My first novel, FOUR WOMEN, is currently being shopped by my literary agents. Here's a description of the book:
With a narrative that includes brutal rape scenes and the politics of “stand your ground,” the debut novel, FOUR WOMEN, from African-American writer Nikesha Elise Williams, has more in common with an episode of LAW & ORDER than contemporary Black Lit.
Set in Florida in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin and Ferguson tragedies, FOUR WOMEN depicts a woman-beating judge who finds himself the target of an obsessive ex-girlfriend, Ebony Jones, who can’t forget or forgive. When her gun goes off accidentally during an attack by the judge, the judge is wounded. In a thrilling twist, the judge’s subsequent death is not caused by Ebony’s shot, but rather due to the actions of someone else...but who? Accused of murder, Ebony turns herself in and at her trial she uses “stand your ground” as her defense.
Can justice be served when the suspect is also the victim, and the victim has a hidden criminal history that's never been reported or prosecuted, and whenever faced head on is swept under the rug? In a world where “stand your ground” is immunity from prosecution for murder, or a license to kill, and domestic violence is scarcely recognized, what options does any one woman have?
The four women of the book’s title are: Soleil St. James, a sweetly innocent grade school teacher trapped by Judge Barker Gordon’s smothering abuse. Dawn Anthony, the host of a popular TV news magazine show who is learning to date, mate and love again with architect Victor Russell. Jonelle “Johnnie” Edwards, an emergency room surgeon, wife and mother who is coping with the stress of wounds in her community and her own psyche. And Ebony, a fitness instructor with a specialty in boxing who is beginning to trust her attorney boyfriend James Parnell.
In a post Ray Rice, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Michael Brown world Soleil, Dawn, Ebony and Jonelle all question their place as African-American women.