Attica Locke (2019)

A native of Houston, Texas, Locke is a fiction author of several works and a screenwriter best known for Empire. She graduated from Northwestern University where she was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmakers Lab in 1999, studying screenwriting and directing. She's written scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, HBO, DreamWorks, and more. 

Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her novels include: The Cutting Season (2012), Pleasantville (2015), and her newest novel, a Highway 59 sequel, Heaven, My Home will be coming out in September. 

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Locke says she had an "overwhelming sense of wanting to go home, go to Texas. I wanted to do something connected to my upbringing, something that was fundamentally rural. I've been writing all my life, but I became a writer on Highway 59 - daydreaming in the back of the car as we drove past bayous and quaint cafes with clever names. This rural fantasia brought me home." And that's how Bluebird, Bluebird came to be.