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Motown Writers Network~ Featured Author Cassandra Carter

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Inspired by a dream at fourteen years old, this week’s featured author Cassandra Carter is best known for her young adult novels. Becoming an author at the age of eighteen, she has since written three books; Fast Life, 16 Isn’t Always Sweet, and her latest novel Love, Lies, & Consequences. Join us as we get better acquainted with Motown’s very own Cassandra Carter.

 

Where are you from?

I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on February 21, 1989. I moved to Ann Arbor when I was 9 and I’ve been in Michigan ever since.

 
Tell us your latest news?

Just last month, I released my third novel, called Love, Lies & Consequences! The sequel to my first book, Fast Life (2007), this marks my transition from young adult to new adult fiction. Not to mention, this is my first independent project, so I am super, super excited that I am finally able to share it with the world!


When and why did you begin writing?

Looking back on it, I’ve been writing ever since I knew how. I started off small by writing stories for my Mom. Then I was mostly writing essays for school. I even dabbled in poetry for awhile. I always knew I wanted to write for a living, and even though I received a lot of praise for my work over the years, I thought being an author was “impractical” so I was more focused on becoming a journalist. Even after I signed my Harlequin contract, it took awhile for it to sink in. To this day it is still kind of surreal to refer to myself as an author, but deep down, I know this is what I am meant to do, which is why I decided to take more control of my career moving forward.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was inspired by a dream. I was only 14 at the time, and the thought of writing of book hadn’t even crossed my mind, but when I woke up, a voice told me, “Cassandra, you should write a book about that.” I don’t know what came over me, but I got up and started putting together an outline, along with character names and descriptions right away. I spent my entire summer vacation working on it. It just kind of snowballed from there.

Once my family got wind of what I was doing, they started passing the book around behind my back. They were the ones who encouraged me to publish it. Meanwhile, I was terrified. I never thought to write a book, let alone be published – especially not so young. Fast Life is the first book I ever wrote so I was scared to put it out there for everyone to read and judge.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say my greatest strength as a writer is my movie-like descriptive ability. I think my age also gives readers a unique perspective. As an author, I feel like it’s my job to evoke emotion. I try to make sure that each book contains fresh dialogue, and unpredictable storylines that make for a quick, entertaining read.

How did you come up with the title?

After the first book came out, I got a few comments/reviews from people who felt like I was glamorizing the street life instead of focusing on the consequences so that definitely influenced me going into the second. Anyone who has read the book(s) knows that love and lies have always been present in Kyra and Justin’s relationship. After considering all of those factors, it only seemed appropriate I name the sequel, Love, Lies & Consequences.
How much of the book is realistic?

My goal is to keep it as realistic as possible while still preserving a certain element of escape. To me, that’s what makes a good love story. If it weren’t part fantasy, it wouldn’t be interesting.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes and no. I’ve always been very observant so I can’t help but draw inspiration from those around me. There are times where I might touch on things I’ve seen, heard or been through, but nothing is ever exact. I always have to put my own twist on it. That’s what makes it so fun.


Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Other than my family, my readers have been the best support system I could ask for. They have been so positive and encouraging. They have the power to turn my whole day around, and it’s always for the better. I love interacting with them. It reminds me that what I am doing is bigger than me. They motivate me to keep writing, even when I feel discouraged.
Do you see writing as a career?

I am still working on making that transition to full-time author/entrepreneur, and in that time, I plan to pursue other interests in addition to writing books. I still hope to contribute to different magazines and publications as a guest writer, in addition to starting my own brand, which would include hosting and modeling. I got a lot of feedback in regards to turning my books into movies so I’m not ruling that out either. I don’t want to limit myself like I did in the past.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

A lot of people don’t know I actually re-wrote the Fast Life sequel after being rejected by the publisher. And while I think every author could pick their work apart over and over again if you let them, I am really proud of what I came up with. I really feel like Love, Lies & Consequences captures the essence of the original – and plants just enough clues for part 3.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I have samples of my rough draft on my blog at www.16dreams.wordpress.com, although I would suggest reading the more updated version on Wattpad.com/CallMeMissCarta. All my books have the “look inside” feature on Amazon as well.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I have a lot more responsibility now that I am older so it’s harder to find time. I have gotten more disciplined when it comes to schedule, but some days it can still be a challenge.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I have done mostly local events at schools and libraries around Ann Arbor and Detroit, but I have had the opportunity to travel to New York and Chicago for speaking engagements as well. Now that the new book is out, I hope I get the opportunity to travel more. I look forward to getting my name out there by networking with other industry professionals, one-on-one. Hopefully, I get to meet a lot more of my fans in-person.
Who designed the covers?

Harlequin/Kimani Tru was responsible for designing the cover for Fast Life. I didn’t have any say in that process. They also picked the title for both books I wrote for them. I played with a couple different concepts for Love, Lies & Consequences before I hired Leah Kaye, who did a phenomenal job!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I felt like there was a lot of pressure to live up to the first book. I got a lot of good reviews so I was scared the sequel wouldn’t measure up. I often wondered if I was wasting my time considering it had been years since I released anything. I worried I had been forgotten or that the story would be deemed irrelevant. But then I realized that even with all the time that has passed, I still had readers asking about a Fast Life sequel. There are still a lot of people out there who don’t know who I am.


Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’ve learned a lot. I was just a teenager when I got my start in the business, so my goal now is to show my growth not only as a woman, but as a writer. Since Love, Lies & Consequences was an independent project, I got to be involved in the creative process from start to finish. Not only did I write the book, I came up with the title, synopsis, author bio, etc. I took the time to learn how to properly format the book and paid for editing services. Overall, I would say it’s been an on-going learning experience. There’s a lot more that goes into being an author than just writing the book.


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Stay true to your voice and your ideas. If your goal is to publish, be prepared to hustle, deal or no deal.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I appreciate all of your tweets, emails, and reviews, and I am grateful for your support! XOXO

 

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

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#SaveTheDate:The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers Presents “SOCIAL JUSTICE” Friday, March 21, 2014 @CHWMAAH #Detroit

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Detroit- Friday, March 21, 2014, The Award Winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents “SOCIAL JUSTICE”, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10:30 PM. Doors open @7:30 pm. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Commander Dale Brown, Pastor Bill Wylie-Kellermann, Shorty, Aldonna Smith and more…! with Twisted Musical Guests Francine Dent and Twisted Dance Guests Tyra Johnson & Ronald Moore of Marygrove College! Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. CASH BAR! To join mailing list please text “Stories” to 42828. For info, tickets and to watch videos of past performances, visit : www.secretstorytellers.com

 

Also, if you or any member of your organization would like to share a story at one of our upcoming events or if you would please recommend someone to share a story we would greatly appreciate the generosity.

 

If you would haven’t attended one of our events and would like to please contact me via email or phone313-744-6037. I would be happy to make arrangements.

 

Gratitude!

Satori Shakoor

Producer & Curator

 www.secretstorytellers.com

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Shakespear​e in Detroit Reimagines The Bard’s Antony & Cleopatra at Recycle Here March 15, 2014 #Detroit @detroitsamwhite

For Immediate Release                              February 27, 2014                                                
                                                                
Shakespeare in Detroit Reimagines The Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra
Pop-up theater company presents its sophomore production in New Center’s Recycle Here
DETROIT — After a successful debut presentation at Grand Circus Park last summer, Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) will present its second production, Antony and Cleopatra, at Recycle Here in New Center.
The uniqueness of the facility inspired the concept for SiD’s site-specific Antony and Cleopatra.
Recycle Here provides drop-off recycling services in the city of Detroit. It is also an artist’s village with murals painted on the walls throughout the facility and an art park just around the corner.
“I saw a performance at the recycling center and I was really inspired by the aesthetic and Matt Naimi – a great advocate for art here in the city,” says SiD’s Artistic Director and Founder, Sam White. “It’s an epic-sized space with a really interesting visual quality that’s perfect for reimagining Rome and Egypt.”
SiD’s venue for their upcoming production also inspired unique costumes with many of them, along with several set pieces and props, made from recycled materials.
The costumes were created by local costume designer Cal Schwartz.
Antony and Cleopatra is sponsored by The Whitney and Midtown Detroit, Inc. who are providing heating components for the industrial space and Sit On It Detroit who are donating a portion of the seating for the theater’s patrons.
“Our sophomore production is truly a grassroots project with elements of the show provided by local organizations, our unique venue and many of our friends, family and community members helping make this show possible,” says White.
Antony and Cleopatra is directed by Detroit-resident Kyle Grant.
Showtimes for Antony and Cleopatra are Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.; Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at 1331 Holden St. in Detroit. Attendees are asked to pay a strongly suggested minimum donation of $10 for entry. Find us on Facebook and signup for updates at ShakespeareinDetroit.com.
Contact:
Sam WhiteE. ShakespeareinDetroit@gmail.com
PH.313.310.1830
 
Note: Parking is located on both Lincoln and Holden. There will be heating for the show, however, audience members are advised to dress warmly and comfortably to accommodate the warehouse environment.
 
Shakespeare in Detroit made its debut at Grand Circus Park in August 2013 during a one-night-only performance of Othello. The history-making performance included a cast of all local actors with attendance reaching approximately 500 Detroiters. The company was founded by Detroit native Samantha White.

Related Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareInDetroit

www.detroitsamwhite.com

check out video: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9196353
Image 1: Jennifer Cole as Cleopatra (Dress: made from recycled cardstock paper and repurposed fabric; headpiece made from a toy dinosaur, an old football and Christmas decorations)
Image 2: Jonathan Davidson (Antony) and Jennifer Cole (Cleopatra) perform during preview performance at Marygrove College, February 2014

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

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Join #MotownLit Poet @OneSingleRose Monthly or invite her 2yr event #mwn #michlit

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Michigan Male Authors: Help support #MotownWriters literacy efforts #RealMenRead #mwn #amreading #MotownLit #Detroit

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Jan 30th Join @ACWdetroit #ScribesForChrist Discussion: Steps to Becoming an Authorpreneur cc:@venusmasontheus #motownlit #michlit

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Steps to Becoming an Authorpreneur

Presented by Sylvia Hubbard
January 30th

6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Greater Grace Temple
23500 W. 7 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48219
$5.00 Donation requested
 

RSVP @ http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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Michigan Male Authors: Help support #MotownWriters literacy efforts #RealMenRead #mwn #amreading #MotownLit #Detroit

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Join #MotownLit Poet @OneSingleRose Monthly or invite her 2yr event #mwn #michlit

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BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 (#bcbd2014) #Detroit Feb 1st 11am @detroitlibrary RSVP now

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https://www.facebook.com/events/413107302122475/
http://blackcomicbookday2014.eventbrite.com/

BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Detroit Public Library
MAIN BRANCH
5201 Woodward Ave
Adam Strohm Hall, 3rd floor
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
http://detroitpubliclibrary.org/

BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY is an annual event that happens all across the United States!

Once again, we will be celebrating it here in Detroit!!

This is also a smaller event that will be a fundraiser for
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA,
which will be
September 2014 at Wayne County Community College in Detroit.
https://www.facebook.com/events/732182073462764/
Http://facebook.com/midwestethnicconferenceforcomicsandart
Http://MECCAcon.weebly.com/

Along with M.E.C.C.A,
this is also a yearly event,
and we are very excited to bring it to you once again. This year, BCBD will be held at Detroit Public Library’s DOWNTOWN BRANCH, on WoodwardAve in Midtown Detroit.

*** Tables are only $40 for the first 15vendors! ***
Tables are being swallowed up, and they will not be held or reserved for anyone!!

Cost of admission is free,
and we STRONGLY encourage you to bring your children.

We will have many vendors, all from the Michigan area, who will be vending their books, posters, tshirts, and other merchandise pertaining to black comic books.

PARKING:::
Free on Saturdays!!
Parking is in the employee lot off Putnam St.

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If you are a COMIC BOOK WRITER, PUBLISHER, DESIGNER, ARTIST, etc, and are interested in vending at either event,
please contact:

Maia Crown Williams
Amonyet Enterprises, CEO
(313) 451 0297
amonyetenterprises@gmail.com

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

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Michigan Male Authors: Help support #MotownWriters literacy efforts #RealMenRead #mwn #amreading #MotownLit #Detroit

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BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 (#bcbd2014) #Detroit Feb 1st 11am @detroitlibrary RSVP now

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https://www.facebook.com/events/413107302122475/
http://blackcomicbookday2014.eventbrite.com/

BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Detroit Public Library
MAIN BRANCH
5201 Woodward Ave
Adam Strohm Hall, 3rd floor
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
http://detroitpubliclibrary.org/

BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY is an annual event that happens all across the United States!

Once again, we will be celebrating it here in Detroit!!

This is also a smaller event that will be a fundraiser for
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA,
which will be
September 2014 at Wayne County Community College in Detroit.
https://www.facebook.com/events/732182073462764/
Http://facebook.com/midwestethnicconferenceforcomicsandart
Http://MECCAcon.weebly.com/

Along with M.E.C.C.A,
this is also a yearly event,
and we are very excited to bring it to you once again. This year, BCBD will be held at Detroit Public Library’s DOWNTOWN BRANCH, on WoodwardAve in Midtown Detroit.

*** Tables are only $40 for the first 15vendors! ***
Tables are being swallowed up, and they will not be held or reserved for anyone!!

Cost of admission is free,
and we STRONGLY encourage you to bring your children.

We will have many vendors, all from the Michigan area, who will be vending their books, posters, tshirts, and other merchandise pertaining to black comic books.

PARKING:::
Free on Saturdays!!
Parking is in the employee lot off Putnam St.

*************************
*************************

If you are a COMIC BOOK WRITER, PUBLISHER, DESIGNER, ARTIST, etc, and are interested in vending at either event,
please contact:

Maia Crown Williams
Amonyet Enterprises, CEO
(313) 451 0297
amonyetenterprises@gmail.com

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