(Photo by Nita Wiggins)

(Photo by Nita Wiggins)

(Photo by Nita Wiggins)

The site where 1,200 members of the upper class were executed by guillotine during the French Revolution...has become a bustling, spacious, cherished square.

Chad "Sky" Walker

Speaking to masters-level journalism students in Lille, France, near the Belgium border. The curriculum for the class was created by U.S. sports broadcaster-turned-France journalism professor Nita Wiggins.

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     Walker Talks about Sexuality and Christianity     

“I believe that humans are born with natures that conflict with God's original design.  However, that gives us no excuse to pursue our own courses.  We are still accountable to Him for every decision we make, including those based on sexual desire and orientation.  The main characters in my fiction are attractive and fascinating old-school women whose lives reflect this private battle. Just as do characters in the Bible, some of my people make godly choices and some do not—which results in plots I hope readers will find intriguing.” - Article by TTBAgency

Thomas Alexandre Dumas slavery memorial at Place du Général Catroux. One of my new collaborators, an accomplished and respected author, brought me to the site because it inspired the story she is writing. I will have the privilege of editing the story for English-language readability. (I'm smiling because my freedom feels so good!)

(Umbrella photo by Nita Wiggins)

The coat was foisted upon me. But it did keep me warm.

Texas Tomboy  or  Georgia Peach?

Janet and Nita before the Basilica Sacré-Sœur at Montmartre. The majesty of the building made Janet cry. Photo by Ludovic B.
Except where otherwise noted, all photos in this section were taken by the author.

(Photo by Chozi Nguni)

(Photo by Nita Wiggins)

In the Porte Saint-Denis section of Paris with Merry Biteye, founder of Creators of the Web (www.creatorsoftheweb.com), in the home of Kathleen Dameron. Ms. Walker was featured speaker at the first fund-raising event for Dameron's newly formed Sistah Circle Paris, a support group for women of the African Diaspora who live in Paris.

(Photo by Nita Wiggins)

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THE AUTHOR

Walker's most recent
line-editing project

CIVIL RIGHTS BABY: My Story of Race, Sports, and Breaking Barriers in American Journalism  (Casa-Express, Paris, 2019), by Nita A. Wiggins

A memoir written by a fascinating, fact-seeking Black woman who broke into the male-dominated world of sports broadcasting at a time when few women did so...and who brought to the battle a head full of careful research and strategic thinking.  Click on the book cover to order your copy today.

My dinner mates had the wine. Mine, on the right, was virgin and sweet.

"Nita Wiggins is one of the most generous and selfless people I know. She and her book became the passport, for me, to a whole new world of editing opportunities and wondrous travel.  I thank Christ for the blessing that is Nita." -- JW

Janet Marie Walker  loves the broad open spaces of Texas as much as she loves the meadows and magnolias of Georgia. Born in one state and raised in the other, she is the fifth of eight children belonging to William and Marie Walker (of  Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, respectively).  As a youth, Ms. Walker enjoyed reading novels, playing sports, visiting the public library, and studying the Bible literature of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

After graduating from high school in Augusta, Georgia, Ms. Walker held jobs as newspaper reporter and copy editor, TV associate producer, intern for a New York City publishing house, UPS package handler, and cross-country truck driver.  She once struggled as a welfare mother and worked one summer as a janitor on the housekeeping staff at the Cable News Network (CNN) headquarters in Atlanta.

Ms. Walker studied communications and creative writing at Augusta State University, where she received the Walter Wiggins-James Lott Communications Scholarship, the  Samantha Dawes Wich Scholarship for Creative Writing, and the Will Shingleton Creative Writing Scholarship.  At Georgia State University in Atlanta, she studied rhetoric and composition, as well as African American Studies, and performed literary research as a Ronald McNair Scholar.

In 1991, before college, Ms. Walker became
founding editor of Candace (kan-DAY-see), a regional feminism-and-fashion magazine patterned after Essence and the first publication of its kind in the Augusta area.  (Because of financial difficulties, the magazine lasted only briefly.) In 1994, she received top guest-editorial spot in The New York Amsterdam News for a racial analysis of Disney’s movie The Lion King, and her feminist critique, “The Disney Girl,” appeared in the St. Martin’s Press college text The Great American Bologna Festival and other Student Essays, 1994-1996 editions.  For two years, she wrote fictional stories about the Imani doll for Olmec Toys, a company founded by businesswoman Yla Eason and once the nation's largest producer of ethnic dolls.  The stories were designed into booklets that sold with the dolls.

Ms. Walker is the author of the three-book e-novel 
Amazed by her Grace, first released on December 12, 2012, and revised and re-published in final version in  2015; Desire of Ovid's Mother, a stage play released as an e-book in 2013 and again in 2015; and an adult novel  published in 2010 under a pseudonym.  She has published 100 newspaper articles and editorials in local newspapers, including an interview with one of her favorite writers, novelist Gloria Naylor, and has published a book of social commentary.  She has transcribed her 28-year private diary into 14 small books, yet to be published.

Ms. Walker is also a grammar editor. Her most recent line-editing project is a memoir published by a traditional publisher in France (Civil Rights Baby: My Story of Race, Sports, and Breaking Barriers in American Journalism, written by Nita Wiggins and published by Casa-Express, Paris, 2019).


The themes that drive Ms. Walker's fiction are social taboos, the power of religion, class differences among African Americans, and the complex nature of female sexuality. Her ultimate dream has long been to walk into a public library and find her works traditionally published and wedged between those of Alice and Margaret Walker.


Ms. Walker resides in Atlanta, where she markets her fiction and collaborates with her business partner on writing projects.  She has a son named Chad Niger (wrestler Chad "Sky" Walker, pictured below) .

Above: Courtyard of The Louvre Museum.

Above: The author takes a moment to savor and ponder. (Photo by Nita Wiggins)

Porte Saint-Denis as seen from the fourth-floor apartment of Kathleen Dameron, a Black woman who left the United States at 18 and, 42 years and 5 learned languages later, gets to see a historical masterpiece every time she looks out of her windows. "I wake up every day in paradise," she says.

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A Dumas Musketeer

The author in March and May, 2018, when she was living a dual life as lady editor and tomboy trucker.

A trip to Paris isn't complete without a look at FASHION ... even if only the storefronts!

Place de la Concorde

Grim Past, Beautiful Present

The author in Las Vegas, February 2012.

The Author Goes to Paris!