Bonus Episodes,  Interview

Interview with Ashaye Brown, author of Dream Country

We’re thrilled to bring you this interview with author Ashaye Brown (she/her) whose debut novel, Dream Country,will be released on April 27, 2021. Aka next week (!!) for those of you listening when the episode drops. This will be the first in a mini-series of three author interviews we will be releasing in the lead up to our next season of the podcast.

You can order Dream Country directly from Onwe — do it soon to get a limited edition, signed version!! I mean, behold the beautiful bookplates.

Follow Ashaye on twitter @AshayeBrown for amazing content. Really, tho, follow her! (listen to the episode to hear why Jessie and Kelly rave about Ashaye’s social media)

Onto notes from the episode!

  • Onwe is a UK-based independent publisher and lifestyle brand founded by two Black women in 2018. We have an interview with Onwe co-founder and author Reni K. Amayo coming up later in this mini-series, so stay tuned! (and subscribe, obvi)
  • Ashaye is enjoying the novel The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
  • Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston is one of the middle grade books Ashaye has been reading and loves
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko gets a glowing recommendation from Ashaye. We’ve decided to move it the top of our TBR and are planning to bring you an episode about the novel next season!
  • Ashaye mentions Megan Thee Stallion’s issues with her label and releasing her 2020 album Suga. This article from The Root explains the situation and digs into some of the social media drama.
  • Our sincere apologies for mispronouncing Ashaye’s name at the end. As she clarifies in this tweet, the syllables rhyme, people!

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