Lucinda Roy’s Blog 

New Book Deal for My Speculative Novel Series:

I’ve signed a new book deal with Tor/Macmillan for my speculative slave narrative series The Freedom Race. (See the official announcement in Publisher’s Weekly. ) Book One has been delivered, and I’m about to start work on the second book in the series.

I’m excited about the prospect of immersing myself in that created world for the next few years. Writing literary speculative fiction is a markedly different experience from writing mainstream literary fiction. It’s liberating to tackle subjects like myth and race without being limited by present-day assumptions. Much of my poetry has dealt with slavery and race. In these novels, I build upon the myths and collective memory of African Diasporans and explore the fractured world that could become reality if some of today’s troubling trends continue. 

I wanted to write a survival narrative about characters whose world was as real to me as my own. Working with Jen Gunnels at Tor has been a joy. Kudos to Jennifer Weltz, my agent at JVNLA, for bringing us together.

A Country in Denial–Why Mass Shootings Will Continue in the U.S.

We’re saying to families trying desperately to deal with severely mentally ill loved ones that they need to function as primary caregivers, law enforcement officers, security guards, nurses, emergency responders, advocates, therapists, translators, medical archives, and, in some cases, jailors.  We’re telling them they need to take this on “voluntarily” when we know, in reality, it’s a requirement, and the consequences of their not doing so could be catastrophic. 

Attacks on Our Schools: Why We’re Unprepared to Meet the Challenge

There’s a perfect storm in the U.S.–an inability to admit how harmful it is to raise a “lockdown generation”; a  gun lobby with the power to prevent even modest gun reform; a lack of focus on the needs of the young. 

NPR interview

An earlier video interview with the Washington Post

From NO RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM THE TRAGEDY AT VIRGINIA TECH: Our education system is premised on the belief that students are willing to abide by the rules we establish and that they will seek help when they need it.  Yet there are times when those who are mentally ill are not equipped to make a rational choice about such things as medication or counseling.  At moments like these, who is morally obliged to intervene?  The teacher, the parent, another student, a counselor, law enforcement?  And what are the legal ramifications of intervention?  In the United States, the legal options in the case of students who exhibit signs of being deeply troubled are less plentiful than we imagine.  So we play a game of Russian roulette in education and in mental health, shuffling too many troubled young people through the system, convincing ourselves that no student would be crazy enough to load a gun and point it at someone’s head (NRTRS 8).