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We are excited to share with you that 3 of our novels are being re-issued in 2024!

Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made & Better Than I Know Myself came out  January 23, 2024 and Far From the Tree is being re-released on March 19!



From the  5th Annual Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival

Thursday February 15, 2024


How We Met

We made this video about how we met and became friends and writing partners in 2008  just before the release of Gotta Keep on Tryin', the sequel to 1997's Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made



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Virginia & Donna

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    With seven novels to our credit, we were able to turn a bestfriendship into one of the most successful writing collaborations in contemporary fiction.
    We first met more than 35 years ago as plus size models vying for the same assignments. We were both featured in catalogs, ads, magazines and made national television appearances.
   Our modeling careers led to the opportunity to launch Maxima, a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women, where Virginia was editor-in-chief and Donna the managing editor.
    When publication of Maxima magazine ceased, we decided to try writing a book together---because modeling and starting a magazine weren't crazy enough ideas. The result, was Exposures, a novel about friendship and the world of fashion which was published in 1990. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made,  came seven years later and was a critical success, an Essence Bestseller, garnered the Merit Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the 1998 Book of the Year Award from the African American Booksellers Conference of BEA (Book Expo America.)
     But more than that, Tryin' hit an emotional nerve with tens of thousands of readers from all over the world who continue to write to us more than 20 years after the novel's initial publication.  In 2000 Far From the Tree became a New York Times Bestseller, and Better Than I Know Myself  (2004) received two Open Book Awards. In 2008  Gotta Keep on Tryin'(sequel to 1997's Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made) came out, followed by What Doesn't Kill You which was published in 2009. Our last novel, Uptown hit shelves, e-readers and audio in 2010.  We have also re-released our very first novel, Exposures (1990) as an e- book.

Virginia & Donna

    Virginia is a former high school English teacher from Buffalo, New York attended Fisk University and is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo. After almost 10 years in the classroom, she moved to New York and started a successful career as a plus size model frequently featured in catalogs, advertising, magazines and on several television programs. She left modeling after two years and became Vice President of BB/LW, an agency for plus size and petite models and a spokeswoman for Hanes hosiery. Virginia is married to jazz saxophonist, Jerry Weldon and lives in New Jersey. Virginia is a founder and Administrative Board Member of the New Brunswick Jazz Project, an organization dedicated to making America's only original art form available and accessible to all.

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    Donna attended Barnard College and is a graduate of New York University. A Brooklyn native, she currently lives in the borough with her husband, an attorney. Before embarking on her career as a novelist, she spent more than a decade as a plus size model, represented by BB/LW and the 12 + division of Ford Models. During that career, Donna was featured in catalogs and national ads, on the pages of such magazines as Essence, McCalls, Family Circle and Woman's Day, and has made appearances on "Today," "Good Morning America," and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." Donna also a founder and member of the Board of Trustees of Footsteps to Follow, a nonprofit providing career information and scholarships to youth in underserved communities.

In The Press



... the reader is treated to keenly drawn characters, including the three Frazier women and the people around them.

The authors give a remarkably adept description of Ronnie's sad, struggling life in New York--- realistic enough to make the reader cringe.
That two authors could have put together such a seamless work is intriguing in itself. Far From The Tree is a convincing look at realistic flawed characters. 



"Powerful." --Kirkus Reviews
"Refreshingly honest." --Publishers Weekly
"Engaging." --Essence
"Vividly realistic." --Midwest Book Review
"Hard to put down." --American Woman

"I laughed, I cried, I identified!!!"
- Sybil Wilkes, Tom Joyner Morning Show



A sprawling, melodramatic and about best friends that has enough plot twists and surprises for a season of soap eventually boils down to one affirmative, "You go, girl." 

Driven by believable characters and no little sentiment, the two authors never lay on the molasses too thick. ... this sisterhood-is-powerful first novel seems a natural for Oprah's Book Club.




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