Ananda's Novel - Love's Troubadours: Karma - Book One
·This board features information related to my debut novel Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One (2007). It includes art, articles, books, creativity, culture…
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Ananda shares her social media strategy@Capital BookFest 09
Watch Ananda discuss how she strategically developed the infrastructure of her characters' lives in her debut novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One by creating links to her sorority, identiy as a Black American Princess (BAP), U Street neighborhood, alma mater Howard University, and artwork created while working as an artist-in-residence at Howard University Hospital on October 3. 2009, at the Capital BookFest's panel discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know about Getting Published."
This painting is really special to me. I created in honor of my best friend Deno Moss. We worked on the novel Love's Troubadours for two years before he died. The painting is called A Tribute to Deno, One of Love's Troubadours. It appears on the back cover of the novel. I gave it to his daughter Jordan as a gift.
Love's Troubadours Heart
I created this drawing based on the Haitian goddess Erzulie. The heart represents her veve. Erzulie and Haitiian art, culture, food, and spirituality. play a major role in my novel, Love's Troubadours. The drawing is included in the book and serves as the Love's Troubadours' logo.
Ananda Leeke's Interview w/ WUSA9 News Anchor Andrea Roane
In March 2008, I had the honor of appearing on WUSA Channel 9 Morning News with anchor Andrea Roane. During the interview, I discussed Women's History Month, the meaning of art and creativity in women's lives, and the connection my novel Love's Troubadours shares with the Haitian goddess Erzulie and HIV/AIDS awareness. It was a lot of fun!
Read “Writer’s Block” article (October 2008) published by the Prince George’s Suite Magazine that highlights Ananda’s debut novel Love’s Troubadours - Karma: Book One and its connection to P.G. County, Maryland. The article also mentions Ananda’s childhood in P.G. County and artist-in-residence work with Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital.
Silhouette of a Person practising Yoga and Spirituality
Love's Troubadours characters rely on spiritual practices, positive affirmations, group prayer, yoga, reiki healing touch, meditation, chanting, journaling, ayurveda, therapy, astrology, and Tarot card readings to connect with, honor, and heal their spirits, hearts, minds, and bodies. Most are Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Unitarian, Buddhist, or Kemetian.
The characters in Love's Troubadours struggle with their emotions, choices, experiences, and relationships on some level. After all, they are human! Some choose to be lifelong learners who are committed to healing and accepting themselves by any means necessary. Others are not aware of their power to choose peace over suffering. They end up deeply wounding themselves and others.
Love's Troubadours' female characters are urban fashionistas and wine and martini enthusiasts. They are Soul Food, Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Haitian foodies, and Cake Love dessert lovers. They enjoy spending time with their financial advisors to make sure they are financially responsible; traveling to the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia; shopping; attending and participating in spoken word events; hosting dinner parties; listening to music; appreciating art; and visiting museums.
The Women of Love's Troubadours are an eclectic blend of womanhood. They have the capacity to wake you up with their humanity, humor, hostilities, healing journeys, haute couture, and hurricane-like personas. Their energy, egos, expressions, ethnicities, and extracurricular activities offer an inside look into the multidimensional lives of straight and lesbian women of color with ancestral ties to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Birth of Novel Series
Love’s Troubadours was inspired by a speech given by American playwright Lorraine Hansberry in February 1964. She spoke to a Harlem-based group of aspiring young, gifted, and African American writers about the power to love in America. Click on the photo to read more about the speech.
Love's Troubadours' characters are African American, Afro-Latina, Afro-Thai, Afro-Hindu, Black British, and Afro-Russian. Some wear locs, naturals, and processed hairstyles. Whatever way they choose to express their outer selves, I think you will find them incredibly fascinating. Some practice yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, Christianity, and Buddhism. They are straight, lesbian, and gay. Photo Credit: NY Association of Black Journalists Mixer: www.nyabj.org/category/announcements
Music plays a major role in Love's Troubadours. You will have a chance to see how the music of Alice and John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Sting, Deva Premal, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Omar, Eric Roberson, Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Les Nubians, Stevie Wonder, Omar Sosa, Susana Baca, and others impact the characters.
Art plays a major role in the life of Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois. It inspires, consoles, and teaches her. Through Karma’s eyes as an art enthusiast and museum curator, you learn about Lois Mailou Jones (phone of her artwork "Les Fetiches" is featured on Pinterest board and in the novel), Kara Walker, Renee Stout, Yayoi Kusama, Faith Ringgold, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Catlett, Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquiat, Archibald Motley, Adrian Piper, and others.
City of Chicago
Love's Troubadours' characters also travel to Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, New York City, and Wilmington, DE. Several are members of Black Greek letter organizations such as Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Other characters are graduates of Morgan State University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Savannah State University.
Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois was born on December 15, 1967, in Oakland, California. Her parents named her Belle Violette Francois. Her father nicknamed her Karma when she was a little girl. She is a Bohemian Black American Princess and daddy's girl. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She could easily pass as the twin sister of Celia Faussart, one of the Afropean sultry hip-hop songbirds commonly known as Les Nubians.