Texas Writers Month Featured Writer: Attica Locke

As much strife and chaos as the Lone Star State constantly dishes out to us, it’s sometimes hard to see the good things that still remain, the great people of Texas who make you proud to claim the state. So, this month, we’ll help bring some light back into these gloomy days. This May, during Texas Writers Month, we will be featuring renowned authors and screenwriters who are native to or currently residents of Texas. Our first writer is a Houston native who has written and created some of the most critically acclaimed shows within the past few years as well as authored multiple bestselling novels, Attica Locke.

Attica Locke is a highly acclaimed writer known for her captivating storytelling and insightful exploration of social issues. Born in Houston, Texas, Locke’s literary career has been marked by critical acclaim and commercial success. Her novels, such as “Black Water Rising” and “The Cutting Season” have garnered widespread praise for their richly drawn characters, intricate plots, and thought-provoking themes.

“Black Water Rising” by Attica Locke

Locke’s success as a writer can be attributed to her unique voice and ability to seamlessly blend suspenseful storytelling with profound social commentary. Her works often delve into themes of race, class, and power in America, challenging readers to confront uncomfortable truths and engage with complex issues in a meaningful way. Through her writing, Locke has established herself as a powerful voice in contemporary literature, earning accolades and a dedicated following of readers.

In addition to her work as a novelist, Locke has also made significant contributions to the world of television as a screenwriter and producer. Her work on acclaimed series like “Empire” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and “When They See Us”, the Netflix miniseries about the Central Park 9 that she co-wrote with filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer Ava DuVernay, has further showcased her talent for storytelling across different mediums. Locke’s versatility and skill as a writer have solidified her reputation as a dynamic and influential figure in the literary and entertainment industries. One of her works I was surprised to learn about was “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home”, which Locke created and executive produced from the memoirs of her sister, Tembi Locke.

Overall, Attica Locke’s success as a writer can be attributed to her passion for storytelling, her commitment to addressing important social issues, and her ability to craft compelling narratives that resonate with audiences. With her powerful storytelling and insightful perspective, Locke continues to make a lasting impact on the literary landscape and inspire readers around the world. She truly makes me proud to be a Texan.

Learn more about Attica Locke here, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter).


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