Darrin “1831” Collins is an author, educator, scholar, and international martial arts competitor. Born and raised in Chicago, Darrin is a global traveler and pulls inspiration for his characters from his many international adventures. As a Chicago high school science teacher, he is committed to integrating themes (identity, social justice, judicial policy) into his writing that directly relate to and inspire the youth with which he works. His aim is to intensify and increase the provocativeness of the conversation and evaluation of these themes by incorporating elements of science fiction. “Native Invisibility” is Darrin’s first novel.
It’s time for another amazing daddy-daughter date and Zola can’t wait! She conceives every activity shared with her daddy, from walking the dog to simple home repairs, as an elaborate and fun adventure. They rule the land as a king and princess and discover hidden treasure while trick-or-treating. Every moment is memorable when Zola is spending time with her daddy!
Highlighting the importance of the daddy-daughter relationship, No Mountain High Enough: Zola’s Daddy-Daughter Dates chronicles the bond between a young girl named Zola and her dad through the divorce of her parents.
Unfortunately, on this adventure, Zola is not feeling well and is suffering from a common childhood ailment—an ear infection! Her father explains the source of her pain by taking her into his high-tech laboratory. Once inside, Zola learns everything about the inner workings of her ear and her ear infection, through an unforgettable virtual tour.
Every moment is memorable as Zola and daddy learn from one another!
What happens when friends, united in a cause, succeed in bringing the country to a standstill and sending most of its population into exile?
What begins as an innocent footrace between friends ultimately leads to the death of two Chicago police officers and pushes a country into unimaginable chaos. Jamal, known as the Prophet, must free his imprisoned brother and rescue the Melanoid Nation from indefinite captivity before he runs out of time. While finding his Way and his Voice, Jamal amplifies the muted cries of the voiceless and unveils the issues rampant within the very community he hopes to save. Brimming with purpose and a plan, Jamal’s journey reveals the undercurrent of two competing worlds in this masterfully woven urban saga.
A tale of family, loyalty, and friendship, Native Invisibility is an esoteric portrayal of one man’s prophetic mission to free a nation and redeem a people.
A special intersection of Chicago, race, and Biblical allegory, with just a sprinkling of Jiu-Jitsu/MMA.
Native Invisibility is a riveting tale of black boy hood in many American cities such as Chicago. Collins eloquently juxtaposes systematic injustice with liberation through actualization of one's agentic self. Native Invisibility is a page-turner with a raw sense of realness that will render you elated, emotionally conflicted, and awestruck.
Native Invisibility is a page turner from start to finish. The author, Darrin Collins, uses young innocent characters who grew up in Chicago to take you on a journey of being Black in America. This book tells the tale of their struggles and their courage to overcome a legal system that wasn’t created to protect or serve them.
This tale of a destruction unfurling is also brimming with the hope of a new day in the form of the Melanoid Nation. This is not meant to be an easy story. It takes you hurtling down a road many of us will recognize or soon understand in the lessons and experiences of Jamal, the Profit. Urban streets turn chaos into prophecy in this compelling story that is meant to be uncomfortable.