Deón, Natashia. Drunk Girls Bible Study.
Real Talk about the Word. We have fun and your hosts Shaherah White, Angelique Ehat, and Natashia Deon are quirky and different, and we're excited about the Word like it's good gossip (Good News!). We don't fit nicely into any predetermined model of Christian womanhood, do's and don't. We are unique, as God says we are, and we want to show you how the Word isn't some confusing or difficult piece of literature, but real stories with a message. One that isn't just about people who lived thousands of years ago, but are here for you today, for a reason.
---. Excerpt of Grace. The Nervous Breakdown, June 14, 2016.
Flash: Faunsdale, Alabama 1838
The knockin’s always there behind the wall in Momma’s room. I call it Momma’s music. My sister Hazel calls it Momma’s tired tune, a shrill note sucked and blown from a stiff reed.
Hazel’s the closest thing I got to a good daddy so she never beat me for misbehaving, never leaves me long, and never tries to touch me the wrong way. She keeps me safe in this world, keeps me safe from the knockin.
---. "My Son's Lifelong Silence Has Taught Me To Listen." Buzzfeed, May 7, 2016.
Sometimes, I’ll take a shower in the middle of the day because I need to stand alone and in silence without feeling guilty. Without drawing attention to myself. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand. Especially my children.
The noise that words make in my professional worlds as lawyer, law professor, and writer have brought me to a partial deafness. I have to lean forward and tilt my head to one side if a student at the back of my class asks a question. There, I will ask her to stand up and, “Project!” I'll say. It’s “an exercise of elocution.” But it’s me. My growing weaknesses.
Gitterman, Judy. "Natashia Deón, Author." Lunch Ticket.
I was honest with the violence. I wanted be honest and I had to make a decision. I’m a graphic writer anyway. I couldn’t imagine that kind of violence in my own mind. But there’s some cases that I’ve had recently—2013, 2014 or 2015. There was a point in my career where I said, I can’t do this work anymore because I can’t read these stories, hear this testimony. Because I was representing victims. Most of the violence that is in those pages are actually from real-life situations, especially the rape. A lot was cut out by my editor. I think it haunted me. I wanted to present the crimes of rage that actually change people’s personality and their ability to see the world or trust the world. You could see how it happens and I wanted to show readers that there are some things that you just can’t un-see.
Wright, Abbe. "Interview with Natashia Deón." Read it Forward, 2017.
Natashia Deón’s debut novel Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop. It was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Jennifer Senior in the New York Times, People magazine called it “an immersive tale” and Newsday deemed the novel a “haunting portrait of slavery, love, and violence.”