Sordid Past Haunts Supermodel

September 13, 2012
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Lime Prince is a green-eyed international supermodel of mixed Jamaican-Ethiopian heritage who lands the cover of Vogue, taking the New York fashion world by storm.

But her sordid, violent past comes back to haunt her.

Lime traces back to her painful coming of age in England and America while trying to break into modeling. As a child, Lime is abused and abandoned by her Ethiopian mother and forced to live with her Ethiopian grandparents, but finally rescued by her half-Jamaican father.

In Melda Beaty‘s novel “Lime” .. she finds a modeling agent who siphons off her profits and is later coerced into a sex scandal by her ex-husband, a Jamaican trumpet player.

Indie author Melda Beaty

Amidst the nonstop pressure of the fashion world and the painful memories of her upbringing, her one solace is her witty, no-nonsense best friend AJ. Yet AJ too becomes the victim of an atrocious act of violence

What happens when the fantasies of beauty collide with the realities of domestic violence?

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The Indie Author Life

Melda Beaty was asked, “How can you write a book with three children, and teach?”

Her answer: “How can I not?! It’s a dream inside.”

In a blog post titled “Dream Inside,” Melda revea;s the long gestation of her novel “Lime”

It took me seven years from concept to hard copy and now Kindle to complete, Lime. In that time, I had twins .. wrote, went through a divorce .. wrote some, moved .. wrote often, worked…wrote more, traveled .. took a break, taught .. wrote sporadically, cried, gave-up, cried some more, attended writing conferences, submitted to literary agents, revised, revised, revised, and then got an epiphany. In 2012, the epiphany was I’m tired of Lime sitting in my USB drive. I’m tired of everyone telling me what else Lime needs. I’m tired of supporting other author’s work and ready for some authors and readers to support my work.

Incidentally, Melda is – as am I, your humble interviewer – an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Turns out we both know the joys of the sub-basement of Gregory Hall (left), where the radio-TV department is relegated.

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2 Responses to Sordid Past Haunts Supermodel

  1. September 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Melda Beaty you sound great. I’m certain that your book is as wonderful as your commitment and passion for change. This work is necessary and beyond relevant. Congratulations to you.

  2. Sarah Boyd
    September 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wow! I was touched by this interview. I am proud to hear the depth of your care for women who experienced domestic violence and how they may unknowingly become involved in abusive relationships based on their childhood.

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