Former Hartford Courant investigative, courts and crimes reporter Tina A. Brown is a Savannah, Georgia-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in various print and online news organizations. She has taught writing courses in local jails and conducted community workshops on various aspects of storytelling.

She continues to report and write about AIDS/HIV, and to address the topic in speaking engagements across the country. She uses Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan as an instructional tool in community workshops, including ones those she hosts with youth, expectant mothers, recovering addicts and homeless families.

She calls the writing of Crooked Road Straight one of her most essential and important journalistic assignments to date, given the AIDS pandemic's relentlessness, and its disproportionate impact on certain communities.

African-American women like Linda were 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but accounted for 67 percent of the estimated AIDS cases in 2004, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Crooked Road Straight aims to reach anyone who wants to be a part of this crucial, ongoing dialogue about the impact of HIV/AIDS on individual lives, families and communities.