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As a native New Yorker A.E. Derban never runs short of story plots due to the plethora of people who sustain life in the ever evolving mecca. A.E. Derban is the author of two published works, Slipping On Concrete (novel) and In Between the Cracks (short stories). Each chronicles the life of people who are on the outskirts of life—people who deal with real issues of family, friends, sexuality, religion, and relationships. Reflective of real life, some stories do not have a happy ending but they all have an ending.
A.E. Derban also pulls inspiration from her students in the public school system and college arena where she educates them about the principles of English, writing, literature, and life. They in turn serve as characters which she can observe in their natural habitat—allowing her to be a social archeologist.
As an eternal griot and life-long student, A.E. Derban unfolds the stories which need to be told from a perspective of honesty; she endeavors to be the voice of the Black writer who recognizes that African Americans speak different dialects and truths masked as English. Her goal is to communicate with other African Americans and the world through fictional genres that a new movement in literature is emerging—let’s all be amazing!