Roaring Harlem: Life in the 1920s


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Hello, lovers of all things Roaring Twenties Harlem  & historical mysteries!

It’s been a minute since my last post. A lot of things were happening this time last year and I needed, as they say, to press pause. But Harlow & the gang and I are back with renewed focus and energy, ready to shake a tail feather!

Since I last posted…I got an agent! Yes, finally! The series is now represented by the Jill Grosjean Agency and she is working hard to place the Harlow Ophelia Jackson Mystery series in a publishing house that will do it justice. Please send positive vibes her way and mine!

I also finished Speaking Is Easy (Book 1) and am hard at work on Speaking of War (Book 2).

All of these events have motivated me to change things up. Instead of random snippets from works in progress, I will now be posting on the truly wild and wonderful world that inspired my 1920s mystery series.

Shuffle Along

Broadway Smash Hit!

I will bring you stories on famous eateries like Tillie’s Chicken Shack, movies and popular theaters like the Lafayette and shows on and off Broadway. I will also talk about what people were writing, listening to, and thinking about during the age of Alain Locke’s New Negro.



The gorgeous people of Harlem!


And you’ll hear from other writers and thinkers who are as fascinated by this time period as I am, such as Professor LaShawn Harris author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners.


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LaShawn Harris


I know there’s a lot of stuff out there on the Harlem Renaissance but it’s primarily about the big names, your Josephine Bakers, Langston Hughes’, and W.E.B. Dubois’. I intend to highlight the guys and gals that were either footnotes to history or didn’t make the cut but who nevertheless left an indelible impression.

I hope you enjoy the Harlow Ophelia Jackson Mystery series blog reboot. Be sure to let us know what you think.

And remember:

You Are The Star of Your Own Show!