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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!

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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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  2. Must be to an Amazon Author page and NOT your book page.

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

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  2. Must be to an Amazon Author page and NOT your book page.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Melissa Grunow #Michlit @melgrunow

Melissa Grunow

Melissa Grunow

Melissa Grunow

Where are you from?
I was born in Saginaw and grew up in Oak Park. I’ve lived in New Mexico and Ohio, but I currently reside in Ferndale.

Tell us your latest news?
My first book, Realizing River City: A Memoir was published in February.

Additionally, I’m a live storyteller, and I have been cast in the 2016 Metro Detroit LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show on May 1st. Details about the show and ticket information can be found here: http://listentoyourmothershow.com/metrodetroit/

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as early as I can remember because I always loved stories. I used to “read” books to my younger brother long before I could actually read. I always knew I wanted to create my own stories someday.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I set the record at my high school for most writing awards won and went on to pursue writing in college and continued to craft short stories throughout graduate school. Throughout all those years, though, I felt like I was aspiring to be a writer, even though I was writing. I finally felt like a true writer when I had my first story accepted for publication in Wilderness House Literary Review in fall 2013.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Writing Realizing River City has a kind of unknown origin. I had the impulse to write about relationships, but it didn’t start out as a memoir. I just kept drafting and drafting and revising and drafting until it finally started to take shape as a book about learning to love one’s self in the aftermath of apparent failure when it comes to loving others.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I was an English major in college and earned an MA in literature from New Mexico State University, so my writing is very literary. I use a lot of figurative language, large-scale metaphors, and symbolic motifs in my work. I want my writing to me more than this happened, then this happened, then this happened. I want it to be something a classroom of students can read, study, and find new meaning in each time they discuss it.

How did you come up with the title?
Rivers serve as an extended metaphor in the book and speak to the overarching theme, so I don’t want to give too much away. There is a scene in the book near the end of the second section that speaks to the notion of what it means to finally realize River City. An hence, the title was born.

Is there a message in your memoir that you want readers to grasp?
Most definitely. This is a book about redemption and survival by learning to love one’s self.

How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. Everything is true.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s a memoir, so it’s all a retelling of my experiences for the purpose trying to make sense of them.

What books have most influenced your life most?
I’m a voracious reader, so this list is ever-growing. The most influential works have been The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, Cherry by Mary Karr, Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Running With Scissors and Dry by Augusten Burroughs, and Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
It’s a tie between Mary Karr, Leslie Jamison, and Cheryl Strayed.

What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Lying by Lauren Slater, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. I’m usually reading many books at once.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
She’s not really a new author, but I’m really looking forward to the release of Leigh Stein’s memoir, Land of Enchantment, forthcoming from Plume in August.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on an essay collection right now that is themed around all those moments in our lives when we wonder how differently something would have turned out, a kind of rumination on “what if?”

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My MFA program at National University was a major support system for me.

Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to make a career as a writer, though I would probably also always do something else, too. As long as I can remember, I’ve worked more than one job (sometimes more than three jobs), so it would be hard to “just” be a writer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think I would change a lot of things, simply because I’ve had some perspective since its publication that I didn’t have when it was going through years of revision and then multiple rounds of editing with the publisher. In ten years, I would probably want to change more, but it would be damaging to the book to do so. That’s why it’s best to just move forward and write the next book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was a highly sensitive kid, and that was exacerbated when I became a teenager. Writing was a good way for me to get a handle on my emotions and give myself a chance to reflect on the things happening around me and to me. Writing was a way for me to express myself in a manner that people would listen. So, it probably originated from me wanting and needing some kind of attention and positive reinforcement.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This piece, “White Spirit,” is planned for inclusion in my essay collection: http://bluelyrareview.com/melissa-grunow/.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find writing to be a chronic struggle because I’m such an obsessive perfectionist that I fight with myself over every single word. Sometimes I wonder how I get anything done at all.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Augusten Burroughs is my favorite author. He has a knack for writing about awful life experiences in a funny way, which I sincerely admire because I am not a funny writer.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
So far, all of my book events have been in the Detroit area. I would love to travel, though, if it meant I could do a reading or a book signing event.

Who designed the covers?
The publisher, Tumbleweed Books, handled the cover design.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Trying to be factually accurate while producing good, literary writing. Memoir is tough because our lives don’t exist in a narrative arc. We have to find those things when we write, but we also can’t just make stuff up.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It’s so compelling when retelling events to always make myself out to be the hero because, after all, it’s my story; I should be the hero, shouldn’t I? But it would be dishonest to spit-shine myself for the page. I have to be authentic, and that means fallible, wrong, and human. I can’t be concerned with what people might think of me because the story needs to be told. It’s bigger than me and bigger than other people’s opinions of me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be humble. Learn to write well. Don’t get distracted by the potential glitz and glamor of it all because writing is not glamorous. It’s a lot of ugly, dirty hard work, and there is no guarantee that the gamble is going to pay off. You have to want it, really want it, for it to be worth it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading! Please remember to post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. They help authors more than you might realize!

Connect with Melissa: 

www.melissagrunow.com

Facebook with her:  www.facebook.com/MelissaGrunowAuthor

Tweet her: https://twitter.com/melgrunow

Purchase Realizing River City: http://www.amazon.com/Realizing-River-City-Melissa-Grunow/dp/1928094155/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459645484&sr=8-1&keywords=realizing+river+city

 RRC

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Ken Welsch #Michlit @Ken_Welsch

 

Ken Welsch

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Ken Welsch

Where are you from? I currently live in Trenton, Michigan (suburban Detroit). I was born in Wyandotte, my family moved to Grosse Ile when I was 10, and I graduated from Grosse Ile High School.

Tell us your latest news? I published my first novel FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE in early July.

When and why did you begin writing? I’ve been writing stories for much of my life, and began to pursue it professionally when I studied English, creative writing and journalism at Central Michigan University. After college, I worked as a newspaper reporter at the News-Herald (suburban Detroit). Writing primarily as a sports writer, I won numerous Michigan Press Association awards for sports coverage, sports feature writing and sports column writing. More recently, I work as a writer for Team Detroit, Ford Motor Company’s ad agency.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I don’t recall there being a specific “event” that prompted me to consider myself a writer; I’ve just always enjoyed writing. That said, I suppose getting two of my poems published in a student arts magazine at CMU was an achievement that stands out.

What inspired you to write your first book? More than anything (my apologies if this sounds trite), what inspired me to write FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE was the desire to do it. The process of developing the story and actually writing it spanned nearly 20 years, and finally completing something that was for so long an “on-going project” was incredibly fulfilling.

Do you have a specific writing style? While writing styles change depending on the project, one constant is that my writing style tends to be conversational. It was certainly what I strived for when writing FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE.FSA

How did you come up with the title? The title was actually one of the first phrases I wrote, even before I knew what the story was going to be. It dates back to a poem I wrote when I was at CMU, and I always felt there was a bigger story behind it than what the poem addressed. Once I decided to write a novel, I liked the idea of having a title that required explanation; I think it helps drive the story. In addition, the title serves as a metaphor for the book’s primary theme.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, and I think by the end that message is fairly evident, that lives are shaped by opportunities, some that are obvious as they happen, others that do not become clear until later in life. How each of us reacts to those opportunities, and to what lengths we go to create other opportunities, ultimately dictates the direction our lives take.

How much of the book is realistic? All of it, if I was successful.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The story is not based on real-life experiences, but certainly real-life experiences greatly influenced various scenes. I hand-picked certain events, and sprinkled them throughout a fictional story in order to tell the story I wanted to tell.

What books have most influenced your life most? I most enjoy reading classics of American lit, and those are the books that have had the greatest influence on me as a writer.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? There have been various editors or colleagues whose writing style I enjoyed, and they’ve all had a certain impact on my writing style as a news reporter. As a writer of fiction, I can’t point to anybody in particular who I consider a mentor.

What book are you reading now? I haven’t read much for the past year due to the emphasis on finishing FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, but I am currently reading an historical novel by Michigan author Jean Scheffler called THE SUGAR HOUSE.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Again, I haven’t read much of late, but I am looking forward to reading A GIRL ON A TRAIN due to everything I’ve heard about the book.

What are your current projects? My second novel is in the early development stages. It will not be a sequel to FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, but I am leaning toward a continuation of one of the lead characters in the novel.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I relied on a small network of friends – some who have a writing background, others who do not – for feedback on an early draft of FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, as it has been for years, whether as a journalist, marketing writer, novelist,…

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? After years of tinkering and rewriting, it was surprisingly difficult to finally sit back confident that the book was complete. I suspect I’ll always look at different phrases, sentences or scenes and think, “It would have been better if…” That said, I’m happy with the finished story and wouldn’t make any drastic changes to the plot or characters.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? No, I’ve just always done it. I remember writing stories when I was growing up, writing songs with my brother when I was young, and submitting stories of our little league football games to the local newspaper. Writing is just something I’ve always done.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I can’t give too many details, largely because I’m still sorting through them myself. I can say that the book I am imagining involves one of the lead characters in FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, not so much a sequel as a new story about a character we’ve already met.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? To me, the most challenging part of writing long-form stories is in keeping thoughts and ideas organized. I struggled with it when writing FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, probably because the book was such an on-again, off-again project. I’m hopeful that the experience of writing the first book will help me in this regard with future projects.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have a favorite author as much as I do favorite books. My favorite books tend to be those that tell realistic stories with a universal message.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? No. For the purposes of FOREVER SINCE AN APPLE, I deliberately set the book in places with which I was already familiar (i.e. – northern Michigan, Chicago). I did make a few trips to ensure that my depiction of a particular region was accurate, but for the most part I was already familiar with the locations. Since publishing the book, I have done some traveling around the state to market the novel at festivals and fairs.

Who designed the covers? I did. I designed about two dozen variations, selected my favorite five or six, and then consulted with a friend who is a professional graphic designer to get his thoughts. Thankfully, the one I had chosen as my favorite was the same one he flagged, saying that he wouldn’t change it at all. He liked it, so I went with it.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  The most difficult part for me was finding the time to write. I started writing it during the summer of 2003, pressing to complete it before my third child was born that fall. I didn’t make it, and the project got pushed aside. During the next decade or so, I would occasionally work on it, but never consistently enough to make real progress. During the summer of 2014, I decided to give it more attention, and I devoted much of the past year to finishing it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned a lot during the course of writing, most notably the importance of approaching a project of this scope with a plan. I think my lack of a solid plan/outline made it more difficult to finish and prolonged the process. It’s a mistake I’m hopeful to avoid in the future.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Be patient but persistent, because the process of rewriting, rewriting and rewriting is a long one. And do not get hung up on word count; the story will be done when it’s done.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Just that I appreciate them giving some of their precious time, and I hope they reached the final page satisfied that the time was well-spent.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Rebecca Lombardo #Michlit @bekalombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

Where are you from? I live in Farmington Hills. I was born and raised here.

Tell us your latest news? I’ve been invited to participate in a local author’s night on April 12th at Schuler Books in Okemos, Michigan. It starts at 7:00 PM. I’m looking forward to it.

When and why did you begin writing? I actually started writing when I was very young. The first story ever wrote and illustrated myself was in third grade.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After I got out of high school, I was very good at poetry, and it was about that time I decided I was an actual writer.LASTCOVER

What inspired you to write your first book? Honestly, my life. The book is a true story about me and my battle with bipolar disorder. It started as a blog. I survived a suicide attempt in 2013.

Do you have a specific writing style? I would say my writing style is honest and raw. I don’t hold anything back.

How did you come up with the title? The title is “It’s Not Your Journey” and it just came to me, and was very fitting, because it truly isn’t anyone else’s journey but mine.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Absolutely. I want very much to help people that have been through some of the same things I have with depression. I want them to know that I did survive, but I would never advise making the same decisions I did. Also, people need to know that they aren’t alone.

How much of the book is realistic? All of it. Every last page.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Absolutely. Everything contained in the book, I lived through.

What books have most influenced your life most? Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Anne Rice has long been my favorite author. I also enjoy Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner for more of a comedic spin.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I don’t think I consider any one writer a mentor to me. I take a little away from everything I read.

What book are you reading now? I just finished Troublemaker by Leah Remini. It was fantastic.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Not at this time.

What are your current projects? At this point, I’m still working on my blog. I’m also contributing to any other blogs that have approached me. I spend quite a bit of time promoting my book as well. I’m still deciding whether I will be writing another book.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I have some extremely supportive friends that I appreciate, but the people that I have encountered in the Mental Health community have been absolutely amazing, and I’m grateful to all of them.

Do you see writing as a career? I absolutely do, but I haven’t made the decision yet. I love writing, but I’m not sure I could keep writing book after book. It’s extremely physically and mentally exhausting. I am hopeful, though!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Actually, I would make it longer, but other than that I feel that I accomplished everything I set out to do with it.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? When I was just a kid in third grade I loved writing and being creative. It developed even more as I went through school. I was on the literary magazine staff in high school.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? As I mentioned, I am bipolar. I was diagnosed at age 19. It’s a constant battle to keep your head above water. I have dealt with a lot of pain in my life, and I’ve come out on the other side a stronger person.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Definitely. I have written about some extremely painful things. Having to go back over them again and again to edit or proof read is very difficult.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author has been Anne Rice for many years. I absolutely adore the amount of detail she uses in her stories. You begin to feel like you know the characters. I’ve never read a book of hers and not had a clear picture in my head of the scenery or what the character looked like. I feel like I learn from her as well. There have been times I’ve needed to look a word or two up because she just has this vast knowledge of the English language.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not at this time.

Who designed the covers? I would like to be able to say it was a team effort. My publisher threw some ideas at me, and I just couldn’t find anything I liked. So, I came up with an idea and spoke to my husband about it. He loved it, so we went to my publisher and he thought it was great. So, he did the actual design elements, we came up with the concept.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Talking about the people in my life that are no longer here, and describing the day I nearly died.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I’ve learned quite a bit. One of the most valuable things I learned is how to edit myself. I can read a sentence and if I’m not crazy about it, or it doesn’t sound right, it’s almost automatic now that I can switch it around and add or subtract important elements. In addition, I learned to have confidence in my writing. I am actually good at what I do!

Do you have any advice for other writers? The most difficult thing you will face is rejection. Everyone faces it at one point or another. Try as hard as you can not to take it personally. My book is completely about me, so if I got turned down it felt like I wasn’t good enough. Keep trying and keep fighting to get your name out there. It’s extremely important to keep a log of who you submitted to and when. That’s one thing I desperately wish I had done.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? First of all, thank you. I don’t think anyone has any idea how much of an impact they make on my life when they read my work and accept me. Also, please don’t stop fighting. Whether it’s depression or any other disease, it’s so important to keep telling yourself that you can do it. I hope that my story will show them that.

Learn more about Rebecca at: www.rebeccalombardo.com 

Contact the Author: www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

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Blog: http://www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com/

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Diana Kathryn Plopa #Michlit ‏@GreyWolfe_Pub

Diana Kathryn Plopa

Diana Kathryn Plopa


 

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Michigan

 

Tell us your latest news?

New Release: “The Griffin of Greed” A gentle fairy tale that teaches children the value of the intangible.Front Cover Final

 

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing nearly all my life, but only really got serious about it in my twenties. I’ve always been drawn to the magic of the written word. It helped that for a time in my teen years, we didn’t have a working TV.

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In my early twenties, I wrote and self-published a book of poetry. That’s when I realized that writing was the calling of my heart and soul. I didn’t sell a lot of books… but because I was able to financially break even, I’m calling it a success. Since that adventure, I’ve learned that poetry is hard, and I really shouldn’t write it! Nowadays, I prefer fiction.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

So, because I didn’t do well at it, I don’t count the poetry collection as my first book. When I really felt like a writer was when I wrote my memoir, “Wolfe Cub”. It’s a resource for all those people out there who chose to be a single parent – not because of death or divorce, but because it was the right choice to make. My son came to me one day in his teens, and told me that he thought I was a good parent. He asked me to write down how I did it so that when he had kids, he’d have a better idea of what to do and not do. After such high praise, how could I not write the book?!

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like complex ideas and language combinations that make a person think. I love my lexicon and I work hard at expanding it regularly. I love stories that delve into people’s emotions and perhaps show a story in a way that a reader may not have considered before. So I guess my style might be categorized as “unusually normal.”

 

How did you come up with the title?

For “Wolfe Cub”, it was easy. Wolfe is my maiden name, and my son’s surname; and adding “cub” seemed to make sense. For my satirical novel, “Free Will”, that was easy, too. Free Will is the concept that the book challenges readers to look at in a different way. “Griffin of Greed”, my new children’s book, was also an easy choice. That’s exactly what the entire story is about. So, I guess I’d say that choosing titles is easy for me because I simply look into the story and try to come up with a title that speaks best to what the reader will encounter.

 

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

In “Griffin of Greed”, it’s about teaching children that those things that don’t have a price tag are far more valuable than anything they might find in a shopping mall… and they last longer, too. For “Free Will” it’s all about allowing our imagination to accept a different line of thinking. In “Wolfe Cub” its about realizing that children are people, not possessions; and if we treat them with the same respect and adoration we want for ourselves, they can grow into spectacular human beings.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

“Wolfe Cub” came directly out of my daily journaling while raising my son – so all of it is realistic. The novel and kid’s book are just for fun… although who knows what the afterlife could really be like?

 

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

For “Wolfe Cub”, yes… the others are strictly products of my very unique imagination.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Anything written by William Shakespeare was a huge influence. He showed me that wordsmithing can be fun. A.A. Milne’s “Pooh” series was instrumental for teaching me to be gentle with my writing. And I love reading Michael Crichton’s work for the rich details. Combing those attributes is pretty much where my writing lives.

 

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

Probably A.A. Milne. The imagination written in his pages, and the gentle way he worked with characterization is how I try to focus my energies when I write. Rich imagination coupled with very diverse, interesting characters is what I try to emulate.

 

What book are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading “The Atlas Gene” by A.G. Riddle. It’s an interesting foray into science and the human condition. I’m ab out half-way through, and am enjoying it so far.

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

As a publisher and editor, I’m fortunate to read work from new authors all the time. Some of them are quite spectacular. But, in order to not play favorites, I won’t name them here. Outside of that, I’ve recently discovered Peter Clines, Gabrielle Zevin, Robin Sloan, and Gigi Pandian. I don’t know how new they are to the writing world – but they’re new to me, and I’ve enjoyed them all immensely. I’m looking forward to reading more of their work.

 

What are your current projects?

I have a “non-traditional” romance titled “A Tryst of Fate” currently with my editor (hoping to release in March); I’m working on a science fiction piece called “The Last Strand”; and I’m also working on a government conspiracy piece called “The American Plague.” In addition, I have another children’s book, a historical novel, and a crime novel all n outline stage. I tend to work on several projects at a time to avoid writer’s block and boredom. My imagination takes me to many places simultaneously – so I just keep taking dictation and transcribing the scenes as effectively as I can.

 

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

My writing buddies. I’ve found that being actively engaged in a writing community makes my craft stronger. And, it’s a great emotional support, as well.

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Thankfully, for the past four years, it has been one – although I’m not making millions – yet.  If I can swing it, I’ll never go back into a corporate job again!

 

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

Nope. I’m pretty happy with the way all three of them have turned out.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My father was my first inspiration. He used to play word games with me and he read aloud to me from a very early age. When I discovered that he was also a writer, it gave me the confidence to really pursue storytelling. Through my teen years, I just practiced. Now, I’m writing for real – and he’s still a tremendously supportive element to my writing.

 

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

Sure. “A Tryst of Fate” is a “non-traditional” romance told from the point of the man. There is an unusual love triangle at the center of the story, and because my main character is a writer himself, storytelling takes a huge role in the progression of the story. I could tell you more, but the story is also a bit of a mystery, and I don’t want to give away too much.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes! I have the hardest time writing physically violent scenes. I have a fantasy novel that’s been sitting in my drawer for the past twenty years because I’m having a huge problem writing the final battle between the giants, orcs and other horrific creatures. Blood and guts writing is not my strong suit. Bashing people’s skulls in and describing the carnage is very difficult for me. I’m hoping to find a workshop that specializes in this area someday.

 

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

I’m torn between William Shakespeare for the amazing use of language, and A.A. Milne for the tremendous treatment of characters.

 

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

Not yet… but this historical novel I’m working on might involve traveling at some point. We’ll have to see what the characters ask of me, and where I need to go in order to fulfill their demands.

 

Who designed the covers?

I use an incredible cover designer, Renee Barrett of The Cover Counts! She is fantastic in her ability to somehow sneak into my brain, with nothing more than a synopsis for a road map, and pull out just the perfect cover. A bonus to her creative work is her more-than-affordable pricing. You can reach her at www.TheCoverCounts.com

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I’ve never seen writing as “hard”, per se. I am often frustrated when ideas don’t come as quickly as I’d like, or when characters take me down a path that isn’t in my outline (they’re usually right). But I wouldn’t say writing is ever hard for me. The story ideas come at me about as frequently as I take a breath.

 

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

Because I have a goal to write a book in all of the major genres, each book poses new learning experiences that the last one didn’t have. I’ve learned to use a different vocabulary collection when writing for children than when writing for adults; when writing about my own life experiences I needed to remember that not everything about me or how I live will be of interest or help to someone else, so choosing content was important; and with fiction, well, each story brings a host of lessons. Sometimes when I think a certain scene will work, I later discover that it really doesn’t and I either cut it or revise it. And probably the biggest lesson has been to stay mindful of the audience and write the story that will make them happy – while still satisfying myself, too.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Put your butt in the chair and write every day. Make writing a daily habit. It doesn’t have to be spectacular or earth-changing words that you’re putting on the page. The important thing is that you’re creating a habit that will ingrain “muscle memory”. Just like with athletes, you have to strengthen your writing muscles every day to reach Olympic caliber results.

 

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

Only that I hope they enjoy the stories that I offer; and that I’m very appreciative for each hands that holds one of my books. For without them, this would be a passion without purpose. Thank you to all those who have read my work – and all those who may read my work in the future.

Read an Excerpt of “The Griffin of Greed”…  http://user-v20vihi.cld.bz/The-Griffin-of-Greed2

 

Connect With The Author At: http://greywolfepublishing.com/Diana%20Kathryn%20Plopa.html

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Purchase “The Griffin of Greed”at: http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Greed-Diana-Kathryn-Plopa/dp/1628281308/

Other Titles By Diana Kathryn Plopa 

Other Titles by Diana Kathryn Plopa

Other Titles by Diana Kathryn Plopa

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#MotownWriters Womens Literary Brunch Featured Vendor: @TUMIKAPATRICE #MichLit #MotownLit

If you missed the event, you missed a great time. We’ll still be featuring a lot of the vendors who came to support and share with attendees. Subscribe to our website for 2017 and we hope to see you there.

Bio:
tumikaCainAuthorTumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author and media personality whose works center around the complexities of the human experience. Through her writing she takes a global look at issues that affect women and crafts authentic, well-rounded characters and plots so rich that are so relatable they feel like personal friends to the readers. She is also the founder of Say What?? Book club, book reviewer, contributing writer for The Belief Magazine, and former columnist/book reviewer for PEN’Ashe Magazine. Her works center around the complexities of the human experience and in uplifting the spirit. An assignment for a second grade class sparked her interest in writing that would quickly become her raison d’etre. As an educator, she wholeheartedly believes that each one should reach one; each one should teach one. Tumika is also a respected editor and publisher. When she is not writing, she may be found teaching writer’s workshops, blogging, volunteering, and otherwise beautifying the world around her. She is the author of the award winning novel, When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change; After the Rain…a Poetry Collective; and The Heart of a Woman: Poetry, Short Stories & Tekaisms. Book 2 of the When a Man Loves a Woman series will be released in April 2016. Her works have been published in a number of anthologies, magazines and periodicals.
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#MotownLit Women’s Brunch Vendor: Author, Kimberly @BatchelorDavis | See her March 19th @SkillmanLibrary Detroit

Author, Kimberly Batchelor Davis Biography:

Kimberly Batchelor Davis has been in love with books since she was a child. Who would’ve known that

God would bless her with the gift of writing, however he did and she was reminded of that on

September 11, 2001 after the devastating attacks on America. Kimberly’s desire to write was renewed.

Kimberly fervently believes that “We live by faith, not by sight”2nd Corinthians Ch.5 verse 7. It reminds

us to continue to put our faith in God instead of ourselves. She realized that something was missing

from her life and it was writing. “I had to have a purpose and it wasn’t just about making money, I had

to give back in some way—I just didn’t know how.” Since then she has not looked back. She lives by

this in creating stories that have shared experiences, which inspire or cause people to think about

situations in a different way. Recently, she released Rose and the Enchanted Seven and Escape to

Paradise: Book 1 a fictional romantic trilogy book series.

Kimberly blogs about her bout of depression, motherhood and writing, she has been featured on the

Brand New Mommy and the Bougie Black Girl. She has published articles with Saved magazine and Mi

Estilo, an online Hispanic magazine. She speaks professionally on issues that she’s passionate about,

which include motherhood, literacy, community civic engagement and writing.

To contact Kimberly Batchelor Davis, BatchelorDavis Group, please email batchelordavis @ gmail.com.

You can also visit www.kimberlybatchelordavis.com, www.twitter.com/batchelordavis and

www.facebook.com/batchelordavis .

Happy writing.

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We invite readers, bookclub attendees, writers and authors to join us to celebrate not only the literary women in Michigan, but also the love of books in Detroit.

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the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch

 

DETROIT – The Motown Writers Network is spreading the literary spirit in Detroit for Women’s History Month with the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

In addition to celebrating Michigan women who write the event is geared toward uplifting the love of books in Detroit and will raise funds for literary efforts throughout the city.

“Detroit is rich with women writers,” says Sylvia Hubbard, author and founder of Motown Writers Network. “Our goal has always been to celebrate and support all writers, but with this event we shine the light on the talented women in Michigan who have contributed great literary works to the world. At the same time we want to let people know that Detroit is a place for readers.”

Included in the event is a Literary Women’s Panel Discussion with panelists:

  • Anna Clark, freelance writer and editor of “A Detroit Anthology”
  • Oneita Jackson, former Detroit Free Press columnist and editor, and author of “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome”
  • Casey Rocheteau, 2014 Write A House Recipient, poet, and author of “Knocked Up on Yes”

Joining as a moderator for the discussion will be Karen Dumas, radio personality and Detroit political analyst. There will also be additional vendors of women authors, literacy organizations and literary services. Sponsors for this event are Smashwords.com, Dakota Avenue West Publishing, and Rose Marie Wilson.

 

The event is for writers, authors, and book lovers. Proceeds and monetary donations will go toward the Motown Writers Network’s adopted organizations and literary sponsors to provide more reading opportunities around the city of Detroit.

The Motown Writers Network’s Motown Literary Women’s Brunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Detroit Public Library Skillman Branch, 121 Gratiot. The event is free to the public, with limited VIP tickets for an exclusive Meet & Greet and swag bags included. For more information and to RSVP visithttp://motownwriters.com/womensbrunch.

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#MotownWriters Womens Literary Brunch Featured Author: Anna Clark | March 19th @SkillmanLibrary

Anna Clark

Anna Clark is a freelance journalist in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New Republic,  the Columbia Journalism ReviewNext City, and other publications. She is the director of applications for Write A House and founder of Literary Detroit. Anna is the author of Michigan Literary Luminaries: From Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden and she edited A Detroit Anthology, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book.

Event Details:

Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

Location: Skillman Detroit Public Library, 121 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Authors interested in vending, please fill out this form to be considered. Taking applications for 2016 and 2017. CLICK HERE. Promotional Donations, please CONTACT us.

Early Bird Tickets are due before December 31st

VIP Tickets can be purchased until February 1st – Purchasers will receive seating, a VIP signing with author from 11am to 11:30am with special guest authors, a special bag of books, promotional materials and $10 coupon off 2017 Luncheon.

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Bringing the literary spirit back to Detroit, Motown Writers Network hosts the Motown Literary Women Brunch to raise money for literary efforts around the City of Detroit.

We invite readers, bookclub attendees, writers and authors to join us to celebrate not only the literary women in Michigan, but also the love of books in Detroit.

Bring your best hat, wear your Sunday dress and show your love for books by supporting the authors we will have speaking, inspiring and bringing you together.

All Monetary Donations will go toward our adopted organizations and literary sponsors to provide more reading material and programs around The City of Detroit.

Lists of authors and sponsors to come… Sign up early for your ticket. The earlier the better.

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Event Sponsors

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Press Release

 

For Immediate Release                                            Media Contact:

AND Communications

March 1, 2016                                                            Andrea Daniel

(313) 468-2459

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Motown Writers Network Hosts

the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch

 

DETROIT – The Motown Writers Network is spreading the literary spirit in Detroit for Women’s History Month with the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

In addition to celebrating Michigan women who write the event is geared toward uplifting the love of books in Detroit and will raise funds for literary efforts throughout the city.

“Detroit is rich with women writers,” says Sylvia Hubbard, author and founder of Motown Writers Network. “Our goal has always been to celebrate and support all writers, but with this event we shine the light on the talented women in Michigan who have contributed great literary works to the world. At the same time we want to let people know that Detroit is a place for readers.”

Included in the event is a Literary Women’s Panel Discussion with panelists:

  • Anna Clark, freelance writer and editor of “A Detroit Anthology”
  • Oneita Jackson, former Detroit Free Press columnist and editor, and author of “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome”
  • Casey Rocheteau, 2014 Write A House Recipient, poet, and author of “Knocked Up on Yes”

Joining as a moderator for the discussion will be Karen Dumas, radio personality and Detroit political analyst. There will also be additional vendors of women authors, literacy organizations and literary services. Sponsors for this event are Smashwords.com, Dakota Avenue West Publishing, and Rose Marie Wilson.

 

The event is for writers, authors, and book lovers. Proceeds and monetary donations will go toward the Motown Writers Network’s adopted organizations and literary sponsors to provide more reading opportunities around the city of Detroit.

The Motown Writers Network’s Motown Literary Women’s Brunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Detroit Public Library Skillman Branch, 121 Gratiot. The event is free to the public, with limited VIP tickets for an exclusive Meet & Greet and swag bags included. For more information and to RSVP visithttp://motownwriters.com/womensbrunch.

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