top of page

Baltimore Author’s New Novel is Bursting with Juicy Adventures

BALTIMORE--An unemployed 32-year-old moves back home determined to find a job and a summer fling, but her plans soon spin madly out of control. Welcome to Tahira Chloe Mahdi’s explosive return to fiction, 22 years after her first release God Laughs, Too: Incidents in the Life of a Black Chick was a bestseller in Baltimore and Washington, DC area bookstores.

The title This Is Not How It Was Supposed to Go—and its untidy cover design—is a comment on the author’s writing process and on the main character’s chaotic life. While much of fiction these days foregrounds society’s isms, Mahdi spotlights fun and mischief. Still, readers are immersed in themes such as intergenerational drama and sexual freedom while a murder mystery lurks in the background.

Since her groundbreaking debut in 2001, Mahdi has obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in psychology and is now working as a community psychologist and adjunct professor. “I deleted my Twitter account last April, determined to finally write a book based on my dissertation research,” Mahdi says, “but instead, I found myself channeling these fun, naughty escapades.” As she was 22 years ago, Mahdi is still producing with Take Me Out to the Go-Go

(, the most trusted source of information about go-go music and culture, and her dissertation research was with the Go-Go community. While working toward her PhD, she started the music blog DC Brand 99 and gathered enough acting and media credits to merit an IMDB page.

This Is Not How It Was Supposed to Go

Available at: Barnes & Noble; Amazon; by order at indie bookstores.

ISBN: 978-0-9740591-3-6 | Published by: Tuff Crowd Conglomerate

Tahira Chloe Mahdi is a writer of books, screenplays, entertainment blogs, and evaluation reports. She has also been a radio/TV/web personality, broadcasting school instructor, video vixen, and college professor. Getting her PhD was almost as cool as performing the intro on the first all-woman go-go rap song “A Pocketful of Dymes” and having an actor portray her in the documentary TMOTTGoGo Inside the Pocket. She is claimed by neighbors and family in Baltimore City and in P.G. County.

Contact: Christopher A. Brown at

Press Release available for download below:

Press Release - This Is Not How It Was Supposed to Go-fiction
Download PDF • 4.68MB



Les commentaires ont été désactivés.

Tahira Chloe Mahdi is an author, screenwriter, independent arts & culture journalist, and community psychologist. Her latest novel This Is Not How It Was Supposed to Go is a wild, explosive adventure into the dynamics of adult children living with their parents, young women’s sexual agency, and close-knit suburban hood communities.

bottom of page