I used to braid Charlene’s hair. 


Nothing fancy – just individual plaits with colored beads. On the ends, tiny black rubber bands and slivers of foil glinting like stars.

I loved her older brother – even at sixteen, I knew it was love; had to be. I don’t want to mention his name, and I've changed the name of his sister, but the way they live in my heart is real.

That intimacy with Charlene was an intimacy with her brother. His laughter echoed inside hers, as though he was sitting with me. I’d imagine Charlene and me talking about the times I'd braided her hair years from that moment; her brother and I long since married, with kids of our own. I can’t remember what Charlene and I talked about, but the sound of the beads clinked like bells.

When I left Rochester, New York, for Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Charlene’s brother...

July 26, 2016



Success Story Interview

An Interview with Leslie C Youngblood upon receiving an offer of representation.

Leslie C. Youngblood (writerlcy on QT) has signed with agent John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

QueryTracker:   Can you tell us a little bit about the book for which you’ve found representation? What inspired you to write it?   

Leslie C. Youngblood: Sure. Ten-year-old G-baby and her five-year-old sister, Peaches, are living with their mom, stepdad and standoffish stepsister Tangie. They’ve been uprooted from their friends in the bustling Atlanta neighborhood and stuck in some place called Snellville. The only bright side is G-baby wants a big sister and Tangie, if she could win her over, would be perfect. But, of course, that’s not an easy road. As far as inspiration, I’ve had versions of these characters in adult novels and decided to give them their own story.

QueryTracker:    How long...

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