Interview with Tammy Campbell Brooks
Author of Tar Baby
Tammy Campbell Brooks is a native of San Antonio, Texas where she resides with her husband and two children.
She enjoys reading, writing, and studying American history as hobbies.
The Ghetto Blues is her debut book written about true events that occurred in her life.
The successor of The Ghetto Blues novel, "Daddy Issues" is set to be released in 2020.
Tammy released a short poetry and quotes read, "Unapologetic Poetic" on August 06, 2018 that's dedicated to her sister, Terrie Campbell Thornton.
Tammy and her daughter, Tahirah are the authors of a two book young adult fiction series, Tar Baby and Tar Baby 2(Tianna's Story) Available on Amazon.
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How would you describe Tar Baby to a new reader?
- Tar Baby talks about an 'ism' such as colorism that many people want to avoid that is prevalent in the Black American Communities. Colorism affects our young children and scars them for life. Self-esteem and confidence are everything when growing up, and skin complexion shouldn't be a barrier.
To what extent is Tar Baby based on your own experiences?
- I see how it affects Black Americans with darker hue. It's the "racism" in Black communities.
How have readers responded to Tar Baby?
- It has a 5 star rating! Readers love it.
Tianna Thompson is an adolescence trying to find her way in a world where her skin complexion is the center of attention.
She's ridiculed by classmates and even her own family because of her dark chocolate skin.
The name calling starts in elementary school and gets worse in high school.
Tasha is Tianna's bestfriend and has had her back since elementary school fighting against the bullies. Tianna and Tasha have a lot in common such as, they both are known as "Tar Babies."
Tasha has an older brother, Jackson that's secretly in love with Tianna. But Jackson isn't the only guy that wants Tianna. Her male friend, Jamal who is on his way to the NBA will stop at nothing to convince Tianna that he's the man for her present and future.
Tianna loves both Jackson and Jamal, but she loves one as a friend and the other as a lover.
Will Tasha end her twelve-year friendship with Tianna if she finds that her best friend is in love with her brother?
Will Tianna chose between her heart or friendship?
This is the first book of a two-part series.