This year the keynote speaker for the Las Vegas Writers Conference, April 18-20 at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, is My Lewis Haley. There is still time to register for this outstanding annual writer's conference.
If the name Haley sounds familiar, it is because you are probably thinking about Alex Haley, the famous author who wrote Roots--one of the major books and movies of the last century. However, most people don't know that My assisted him in writing the final two-thirds of that book.
Before her parents moved the family to Columbus, Ohio her early childhood was spent in South Charleston, West Virginia where her grandmother offered wise tutelage and a watchful eye. Later, working on her doctorate in Communications and African American Studies at The Ohio State University, she heard the author Alex Haley deliver a speech on campus. He so inspired her that My set what some might think was an overly ambitious goal. She vowed to do what she could to work with the renowned author.
Perseverance paid off. Alex Haley was so impressed by My’s drive and talent that he gave her a major assignment—to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. Working together they completed the work within a matter of months. The title of that book was Roots and it catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex were married in 1977.
Over the years she collaborated on many of his projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. After his death, My Haley immersed herself in writing about growing up with her grandmother and writing screenplays for feature film and TV.
Now, My has returned to her own roots as an author. The Treason of Mary Louvestre, released in February 2013, is just the first of numerous books and projects she’s readying for launch. It is an historical novel based on the little known but true story of a black woman spy during the Civil War, whose courageous actions led to a northern victory in the important naval battle at Hampton Roads in 1862.
For more information about My Haley, visit www.myhaleyauthor.com
Morgan St. James is the author of ten books ranging from mysteries like the award-winning Silver Sisters Mysteries series and Who's Got the Money? to editing memoirs like Can We Come In and Laugh, Too?. All of her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers. She has written over 500 articles for Examiner.com. Visit her websites www.morganstjames-author.com and http://writerstricksofthetrade.blogspot.com