RECORDED 10/24/16: I loved talking to Ginger about her debut novel! I had the pleasure of reading it while it was still in manuscript form. It’s a fun and engaging read and I know you’ll love it too. Listen to the interview here or download it from itunes.-Heidi Durrow
This is what I had to say when I finished reading the final draft a few months ago:
“Funny, smart and compulsively readable! Ginger McKnight has a hit on her hands. And Terry McMillan fans can rejoice that they can add a new favorite writer to their list!” —Heidi W. Durrow New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Ginger McKnight-Chavers is an author and an attorney with over twenty years of experience in the areas of arts/entertainment, corporate transactions and nonprofit law. A native of Dallas, Texas, she earned a B.S.F.S in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Her first novel, In the Heart of Texas will be released by She Writes Press in Fall, 2016. She was a recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College and a 2015 resident at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA. She has published several essays, short stories and articles, is a consultant/writer for Blue Nation Review and currently blogs for The Huffington Post and The TexPatch. Prior to embarking on her writing career, she practiced corporate and entertainment/media law at the firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City and as an in-house attorney at Black Entertainment Television, Inc., Warner-Lambert Company and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She is a member of the Friends of Education of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, serves on the Board of Summer on the Hill and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Ron Brown Scholars Program and Luminous Visions/Latino Playwrights. She is a member of the City of New York Bar Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Junior League of New York City, Jack & Jill of America, Westchester County Chapter, The Girl Friends, Inc., Brooklyn Chapter, and the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee. Her hobbies include running, tennis, swimming, reading, travel and Soul Cycle.
In the Heart of Texas
By Ginger McKnight-Chavers
Pitched as “a poor man’s Halle Berry,” forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director’s beach house—after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation.