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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Caitlyn Mancini #Michlit #MotownLit

Caitlyn Mancini

Caitlyn Mancini

Where are you from? Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tell us your latest news? My very first book is out: Project S.K.I.E. It’s the first book in the series. 
When and why did you begin writing? I started writing at the age of 7 and I still have all the stories I wrote back then, including a “book series” inspired by my younger sister Laurynn. I wrote to escape. I just loved to escape to my world and daydream about the fantastical worlds I would concoct. I also love giving other people a wondrous world to fall into. 
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I would say college, even though back in high school I would write a full length novel like the next Harry Potter book and what I thought it would be, or some form of fanfiction. It helped me practice writing and I would get inspired by other writings, but in college when I was taking my creative writing courses at the University of Michigan, I was writing my very own original stories. I had stories from when I was a child, but those of course had so many grammatical errors and plot holes so I don’t consider those professional. 
What inspired you to write your first book? Just my love for fantasy and sci-fi. I actually was first rewriting the series I started when I was 12, inspired by my sister, but then this idea struck me and I had to put that series on hold. I’ve always wanted to write a book and in some ways always have been during my practice in my classes and also in my spare time. 
Do you have a specific writing style? Definitely. I think every author has a unique style. I would say mine is an introspective third person POV. I know some writers don’t like to put in a lot of detail. I on the other hand love detail, but I do have to be careful to leave some things to the imagination. 
How did you come up with the title? So I actually started this series back in 10th grade and it was very different back then! It was titled Project X. But then later in life when I came around to it again and was completely revising the story line I realized that Project X sounded too cliche. So once my characters started coming alive and my world, including the advanced technology I made up, the title just easily came with it. I like to make up new words and names that have never been heard before and I wanted it to have an easy and compelling acronym. Once I found the acronym I wanted, SKIE, I researched words that described what I felt it was and then made up my own word to incorporate the use of the AI technology in my world. 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Well, besides that illegal experiments are wrong, there’s no real message. I do hint at human errors like global warming and environmental pollution, but other than that it’s just about escaping to a fantastical world that’s more exciting than our own. Hopefully readers will come to love the world and the characters as I do.
How much of the book is realistic? Well, besides the scientific research I used as its base, such as genetic engineering, I’m going to say not much. That’s the whole point, right? That’s what makes it so exciting is that it’s not realistic; it’s a fantasy world. But it is something that I believe isn’t entirely impossible, at least some aspects. 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  The experiences aren’t exactly based on people I know or my own life, but my characters have traits of people from my life. I will say the scientific research/studies in general is from my life. I have experience with scientific research through my previous job and through my dad who was an amazing and brilliant scientist out to find the cure for cancer and he wrote several articles of which I can’t understand a word.
What books have most influenced your life most?  Well Harry Potter was definitely one of my favorites as well as the Resident Evil series. I have to be honest with you, I spent way more time writing than reading. I’m still in the search for other great books that really transport me to another place and I have some great events coming up where I get to meet some amazing authors so I can’t wait to read their books!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  I would say J.K. Rowling. She came from a very humble background and the one thing she really had in spades was her imagination and that just changed her whole world. I think that’s such an inspiring situation. 
What book are you reading now?  Does my own count? Through the editing process I’ve had to read it so many times. I haven’t had much time to read between my job and editing and working on the next book, but I want to finish the Throne of Glass series. I haven’t started the next book and it’s been sitting in my room for months now. So I’d really like to get started on that. 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Yes! Lots of authors that I have been in contact with recently as we are all attending the same writers’ event. I wouldn’t say they’re all “new” authors, but they’re just new to me like Jessica Cage and Stacey Rourke. There are lots of authors that I want to get to know more and learn about the books they write. 
What are your current projects?  Currently, I’m working on book 2 of the S.K.I.E. series. I also have another kids/young adult series that I put on hiatus to work on the S.K.I.E. series and it’s based off of the stories I wrote for my sister when I was 12. And of course more ideas pop into my head all the time. I want to write so many things but I’m trying to focus on one at a time. 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  I would say my publishing company Grey Wolfe. They gave me a chance, encouraged me, and provided me a second home.
Do you see writing as a career?   No, I don’t look at it as a career. It’s a hobby; a wonderful hobby that I’ve had since I was little that I’ve nurtured and will continue to nurture in my spare time. I have a career that pays the bills. Writing is for fun. If it starts to feel like a job, it doesn’t flow as easily and it loses some of its charm. 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  After four edits back and forth I hope not! Since my first book has just been released it’s hard to say. That’s one of my fears but I feel like once you start writing more books and you look back on the older books, more ideas come to you later on that would have worked out well. But what’s great about the writing process is that as you write your characters help build the world and then as ideas flow you can incorporate more and more into the next books. I think we can always find imperfections in things. Nothing is going to be perfect. My first book was an amazing experience and it’s not one that I would ever change, no matter how much my writing improves in the future. 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  Yes. I was four years old and I wanted to write about a cat. I discovered even back then that even if I couldn’t have something, like an animal, I could invent one so I write about one. And that spawned many more stories as a kid that finally led to this series. 
Can you share a little of your current work with us?  The SKIE Series is a young adult sci-fi/fantasy series set in a futuristic world where AI technology capabilities are spreading like wildfire. Medicine and technology have changed drastically which makes room for fun gadgets. It’s a third person POV that follows Selie, my main heroine, along with some friends she meets along the way. Selie is starting up her first year of college and it doesn’t go as planned. She discovers that students have been going missing from various states and she soon becomes a victim herself. And it wouldn’t be a fantasy series without some supernatural abilities, right? I won’t spoil it but let’s just say Selie surpasses being an ordinary college student. It’s an adventure series with fantasy, sci-fi in the form of futuristic genetic engineering, AI technology and of course romance. 
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  Yes! So genetic engineering is extremely complicated! Just doing the bit of research that I did to provide a stable base for my world was mind boggling. When you create a world you want it to be believable and sometimes you delve into things that you don’t know anything about and while it is fantasy and you can make up whatever you want, you still need a believable base to build off of. 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author I would say is J.K. Rowling just because I’ve read all the books and years ago even attempted to write what I thought the next books would be about. I think what strikes me about her work is that she took many different myths and legends and she created a solid world out of that with endless possibilities and characters. 
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I do have to travel some. I haven’t had to travel out of state thankfully but I do have to travel around Michigan. One of the events however is in my home town of Ann Arbor, which I’m thrilled about. 
Who designed the covers? Renée Barratt from The Cover Counts.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? I think just being able to hone in all the ideas swimming in my head into one cohesive mass. Great ideas only flourish if they can lead from one to the other with elegance and mastery, which is why editors are so handy. 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes, I’ve learned that editing is an important but time consuming process. 
Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, be true to your own voice. Every author is unique. You don’t have to write exactly like other authors. And definitely don’t give up. Writing is a process and it takes practice and patience, but the great thing is that editors are there to help. So just believe in yourself and the passion you have for your writing. Also don’t be afraid of writer’s block. It happens to everyone. It happened to me for several years when I was working and going to school and my brain was just overloaded. You’ll get through it and find ways of tapping back into the writing juices.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say thanks for taking the time to read Project S.K.I.E. and I hope it’s a world you come to love and enjoy falling into.  

More from the author: 

http://www.greywolfeshop.com/store/p86/Project_S.K.I.E._by_Caitlyn_Mancini.html

Connect with the author https://www.facebook.com/SKIEbookseries/

Purchase Project S.K.I.E.: https://www.amazon.com/Project-S-K-I-E-1/dp/1628281162/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1465506343&sr=8-9&keywords=project+S.K.I.E. Project S.K.I.E

 

 

 

 

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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page? Help #MotownWriters build a database #MichLit

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#MotorCityBookExperience Author: Ni’Kay Rountree @authornikay

Where are you from? Chesapeake, Virginia 

 Ni'Kay Rountree

Ni’Kay Rountree

Tell us your latest news?  

I am currently working on A Woman’s Intuition.  It is a collection of short stories that will show the power of the woman’s third eye, called Intuition. In addition, I am working on a novel with my publisher and other Kenerly Presents authors, called Sex Therapy.  I also recently released Flawed and All, a novel co-written with Yushekia Mason and published by Two Queens Media.

When and why did you begin writing?  

I started writing short stories when I was in middle school, but stopped when I entered high school and became heavily involved in the band and track.  In 2013, I picked it back up again after having a mini-stroke and upon doctor’s orders being told I needed to find a way to eliminate unnecessary stress.  In turn, writing became my stress reliever.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?   I considered myself a writer the very first time I put pen to paper and told a story that was completely NOT TRUE. (smile)

What inspired you to write your first book?  

Life.  My first self-published book was entitled, When It Rains, It Pours.  This book was later relaunched under Kiki Swinson Presents as Cash Rules Everything Around Me.   This was my first book under an independent publisher.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No.  I don’t think so.  I just write what comes to mind.  Some times it makes sense and some times it doesn’t.  But, most of the time it just flows and is amazing.
How did you come up with the title?  

It may sound strange, but my titles often come to me in my dreams.  I come up with my title first.  Then, I write.

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

I consider myself a Women’s Fiction author.  Most of my books are about cheating and infidelity.  Women and Men can relate to most of my titles.  I hope the message at the end of the day is, Don’t Cheat.  Be faithful…or else.  LOL!

How much of the book is realistic?  

Well, in The Cheater’s Wife, most of it was purely fiction.  However, there were bits and pieces from the book that I took from personal situations.  I am asked this question often, but I have vowed not to disclose which parts.🙂

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

I suppose so.  Through the daily encounters that you have with people over your lifetime, you hear and see a lot.  Ultimately, those reflections help you build some great story lines. 

What books have most influenced your life most?  

After reading The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah, Candy Shop by Kiki Swinson, and Disappearing Acts by Terri McMillian, it let me know that it was possible to become an author one day.  At that time, I would have never guessed that it would really happen.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Shaunta Kenerly

What book are you reading now?  Karmas Kiss by Snook

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Of course, my pen sisters from Kenerly Presents, Terrie Branch and Anitra Hill.  I also love to read work from my former Kiki Swinson Presents pen sisters, Yushekia Mason, Ashley Cruse, Cynthia Rubio, Natalie Sade, and Angela Smith.  We continue to support each other, although we are no longer under KS Presents.  There are so many new authors out there that are amazing.  Since I started writing, I don’t read as much as I used to; however, I do support many of the authors by purchasing their books.  My Kindle is loaded with newly released books from the veterans and new authors.

What are your current projects?  

I am currently working on A Woman’s Intuition and a collaboration on the book, Sex Therapy.

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

My pen sisters, Terrie Branch and Anitra Hill.  I know you said one, but they come as a pair. LOL.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.  I hope to one day work as a full-time author.  In addition, a short-term goal is to publish 2-3 authors before the end of 2016.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  

No.  However, when the second part of The Cheater’s Wife is relaunched, I plan to rewrite some chapters and bring the series to a close.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I just remember being a middle school student and walking around with this spiral notebook full of these short stories and pretending I was a best selling author.

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

The first story in A Woman’s Intuition is called Fatal Illusions.  The main character is Tempest.  She is about to marry the love of her life,Tamaj, even though she is being prompted by others that she is making the wrong choice…

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  

Well, my biggest challenge is writing about sex.  Most of my work, although I am growing, leaves the sex to your imagination.  I elude to it, but don’t ever really take you there.  I have been blessed to write really great stories and maintaining my reader’s attention without it.  I am working on it because I know the readers do like to know the explicit details. LOL.

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

I don’t have a favorite author.  I am a lover of many.  If I were to name all of my favorites, then I would surely miss someone.

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

Yes.  My publisher has always told me that you have to get out and meet your readers.  So far, I have participated in local author functions and the Sisters on Lit Bookfest.

Who designed the covers? AMB Branding/Aija Butler

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Time.  With my busy life, finding the time to actually write without interruptions was and continues to be the hardest part about writing.

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

 Yes.  I consider myself a student of the craft.  The more I write, the more I learn about the entire process.  Dialogue and the importance of knowing when you are using to many talking heads vs. too much telling and not enough showing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?  

Just Write!  If you want to become an author, put your work on paper.  Make sure you get a good editor and do your research on how you want to get your work out to the readers.  Please know that it is not easy.  You will not accomplish success overnight.  However, with hard work, dedication, and lots of prayer, you will gain a following that no one will be able to take away.

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

I want to thank everyone who has ever read my work, gave me a word (s) of encouragement, served as a Beta Reader, shared my posts, attended my book events, told me about a book event, or has done anything to help me along the way.

 

More from the author: www.authornikay.weebly.com 

Connect with  Ni’Kay Rountree:

www.facebook.com/authornikayrountree

www.twitter.com/authornikay

Purchase Cheaters Wife:

http://www.amazon.com/NiKay/e/B00BH4983S/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

THE CHEATERS WIFE#IAmShe #VAAuthorChick #Flawless #SKPresents 

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#MotorCityBookExperience Author: Dana Littlejohn @liljohndana

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Where are you from? I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but I live in Indianapolis, IN now.

Tell us your latest news? 2016 is my tour year. I am hitting as many cities as I can and I’ve started a newsletter to keep my readers up with where I am and what I’m doing.

When and why did you begin writing? I wrote my first short story when I was in the six grade.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I’ve always considered myself a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book? I had a dream about the story. I wrote down what I remembered and then expanded on it.

Do you have a specific writing style? I don’t know. LOL No one has ever mentioned if or what my style is so I have nothing to compare it to.

How did you come up with the title? Tri-Romance is a play on words. There are three main characters and they were set against trying romance but when they did it changed their lives for the better. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Not intentionally.

How much of the book is realistic? A lot. I’m hoping the readers will be able to connect with the characters because they see some of themselves in them.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No. I try very hard to keep me and my life out of my books.

What books have most influenced your life most? Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. They were the first fantasy books I read. They showed me that in the fantasy world anything goes.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Bertice Small. Her books were the first that I read that didn’t have a ‘damsel in distress’. Her Sky O’Malley was strong, beautiful, wise and powerful in her own right in a time when that wasn’t heard of. I wanted my main characters to be that way too.

What book are you reading now? Elf Quest LOL I love graphic novels.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I haven’t read any new authors lately.

What are your current projects? I have a few, in fact. Completed and in rotation waiting for me to do edits I have a Greek goddess novel, urban fantasy, Aphrodite’s Day Off,  an African goddess novel, fantasy, Daughters of the Sky and a vampire novel, urban fantasy, The Dioni Clan. I just finished last edits on book 1 of my married couple series, Happily Ever After: By Any Means Necessary; Seven Year Switch will be released June 17, 2016.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Can I plead the fifth on this one?🙂

Do you see writing as a career? Absolutely! I’m trying to make it MY career.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope. I love it as is.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? No. I remember writing short stories in elementary school.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I think just coming up with different characters is difficult. The more books you write the ore people you have to build and they all have to be different.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I really like Jackie Collins. I love her characters and how even the really rich ones have real world problems.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not specifically for my books, but I do travel a lot so I  take advantage of that by incorporating the places into my books.

Who designed the covers? DusktilDawn Designs did the Tri-Romance cover.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Adding the people who have died into my books. I use their names as characters to keep them alive and with me forever.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? This was my first full length novel. I learned what ‘the devil is in the details’ really means during the editing process.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Always strive to improve your craft. You want to be a writer, learn to write. No matter how good your book is, if people have to trip over mistakes on every page no one will read it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yes. My monthly newsletter has fun facts about me, info on my books, free reads and you can also win prizes by sending in questions for me to answer.

More from author:  www.danalittlejohn.net 

Connect with author:

 www.facebook.com/liljohndana 

www.twitter.com/liljohndana 

Purchase Tri-Romance: http://www.amazon.com/Tri-Romance-Dana-Littlejohn/dp/153012963X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1464048556&sr=8-3&keywords=dana+littlejohn

 

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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page? Help #MotownWriters build a database #MichLit

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#MotorCity Book Experience: Dewane Parker @DewaneParker

Dewane Parker

Dewane Parker

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Washington, DC
Tell us your latest news?
I’m an actor and author and I have been filming a secretive Marvel Comics project the last three weeks.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing two years ago and I wanted to be an inspiration to kids that have come from dysfunctional homes or being neglected by parents/guardians.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is my first book so once it came out in January of 2016 and I went online to Amazon to view it that’s when I knew that I was a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired because I was a former agent and I wanted to tell a different side of what it’s like to see an agent in reality as opposed to the TV/Movie version that we watch.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I have no specific writing style, I’m still feeling that out
How did you come up with the title?
I wanted the title to stand out and reflect the entire book and the main character “Stacy Mays” tracks his life back as far as birth when his dysfunction began.
Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
The message that I want the readers to grasp is that agents and operatives give up their entire personal life and back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the novel depicts what they have to endure to keep world safe and shows how their emotions effects them just like civilians.
How much of the book is realistic? 
Much of the book is realistic
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes there are some experiences that are based on my own life
What books have most influenced your life most?
Catcher in the Rye and Native Son
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King
What book are you reading now?
Son of Hamas
Are there any new authors at have grasp your interests?
No new authors and there are so many out there and I am a fiction type of person.
What are your current projects?
Well I am currently an actor on Law and Order SVU, Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Power, Orange is the New Black and I was recently in movies Creed and Money Monster and I am   filming   a secret Marvel Comics project now.  Also I am attending numerous book signings all over the US and I am also attending screenwriting class and I also conduct sexting/cyberbullying symposiums for students and parents throughout the US.
 Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
God was the only one that supported me throughout my career as an agent even when I was not saved or spiritual back then and I should have been dead and buried.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do see writing as one of my careers, I have always had to re-invent myself and be open to change and writing is exciting when you bring your story to readers around the world.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your latest book?
Of course there are things that you see in your book that you may want to change but since I’m writing Born Dead 2 I think the first book is pretty good as it is.
Do you recall how your interest n writing originated?
No I don’t recall my writing interest, It just came to me to write a book and to make it as real to the readers as possible.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Agent/ Operative Stacy Mays is constructed by the government to inflict massive punishment with no fear of death. Yes, his life is not his own. After all, why should it be? He was Born Dead.
Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
What’s challenging is getting the readers to visualize with the main character and proceed along with him throughout the book with his experiences and keep them on a roller coaster ride.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that strikes you about there work?
Again I would say Stephen King, because he kept you on the ride up and down with surprises in between.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book?
Yes I travel and I didn’t expect the book to do so well so soon but it has.
Who designed the cover? 
I designed the cover, I wanted something to stand out and for the readers to notice it once they see it.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Trying to understand how to write and get the reader to follow it, I never wrote a novel before so it was difficult in the beginning but it got easier as I went along.
Did you learn anything writing your book and what was it?
What I learned from writing the novel was that you have to pursue your dreams and don’t settle for nothing less, that’s when then and only then that you find your peace and I writing for me is bringing peace to my soul.
Do you any advice for other writers?
You must believe in your writing and don’t listen to people, friends and family tell you that you can’t write. Express it so everyone can understand and visualize the plot.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I welcome your feed back in regards to the book and I continue to work on giving you incredible stories that allow you picture yourself in that living room.
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MotownWriters Author Feature : Mary Anne McMahon #Michlit

Mary Anne McMahon

MaryAnn

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I now live in Houston, Texas.

Tell us your latest news? 

I have published a book–The Motor City and Me: Our Story, which highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on my family and me.

When and why did you begin writing? 

I have been writing most of my life and have
taught writing skills to students for 28 years. After my retirement from
education I wrote puppet skits for my puppet performing business, Sassy
Celebrations. I then decided to write a book about my beloved
hometown.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer. My recently published book took me to new level.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

My book evolved from the acquisition of my ancestral history and my happy Detroit childhood and continual connection to my hometown.

Do you have a specific writing style?

 I  do not have one specific writing style. In my book I utilize both the
expository style and the persuasive style.

How did you come up with the title? 

The Motor City and Me: Our Story, parallels the rise and fall of Detroit with ups and down in my own life. The title reflects our connection.

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

I overcame major obstacles in my life. I want to inspire Detroiters to overcome the obstacles facing their city today.

How much of the book is realistic?  

My book is non-fiction. The events are real. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The experiences are
based on my own life.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Mans Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel had a powerful impact on my life. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela inspired me as well.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would choose John Grogan. His heartwarming book, The Longest Trip Home, about an Irish boy from Detroit resonated with me. His story inspired me to write my Detroit memoir.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I like Malcolm Gladwell and Sue Monk Kidd.

What are your current projects? I have begun a second book.

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

Both professional and non-professional reviewers have given me significant support.

Do you see writing as a career? 

I want to continue as a writer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?                                       MaryAnn- Copy

I have obtained additional Detroit family history. I learned that an ancestor wrote for the Detroit Free Press
for many years. I wish that information had been known to me during the writing of my book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

My mother influenced me with her love of literature and writing.

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

I have been both baffled and fascinated with people’s resistance to change. I have begun writing about this issue.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

When I wrote my book there were times when thoughts flowed for hours. Sometimes I had difficulty putting two words
together. There was a certain amount of frustration that I had to leave my computer at the “two word” moments.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about his/her work?

I like Ross King. He writes fascinating detailed accounts of engineering marvels and the history that
goes with those marvels. I loved his books, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s Dome.

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

I did considerable traveling while writing my book. I traveled to my European roots and ancestral homelands.

Who designed the covers? 

My publisher designed my cover. I provided the photo.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

The most difficult part was writing about challenging times in my life.

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

While I struggled with revealing my mistakes, I learned afterward that I am not alone. We all make mistakes. My book has inspired others to come forward and share the dark moments in their lives.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Writing is a gift that you give to yourself and possible future generations.

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

The conviction, that we can overcome adversity and that failure is not an option, may be a good beginning.

Connect with Mary Anne at: www.marymcmahonauthor.com 
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#MotorCity Book Experience: Terrie L. Branch @BossladyTerri

Terrie L. Branch

Terrie L. Branch

 Terrie L. Branch

Where are you from?    I’m a Hampton, Virginia Native.

Tell us your latest news? I’m currently working on a project with Author Justin Q. Young. We are collaborating on a sexy novel that I’m super excited to do. I also have some projects that I’m collaborating with my label mates Nikay Rountree, Anitra Hill, and publisher Shaunta Kenerly. Im so excited about these projects. I have a new release coming in May 2016, “Choose Your Poison (Confessions of a Stripper”, I also have  2 books being released by the end of the year, “Mr.CEO (Sex Games), Prison Bluez (Numbers Game).

When and why did you begin writing?   I started writing in 2013. I’m a hairstylist by trade and have a lot of faithful clients and friends. I’m told that I inspire people and with that being said, I was in my salon one day having girl talk with a few ladies. They seemed to think that the advice I was giving was really great and told me I should write a book. I immediately laughed it off and said “I’m a hairstylist, not an author.” Only for God to reveal yet another talent that I didn’t know I possessed. So i decided to write my first novel being guided by a minister/ author that was a client. After publishing the novel, i received a lot of positive feedback. That was mind blowing to me. It was a self help novel with a twist. I added an erotic fiction portion to the beginning and the readers loved the intimate scenes. So afterwards I decided to try it again and me being a perfectionist, I knew there was room for improvement. When I began writing again , I reached out to Kiki Swinson after seeing a post on her Facebook page. She told me to send in my manuscript to be reviewed. I received an email back that said they loved it and she signed me to a three book deal. That blew my mind and lit the fire under my feet. I has since then signed under Shaunta Kenerly Presents Publications and it has been nothing less than great with my new publisher!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?   Every since I typed the title to my very first manuscript, in 2013, I’ve considered myself a writer. I truly believe when God puts something on my heart its meant for me.

What inspired you to write your first book?  I was inspired by clients and friends. One of my clients is an author as well and suggested that i do so after I rendered advice to the ladies about dating in my salon.

Do you have a specific writing style? No I don’t think I have a specific style. I just kinda flow. I love being descriptive when it comes to love making scenes.

How did you come up with the title? The Game From A woman’s Perspective was my first novels title. I figured since I was talking about dating from a woman’s point of view that the title would be fitting and catchy. I did brain storm for other titles but this one really stuck. I named each chapter using basketball terms to make it interesting. Then I added a twist ,starting the book off with an erotic fiction short story and concluding with the self help portion.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my novel “The Game From A Woman’s Perspective” I want the readers to know that loving yourself first is always important before pursuing a relationship. If you are capable of loving yourself first , then you are capable of recognizing and true love. My first chapter is “Key Player” and talks strictly about you.

How much of the book is realistic? I feel like a lot of it is.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Well I come in contact with a lot of people and I hear a lot. So with that being said…yes some i can relate to then there is some that is related to the things that I have heard over the years.

What books have most influenced your life most? I love to read. The Bible is one that I would say has the most influence on my life. I don’t of any other books, that I can think of that have really influenced my life though.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Shaunta Kenerly

What book are you reading now? I love to read but since I have been writing, I haven’t had much time to read like I want to. I always read the bible and my Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyers almost every day.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Danielle Offett, Anitra Hill , Nikay Rountree, Shaunta Kenerly.

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on a project with Author Justin Q. Young. We are collaborating on a sexy novel that I’m super excited to do. I also have some projects that I’m collaborating with my label mates Nikay Rountree, Anitra Hill, and publisher Shaunta Kenerly. Im so excited about these projects. I have a new release coming in May 2016, “Choose Your Poison (Confessions of a Stripper”, I also have  2 books being released by the end of the year, “Mr.CEO (Sex Games), Prison Bluez (Numbers Game).

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My facebook followers really showed me love. I have a friend Falisha Carman that really stuck with me cheering me on and buying every book that I wrote.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes I Do! I love writing! Its almost like leaving your world and placing yourself in this fictitious world momentarily,. Its so rejuvenating! So once I’m retired from the hair industry , absolutely. I will definitely continue writing and on a full time bases.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? After receiving so many great reviews on my first novel, I was so fascinated that I started my second.Once I was signed to New York Times Best Selling Author Kiki Swinson, it showed me that someone in the game already recognized my talent. So it motivated me to keep going. It lit the fire under my feet, so to say I feel like there’s always room to grow. So I was able to see the growth from one book to another. Im looking forward to future growth and more books. I just love it!!! 

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

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  From time to time I experience writers block. Sometimes its a challenge trying to decide the genre in which a title should fit under, but other than that I haven’t ran into many challenges.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Mary Monroe & Danielle Steele. I love a book that keeps my interest.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I was a part of the Sistahs on Lit event in DC/Maryland. I will also be at Atlanta KickBack Bookfest October 8th.

Who designed the covers? Our publisher uses a variety of graphic designers. Aja Monique of Amb Branding designed Mr CEO, and Choose Your Poison.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest thing was keeping up with all the different characters. After writing so much, it all seems to run into another. So I created a Note Page with key points and character names on it for each book.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? There is always room for improvement.  Take my time and be descriptive. 

Do you have any advice for other writers? Stick to your style of writing.Stay true to yourself.  You have to stand out in your own way! Be original.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you so much for supporting me. I love you guys! Make sure that you check me out on social media and my website.

Visit the author:  www.AuthorTerrieLBranch.weebly.com

Connect with the author:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerrieBranch/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BossladyTerri

Purchase The Game From A Woman’s Perspectiveamazon.com/author/terriebranch

GBS

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Pam Rossi #Michlit @pamrossi

Pam Rossi

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Tell us your latest news? Just released, Over Easy Conversations with Pam Rossi, a book of musical guests interviews from the Over Easy radio show on 94.7 WCSX. One of my favorite parts of my radio show that I’ve hosted now for over 16 years, was the live interviews where we talked and the musician played a few songs in between our chat. It was personal, fun and I learned things I didn’t know about each artist. It was like two friends just having a conversation over coffee.

When and why did you begin writing? Any thoughts of being a writer never really happened. I wrote in school because I had to.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I got the official proof of Over Easy Conversations the first time. Even though I’ve had poetry published before and journaled regularly, I never thought of myself as a writer until now.

What inspired you to write your first book? Listeners of the popular radio show wanted to revisit the interviews and the book idea was conceived.

Do you have a specific writing style? I haven’t figured that one out yet.

How did you come up with the title? It was easy, the show is called Over Easy and it was more conversation than interview. I wanted the show title to be prominent.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are a lot of talented musicians, not just nationally but locally as well, that are a lot of fun and have a lot to offer. I want to showcase them all.

How much of the book is realistic? All

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? These are the actual interviews transcribed with introductions.

What books have most influenced your life most? I tend to gravitate toward the non-fiction, including biographies and self-help.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Even though they aren’t officially published, my two daughters and a few of my sisters are very awe inspiring and talented in the writing department.

What book are you reading now? Musical biographies.

What are your current projects? I’m working on a children’s series titled, Look Who Gets To…with the Polka Dot Pals.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  Always family, and friends.

Do you see writing as a career? I do have other book concepts that need to be finished and plan to do, however, I see myself more of a speaker.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I started journaling in my early teens to help me get through some rough years.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? It’s a children’s series helping them deal with physical issues. It started with my granddaughter having to wear an eyepatch at 18 months old.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? With another project I am working on, I am finding it difficult trying to make it fiction even though 99% is real.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet

Who designed the covers? Annie Capps who is also in the book. She is a musician.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Getting releases from all the artists as well as promoting it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Even a roller coaster ride can be fun!! I also did learn how passionate true musicians are about their craft.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up. Even when the plug gets pulled,figure out a way to plug back in and try again.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you and I hope they enjoy the interviews and find some musical gems while learning about these artists and appreciate what they do for their craft.) Over Easy Conversations with Pam Rossi.

Connect with Pam at:

http://www.amazon.com/Pam-Rossi/e/B01CF6BB6S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1463451712&sr=8-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pam-Rossi-Author-250007831997123/

On Twitter: @pamrossi

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jFOfebuaw

Purchase the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Over-Easy-Pam-Rossi-ebook/dp/B01DAO9LFC?ie=UTF8&keywords=Pam%20Rossi&qid=1463451712&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

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#MotorCityBookExperence @Simplee Kish

                                                                  Simplee Kish         

Simplee Kish

Simplee Kish

Where are you from?

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in Detroit Michigan.

Tell us your latest news.

I’m doing a book discussion for Don’t Read Me Read A Book Book Club Detroit Chapter May 15 in Dearborn, MI

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing ever since grade school. I would write for myself just for the fun of it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer when I had my 1st book published in December of 2015.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No I don’t.

How did you come up with the title?

Coming up with the title of my book was kind of hard. The original title was supposed to be: Brooklynn’s Bridge

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

This book is purely a work of fiction, but if this has happened to you or anyone you know. Please don’t be afraid to speak up and get help.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Author Shan Richardson

What book are you reading now?

I try not to read any books while I’m writing. I’m currently writing the finale to part 3 for the Brooklynn series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I haven’t had the chance to do much reading lately since I’ve been writing.

What are your current projects?

I plan on doing spin off series with the characters from the Brooklynn and Santana series. Once I’m done with that I want to venture off into mystery/suspense, supernatural.

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

Another author that helped open the door for me.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I see writing as a career for me.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would make last book a little bit longer.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have a vivid imagination and I love telling stories.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding the time to write and keeping the story going, flowing and interesting.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If this is something you really want to do you have to put your all into it. Never give up. Success will not happen overnight.

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

I would like to thank all of my readers for all of their support. Without your support I would be doing this for nothing. So thank you for giving me the chance to entertain your minds!

Connect with Simplee Kish:

 

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#MotorCityBookExperience

Danie James

DJWhere are you from? University City. A suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri

Tell us your latest news? I was a feature artist at Wilbert’s Food & Music in Cleveland, Ohio a few weeks ago.
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing at 13 after I saw the movie Poetic Justice
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I was 16
What inspired you to write your first book? The inspiration behind Broken Flower was from an abusive relationship I was in 6 years ago. I used writing as a way to cope with the break-up.
Do you have a specific writing style? Its mostly bold and in your face. Very unapologetic and honest.
How did you come up with the title? It just came to me in my sleep
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Love yourself
How much of the book is realistic? 80%
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes
What books have most influenced your life most? The Complete Poetry Collection of Maya Angelou
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Maya Angelou
What are your current projects? I’m putting together a DVD with my top 10 best spoken word pieces, plus 3 bonus pieces not published yet. I will be headlining in the first Poetry Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio June 5th. I am working on my fourth poetry collections and other short stories. Also taking acting classes once a week at JC Modeling Agency
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. God
Do you see writing as a career? Yes
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? My latest book, “Erotica Avenue: Love & Lust Poems”, I would not change a thing. Its perfectly crafted.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have written short stories and screen plays since 10. I began doing poetry when I saw Poetic Justice at 16. I was looking to gain a new hobby and it later became a passion.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Yes.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Sometimes I may go days without writing anything, I may not feel inspired that day. I will have an idea but get writer’s block.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I really don’t have a favorite author aside from Maya Angelou and maybe Zane.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes. I have traveled to a few places to promote all three of my books.
Who designed the covers? I design all my covers using Amazon cover design for self-published authors.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part about writing my first book, “Broken Flower” was the editing process. It took two weeks because I kept having to re-submit it for errors.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes, to value myself more. How much I grown as a woman and writer. To write without limitations. Don’t be afraid to go to those uncomfortable places.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Think outside the box. Be creative in every way possible and stay true to yourself.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? All three of my books are available on Amazon. Go get it!!

Connect with the author: wix.com/djamesentertainment

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aimEbsSYQk&list=PLnS1jjqFRxChDEAMdWfmlGQZDiyGDaxRE

Purchase Books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Danie+James

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Desiree Cooper #Michlit @descooper

Desiree Cooper

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper

 

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Connect with this author at:

www.descooper.com

http://www.facebook.com/descooper

http://instagram.com/descooper

https://twitter.com/descooper

Buy your copy now : http://amzn.to/1VKxXTS

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

New Michigan Literary Network podcast w/guest @DesCooper, author of “Know the Mother” at http://tobtr.com/s/8790883.

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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page? Help #MotownWriters build a database #MichLit

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