to talk with our host about her journey to publication as a first-time novelist, and the challenges she faced during a decade of doubts of her own. She also has meaningful advice to share about perseverance in the pursuit of a dream, whether you’re trying to achieve a creative goal or conquer a more personal challenge.

Queen Sugar has recently become a hot property: Last month, Oprah Winfrey and Selma director Ava DuVernay acquired the rights for a dramatic series based on the novel that will show on (where else?) Winfrey’s network, OWN. No airdate has been set, but you can find copies of the book online, or read more from Natalie Baszile on her blog, My Hungry Heart.

Video by Melanie Ruiz.

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