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Divine destiny is what motivates mother, daughter, author, playwright Laurinda D. Brown to write novels and plays that portray real people in true-to-life situations. "Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduating from Howard University in Washington, DC, exposed me to the diversities in human nature while affording me the opportunity to observe people and their situations. Writing helped me work through my own issues, emotions and circumstances and gave me an outlet to express my take on the world."
Brown's take on the world articulated itself in a different and daring fashion in 2006 when she combined literary experiences with theatre. The result was her critically acclaimed and highly touted production Walk Like A Man - The Play, which Laurinda produces and directs. Based on her recent national best-selling novel, Walk Like A Man, from Q-boro Books/Kensington Publishing, Walk Like A Man - The Play features a culturally diverse cast using spoken word, dramatic monologues, and dramatic performances to portray labels issues, and stereotypes in relationships. The book, according to the December 2006/January 2007 issue of “Black Issues Book Review Magazine,” was the #1 selling fiction paperback among independent African-American bookstores and is consistently ranked within the top four lesbian short story best sellers on Amazon.com where it has been ranked most frequently at #1 since its release. Walk Like A Man – The Play, in its final year of production with only special limited engagements, is again produced and directed by its playwright, Laurinda D. Brown.
Before Walk Like A Man - The Play, Brown began her literary journey with Fire & Brimstone, the 2005 Lambda Literary Award finalist for "Best Debut Lesbian Fiction", followed by UnderCover, Strapped, The Cathouse, and Walk Like A Man 2006 Lambda Literary Award winner for “Best Lesbian Erotica”, 2006 Urban Spectrum Award for “Best Fiction by A Woman of Color”, and “Honorable Mention” recipient at the 2007 West Hollywood Book Festival. Laurinda is a featured writer in the anthologies Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories (Nghosi Books) and Purple Panties (edited by Zane).
Laurinda resides with her two daughters in the greater Atlanta metro area.