Former Baltimore City Witness Security Coordinator and Narcotics Detective to Release Debut Novel

Author, Award-Winning Scriptwriter, and Baltimore City Native, DiTanya Washington, to Self-Publish Debut Novel

Baltimore, Maryland Jun 26, 2024  – DiTanya Washington, a former Baltimore City Witness Security Coordinator and Narcotics Detective, will debut her novel titled “ANGELA”, exploring themes of arson and social issues.

Author, Award-Winning Scriptwriter, and Baltimore City Native, DiTanya Washington, to Self-Publish Debut Novel

Nearly two decades after the arson murders of Angela Dawson, her husband Carnell, and their five young children on Baltimore’s East Side, DiTanya Washington, the former Baltimore City Witness Security Coordinator who worked under the leadership of Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor, Patricia Coates-Jessamy, is set to self-publish her debut novel titled ‘ANGELA: Women of the African Diaspora, Community, and Survival’.  This work of creative non-fiction, based on real events, provides an intimate look at the events leading up to and following the tragic incident that claimed seven innocent lives.

Scheduled for release in October 2024, the timing of this self-published novel couldn’t be more relevant as it addresses the pressing social issues that are disproportionately affecting African Americans in the United States. The book details the author’s personal journey, growing up as a young person in inner-city Baltimore and the factors that led her to pursue a career in public service. Having witnessed injustice and cases of police brutality firsthand, Washington has chosen to share her experiences as a police officer in Baltimore City. For some, it will be a revelation.

As a woman who represents the African Diaspora, DiTanya’s message is one of faith, surrender, and forgiveness. Offering an intimate account of the criminal justice system, its protocols, processes, and the bureaucracy that often leads to the re-victimization of individuals, particularly those of African descent, the author vividly explores social issues such as Black-on-Black Crime, Black Femicide, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Strong Black Woman Schema. With an engaging and persuasive storytelling style, DiTanya showcases her authority as an emerging novelist.

As the 1999 Recipient of the Maryland Governor’s Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Victim Rights and Services, DiTanya now advocates through storytelling; giving voice to the marginalized, survivors, and the deceased. As a 2022 and 2023 Coverfly National Semi-Finalist, Ms. Washington has undoubtedly proven her literary prowess. 



“Those who can neither control our narrative nor imprison us will always seek ways to police the way others view us.” – DiTanya Washington, Author

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