The Color of My Skin

by Kelli Koontz- Wilson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 16/11/1999

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 384
ISBN : 9781403351999

About the Book

Exotic dancer, Latoya Garrett wanted to be a star. On stage she was Midnight, beautiful and sexy, with a body women envied and men would kill for. Offstage, however, she was far less confident. After surviving two heartbreaks dealing with her best friends' drug addiction and overcoming a family tragedy, she decides to take control of her life. With her dreams of stardom behind her, she concentrates her energy on her friends.

Now, the four young boys in her tough Newark neighborhood, who had always looked out for her, are in trouble and it could cost them their lives.

Latoya teams up with her friends: Chinadoll, beautiful and strong, Charlene, her long-time rival, and Rajean, the player and owner of Peepers, the popular go-go bar, to save the boys from the cops-who have it in for them- and the addicts, who are after them.

What Latoya, her friends, and the four boys learn from one another will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Kelli Koontz- Wilson was born in Newark, New Jersey. She majored in theatre for two semesters at Rider College, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc. She put her acting talents to use and has acted professionally with the Ensemble Theatre Company in Newark. She has also performed for several theatrical companies throughout New Jersey. She was nominated in 1991 for The Outstanding Young Women of America Award for her work in acting.

She continued her education at Rutgers Newark, where she majored in Spanish. She has taken a number of courses in African-American studies, which have had a profound influence on her writing.

In 1997, she and her husband formed Melanin Enterprises, a modeling and acting school. Together they have three children.

The Color of My Skin, her first novel, was completed in 1996. She is currently working on a screenplay and a soap opera.

She plans to continue her education so that she can teach, as well as further her writing career. Her goal is to continue to educate, inspire and uplift the African-American community through her work, and to tear down boundaries-those boundaries placed on us by others and those which we have placed upon ourselves.