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About "Zen Cooper: Grown Woman":

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Zen Cooper has been gone from Center City for over three years. At age twenty, she has earned a degree from Howard University and plans to go home for a short stay before returning to Howard to become an assistant.

But there are Zen’s plans, and then there is life… (read more)

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman”?

Angelia Vernon Menchan: Zen was inspired, in many ways, by the girl I was – growing up in a less than stellar neighborhood and being known as a brainy, odd girl with very strong opinions. (read more)

JP: What sets “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman” apart from other books in the same genre?

AVM: Zen Cooper isn’t afraid to tackle issues such as mental illness and colorism, which are often unspoken issues in the African American community. We whisper about it without dealing with it. Not only that, Zen is not caught up in where she is from because she knows where she can go. (read more)

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman” getting out to the public?

AVM: I am an avid marketer, and I treat my readers like family and friends. As such, they get the word out. I am also willing to place a free book in the hand of anyone who hasn’t read an Angelia Vernon Menchan book. If they love, it that translates to support. (read more)

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman”?

AVM: I write often. A forty-thousand word novel usually takes me about a month or two before the rewriting starts. I write fast, furiously and often. I waited until later in life to publish, so the stories are there waiting their turn! (read more)

JP: What’s next for Angelia Vernon Menchan?

AVM: “Zen Cooper: Grown Woman” is actually part two of a book I wrote almost three years ago, “Zen Cooper: Woman-Child: Ghetto Genius”. I am working on part three, “The Zen Life”. (read more)

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