She really is! I’m basing her on a real friend of mine from my Berlin days. There are differences, like for example, my friend actually graduated from the Air Force Academy and not from Sarah Lawrence. But she really was born to Kenyan parents, and she really was the only Black American intel officer anyone of us in Berlin had ever met.

Like the character in my novel, my friend was fierce and gorgeous, and didn’t take shit from anybody.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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