7/22/2009People always ask me what it is like working with, writing with my daughter. I usually say, "Wonderful!" and it is wonderful, but another truth is that I don't remember not writing with my daughter. We literally began collaborating on The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess when she was three years old. And in a sense it was on bed rest with Caroline when pregnant that I decided I would become a novelist and started thinking about the novels I would write as books I would one day want my adult daughter to read. Writing together is our way of playing, and it is our way of honoring the ancestors, our way of acknowledging black families, like families all over the world have long worked together, hard and long, and the best, the happiest have found ways to make the hard work, the hard days, the hard rains delightful even amid difficulty. So yes, we have had our difficulties, the days we worried about the budget for testing recipes and the days we worried about who had the time to write what, and yes they were, in fact, eclipsed by the joy of sharing a worthy and worth it project. Writing Soul Food Love is like stocking a treasure chest for our family to come and sharing our family treasure with those who can't find theirs. So sweet.