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  • Ananda Leeke

    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.

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The music of Les Nubians was a major influence on Karma Francois, the main character of Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One. Their song "Demain" is featured in the beginning of the novel.

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."

What experiences have filled your creative heart with joy? My work as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts has filled my creative heart for many years. Here's a short video about my work. Enjoy!

Love's Troubadours main character Karma Francois is a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C., just like author Ananda Leeke (in photo taken in Malcolm X - Meridian Park by Leigh Mosley Karma teaches yoga at the Our Womanist Center and in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park. Throughout the novel, Karma uses yoga to manage her emotions and life changes. Her yoga practice is key to her personal healing journey.

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.

Research Magazine 2008 - Michigan Technological University