BL Wilson has always been in love with books and the words in them. She just never thought she could create something with the words she knew. When she read ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird,’ BL realized everyday experiences could be written about in a powerful, memorable way. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with that knowledge so she kept on reading. In high school and college, she discovered James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison and opened up a new world. Later on, BL read a bit of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker and fell in love with words all over again.
Walter Mosley’s short stories about Easy Rawlins and his friends encouraged her to start writing in earnest. BL felt she had a story to tell…maybe several of them. She’d always kept a diary of some sort, scraps of paper, pocketsize, notepads, blank backs of agency forms, or the margins of books she loved. It was her habit to make these little notes to herself. She thought someday she’d like make them into a book and she did write a workplace memoir based on the people she met during her 20 years as a real property of city-owned buildings. Writing the memoir lead BL to consider writing books that were not job-related. Once again, she did…producing three romance novels Safe Haven, Old Man Peterson and I’m your baby tonight with African American lesbians as main characters.
In Safe Haven, a runaway ‘wife’ discovers love in the arms of a female doctor who treats her broken bones and bruises then mends her broken heart. Joanna Fairfield AKA Ms. Smith AKA June Davis is on the run from a murderous man who wants more than her love. Vicious killer Vernon Brown wants to take Joanna’s son, adopt him and kill her. Running away for the second time on a dark stormy night, Joanna stops in a place called Eagle View, North Carolina. It’s the small town her grandmother always claimed was a good place to raise any child. Her son, Danny is ill and she needs a doctor. When she meets the town’s one and only family doctor, Dr. Ellie Winston, sparks fly.
Old Man Peterson is a story of revenge and retribution inside one African American family. Lieutenant Abigaile Truman’s latest case involves a skeleton in the closet, literally; and it has been there sixty years. Ina Peterson’s husband has been missing for just that long, so odds are the skeleton is his. Thing is, Ina has what appears to be a serious case of dementia, and her fiery granddaughter Jannita has her claws out in her defense. She and Truman clash in every way—or do they? As the case progresses, increasingly sabotaged by outside forces, it becomes obvious that there is more than one skeleton in the Kennedy-Peterson closet, and someone is resorting to murder to keep them there. In this surprising, sassy romance, sparks of contention turn to passion as Ina’s story of struggle during the Depression in the South and betrayal and lust when she marries above her station slowly changes the lives of three very different women.
I’m You Baby Tonight imagines you could be anybody that you wanted for one night. You could dress up in a magical costume and party ‘til the sun came up. Nobody not even your mother, if you had a mother, would know it was you. Suppose you learned a woman that you’d always wanted but had rejected you a million times, was attending the party, too. What do you do? Would you go to the party? If you went, who would you be and what would you wear? How would you recognize her? A City Park Ranger trades in her identity for one night of loving an older woman who refuses to accept the real her.