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An Interview with Monica Marie Jones

 

Author Monica Marie Jones

On August 19th I had the pleasure of interviewing Monica Marie Jones. Monica has authored books such as Floss, Swag, Taste of My Soul, The Ups & Downs of Being round, and Sweet Soliloquy. I invite you to come with me on a journey as we enter the life of one of Detroit’s most gifted Authors.

Kai: “Sweet Soliloquy” that’s your latest right? What’s the difference between Sweet Soliloquy and Taste of my Soul?

Monica: Taste of my Soul is like all over the place but I somehow squeezed it all into the concept of a full course meal. You have your grace, your appetizer, and your main course. I placed poems to fit into each of those areas. For example, the main course is the meatier poems; the appetizer is the more spiritual poems, and so on and so forth. Sweet Soliloquy, they all revolve around the theme in my mind of passion; whether that’s passion about your career, passion about your relationships, or passion about your family. They all kind of include that theme, so that’s the difference between the two; all over the place “Taste of my Soul” and more zeroed in on one theme “Sweet Soliloquy”.

Kai: I loved Sweet Soliloquy.  My favorite three, now I loved them all but my favorite three were “One Breath”,  “Ms. Jones got a love Jones” both laughing at that one, and “The Mask”.  Tell us how you became Monica Marie Jones the Author.

Monica:  Well I have always been extra. So I’ll say so emotional and creative. What I’ve found even since I was a little girl, the best way to capture all of my emotions or capture all of the madness that is myself is through writing. So when I was younger I had a journal. Like I had a journal in elementary school and as I got older I wanted to be a writer but I felt intimidated by the thought of writing a book. So I found that I could capture an entire story in a poem, on one page. So that’s when I started writing poetry in my 20’s. When I graduated College I said “If I can write a 30 page paper, I could write a book. So that’s what kind of gave me the confidence to say okay, let me push it farther or let me take all of my poems and put them together to create one book. So that was kind of my journey to being a writer. It’s always been in me but, you know, having the confidence, and taking all the raw materials that were created by emotions and making it into something that other people could relate
to as well.

Kai: So let’s say from the start up until now, what have been the challenges that you more or less face now that you didn’t face when you first started writing?

Monica: The biggest challenge. I’m so glad that you asked me that.  I had an “Aha” moment yesterday. It’s like the more visibility that you get the more you want to build your brand.  Sometimes we fall into a space of censoring ourselves and conforming to what we think people
want to hear, trying to live up to this image that we think people want to see.  And in that you lose that raw creativity. You lose that authenticity, that realness about yourself.  So now I’m struggling to make sure that I am writing just from my heart not censoring myself not worrying about what people will think.  I feel like when people are that open and that real that’s what people are accepting to not some cook cutter, I’m not going to say bad words, I’m not going to try to ruffle feathers.  That’s how people know that’s fake so I’m trying to get back to my real when I was writing when I didn’t worry about what everybody thought.

Kai: So in all the aspects of writing how important is networking?

Monica: Networking is so important; just this morning I had a meeting with someone. It’s very important because you share resources, you get new energy, and you get new ideas, you kind of shake up the patterns that are in your life.  Alot of times people sometimes feel like “Oh, I need to hide my ideas, I shouldn’t share” but it’s by giving that we get. And so it’s you know the whole point of networking with like minded people or even people that are different from you because a lot of times that is what give you the inspiration to write and the ideas to promote that work and fulfill that work as you go.

Kai: So tell me three things that you want your readers to know about you.

Monica: The first one I guess is that most of my writings come from my experiences, that’s not to say that everything is a true story that happened for me but it comes from some emotion or experience and a lot of times it comes from the past. So hopefully, people can know that this stuff while it may be fiction, it’s real and if you’re going through it you’re not alone.  So, I don’t know if that answers your question, that’s one thing about me is that a lot of my stuff comes from real experiences.  The second thing that I really want people to know is that I am very down to earth, silly.  Somebody who’s been a friend now for awhile said that initially when they saw my image they thought that I might be stuffy or stuck up or whatever. As they got to know me they’re like “Oh gosh, you’re really down to earth.” so I want people to know that while I try to create this brand and this image and that goes back to what we talked about earlier; I am very much a human that likes to have fun, that makes mistakes,
that goes through moments.  Even though I try to always keep it positively going that I’m very down to earth. The third thing that I want people to know about me is that I am all about relationships so send me an email; talk to me. I love to help people, that’s what kind of feeds me, I feel like that’s my mission.  Very emotional, I remember being so intimidated by famous Authors because I love to read, I could never send them an email. If I send it to them, they’ll never respond. I might take awhile but always send me a tweet, an email, or whatever the case may be.

Kai: Cool! So for up and coming writers, such as myself; you know Aspiring Authors what would you tell us? What nugget would you give someone like me?

Monica: Never stop. That’s something I told myself whether I’m trying to lose weight or trying to go to school.  I had to apply that to my writing because there will be things along the way that will discourage you.  You might get a bad review or just when you’re doing wonderful somebody has something to say but it’s like remember your passion, remember your purpose, and never stop. Keep going and do what you know is true to your heart. It’s not always about people liking you but about you being true to what your purpose is. If it’s that one life that you change or that one person that can get what you wrote then you are doing your job.

Kai: I’ll take that!

My time is up with Monica but if you’d like to get in contact with her, you can contact her at www.monicamariejones.comor at (The Literary Loft) www.literaryloft.com

Interview by: Kai Mann

http://kai-mann.com

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Spirit Filled Yoga Institute 2012 – The Better Me Luncheon

Spirit Filled Yoga Institute 2012 – The Better Me Luncheon.

Author, Reinvention Coach and Creator of Ignite Your Imagination Retreats for Women Entrepreneurs, Versandra Kennebrew will give the keynote at this year’s Better Me luncheon. Call 248-761-4547 for tickets.

Kennebrew’s latest book “The Art of Reinventing You: Ignite Your Imagination” was released 11-11-11 in an Essence of Motown 2011 Limited Edition. It is now available on Amazon.com for Kindle or PC. Look Inside at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KDR19M

Spirit Filled Yoga Institute

 

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Motown Book Club feature ~Andrea Daniel, Follow her around the city #MWN

Motown Writers Network Meet Up
Sat. 4/14, 10 a.m.
Barnes & Noble on Cass & Warren

Read Aloud to Me Series
Th. 4/19, 5:30 p.m.
Source Booksellers
4201 Cass Ave.

La Shaun phoenix Moore Presents The Summer Soundtrack
Sat. June 30, 8 p.m.
Tangent Gallery
715 E. Milwaukee

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The Motown Book Club: For Michigan Authors #MWN @phephi @sylviahubbard1

The Motown Book Club is an online club designed exclusively for Michigan Authors. To be featured, please contact Phette Ogburn at: phetteogburn@yahoo.com.

MBC Website
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Social Media for Authors: New Google Social Network and more…

At a Google presentation last week, many business owners in Michigan learned firsthand from the search engine gurus themselves, why every business must have a website.  At the top of the list of vehicles to help customers find their website was social networks like Facebook and Twitter.  These networks are so important because they help your customers find you as you leave breadcrumbs
that lead to your on-line store.

You may have heard that Google has recently launched their own social network, Google + but do you have a circles yet? If I’m talking a foreign language to you, I invite you to visit www.facebook.com/socialmediamadeeasycoachingand watch the recent videos that were created by Google to show you how their new social network can work for you.

Google gets it. They know that social networks are not going anywhere. They are only growing. Google sees that this concept of people connecting to the things that matter to them (which 10 years ago was made popular by another search engine Yahoo and social network MySpace) is worth them also giving it a shot. With the best internet minds and their robust search engine user collateral at their disposal, Google is betting they can compete with Facebook the current social network favorite with 500 million active users.

Don’t wait any longer. Learn to maximize your social media connections and content. The book buyer’s market is vast and many readers are impulse buyers. Start leaving breadcrumbs that lead to your book everywhere. Here is one of my breadcrumbs. www.theartofreinventingyoubook.com Follow it and see where it leads you.

BTW, http://bookbusinessmag.com has this free white paper “21 Tips for Book Publishers to Build an Effective Social Media Strategy” that I highly recommend. Check it out as well.

Until next time press those buttons, I dare you.

Coach Versandra Kennebrew

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Networking 101 for Beginners

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Networking has been through a lot of ups and downs over the past years. Before the Internet came along and took business to an entirely new level, networking was caught on a lot of grief from people who couldn’t find success. They would toss out business cards at random, buy advertising space for inferior products, and expect to become rich in their respective market.

Most failed drastically and opened the door for more qualified contenders. These beginning networkers insisted that networking was a wasted effort. However, the Internet has changed that completely. Now, essentially, you cannot operate a successful business without networking.

Networking is not all about advertising your product. That’s the usual first mistake people make. Networking is more about getting your name out there, meeting people, making connections, and tapping into markets using both your person and your business. This is when networking becomes successful and helps your business to succeed. In order to network properly, you first have to start with the basics. Step one in networking is to join the right communities.

What we’re talking about here are both social networking sites, business networking sites, and even your local chamber of commerce if at all possible. You will need to join these sites, develop a strong presence, a strong following/friendship base, and work on making contacts in the world before you use these sites to promote your business.

Sites like Digg, Reddit, Squidoo, Twitter and FaceBook are all tremendous social networking sites where you can meet literally thousands of people in a short amount of time. Not all will be in the business world, but it does help you to develop a web presence.

On the professional end, websites like Linkedin, Focus, Ecademy, Xing, Care2 and Gather will introduce you to many people just like you. These networking communities provide plenty of opportunity for you, be it teaching or simply reaching people with similar goals. You can meet team members here, future employees, and much more.

You can also step away from the computer and go network in the real world via seminars, community meetings, various organizations, etc. This will allow you to meet face-to-face with people and develop honest relationships.

However, doing things online in today’s technology age is far easier and far more efficient. Not only will you meet exponentially more people by using online community services, but you’ll also be able to do this at your leisure and won’t have to plan around attending meetings and hitting the handshake trail as if you’re a politician.

Use technology to your advantage and immerse yourself in the world of technology. It’s basically the only way you’ll ever get ahead in the networking department. Businesses move too quickly these days to do things the old fashioned way.

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An Interview with Monica Marie Jones

 

Author Monica Marie Jones

On August 19th I had the pleasure of interviewing Monica Marie Jones. Monica has authored books such as Floss, Swag, Taste of My Soul, The Ups & Downs of Being round, and Sweet Soliloquy. I invite you to come with me on a journey as we enter the life of one of Detroit’s most gifted Authors.

Kai: “Sweet Soliloquy” that’s your latest right? What’s the difference between Sweet Soliloquy and Taste of my Soul?

Monica: Taste of my Soul is like all over the place but I somehow squeezed it all into the concept of a full course meal. You have your grace, your appetizer, and your main course. I placed poems to fit into each of those areas. For example, the main course is the meatier poems; the appetizer is the more spiritual poems, and so on and so forth. Sweet Soliloquy, they all revolve around the theme in my mind of passion; whether that’s passion about your career, passion about your relationships, or passion about your family. They all kind of include that theme, so that’s the difference between the two; all over the place “Taste of my Soul” and more zeroed in on one theme “Sweet Soliloquy”.

Kai: I loved Sweet Soliloquy.  My favorite three, now I loved them all but my favorite three were “One Breath”,  “Ms. Jones got a love Jones” both laughing at that one, and “The Mask”.  Tell us how you became Monica Marie Jones the Author.

Monica:  Well I have always been extra. So I’ll say so emotional and creative. What I’ve found even since I was a little girl, the best way to capture all of my emotions or capture all of the madness that is myself is through writing. So when I was younger I had a journal. Like I had a journal in elementary school and as I got older I wanted to be a writer but I felt intimidated by the thought of writing a book. So I found that I could capture an entire story in a poem, on one page. So that’s when I started writing poetry in my 20’s. When I graduated College I said “If I can write a 30 page paper, I could write a book. So that’s what kind of gave me the confidence to say okay, let me push it farther or let me take all of my poems and put them together to create one book. So that was kind of my journey to being a writer. It’s always been in me but, you know, having the confidence, and taking all the raw materials that were created by emotions and making it into something that other people could relate
to as well.

Kai: So let’s say from the start up until now, what have been the challenges that you more or less face now that you didn’t face when you first started writing?

Monica: The biggest challenge. I’m so glad that you asked me that.  I had an “Aha” moment yesterday. It’s like the more visibility that you get the more you want to build your brand.  Sometimes we fall into a space of censoring ourselves and conforming to what we think people
want to hear, trying to live up to this image that we think people want to see.  And in that you lose that raw creativity. You lose that authenticity, that realness about yourself.  So now I’m struggling to make sure that I am writing just from my heart not censoring myself not worrying about what people will think.  I feel like when people are that open and that real that’s what people are accepting to not some cook cutter, I’m not going to say bad words, I’m not going to try to ruffle feathers.  That’s how people know that’s fake so I’m trying to get back to my real when I was writing when I didn’t worry about what everybody thought.

Kai: So in all the aspects of writing how important is networking?

Monica: Networking is so important; just this morning I had a meeting with someone. It’s very important because you share resources, you get new energy, and you get new ideas, you kind of shake up the patterns that are in your life.  Alot of times people sometimes feel like “Oh, I need to hide my ideas, I shouldn’t share” but it’s by giving that we get. And so it’s you know the whole point of networking with like minded people or even people that are different from you because a lot of times that is what give you the inspiration to write and the ideas to promote that work and fulfill that work as you go.

Kai: So tell me three things that you want your readers to know about you.

Monica: The first one I guess is that most of my writings come from my experiences, that’s not to say that everything is a true story that happened for me but it comes from some emotion or experience and a lot of times it comes from the past. So hopefully, people can know that this stuff while it may be fiction, it’s real and if you’re going through it you’re not alone.  So, I don’t know if that answers your question, that’s one thing about me is that a lot of my stuff comes from real experiences.  The second thing that I really want people to know is that I am very down to earth, silly.  Somebody who’s been a friend now for awhile said that initially when they saw my image they thought that I might be stuffy or stuck up or whatever. As they got to know me they’re like “Oh gosh, you’re really down to earth.” so I want people to know that while I try to create this brand and this image and that goes back to what we talked about earlier; I am very much a human that likes to have fun, that makes mistakes,
that goes through moments.  Even though I try to always keep it positively going that I’m very down to earth. The third thing that I want people to know about me is that I am all about relationships so send me an email; talk to me. I love to help people, that’s what kind of feeds me, I feel like that’s my mission.  Very emotional, I remember being so intimidated by famous Authors because I love to read, I could never send them an email. If I send it to them, they’ll never respond. I might take awhile but always send me a tweet, an email, or whatever the case may be.

Kai: Cool! So for up and coming writers, such as myself; you know Aspiring Authors what would you tell us? What nugget would you give someone like me?

Monica: Never stop. That’s something I told myself whether I’m trying to lose weight or trying to go to school.  I had to apply that to my writing because there will be things along the way that will discourage you.  You might get a bad review or just when you’re doing wonderful somebody has something to say but it’s like remember your passion, remember your purpose, and never stop. Keep going and do what you know is true to your heart. It’s not always about people liking you but about you being true to what your purpose is. If it’s that one life that you change or that one person that can get what you wrote then you are doing your job.

Kai: I’ll take that!

My time is up with Monica but if you’d like to get in contact with her, you can contact her at www.monicamariejones.comor at (The Literary Loft) www.literaryloft.com

Interview by: Kai Mann

http://kai-mann.com

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2011 Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conf 11/11/11 Get Ads or donate promo items. Readers & Writers Unite #detroit

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Stephen King: ‘Writing is hypnosis’ VIDEO

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Inspiring Authors

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News From The Michigan Literary Network | October 23, 2009

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Book Club @ the Carr

arts leagueThe Arts League of Michigan has just moved into a new home in the former Harmonie Center building, 311 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Detroit, now known as the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The Carr Center is a state-of-the-art venue for the creation and presentation of the arts, dedicated to the African American experience within our multicultural community.

Motown Writers Network  is proud to be partnering with the Arts League of Michigan, Ladel’s Children’s Books Boutique, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, and the Wayne State Press to bring Detroit a first-of-its kind book club at the Carr, combining literary, visual, and performing arts.

October’s theme is “sharing our stories.” Upcoming events are:

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.
Motown Writers Network presents member and local author Kateleen Washington. Washington will share the story of her struggle to escape a life of poverty and prostitution in Korea and to come to terms with her past after immigrating to the US.


2009 Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conf Nov 13-15
2009 Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conf Nov 13-15

Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 03:57 PM PDT

WayneState CommunityAffairs Dear Community Partners, I am writing to invite you to the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres for our spectacular 2009-2010 season. Live theatre at the Hilberry and Bonstelle is the perfect social outing for your group. Attending a show will provide an affordable, fun, cultural experience and a chance to

Unity Studios Moving Forward from Michigan Film Production Opportunities

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 03:56 PM PDT

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Authors of Educational Books, Listen Up!

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:57 AM PDT

Good Day Writers,   The Author Collective has confirmed a booth at the 12th Annual Michigan Charter School conference in Detroit on November 2nd and 3rd.  Here is an excellent opportunity for those who have written books with educational themes to join us and have your work showcased to more than 3,500 teachers, principals, superintendents and librarians from Michigan’s 200 plus

Managing the Idea Monster by Karen White Owens

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:57 AM PDT

Ideas for new stories pop into my head all the time. Sometimes they slowly creep into my waking moments. On other occasions, the ideas force their way to the forefront of my thoughts. It doesn’t matter how the idea comes to life, I can’t ignore them. So that I don’t lose the idea forever, I’ve devised what I consider to be an effective way to keep the material straight in my poor

Let The Adventure Begin…Book Designing Packages Starting @ $99

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FWD: Can the Nook bring Book Community Back?

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