Here's an excerpt from my novel
...because I promised it a while back and never delivered. I first wrote this story in 2014, and I always knew it would be the second one I would publish. Then Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give was published a couple years later, and although our stories focus on two different topics, the tension and focus on race is similar. Had I tried to publish my story during the first swell of the Black Lives Matter movement, I don't think it would have held up; when you compare teenage romance to heavy political commentary, romance feels much more trivial. Even though Way Down Low also addresses the socioeconomic differences between black and white people in the made-up town of Bull Bay, in the end the focus is on relationships. It wasn't the right time for my novel back then, but it's the right time now.
So I hope you enjoy this snippet.