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Motown Writers Network Feature ~ Dennis O. Cawthorne


DennisDennis O. Cawthorne, lawyer, legislator, chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, businessman, saloonkeeper-restaurateur, chamber of commerce manager, and carriage driver, knows the famed Great Lakes destination, its people, and its idiosyncrasies like few other people. For a great part of each of the last 54 years, he has lived, worked, and played on iconic Mackinac Island.

He is also a world traveler, having visited sixty countries on six continents. He has served as an official United States delegate to international conferences of government leaders in Moscow, Beijing, and Brussels. Mr. Cawthorne is a graduate of Albion College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School.

 

Where are you from?

East Lansing and Mackinac Island.
Tell us your latest news?

My book, “Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal” was just released by Arbutus Press of Traverse City, Michigan.
When and why did you begin writing?

August 2012.  I started because there was important history to tell and preserve.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Haven’t yet.

What inspired you to write your first book?

See above.

How did you come up with the title?

It best described the topic.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

It’s not a novel.  It’s part memoir, part history, and part chronicle.

How much of the book is realistic?

It’s all true.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My own experiences.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Histories and biographies.

What book are you reading now?

Woodrow Wilson, The Cold War

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Many books have been written about Mackinac Island, usually focusing on its history, its scenic beauty, or its architecture.  This is not one of those books.  Rather, this book is a nostalgic and candid behind the scenes look at more than a century of Mackinac people and events.  It’s part memoir, part history, and part chronicle.  All of it is true.

 

Mackinac Island is very much a small town, yet each year it hosts over three quarters of a million people and is often the focal point of national and even international media coverage.  It attracts celebrities of every kind as well as masses of “average Americans.”  It is the summer home of Michigan’s governor, frequently a hotbed of state political activity, and a place endlessly fascinating to those who know it.

 

For a half century and more, beginning in 1960, I came to know and experience Mackinac intimately.  I did so through the prism of the many roles I played there during those years: carriage driver, chamber of commerce manager, state legislator, saloonkeeper, attorney, legislative advocate and for over 20 years member and chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission which governs 83% of the Island’s land area.  Along the way, I built a home, became engaged, got married, and raised two sons there.  Probably I will be buried there.

 

I have been an eyewitness to- and too often involved in- a host of events that one does not normally associate with Mackinac: murder, political intrigue, a disastrous fire, scandal controversy, hilarity, and high jinks of all kinds, made all the more fascinating by the very fact they happened on Mackinac.

Through it all, I came to know intimately and appreciate Mackinac’s rich stew of colorful characters and events, its multiple layers unseen and unknown to casual visitors.  But I have not been a passive observer of Mackinac.  I like to think I also played a role in shaping and impacting the Mackinac Island of today, I hope for the better.

 

Designed for those who really want to “know” Mackinac from the inside, this is the story of an amazing half century of life and times on an incredible island.

 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Who designed the covers?

Susan Bays of Arbutus Press

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The final editing process.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you like Michigan and Mackinac Island, I think you will find this a good read!

Mackinac Island

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Dennis O. Cawthorne

  • Name of Book

Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal

  • Author Website 

https://www.facebook.com/DennisOCawthorne

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Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books

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Now sponsored by Bowker, the annual competition for independent publishers is accepting entries through October 1, 2014.

Book review magazine Shelf Unbound is accepting entries for its third annual competition to crown the best from independent presses, self-published authors and publishers producing five or less titles per year. The winning entry, selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will be featured with runners-up in the magazine’s December/January 2015 issue – read by 125,000 book. This year’s competition is sponsored by Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN registration agency and creator of SelfPublishedAuthor.com.

“The publishing universe is transforming, opening to many more authors and providing an extraordinary new range of books for readers,” said Beat Barblan, director of Identifier Services at Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate. “Bowker has always played a key role in connecting publishers with readers. We see this wonderful competition as a way to extend that mission in…

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THE SIXTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST

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GRAND PRIZE: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: September 2, 2014
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2014 Issue of Gemini.

Any subject, style or genre:
experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica….
Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work.

Why such a low entry fee? So EVERYONE can have a chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

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Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

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Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink’s print magazine and website.

General Guidelines
  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user and be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not…

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BEST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL COMPETITION

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DEADLINE:July 1, 2014
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a “private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne
Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(entry form will provide submission address)
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.@ScriblicalVibez Publishing & Promotions for real Scribes #motownlit

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Our mission is to serve authors & poets who inspire a vibrational change through their writing. We socially and consciously promote authors whose main focus is writing.
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How can the National Writers Union Help You? #Detroit Chapter #Writers #mwn #nwu

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How can the National Writers Union Help You? #Detroit Chapter #Writers #mwn #nwu

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PNR Review of Cheri Paris Edwards’ novel ‘Something About April’

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Somethng About April

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Save the Date: Love, Romance & Intrigue…BOOK LAUNCH in #Detroit June 21, 2014 #book #event #networking #motownlit

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You’re invited! Please RSVP and get your ticket today!!!

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On June 21, 2014, Detroit Author, Sylvia Hubbard, invites the literary community (readers, writers, authors and poets) to a Litertainment Event.

12-1 – Meet & Greet
1:15-1:30 – Intro & Welcome – Sylvia
1:30-1:50 – Omari poetry
1:50-2:45 – Relationship Panel discussion: Everything You Wanted to Know About Relationships but Were Afraid to Ask – Panelists: Leslie Griffin & Jesse Cole
2:45-4 – Mix & Mingle; Book Talk/Book Signing; Q & A with audience (questions around book “My Substitute Wife, My Sister,” and publishing, writing, and marketing

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Entertainment, Book Soiree, Networking and More

More details to come including VIP tickets with a limit of 40 coming soon.

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Support @Boys2Books, Metro #Detroit Afterschool Literacy Initiative #michlit #mwn #MotownLit

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The program focuses on improving the lives of young males through literacy, leadership, and life skills. The program has been receiving local and national attention via BET, PBS, and other media sources.  Boys2Books1

For more info. about Boys 2 Books visit: http://www.eddieconnor.com/boys2books or call 313.469.1947

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How can the National Writers Union Help You? #Detroit Chapter #Writers #mwn #nwu

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#MotownWriters w/@MonicaMJones Topic:Momentum for your Muse 5/10 WSU B&N #Detroit

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

  • Barnes and Noble

    Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202, Detroit, MI (edit map)

  • @ the cafe
  • This is the Detroit Motown Writers Meetup where special guest speakers talk about their literary journey, we share our challenges and struggles and we help each other.

    Want to announce an event? Want to share your book struggles?

    Want to announce your book’s birth?

     

    Workshop Description: Tips, methods and systems that will inspire writers to keep the momentum going throughout the year.

    Monica Marie Jones, MSW

    Bio

    Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), FLOSS (Fiction), Swag (Urban Fiction), Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry), Monday Morning Motivation (Inspiration) and Momentum (Financial Inspiration). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama) and Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits. She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

    She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer’s Network where she hosted her own radio show, “Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones” on the Michigan Literary Network Radio.

    Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

    She is the owner of the publishing and literary consulting company, The Literary Loft; and the motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspiration Incorporated.

    For more information visit her website at www.monicamariejones.com
    Monica Marie Jones, MSW
    Author ~ Motivator ~ Investor
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    Donations are asked, but donation of your time means a lot as well.

    If you would like to RSVP, please go to http://detroitliterarynetwork.com orHttp://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork
    Got a question! Come in! Join us!

    Donations are asked, but donation of your time means a lot as well.

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