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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Kelsey Fox #Michlit #MotownLit @jsuttryitwyatt

Kelsey Fox

Kelsey Fox

Where are you from? Royal Oak, Michigan

Tell us your latest news? I sold out of Just try it Wyatt (100 books) in less than two weeks. I am currently working on book 2: Please be quiet Wyatt and expect it to come out December 1st. I am having a reading at the Funky Monkey in Oxford on November 12th and the book will be available for purchase at Toyology in Royal Oak.

When and why did you begin writing? As cliché as it sounds, I have always liked to write. It wasn’t until recently though that I decided to persue it as a career.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I don’t think it hit me that I was a writer until I had my first published piece in my hands. Sometimes still I don’t believe how far I have come.

What inspired you to write your first book? My husband Steve really inspired me to do it. I wrote my fist book Just try it Wyatt almost 4 years ago now but was apprehensive of it. I am very critical of my writing and get nervous that people won’t like it. It sometimes holds me back but after seeing the success of this book and having the support my husband gave me, it’s empowered me to want to write more!

Do you have a specific writing style? As a former kindergarten teacher I try to tailor my books to lower elementary levels. I write my books with words that younger children frequent often so they can be active in the reading process. I also like to introduce newer and more difficult words so their minds are stretched and challenged. I try to keep patterns in my book so they can develop a rhythm and read fluently.

How did you come up with the title? The title was the easy part! I actually started with the title and went from there. I knew I wanted to write a book with the concept of trying new things so I took the title and worked it into most of the pages in the book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? For this first book, I want my readers to walk away wanting to try new things. I want children to understand that the world is full of endless possibilities and experiences and not to turn things down or away just because they are new or different.

How much of the book is realistic? Though my children’s book is fiction, in theory it’s 100% realistic. It’s a little fox that is apprehensive about experiencing new things. Something we can all relate to.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? My story was based upon a little boy I had in my first year teaching.

What books have most influenced your life most? I can’t narrow it down. I read so much that titles escape me at times. Some of my favorite books are children’s books. Pete the Cat, Little house on the Prairie, and the classics like Peter Rabbit are my top choices.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I would love to have met Laura Ingles Wilder. Not because I write like her, but because I loved her books as a kid.

What book are you reading now? Currently I am reading the “2015 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market” book! I also teach 4/5 grade reading so have about 4 books going at the moment to keep up with my student literacy circles.

What are your current projects? Currently I am working on “Please be quite Wyatt”. A story about how Wyatt learns when and where he can shout and when he needs to use an indoor voice at school.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My best friend Melanie. She is always willing to read my drafts and doesn’t make fun of me if I create silly mistakes or errors. She’s so supportive and has always wanted what’s best for me!

Do you see writing as a career? Yes. I am working very hard to get picked up by a publishing house so I can focus full time on just being creative and marketing my brand.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I think the only thing I would change would be little esthetic aspects like making the pictures bigger but other than that no, I am very pleased with my work!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? In school we had “free write journals” we could use if we finished our work. Sometimes our teacher would write us notes back in them and I just always thought that was really cool. I do that today with my students too. I try to foster writing in any form I can.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Of course. I would be happy to send a copy of my book to you. Please just let me know where to send it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I find I can be lengthy. I want to describe in detail too much. I have to remember I am writing a children’s book not a novel.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I have not had the opportunity to travel yet, but if it comes around I would love to. My husband has already planned my book tour in his mind!

Who designed the covers? My illustrator captured my ideas perfectly! I was able to describe to her what I wanted and she delivered. We went back and forth many times until everything was exactly as I wanted it to be. I wanted simple yet colorful.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The wait for it to be made. Once my book was good to go, I wanted it the next day but had to wait over a week for the printer to finish!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I have learned that it’s very hard to stand out in the children’s book field. Especially as a self-published writer. Big box stores won’t carry your book without an agent. The marketing has been the hardest part.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Just do it! Save your pennies because it’s expensive, but if you have the opportunity to do what you love then make it happen!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Simply, thank you for the support!

Just Try It Wyatt

Just Try It Wyatt

More from the author: www.booksbykelseyfox.com

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@jsuttryitwyatt

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

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Cheryl Lyn Phillips #Michlit #MotownLit

Cheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips

Where are you from?

Northville, MI. Born in Detroit, MI and grew up on the West Side.

Tell us your latest news?

Recently attended Leon & LuLu’s Books and Authors event, Clawson, MI

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2009. My inspiration was a dog, GG, and I wanted to tell her story, through her eyes.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

At my book signing when I sold over 200 books, when I received great reviews from independent readers, and when my readers said they learned something.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My inspiration was a dog that I rescued in Detroit while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I wanted to share her story from abandonment to salvation, and instill compassion for animals in my readers; the plight of abandonment, homelessness, and overpopulation.  Also, I wanted to educate readers on the breed of Staffordshire terrier and the myths.

Do you have a specific writing style?

In this case it is narrative, telling a story; however, I believe the style depends on the content and what message you are attempting to deliver to the reader.

How did you come up with the title?

GG’s rescue was not without many trials and tribulations before finding her “Furever” home. I thought the title was a good depiction: GG’s Journey: From Lost to Loved.

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

Humane education. To be compassionate to all living creatures, help stray animals, or call someone that can, spay or neuter your pet, and don’t pre judge a breed. Aggressive behavior is often taught and rewarded by pet owners.  The animal is not bad, the owner is!

How much of the book is realistic?

GG’s Journey: From Lost to Loved is a fictional account of a true story, as she narrates the story. The events are real.

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

Personal experiences.

What books have most influenced your life most?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey, The Secret, Rhonda Byrne and Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America, Nathan Winograd.

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

Nathan Winograd.

What book are you reading now?

Currently, I am completing my second novel.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Not at this time.

What are your current projects?

Completing my second novel.

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

My editors provided encouragement.

Do you see writing as a career?

When I retire, I plan to spend more time writing.

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

I would add more photos, and broaden my word selection to avoid repetitiveness.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, when I rescued GG. Her story had to be told. It is the plight of many abandon and abused animals, and they need a voice, and we need to educate, educate, and educate to end animal abuse and neglect.

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

It is the story of why four board members resigned from a Michigan shelter and what really goes on behind closed doors.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It is an honor to have the public buy my book, and I want to instill emotion in my work.

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

I do not have a favorite author, but find that what strikes me in writing is the ability to leave the reader with a strong message, and generate emotion.

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

I attend several events, locally, at this time.

Who designed the covers?

I had a vision of what I wanted and worked with a graphic artist to bring it to life.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing and more editing.

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

When you are passionate about something and write from your heart, the words flow. I recall one day, I started writing that afternoon and wrote until 4:00 a.m.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Go with what is in your heart, and you can’t go wrong. Find a great editor and check grammar, punctuation and spelling, over and over.

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

Writing is hard work, but personally rewarding. Stick with it!

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More from the author:  www.ggsjourney.com

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: @JeanDDavis #Michlit #MotownLit

Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Grab a copy of this book at: http://amzn.to/2fcATXP

Where are you from? I live in West Michigan, been here all my life. The fact that I’m minutes from Lake Michigan makes up for the mosquitoes and arctic winters.

Tell us your latest news? Sahmara, my first fantasy novel, was recently released.

When and why did you begin writing? I’ve been writing for the past thirty-some years, but only seriously for the past eleven, which is when I’d finally wrote the end of my first novel. I started writing because I was a very quiet kid grown up and my teachers suggested it was a good way to express myself.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I finished that first novel, which was terrible by the way, but I’d finished something big and that’s what made the difference.

What inspired you to write your first book? I had written a short story about two kids who ended up in space during a tribute to the Challenger space shuttle, and while the story was awful, I liked the general idea of the characters so I decided to turn it into a book; which, coincidentally, was also awful. But eventually, after countless rewrites and years of editing, became Trust, which will be published by Caffeinated Press in the spring of 2017.

Do you have a specific writing style? I tend to be heavy on dialogue and be light on descriptions. I also like short punchy sentences.

How did you come up with the title? The majority of my titles come after the story. Once I’ve finished the first draft and the first pass of edits, I have a better overall view of the story and that’s when the title happens. Sahmara was my first title that came before the story.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In Sahmara, the gods tell Sahmara that her destiny was altered by their war and now she and they must make the best of the terrible things that happened and turn them into something good. I think that’s something we can all relate to in some way.

How much of the book is realistic? Sahmara takes place in a fantasy world and deals with warring gods, so other than the interactions of the human characters with one another, there’s not much realism.

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Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I don’t base any of my characters on any one specific person, but some situations and characteristics are based on either my own experiences or people I’ve interacted with. Those are pretty loose though.

What books have most influenced your life most? I’ve always loved Stephen Brust’s snarky character Vlad Taltos. It’s very much in line with my sense of humor. Orson Scott Card’s Ender series as well as many other of his books were a big part of my teen years. The Dune series got me through my early twenties.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? That’s tough choice. I suppose I’d have to go with Stephen Brust as his style most influenced mine.

What book are you reading now? I’m on Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Book 8 of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I like big books and series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I happened upon Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick last year and fell in love with it. Snarky sword fighting fantasy characters seem to be as soft spot for me. As soon as I catch up on my towering to be read pile, his second book will be in front of my eyes.

What are your current projects? I’m waiting on edits of the first three books of The Narvan series, which are space opera. I’m currently writing Interface, which is YA science fiction. I’m hoping to wrap that one up this November. Next on the list is writing the middle of Not Another Bard’s Tale, which is a fantasy humor novel that’s been waiting impatiently on my hard drive.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I’ve gotten great support through Critique Circle, an online writing/critiquing community. Learned lots, met many writers around the world, and found critique partners I can trust.

Do you see writing as a career? I don’t know as I’d enjoy it as much if it were a full time career. For me it’s more of a part time job and therapy session. I have a day job that pays the bills so there’s not as much pressure on the part time endeavors. I can experiment and not freak out when I get to the end of a project and realize it just doesn’t work.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I would have written the entire draft the first time instead of the beginning and end and leaving out most of the middle. It’s a daunting to dive back into an unfinished project years later, having to figure out where you were going with the story, continuing the style, and trying to get back into the mindset of characters. Not that leaving off the end is any better. Finish the draft.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My fourth grade history teacher saw that I was a quiet kid encouraged me to write short stories. Most of them were about talking cars that went on adventures. I got my research off the back of tissue boxes that featured antique cars. I would slip her the stories with my regular homework and she would covertly hand them back with nice comments. I have no idea what happened to those stories, but I’ve been writing ever since.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Excerpt is attached.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Descriptions. I often skip them entirely in my first draft and have to go back in and add it all later. I’m guilty of skimming those details when reading, especially food and clothing, so they’re not my favorite tidbits to write either.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Anyone who follows my blog knows that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books are my drug of choice. They’re fast paced paranormal romance following a continuing storyline, set in a world I enjoy visiting when my brain needs a short vacation from whatever project I’m working on. I don’t like to read the genre I’m currently writing, and as I’ve yet to venture into paranormal romance, her books are always an option.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve crossed the state to attended events to promote my books, but that’s about the extent of my travels.

Who designed the covers? My husband designed the cover of Sahmara. My publisher did the cover for A Broken Race.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Finishing that first draft. Everything after, the edits, even multiple rounds of them, was nothing compared to birthing the initial draft.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? As a once die hard pantser, I’ve learned even a smidge of planning comes in handy when the inspiration runs dry – which is usually somewhere in the dreaded middle.

Do you have any advice for other writers? While edits, submissions and even self-publishing have challenges, you have no hope of ever publishing a story you don’t finish.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for your support!

Grab a copy of this book at: http://amzn.to/2fcATXP

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More from the author: http://jeanddavis.blogspot.com/

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Wayne A. Bibbs #Michlit #MotownLit

 

Where are you from?

Wayne A. Bibbs

Wayne A. Bibbs

Detroit MI, now living in Clinton Township

Tell us your latest news?

I have hosted several book talks and hope to host more.

When and why did you begin writing?

My interest in writing/storytelling began at a very early age. As a child I had few friends, so I would look for new ways to pass time. At the age of 8 I wrote a self-assigned essay about the lack of black superheroes, and being a fan of Space Ghost I decided that there should be a black version, which I would name either Super Cool Ghoul or Soul Ghost. I showed it to a classmate who really seemed to enjoy it, and then I showed it to my mother. When SHE smiled, I was hooked! From that point on I began to write for the purpose of entertaining my mother.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In high school, when my uncle took a copy of a short story I wrote, and showed it to the people who worked in his office. The fact that he took such an interest in the story was very uplifting for me!

What inspired you to write your first book?

Experiences as an overweight child that carried over into adulthood. “Catalyst” is a science fiction novel about a man who discovers that he can force fat from a body through the skin by touch alone, and it occurred to me that if the character was real, millions of people would go on a manhunt to find this guy that would make Pokemon Go look like metal-detecting on a beach! I didn’t understand how right I was until I began promoting the book…women would touch me thinking that I am the character in the book! 

How did you come up with the title?

My wife and I talked it over, and even though I had thought of the title and decided against it, when SHE suggested it, I figured that someone was trying to tell me something! That, and it was a way to sort of make it OUR project and not just mine.

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

Several, most notably that whatever changes you make in your life, make sure that that you make them to please yourself, not to please others! Another message is that bullying is NOT just a childhood issue…it is reaching epidemic proportions and young people are killing themselves over it! It needs to stop!

  How much of the book is realistic?

Only the part about the main character meeting his wife to be and the feelings expressed by those who experience the weight loss and the bullying…and the freaky sex!

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

Absolutely! I live with the fat-shaming every day…but I have a wife who truly loves me and I have no reason to listen to anyone else’s opinion of me anymore!

What books have most influenced your life most?

The Bible…I try to adhere to its teachings, fail though I often do.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

The answer to both of these questions is the same…her name is Mary Lynne Gibbs. Mary happens to be a friend of mine who has managed to balance her writing with deluxe cake baking and teaching bakery art…AND she’s a wife and mother!

 What is it that really strikes you about their work?

The similarity of philosophy. Her books have women’s empowerment as a central theme, and one of the messages in “Catalyst” is self-empowerment!

What are your current projects?

Over the last 30 years I have written many stories…I’m going to update those stories and attempt to have them published or produced.  I have one screenplay that I intend to pitch in November, and if all goes well, I will bring one of my stories to a screen near you!

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

There have been many, and I don’t want to minimize the support of the others, but I think my friend Keith Teller and his mother Judy would be good examples. Keith bought a copy of the book for himself and one for his mother as a gift, which I signed. Judy surprised me and came to one of my book talks…I had to stop the talk and go over and greet my Lieutenant Mom!

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love it, but in my youth I was steered away from it, either because they didn’t think I was good enough to make a living from it or there wasn’t much money in writing. My parents were trying to help, I’m sure, but I wish I had followed my heart a little sooner.

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

When “Catalyst” was submitted for publishing, I started seeing a lot of different directions I could have gone with the story…they weren’t better or worse than the current version, just different! I realized soon after that what I was seeing were the sequels!

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

My big project right now is “Tartarus”, a screenplay adapted from a story that I wrote while I was writing “Catalyst”. I would literally stop writing one story and write a few pages of another. “Tartarus” is about a prison that focuses less on rehabilitation and more on preventing crime.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Avoiding a blending of the characters! When I write, I want each character to be so unique that you could identify him or her by dialogue alone, but that’s not always possible, even in real life. People had a hard time distinguishing between my father and me unless we were standing right in front of them…we had the same voice, the same conversational style, everything.  We spent a lot of time around each other and I picked up a lot of mannerisms from him, and amazingly he picked up quite a few from me, and I could see that happening with Alicia and Valerie. I allowed Valerie’s influence to show through without making Alicia a clone. 

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

I assume it will happen eventually, but to this point there hasn’t been a lot of travel.

Who designed the covers?

The publisher, Balboa Press. I told them what I wanted and gave them photographs to illustrate the effect that I was after, and they did a wonderful job of putting the cover art together for me.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Not getting discouraged and throwing the whole story away! Over the course of thirty years I started writing and stopped and started all over again many times. I had to take the advice of the film community to Gov. Snyder about the film incentives…adjust, don’t eliminate!

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

my own stories, they need work! Yes, I did…I learned that I love to write and watch the story unfold! If I can’t geek-out over

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Simply put, don’t let anyone talk you out of doing what you love!

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

Even though I am not physically in the room with you when you read my book, we are spending that time together and I thank you for that!

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More from Wayne A. Bibbs: http://bookstore.balboapress.com/Products/SKU-001012696/Catalyst.aspx        

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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.  

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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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#MotorCityBookExperience Author: Ni’Kay Rountree @authornikay

Where are you from? Chesapeake, Virginia 

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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:

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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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#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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