Flint native Telishia Berry will sign books and read excerpts from her debut novel, The Baptist Junkie Thursday, March 28, 2013 at The Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint, Michigan, from 4:30 -7:30.
Telishia Berry, a native of Flint, has several gospel-themed musical plays in her production credits, including Wake Up, Wake Up 2, and Hairweave. Telishia Berry is also the publisher of Courageous Woman Magazine, an online magazine that highlights the accomplishments of extraordinary women. Berry moved her family to Los Angeles to pursue her son, Kendre’ Berry’s acting career. Kendre’ is best known for his roles as “Jabari” on the hit TV show Girlfriends and “Durrell” on the HBO drama Six Feet Under.
The Baptist Junkie, a Christian fiction story of redemption, is set in 1968.
Brenda is the youngest of Deacon John Wilson’s four children. He tries to keep them all on the straight and narrow, but his strict, religious practices only ignite a pattern of rebellion for Brenda. The day she loses her virginity, she conceives a child. The problem is she is sixteen and pregnant out of wedlock, an issue a 1968 society uses to reject young girls. Her dreams of someday becoming a wife and mother, living happily-ever-after are diminished when the father of her unborn child rejects her, the church shuns her, and her father’s words, “You are ruined!” send her on an emotional tailspin.
Her quest for love, acceptance, and validation leads her on a journey of poor choices in men, friends, and indulgence in drugs from marijuana to heroin. Her tumultuous trek takes her from the church house, to the dope house, to the whorehouse, and eventually the jailhouse. Will this good girl lost find her way? Will she redeem herself and her faith in God? Will she realize her worth is not based on the judgment of others? Will she recognize true love when it crosses her path or will she keep running from her pain?
Telishia wrote this story many years ago as a screenplay, but decided to write it as a novel. She describes the book as fiction, but admits that many of the characters are loosely based on people she knows and many of the settings and locations in the novel are in Flint, Michigan.
Telishia Berry will sign her novel and read excerpts from her book at the Flint Public Library, Thursday March 28, 2013,from 4:30-7:30. For more information call the Flint Public Library (810)232-7111 or log onto www.telishiaberry.com. This program is not sponsored by the Flint Public Library.