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#MotownWriters Weekly Feature, Author, Mark Love

Name of Author: Mark Love
 Name of Book: The Jamie Richmond Mystery Series: Devious, Vanishing Act, Fleeing
Beauty. The Jefferson Chene Mystery Series: Why 319? Your Turn to Die (coming soon)

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 Author Website https://motownmysteries.blogspot.com/
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Author’s Interview

Where are you from? I’m originally from the Detroit area, where I lived for many years before
moving to Kalamazoo in 2011.

Tell us your latest news? My next book, “Your Turn to Die” is the second Jefferson Chene
mystery, is at the publishers right now. Hopefully it will be released yet this year.

When and why did you begin writing? I was always writing stories as a kid. It was fun to create
characters and put them in difficult situations.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? About ten years ago I started getting serious
about working on a novel.
What inspired you to write your first book? A friend recommended a mystery and said it was
great. I figured it out within the first 30 pages. When I gave it back to her, she said ‘if you’re so
smart, you should write your own mystery. I took up the challenge.

Do you have a specific writing style? Not really.

How did you come up with the title? My first two books (Devious and Vanishing Act) fit the
story well but turns out there are a number of other works with the same titles. Since then I’ve
tried to find something unique in the story that sets them apart (Fleeing Beauty and Why 319?)

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Get caught up in the characters
How much of the book is realistic? It’s all fiction, but set in current times. I use a lot of local
landmarks, particularly in the Detroit area, that readers will recognize.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I do use some events
from my personal life to make the characters and actions realistic.

What books have most influenced your life most? The works of John D. MacDonald and Elmore
Leonard.

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

What book are you reading now? No Middle Name by Lee Child

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? James Rollins, Greg Iles, John
Sandford.

What are your current projects? Finishing the final edits for “Your Turn to Die” and starting on
the third book in the Jefferson Chene series.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Writers workshops. It’s
a great way to gain honest feedback from others who are serious about creating great stories.

Do you see writing as a career? It’s one of my passions. If I can entertain the readers with my
stories and make some money along the way, that’s a bonus.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. After
numerous revisions and edits, it’s as close to perfect as I can get.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been an avid reader. There
were several teachers along the way who encouraged me to write.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? The blurb for the cover is at the bottom of
this message.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Taking the time away from
writing to promote is always a challenge.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? It’s difficult to

choose just one. Old favorites were MacDonald and Leonard. New ones are Lee Child, John
Sandford and James Rollins. They all draw you into a story quickly and make you want to keep
reading.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve done a number of author events
around Michigan but rely on my own experiences in Motown to enhance my writing.

Who designed the covers? Artists assigned by the publishers, but I do have input in the artwork.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing. It’s always a challenge to trim the
story, to keep it flowing, eliminate redundancies and keeping the details straight.

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

Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to share your work
with others. Develop a thick skin. Welcome their feedback. When it’s ready, submit. Don’t be
discouraged if you get a rejection. Even the greatest authors do.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I’ve got a story you’re going
to love. See it begins when…

 

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Book Excerpt 

Title: Your Turn to Die
Author: Mark Love

Blurb: It was supposed to be a friendly round of paintball. But blood, not paint, covers Kyle
Morrissey’s body. Though admired by the public for his charity, the businessman was no
choirboy. Could it be that more than one person want him dead? Sergeant Jefferson Chene and
his detective squad catch the case. With two new faces on the team, he finds himself in the
unfamiliar role as mentor. He is also cautiously beginning a relationship with Simone
Bettencourt, the beautiful woman he met while pursuing a serial murderer. Complicating the case
are two retired gangsters, a fortune in jewels, and Detroit’s history of organized crime. But the
squad must utilize every resource available to catch a killer.

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#MotownWriters September Guest Speaker: Alicea Davis, poet, author and artist! Topic: The Grit and Grime

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About Author

Alicea Davis is an inspirational spoken word poet, author and artist. Driven by her calling to bring light into our world, she create projects that helps to heal and empower others. The Detroit-native has shared her passionate messages by being featured on a variety of television shows, radio shows, public schools, college campuses, churches and more. She is the founder of Esteem Builders Publications Company which has maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Davis has been married to her wonderful husband Benjamin for 9 years and she is a devoted member of Auburn Hills Christian Center.

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Weekly #MotownWriters Feature, Cathie Higgins Weir, Author of I’ll See You Later

 

 

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Where are you from?
Kalamazoo, MI

Tell us your latest news?
Sold six books at a lung transplant patient/donor picnic.

When and why did you begin writing?
Two years ago. First and only book (so far) self-published December 2017.
In 2008 I underwent double lung transplant surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital. It was a
difficult and painful procedure, but I used humor to survive. It’s now 10 ½ years later, and I’m doing
great.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think in the 6th grade. Our teacher would put a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post picture in front of
us and we would have to create a story from the picture. I always received A’s for my work.
I worked in the theatre and I wrote the bios for the actors for the programs. I also owned a murder
mystery company and I wrote all of the scripts.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Friends would ask me about my surgery, and I really didn’t like to talk about it. It was one of the most
difficult times of my life. And I really couldn’t tell everything in one sitting, so I put it all down in a book
so people would know the whole story. AND . . . many are very surprised at what I went through.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Many people have said how raw and honest my writing is. “I could hear your voice.” “It was though you
were sitting next to me telling me the story.”

How did you come up with the title?
My father was 59 years old when he died from complications due to emphysema. When I was diagnosed
with the disease at age 56 I was terrified I only had three more years to live. Three months before the
double lung transplant he came to me in a dream. In the dream, I was in the hospital. He came over to the
bed, gently took my hand and said, “I’ll See You Later.” With the emphasis on “later.” It was so real that
I saw him, felt him and heard him, but he had died 37 years before. I interpreted the dream to mean not
to worry and that I was going to be just fine.

Is there a message in your novel memoir that you want readers to grasp?
I express how important it is for organ donation, and that it doesn’t matter what age you are. At this time
in this country, 114,000 people are waiting for some type of organ transplant. If my donor hadn’t been
available, I would probably be dead by now. Many candidates do pass before organs are made available
to them.

I also express how important it is to become your own advocate in the face of medical situations. I belie
the fact that doctors and nurses know everything. I encourage readers to know when to say no to medical
situations or procedures, and to trust what their body is telling them. If they feel something isn’t right or
isn’t going to benefit them, then, by all means, they need to speak up. And if they can’t do it on their own,
hospitals have patient advocates to do it for them.

How much of the book is realistic?
It’s ALL realistic. My true experiences.

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

What books have most influenced your life most?
Who Moved My Cheese, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow, The Artist’s Way, When Bad
Things Happen to Good People, Diary of Anne Frank.

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

What book are you reading now?
In between books.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Katherine Stone. Young Adult Fiction. The Reappearance of Tom Ferris and The Arsonist. (Michigan
author).

What are your current projects?
None for writing.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The theatre where I worked.

Do you see writing as a career?
I’m 68 years old and retired, so I’m not looking for a career.

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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I forgot a couple of things that I would insert. Like the fact that my mother was a girl scout leader and to
this day girls who were in the troop tell me how much they loved her.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sixth Grade.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
None.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I wanted everything to be perfect the first time so I would dwell on a sentence or paragraph. I finally
learned to let it go and just write and come back to that sentence/paragraph later.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Agatha Christie. I love her mysteries. And when you think about the time she was writing, she was pretty
dicey. Way ahead of her time.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. Not yet.

Who designed the covers?
I did.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Same as above. I wanted everything to be perfect the first time so I would dwell on a sentence or
paragraph. I finally learned to let it go and just write and come back to that sentence/paragraph later.

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

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t feel like you have to write the book all in one day. Write down whatever thoughts come to your
mind. Have paper and pen/pencil handy at all times. Let the characters, in fiction, speak to you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope that after you read my book you’ll sign up to be an organ donor. 10% of the proceeds for the sale
of my book go to The Gift of Life.

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As an accomplished actress, Cathie Higgins Weir has seen many strange things in her thirty years on stage, but ten years ago she encountered an amazing sight while waiting for a double lung transplant. Her father appeared to her in a dream.

This ghost simply told his daughter, “I’ll see you later.”

The phrase would both haunt and comfort her during the demanding times ahead. As Weir recounts in this new memoir, she had been diagnosed with emphysema at fifty-six. Her father died at fifty-nine. She was terrified she only had three years to live.

Was her father’s appearance a warning? In the hilarious, harrowing adventure ahead, Weir would learn the truth.

Weir’s memoir isn’t merely about her personal fight with emphysema but expands its scope to look at the realities of organ donation, the importance of being your own medical advocate, and the bonds that connect donors, recipients, and their entire support networks.

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Book Excerpt

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 Okay, that didn’t just happen. It was a dream. Wasn’t it? No, that was real. It felt real. The machines churned laboriously. The faint light became dimmer, the dreary walls seemed duller. 
 
He entered the room dressed in his off-the-rack suit from Sears. But wait a minute, something wasn’t right. He never dressed up. What was happening? 
 
He walked over to the bed, gently took my hand. “I’ll see you later,” my father said. But it wasn’t with words . . . telepathically? Even though I saw him, I heard him, I felt him, I knew it couldn’t be real. My father had been dead for 37 years. 
 
He passed away at the age of 59 due to complications from emphysema. When I was diagnosed with the same disease at 56, I was terrified I only had three more years to live.

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#MotownWriters: Coming Soon: Second Time Sweeter: A Blessings Novel by Bestselling Michigan Author Beverly Jenkins @authormsbev

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Second Time Sweeter: A Blessings Novel

by Beverly Jenkins  (Author)

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NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a new heartwarming novel set in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown.

But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness?

Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances?

A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around…

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#MotownWriters August Author of the Month PART 2 INTERVIEW: Author Spotlight-T.J.London Historical Fiction writer | @TJLondonauthor #michiganwriters #writerslife

This month of August, Motown Writers Network features, T.J. London, author of The Tory Book #1 The Rebels and Redcoats Saga. Check out the second part of her awesome interview with us, get to know her and then support her by reading and reviewing her book and then sharing this interview with others. If you missed the first interview, click here.

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Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Getting what I see in my head on the page. I almost have to method act out the scene before I write it. Its very emotional, but I think those who read and love my books find the experience very emotional and viceral.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Kerrigan Byrne. While I am not a huge romance reader, her writing just makes me bleed, and hurt and fall in love. Again, I am all about the experience. I also love the great, the amazing and the legendary Judith McNaught.  Last but not least John Jakes, he gave me my love of the Revolutionary War.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? yes, all the time. London, Upstate New-York, Boston. I am a research purist. If I havenet seen it, I dont write it!

Who designed the covers? Myself and my amazing friend Steve Miller. www.lookatmydesigns.com. I call him my Picasso. He’s inspired and he gets my vision.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Reliving my own pain and making peace with it.  And the obvious things, writing style, creating your own voice.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? That I can do anything, if I put my mind to it-the Tory is proof of that. Just because you fail and things don’t work out, doesn’t mean life wont throw you another option.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Dont give up no matter what. Just because someone tells you something isnt good, doesnt mean that it isn’t. Everyone has an opinion and they will give you it whether you want it or not. Find people you trust and let them guide and help you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I hope you love The Tory, and know there are two more books to come about these two characters. So it dose not end at The Tory! For me this book was a labor of love. Its deep, emotional story about

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His King or His Conscience…which will he chose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

two lovers who have lost everything and together they find a way to make it in a war torn world. I hope you have laugh, cry, fall in love and learn a little about the Revolutionary War.

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In Praise of the Black Men and Women Who Built #Detroit… NY Times Book Review of Black Detroit by Herb Boyd #Motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit #mittenlit

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BLACK DETROIT
A People’s History of Self-Determination
By Herb Boyd
Illustrated. 416 pp. Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99.

Detroit has found its griot in Herb Boyd. Traditional West African storytellers, griots carry their people’s traditions from generation to generation, and are renowned for their encyclopedic knowledge, their wit and their ability to bridge the past and present. In the tradition of the griot, Boyd has written a song of praise to what he calls “the city’s glorious history.” BUY BOOK NOW

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Herb Boyd, second from right, at Wayne State University in 1977, as his daughter reads to Alex Haley. Also in the group is Rosa Parks, second from left.Creditvia Harper Collins

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Check out 7 Whole Days Trailer by #Detroit Indie Author & Filmmaker @PhetteOgburn

About Detroit Indie Author & Filmmaker:

Phette Hollins is a self-proclaimed Human Vault, and Head of the Storytelling Ministry. She empowers people to be brave and courageous in the pursuit of their authentic selves through her books and films, where she shares stories of healing and getting unstuck by removing the layers and getting to the core of our “issues.” Learn more at: bit.ly/phettewritesbooks.

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#MotownWriters Author Spotlight-T.J.London Historical Fiction writer | @TJLondonauthor #michiganwriters #writerslife

This month of August, Motown Writers Network features, T.J. London, author of The Tory Book #1 The Rebels and Redcoats Saga. Check out her great interview, get to know her and then support her by reading and reviewing her book and then sharing this interview with others.

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Where are you from?I am from Northville, MI

When and why did you begin writing? I wrote my first book when I was 15, but I restarted writing recently as part of counceling, to help me cope with anxiety of loosing a job and a my father becoming ill all at the same time.  I wrote The Tory as part of a therapy technigue instead of journaling. When I finished, my councelor read the book and loved it. So here I am, a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? The day The Tory was released. LOL. I have a bit of an inferiority complex, because I know some AMAZING authors.

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What inspired you to write your first book? I mentioned this above, but also, I love the American Revolution and I feel like it is under represented in fiction. So it was a combination of therapy and my love of the time period

Do you have a specific writing style? YEESSS!! Deep third person perspective. I love gritty, graphic, sexy, raw novels. Like a good cable mini-series. I want to bleed, cry, fall and love and get a little hot under the collar when I read.

How did you come up with the title? My story is about a British Spy undercover as a Tory profiteer, hence the name.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, that there were good people on both sides of war. Any war! That the same values and truths we hold dear are universal to all people and time periods. And if we would look to the history, the true history, not the mocked up happy verison we want to see, all things can be explained.  And love really does conqure all, if we open our heart to it.

How much of the book is realistic? All of it. I did my best to keep the history correct, as it is a Historical Fiction with romantic elements.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes, painfully so. This book was therapy, my personal story is buried within the fiction and history. While some of the events are dramatized and creations of my mind, some of it is very much part of me. I am very much both of my main characters, though one is a man. His personal struggles and emotional ones, while dramatized in some form are my own. That is all I will say, as an author, allow me a little fun and the ability to keep the mystery.

What books have most influenced your life most? North and South, and The Bastard by John Jakes. The Help. 1776. Wow, there are many, but they really influenced me as a writer, not so much my life.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? If I could pick a mentor it would be Kerrigan Byre, I love her as a person (Ive met her once, but she’s lovely) and cuz her prose just makes me feel. She’s amazing.  Also, Donna Thorland, I love her Revolutionary War fiction, its fab!

What book are you reading now? The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christina Blevins. Love me some Revolutionary War fiction

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Yes, Layla Omorose, I know her from Romantic Times and I love her stuff.Jo Michaels, she’s my copy editor, but I’m just now getting into her writing

What are your current projects? Books #2 The Traitor and #3 The Turncoat of The Rebels and Redcoats Saga

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My editor Kathe Robin, and the Romatic Time Community which is sadly no more.

Do you see writing as a career? It’s a side career for me, if I did it full time, I think I wouldnt love it as much. Art must be pure and come from inspiration, so I have to wait for it, not be forced into it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not a thing. The Tory and all its characters are  very, very special to me. It was my solace when I could find none.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? When I was a little girl and I had lots of nightmares, my mother told me to re-create a move or a favorite book in my head and then create my own ending to it, the one I would like to see. That’s when I started really being creative. Hence I wrote like 5 version of Mary Poppins in my sleepless childhood nights. LOL. Still love P.L. Travers today.

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His King or His Conscience…which will he chose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

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#Literati Bookstore typewriter yields its own book via @detroitnews cc @LiteratiBkstore #MichiganWriters #michlit #motownwriters

After Hilary and Michael Gustafson opened Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore in 2013, they adopted the manual typewriter as the store’s symbol.

Machines are scattered throughout the shop, but only one of them has paper in the roller, begging the idle shopper to sit down and bang out a few lines.

These anonymous musings have recently been collected in a new book, “Notes from a Public Typewriter,” edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: E. Raye Turonek author of compelled to murder @RayeTuronek #michiganwriters #michlit

E. Raye Turonek

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Where are you from? I am from Detroit, MI

Tell us your latest news?  Compelled to Murder was chosen for the book of the month of April by EyeCU Reading Network. I will also be participating in the Hustle&Grind book fair on May 19th hosted by Hood Book Headquarters.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing in 2004. I was prompted to write by the vivid dreams I was experiencing.

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When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer once I completed my first screenplay in 2004. 

What inspired you to write your first book? I sent my screenplay A Reason to Kill to a literary company. They responded, asking me to change it to book form. This is what ultimately made me convert my screenplay into a novel.

Do you have a specific writing style? I do not have a specific writing style. It just flows.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted the readers to feel a pull of interest toward my book, just from reading the title and viewing cover, so “Compelled to Murder” is what I came up with. I figured with the change from screenplay to novel it need a title change as well.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I really want the readers to grasp the fact that everyone has faults, and understand how those faults can be played out. That actions have consequences…

How much of the book is realistic? The events are more realistic than not, but Compelled to Murder is fictitious. 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? None of the events are based on a true story.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say The Crucible influenced me the most. The chaos that ensued in the small town of Salem Massachusetts was unbelievable/shameful. I also loved “A Street Car Named Desire” and “Twelve Angry Men”.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I’d be honored to have Stephen King as a mentor.
What book are you reading now? I am reading “Dark Mountain” by Richard Laymon.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? T.L. Criswell with the Peace Maker
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on a fantasy novel.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.The EyeCU Reading Network has been extremely supportive. The positivity of it’s members, the opportunities they spotlight, along with the information that they share with the literary community, are just a few things that make them a true gem. EyeCU Reading Network is an invaluable group of authors and readers!

Do you see writing as a career? I definitely see writing as a career.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? If I could go back, I wouldn’t change anything in my book, however going forward if I am afforded the opportunity to showcase  Compelled to Murder in a different form of art… I’d be open to changes. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I liked writing book reports on novels in high school.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The editing is the hardest part for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have a favorite author, however I love the way Richard Laymon pulls you into his stories. He tells a good story.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve not yet had the opportunity to travel because of my writing. That would be a dream come true.

Who designed the covers? I drew out the cover. My cousin, Amira Shaunice, author of Silence: The Complete Journey and creator/director of New York Girls TV, had it digitally made.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part of writing my book was choosing my wording and sticking with it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned that the words you use have a great effect on people. Always write with emotion.
Do you have any advice for other writers? My advice is to choose your words wisely… don’t rush… let it come to you.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? want to thank my readers for allowing my work to be a part of their atmosphere. I can only hope I’ve provided them an experience that ran their emotions wild.

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Darren Kelly

 

Where are you from? Well I was born and raised in the city of Detroit, on the eastside.

Tell us your latest news? I do have some ideas for a new book for young adults. Also, I’m doing some author expos this summer.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing when I was 17. I write to release emotions, energy, or when I have something to say about an issue. I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain. Plus I didn’t have a lot of friends in school; I kept to myself a lot. So writing in my journal was like talking to a best friend.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After college (2013). I wanted to write a book about my college experience and what I got out of college to help others.

What inspired you to write your first book? After I finally graduated college in 2013 with a pre-law degree, I said to myself I wanted to help young people get through school and life in general. I got started on the book in September 2014.

Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is conversational. I like to write as if I’m sitting down talking with the reader.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted to let people know you can accomplish your dreams with just 6 basic principles that are given in the book. And the book is based entirely in Detroit. So “6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit” was born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes. I want readers to know you can do anything you set your mind too, that with the help of just 6 successful things you can be great.

How much of the book is realistic? The entire book is realistic. I have three brothers. Both of my parents worked in the auto plants. We moved to the East English Village area and stayed there for over 20 years. I graduated from Cass Tech high school in 2004. I entered WSU that same year and first majored in business. I spent years at WSU and loved the campus environment, the diverse student body, and curriculum.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The events in my own life shape my book.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say Michael Jackson’s book “Moonwalk” and Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? It’s a tie between Toni Morrison and Steven King. They’re both are good at writing.

What book are you reading now? I have taken a little break from reading at the moment. My favorite books though are non- fiction books and books by black authors: Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, ete.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Colson Whitehead author of Underground Railroad.

What are your current projects? I do have another book about Detroit in mind.

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

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? No. I love the entire book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure. 6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit, is a non-fiction book, a quick easy read about 6 ways to be successful. The text is autobiographical and details my journey growing up in the city of Detroit.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The hardest part about writing this book is going back and revisiting some painful memories like the death of my brother. As a writer you may have to reflect on some painful memories to prove something to the reader.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King. He is good at taking things from his personal life and making them into great stories.”

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

Who designed the covers? I designed the cover. I wanted the book’s cover to convey the central theme, which is higher education so I decided to put my graduation picture on there. I wanted to show the reader that if I can do it, you can to.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writers’ block. I had a 3 month writers’ block.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned how hard it is to write a book. It looks easy but the book writing process is hard and time consuming. It can take years to see a book through from start to finish.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. I would tell authors to write about what you know and are passionate about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say go out and buy the book on Amazon.com and I believe once you’re done, it will change your life. And thanks for the support!

More From The Author

www.darrenrobertkelly.com

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Michigan author has been queen of the romance/historical genre for 25 years #motownwriters @authormsbev

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Beverly Jenkins strutted on to the literary scene almost 25 years ago, becoming the first African-American woman with a best-selling historical romance novel.

She thought “Night Song,” published in 1994, would open the door for other black women authors.

“The readers were coming through but there no authors behind me,” said Jenkins, who will be in Bowling Green for Researching the Romance, a two-day academic conference on April 13-14 at Bowling Green State University.

“I had the niche to myself for 20 years,” she said. “But now, it’s amazing.”

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Storm Writer @Storm_TheWriter #Michlit #motownlit

Storm Writer

 

Where are you from?Detroit Michigan.

Tell us the latest news. I’ve currently signed to Major Key Publications and hoping for a great turn out.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing at the age of 14. I’ve  always loved to write, mostly poetry.

When did you consider yourself a writer? At the age of 15.

What inspired you to write your first book?When I read Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree.

Do you have a specific writing style? No. I just let the flow come natural.

How did you come up with the title? The idea of a dollar bill came to mind and the words “In God We Trust” stuck out to me. Being that my book is about a brother and sister, I decided to name it In My Brother I Trust.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? To love your family. Family is the most important thing besides God, who will be there for you no matter what.

How much of your book is realistic? None.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No.

What books have most influenced your life most? None have influenced me but Flyy Girl, True To The Game, The Coldest Winter Ever etc. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Joy Deja King and the power couple Ashley Antoinette & JaQuavis Coleman.

What book are you reading now? Got A Gangsta Catchin’ Feelings by Laconia Renee.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest? Yes. Britt Joni, Laconia Renee, Qiana Nicole, Que T. Kennedy and the rest of the Major Key Family!

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on my third of installment of In My Brother I Trust.

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

Do you see writing as a career? Yes!

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not a thing!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was sitting in my sister’s apartment with my friends and we were making a joke about a guy we knew. I started thinking about my life and decided that I wanted to write a book on it. That didn’t turn out well lol. I was an amateur then, but the more I started to read, the more I wanted to create stories that reflected on others lives. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Part 3 of my novel “In My Brother I Trust “ centers around the lives of Monica, El and Robyn as they go through relationship battles, drug wars, lies, betrayal, and secrets! It’s definitely going to be a hit!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The most challenging part is to try to make sure you bring originality. Make stories that people haven’t heard yet. Although urban fiction sometimes touch on the same subjects, the challenging part is making sure you bring something that keeps the readers interested and wanting more!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?Mr. & Mrs. Ashley & JaQuavis Coleman. Their style of writing makes you fall in love with the characters and make you feel as if  they’re real and you know them on a personal level lol. Love it!

 Do you have to travel much concerning your books? No but I’m hoping that I get that opportunity.

 Who designed your cover? I designed my first cover. My second cover was from the lovely, Tee Jai Em(Linpare Designs).

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Marketing it! It takes a lot of promoting to get to where you want to be in this industry.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I’ve learned that you have to go hard and believe in your brand. You have to push for success.

 Do you have advise for other writers? Believe in yourself! You can do anything that you put your mind to. A beautiful mind is a terrible thing to waste, so use it to your advantage.

 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you guys soooo much for the love and support! I love you guys like family! Keep rocking with me as I set the literary world on fire with my blazing hot novels! Peace & Love! XO -Storm.

Excerpt: In a world where there is only madness and mayhem there is no escaping the trenches of life. For Capone, nothing could stop him from rising to the top and his motto was ‘Get Money Or Die Trying’ but when his greedy ways catches up with him, there is no escaping his fate.

With a dead father, a drug addicted mother, and now a deceased brother, Monica felt as if she couldn’t go on and had no one that she could Trust. She soon finds out that the person who claimed to love him had a hand in his murder and something evil ignites inside of her. They say revenge is best served cold, but Monica was dishing out frozen dinners as she goes on a hunt murking anyone who played a part in her brother’s untimely demise.

Along the way she meet Joel ‘El’ Woods who shows her a life away from death and destruction, but when a ghost from her past comes back in the picture all hell breaks loose as she is forced to continue on a path that sends her world spiraling out of control.

Will El’s love be able to save her from herself? Or will Monica stop at nothing to end the madness once and for all?

Find out in this twisted tale where the only person you can trust is yourself.

Connect With Storm Writer 

Facebook link: Shirley Jones

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Krystal Banks

Krystal Banks

Where are you from? Port Huron, Michigan.

Tell us your latest news? I’m excited about the new webinars and seminars we have added to the: Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal program.

When and why did you begin writing? I began writing last year. I started writing because I noticed in my profession of owning a bail bonds company, my clients and other people I encountered did not know or understand the law.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my book and programs became a demand.

What inspired you to write your first book? My clients. The fact that people are at their lowest point, were scared because they were about to go through a system that no one has prepared them for, is terrifying. When you’re going through the legal system this is not the time nor place to learn about how the system works.  Not to mention, you’re putting you life in some strangers hands that doesn’t know or care about you. You have to hope they will do the best for you.

Do you have a specific writing style? I have a descriptive writing style.

How did you come up with the title? A friend of mine who is also a writer and producer said that I say it all the time.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  Yes that people think they know the law or how to avoid the law, but by simply reading my book and taking one of my programs they will be prepared for anything when it comes to the justice system. What is your freedom worth? You can buy my book for 15 dollars and take my seminar or you can pay for my bail bond service among other services while dealing with the justice system that will be as minimal as 100 plus dollars? And you still will need to purchase my book and program.

How much of the book is realistic? All of this book is realistic you can’t play with peoples lives in the system one mistake could cost me life.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes all experiences are based on what has happened in my business and life.

What books have most influenced your life most? The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow.

What book are you reading now? Reformed: Memoir of a Juvenile Killer by Mario Bueno.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Melvin Foreman: The best of you vs the rest of you.

What are your current projects? Making the Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal a movement. And Getting it in curriculum, globally.

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

Do you see writing as a career? Yes. As long as I have information that can help people I will share it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe the title people can take it several different ways.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I had friends who wrote books and they inspired me to.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I am working with different states and departments on getting this book across the United States.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? It was difficult to explain to people why everyone needs to read this book no matter if there a criminal or not.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have one.

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

Who designed the covers? Myself, Miles Dixon and Ollie Mitchell.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Seeing from the Judicial System point of view while fact checking.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. Make sure I don’t do anything to be a statistic in the justice system.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Do your research. Most editors are over priced.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Read this book and  get at least 10 other people to read it the knowledge in this book is priceless.

 

More From The Author: http://www.DONTBEADUMBCRIMINAL.COM 

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Ryan R. Ennis

 

Ryan R. Ennis

Where are you from?
I was born in Royal Oak and raised in Canton Twp. Growing up, I lived in the second or third subdivision built in Canton. I remember when Canton still had farms and many wooded areas. My favorite wooded area to play as a kid is now Morton Taylor Road.

Tell us your latest news?
One of my short stories will be appearing in the latest Write to Meow Anthology, published by Grey Wolfe Publishing. It is community service anthology to support exotic and big cat rescue.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a teenager. In my high school English classes, I loved reading the short stories my teachers assigned. I decided I wanted to be a story writer. I still have the first short story I ever wrote, keeping it around as a reminder of how important determination is. My writing skills have come a long way since that first story.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Although in my early 30s I had had a few short stories published, I didn’t consider myself an actual writer until I began writing bimonthly articles for the Ferndale Friends newspaper. I wrote for that publication for over five years. At the time, I lived in Ferndale, and when I’d take a walk around town, people would stop me to give compliments about my latest article they had read. Their compliments were music to my ears: my articles were attracting a following.

What inspired you to write your first book?
The idea for my first book—The Thursday Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism—came from children. As a progressive educator, I saw the benefits of when typical kids had interactions with the kids who were enrolled in the special education classrooms.  Consequently, I started a reading program at the school that the students and I called “buddy reading.” The Thursday Surprise is a story that shows the practice of using peer tutors in action. More generally, the book illustrates that even when students with autism spend their instructional day in self-contained or categorical classrooms, there are still options available for educators and parents wanting to include special needs children with their typical peers for at least part of the day.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to get into the mindset of the characters and focus on their thoughts, providing motivation for their actions. I’ve never cared for stories in which the characters seemed vague or underdeveloped. I want my readers to be engrossed in the actions of my characters.

How did you come up with the title?
The Thursday Surprise speaks to the day on which “buddy reading” occurred and on what the main character does to win over a peer who has special needs.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are multiple messages in my book The Thursday Surprise. One is about how trying and determination, like what beginning writers must do, can lead to success. Another is that there are great joys that come when children on the autism spectrum allow a peer into his or her world. Yet another is we all have things to learn from one another.

How much of the book is realistic?
My writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, is based on my experiences. All writing, in my opinion, is based on reality and the author’s experiences, when even an author writes fantasy fiction.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In my opinion, good writers must engage in a lot of personal reflection as well as be keen observers of others.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Daisy Miller by Henry James, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, and the short stories of Joyce Carol Oates. These works feature one way or another in my current book,
The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . .
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
The writers that have most influenced me are short story writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, and Raymond Carver. Like them, I try to write descriptive prose that delves into the psychology of my characters.

What book are you reading now?
I’m presently reading Murders in the Mist: Who Killed Dian Fossey? Dian Fossey was an American who went to Rwanda in the late 60s to study gorillas. In 1985, she was murdered at her mountain research site. Besides fiction, I also enjoy reading true crime.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently read a collection of short stories called Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn. I liked that several of the stories were set just after WW II and that the stories were connected in their setting of Lowell, Massachusetts. In my new work, The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing, I also have connecting stories featuring the same town and characters.

What are your current projects?
I have written two children’s book: The Thursday Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism and The September Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism. My most recent published work is the story collection is The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . . under the name R. R. Ennis.
 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
For several years, I belonged to the Metro Detroit Creative Writers group. The members critiqued my work in ways that helped me write clear and engaging prose. I am indebted to them.

Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is in integral part of my multifaceted career. I’m also a teacher, librarian, as well as a writer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I suppose all writers look back upon their work and say they would like to change this or that—that’s why well-established writers like Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike (now deceased) revisited some of their better novels and came out with new editions. Always seeking to improve, I may do the same at some point.
 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Captivated by short stories and how they gave me a sense of reading a complete work without having to read an entire book, I decided in high school I wanted to be a short story writer along with being a teacher and/or journalist. I’ve spent many hours working on my craft while experiencing the progression of technology: from toiling away at a typewriter, to being amazed at the features of a word processor, and then to becoming a laptop computer pro.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Certainly. As stated in the book description of The Unexpected—my book is “a collection of nineteen tales about characters whose personal desires and notions of romantic fulfillment take them on journeys of self-discovery, often leading to unforeseen outcomes. Start a story, any story, in this volume, and you’ll recognize the characters—their needs and longings—and be compelled to read the story through to its conclusion.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, time factor is a major issue. When you’re a home owner, teacher, and have a part-time job on the side, it can be a challenge to find writing opportunities. Consequently, I try to write each night, even if it’s only for a half-hour, to keep myself in what I call “writing shape”—able to write productively.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Joyce Carol Oates. Her short stories are masterpieces. Even when one of stories is only a few pages long, I feel like I’ve inhabited a vast landscape. She manages to engage readers with her descriptions and her character’s emotional states. I strive to do just that.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at present. With my children’s books on autism, I traveled throughout the state to promote them.

Who designed the covers?
Thecovercounts.com

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The editing process was a challenge in that it was time-consuming. Not only did I spend countless hours reading aloud each of my nineteen short stories to ensure my prose flowed, I relied on many friends as well as a professional editor to offer their feedback and check for spelling and grammatical errors. I incorporated their ideas or suggestions as much as possible because chances are that if even one person finds what you wrote unclear, others will feel the same.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that despite the hard work, I found the process of creating a book very enjoyable. There’s nothing like exercising the power of your imagination and dwelling in a world with characters, plots, and scenes that you’ve created.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Often, I’ve heard from friends and others that they want to write, but after composing a few paragraphs, they get discouraged because their writing is not going as easily as they thought it would. There are very few writers out there that just sit down and write great prose for hours. I prescribe to the philosophy of finishing the story no matter how bad the writing or plotting seems at first. Revision is the natural progression of writing, but you can’t revise when you have little or nothing to work with.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To keep reading. Reading everyday has so many benefits to it—improving your memory, increasing your vocabulary, and relieving stress. It can even help you to become a better writer.
My new book The Unexpected: Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . . are available at Amazon (paperback and kindle), Barnes & Noble, and in a variety of electronic formats at smashwords.com. Please spread the word!
 
 
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