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Here finally is our Q&A transcript with Tayari Jones, author of SILVER SPARROW, an wonderful novel that I loved. (It’s been well reviewed and is even mentioned in O Magazine this month).

This is not the full chat transcript – but captures the questions and Tayari’s answers.

This was our one-year anniversary chat and we are so excited and thankful to be entering our next year of chats.

BernadetteDavis Thank you to @Tayari for joining us and to everyone for helping us celebrate! Have a wonderful evening and join us Nov. 6. #blacklitchat 2:06 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel For those who asked. Our submissions guidelines will go up live on the blog and our Facebook Page tomorrow. #blacklitchat 2:10 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel Visit our blog http://t.co/IZGKp5Ja to see all the fab authors who joined us this past year. #blacklitchat 2:05 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari And can I just say, I love my readers. Y’all have really helped me through some rough patches. #blacklitchat 2:03 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari I know it’s almost 9pm, but another round of applause for @deegospel and @BernadetteDavis. ::confetti:: #blacklitchat 1:59 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari #blacklitchat is a wonderful thing. Such a great idea. Thank you everyone for participating. ::group hug::: 2:02 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari The main character is his wife who has moved on, believing he is in jail forever. Now he’s back. #blacklitchat 1:57 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari I am working on a new novel looking at what happens AFTER an innocent man is freed from prison. #blacklitchat 1:56 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q10 for @tayari Could you tell us what you’re working on now and where your next events are? (last question) #blacklitchat 1:55 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Miss Bunny was a good woman, but she had to work. She had to sleep at her job. The kids were alone. #blacklitchat 1:54 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari she was taking care of other people’s families. That’s why Raleigh was abandoned. Why Laverne was over there that day… #blacklitchat 1:54 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari What happened with Miss Bunny her is the real story of “The Help.” Her kids were neglected because + #blacklitchat 1:53 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Miss Bunny is my favorite character. #blacklitchat 1:52 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q9 for readers: When you finished SILVER SPARROW were u surprised at how Dana’s life turned out? & Gwen, Laverne & Chaurisse? #blacklitchat 1:51 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari But what was so sad was ppl in thier 70s that have been carrying that shame. I did a lot of hugging. #blacklitchat 1:46 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari When I was on the Diane Rhem show, Silver Sparrows lit up the phone lines! http://t.co/f45h3iCm #blacklitchat 1:45 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari “outside children”, “love child”.. there is no dignified language. They should be called SONS and DAUGHTERS. #blacklitchat 1:48 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q8 for @tayari: What has been the most interesting or surprising reaction you’ve heard from readers on your tour? #blacklitchat 1:41 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari I think I was called to this story to open up the conversation. I had no idea until I went on the road. #blacklitchat 1:47 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari I have been on a 50 city tour. EVERY CITY, someone says “I’m a Silver Sparrow.” black, white, young, old. #universal #blacklitchat 1:44 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Oh secret families happen all the time in real life! Just ask Jesse Jackson, Arnold S., John Edwards.. & that dude next door! #blacklitchat 1:43 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari q7 I am not a cheerleader for ATL. We got issues. But it’s part of me. the SW side especially. #blacklitchat 1:40 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Q6 Toni Morrison said in The Bluest Eye: THe two most destructive concepts known to man are romantic love and physical beauty. #blacklitchat 1:31 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q7 for @tayari: Is there a city other than Atlanta inspires you to write with passion? via @Chai_Tee #blacklitchat 1:39 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari A6: That quote really made an impression on me and I set out to interrogate that. #blacklitchat 1:31 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q6 pt. 2: Why did you put such a focus on physical beauty and the many facets of that for Black women in this story? #blacklitchat 1:30 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q6 is a long 1. 2 pts: Laverne (James’ first wife), says there are 2 kinds of beauty “Natural Beauty” & “Pretty in a Jar”. #blacklitchat 1:29 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Personally. I think Gwen & Raleigh both need to get out more, and meet some new people! #blacklitchat 1:29 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari If Gwen married Raliegh, that would be a nightmare. A) she didn’t love him. and B) James is still Dana’s dad! #blacklitchat 1:28 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari a5. I can’t say how many drafts. I revise each chapter 5 or 6 times. Then I revise the whole thing 5 times or so. #blacklitchat 1:25 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q5 for @Tayari: How many drafts of *Silver Sparrow* did you write before it was ready for publication? via @EvelynNAlfred #blacklitchat 1:24 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari twice. #blacklitchat 1:22 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari The father also thinks: Whenever a woman says she is having my baby, I have married her. I have done the right thing #blacklitchat 1:22 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari this is a story about how far people will go to be part of a family. These people will do whatever it takes. #blacklitchat 1:21 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari A4. I wanted real emotion rather than “drama.” #blacklitchat 1:19 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari A4. if I used to mom’s POV, it would be a story about man-sharing. I wanted a story about family. #blacklitchat 1:19 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari A4. Point of View is the hardest choice. But I thought the girls had the most to say. They have no choice but to deal. #blacklitchat 1:19 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q4 for @Tayari: How did you come to tell the story from the POV of the sisters? Was this always intended? via @DaddysGurl #blacklitchat 1:18 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis RT @tayari: A2 I was interested in the idea of “half” sisters. Like many ppl I have siblings and we have the same dad. + #blacklitchat 1:12 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis RT @lesleywilliams: I loved the role of black hair, hair salons, and having good/”bad” hair #blacklitchat 1:12 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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Thonnia a3: the characters were developed so completely. They were real to me and I couldn’t wait to see what twist/turn was coming. #blacklitchat 1:23 AM Oct 31st from Twitter for BlackBerry® retweeted by blacklitchat

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EvelynNAlfred A3:The writing was beautiful. I wanted to know more about Dana & Chaurisse. #blacklitchat 1:15 AM Oct 31st from Echofon retweeted by blacklitchat

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ArleneLWalker A2 one of my ancestors married two sisters. So their children were both siblings and cousins. That’s why the story resonated. #blacklitchat 1:14 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q3 for readers: What about SILVER SPARROW kept you turning the page? How did the story affect you? #blacklitchat 1:11 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel Rule #6: Please be observant of the chat ? queue. Do not ask question to @tayari during the chat. Observe Rule #1 #blacklitchat 1:15 AM Oct 31st from HootSuite retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel a2 RT @tayari: my nephew once said, “don’t say half. there are no half people.” and that’s the emotional heart of this story. #blacklitchat 1:13 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel a2 RT @tayari: I was interested in the idea of “half” sisters. Like many ppl I have siblings and we have the same dad. #blacklitchat 1:13 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q2 for @Tayari: What is the backstory for SILVER SPARROW? And why did this idea take hold for you (of you)? #blacklitchat 1:10 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Note for new participants – it’s fine if you haven’t read the book. Here’s a quick synopsis: http://t.co/gE9vdDJf #blacklitchat 1:09 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel a1 b. RT @tayari: Chaurisse is the one who gets to be her father’s daughter in public. #blacklitchat 1:09 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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deegospel a1. RT @tayari: Dana is the secret daughter of James Witherspoon. #blacklitchat 1:08 AM Oct 31st from TweetGrid.com retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis Q1 for @Tayari: Please start by giving us a six-word bio of Dana and Chaurisse, the two girls in the novel. #blacklitchat 1:07 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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BernadetteDavis We have so many ?s for @Tayari, let’s get started. Continue to say hello & let us know you’re here. In other words, party on. #blacklitchat 1:07 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Is there a twitter equivalent of a standing ovation? @Bernadette Davis and @deegospel deserve one. #blacklitchat 1:05 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

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tayari Hi! I’m Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow. I am *delighted* to celebrate with #blackllitchat #blacklitchat 1:04 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat

BernadetteDavis We are so excited to welcome @Tayari Jones, author of SILVER SPARROW. She is currently a Radcliffe Institute Fellow + #blacklitchat 1:04 AM Oct 31st from TweetChat retweeted by blacklitchat