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MotownWriters Author Feature: Beth Anne Niemela #Michlit #MotownLit

Beth Anne Niemela

Where are you from? Originally from Detroit, I now live in Dearborn
Tell us your latest news.
My book is now on a store shelf- Dearborn Novelty Art in Dearborn, and I will have a book reading/reception
there on July 22nd at 7:00 pm. I will also be at Detroit BookFest in Eastern Market on July 16th (Shed 5, table 40), and the Local Author
Book Sale at Sterling Heights Public Library on July 29th.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written poetry since I was a child. I began writing fiction in 2011.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I completed my first novel. At that point, I told my daughter that if her friends ask her
what her mother does, tell them she’s a novelist.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had expressed a desire to write a novel I had in my head to a friend, he encouraged me
to stop making excuses and do it.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. My own.
How did you come up with the title?
That was the hardest part. I didn’t want something that sounded like a romance novel, or something trite. Halfway through the story, I had an image of the reader listening in on Lissy Porter’s story-her conversations. The title implies that rather than reading a book, you’re privy to a woman’s private story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I leave it to the reader to find their own message.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Lissy Porter and I share similar life experiences, but I am not her and she is not me.
The character of Tom is based loosely on a person I know and love. Lissy’s husband
Jack is an amalgam of two old loves.
The story is completely fictional, except for the chapter when Lissy is in ninth grade. 
That happened to me exactly as written, and it was devastating. I can laugh about it now though.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Beloved by Toni Morrison, One Day by David Nicholls, The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith are some of them. There have been many.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t feel like I’ve ever had a personal mentor, but I admire Jojo Moyes a great deal and try to follow her example.
What book are you reading now?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I am usually not a fan of fantasy stories, but his writing is an exception.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not recently, no.
What are your current projects?
I have two actually. The first one has the working title The Happy Shelf. It’s a sequel to Overheard in Suki’s Diner. I won’t go into any detail for now, I don’t want to give spoilers to anyone who hasn’t read the first one. The other is a complete departure, a much darker story which I am calling Our Lady of Woodlawn, It’s about a girl whose life becomes inextricably entwined with a couple of delinquent brothers. In their neighborhood in The Bronx, they grow up together, separate, then reunite with tragic results.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friend Keith.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s who I am. I am committed to making it a successful career, too.
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?
From reading I suppose. My mother read me bedtime stories when I was a child. We
always had lots of books around the house, and I made frequent trips to the library.
I loved the Little House books as a child. I loved poetry too, and that’s what I first wrote.
I identify as a poet.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
{It wasn’t until Sean O’Connell was standing next to her, saying her name, that she realized—despite her much professed certainty that he would return— she didn’t really believe she would see him again.
But she was seeing him now.
In a coffee shop.
The mythical Sean O’Connell was no more than an arm’s length from her.
“It is you, isn’t it,angel?”
The words Neely were trying to form couldn’t quite make the trip from her head to her mouth.
“Can you talk?” Sean asked with a wink.
She managed a soft, “Yes.”
Without waiting to be asked, he pulled out the chair across the table from her and sat.
Neely set her toast on its plate and stared.
Finally, she said his name. 
“Sean.”
“Neely.” As if they were playing a game and it was his turn. 
Sean smiled at her and his eyes twinkled, challenging her to react to his miraculous-and unheralded- presence.
His eyes said— I’ve possessed you. I’ve touched every part of your body. You lay underneath me and quivered. I’ll sit here and pretend that we’re old friends. But I know and you know that there was much more between us. You can never get back what you gave to me. And no other man can ever have it. 
“I was afraid for a moment that you’d forgotten me.”
Neely coughed 
“Not if I tried.”
“Have you tried?”
“No.”
“I’m glad to hear that.”
He was teasing her and she knew it. Just as she knew that no matter how much she would like him to believe she wasn’t affected by his startling appearance,she was every bit as elated as he expected her to be.As difficult as it was, she did herself the favor of masking her excitement.
Except with her eyes. And the little grin that she couldn’t quite supress.}
 From Our Lady of Woodlawn by Beth Anne Niemela
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Remembering to trust that the what I want to read is what I should write. I spend a lot of
time wondering how the sentence I just wrote will be judged by others, when I should be
saying, “I like it, and that’s what matters.”
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have two favorite contemporary authors. Dennis Lehane and Jojo Moyes. They write
very different kinds of books, but they both create characters who are easy to like. I want
to hang out with them. If I don’t like the characters, or care about them, I can’t enjoy the book.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet. For my project, Our Lady of Woodlawn, my daughter did some recon work for me in the Woodlawn neighborhood in The Bronx. She took pictures and talked to locals. I would like to spend some time there before I finish the story. If not, I’ll rely on my daughter’s research.
Who designed the covers?
On my first book, I did, with the help of CreateSpace Cover Creator. The photo was mine.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making the time for it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned not to dwell on errors in continuity or other mistakes in movies or books.
It’s humbling how easily a mistake can slip through.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. Just write.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My characters are my children, be kind to them. 

More From The Author: bethanneniemela.com

Connect With The Author:  

facebook.com/baniemela

Twitter: @beth_on_paper

Purchase Overheard in Suki’s Diner  amazon.com/author/baniemela

 

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Jaia Amoré #Michlit #MotownLit

Where are you from?
I am originally from New York but I have lived in the Metro Detroit since I was a toddler.
Tell us your latest news?
I recently published my first novel.  Right My Life:  A Quest to Find My True Self.
 
When and why did you begin writing?
In 2003, the spirit placed into my soul to begin writing which I did but after a few months I stopped writing due lack of motivation.
 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was laid-off from my job in 2009 I decided to return to school to obtain a second masters degree it was then when I realized I not only enjoyed writing but I was also pretty good at it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
With the motivation to heal my life and the hope to inspire others to heal their lives was the inspiration to write my first book.
 
Do you have a specific writing style?
No I don’t but for this particular novel I would say my writing style was more descriptive writing.   I wanted to extend to the reader the same or similar emotions as I felt as the writer.
How did you come up with the title?
I have always liked the play on words, so I decided to use the Right as in correct than to use the word Write, so while I was writing about my life I was in essence correcting it.
 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes absolutely, despite one’s challenges there are always opportunities to move beyond those challenges to manifest happiness and self-love.
How much of the book is realistic?
I would say a good portion of the book is based on true life events.
 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the experiences in the book are my own.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Such books like “Value in the Valley:  A Black Woman’s Guide Through Life’s Dilemmas” and “Yesterday I Cried” by Iyanla Vanzant and most certainly “Know Thy Self “ By Dr. Venice Bloodworth.
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
It would be most definitely Iyanla Vanzant.  Through her readings I was able to grasp the concepts of what it meant to be my true authentic self.
 
What book are you reading now?
I am not currently reading any books but I plan to purchase a few of Tumika Patrice’s books.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, a close friend of mine wrote a book called “Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  A Quest to Find Love.
 
What are your current projects?
I haven’t started any new projects yet but I look forward to writing a spin-off novel based on a couple character from Right My Life: A Quest to Find My True Self.
 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Besides my two good friends Demetria Hoskins and Starr Burton, I would say the Motown Writer’s Network has been a good support group.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I want to be a career writer with many writing facets from writing children books to screenplays.
 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would choose a different printing company, the firm wasn’t able to provide me with the interior layout that I wanted nor did the front cover look the same as the digital image.
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
According to my mother I was praised by my elementary school teachers for my creative readings but I never really considered writing until a few years ago.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The story is based on the character Noel, she’s a world renowned author/publisher living her dream life, she reflects on her childhood pain, the impact it had on her life and how she managed to heal her life to become whole again.
 
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing my thoughts in a way the reader can understand can be challenging.  
 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have few favorite authors one of them is Beverly Jenkins I like how she incorporates historical Detroit facts in her writings.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No not yet.
 
Who designed the covers?
Tai Bollen of Unique Designs
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write was one of my major challenges. 
 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned the true concept of perseverance, I was able to muster up enough of it to go beyond my comfort zone to write about a subject matter that is not easy to have with others.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I would like to advise other writers to stay encouraged and not be swayed by others to abandon their passion for writing.
 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
We all have moments or events that shape our lives; they, in essence, create the people we become some of those events however may have damaged us in some way and if that is the case than I press upon you not allow those events to continue to destroy and/or control your life.  It is my hope that along your journey you find your own path to your true self for it the pathway to emotional healing and self-love.  be illumined, be victorious, be love!
 

More From The Author:  Jaiaamore.com

Connect With The Author:  facebook.com/illuminedeagle

 

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Francine L.Houston #Michlit #MotownLit

Francine L.Houston

Where are you from? I was born in Flint, MI, but I was raised in Mount Morris, MI.

Tell us your latest news?  I am doing a radio interview  Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3pm.

When and why did you begin writing? I’ve  written most of my life, even in school. My first poem was called Funny How Things Changed. I wanted to express how I feel especially dealing with tough times.

What inspired you to write your first book? I wanted to write about my experience with Lupus because I could not find one to read at the time I was diagnosed.

Do you have a specific writing style? I do freestyle writing, journal writing, poetry, non-fiction and fictional.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted the title to say “Lupus” so readers would know what I was talking about. I included “journey ” so readers would know that life is a journey.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? That your heath is important. Taking care of yourself is important.

How much of the book is realistic? It’s non-fiction, fictional books will be published later.

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

What books have most influenced your life most? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Eva Demson, Dr. Norman Booker, Craig Samuels,  Dr. Eddie Connor, James Williams, Esoa and Shereena Osai, Denisha Shelene, Felicia McGee.

What are your current projects? Life After Lupus, Everyday Heros (learning to cope), poetry and short story book.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Lupus Detroit, Michigan Lupus Foundation

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, also as an outlet.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I would have made it longer.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Freshman year in college to express myself.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My second book talks about my life after dealing with my first flare-up.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Time management.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Maya Angelou. She is one of the best poets I know. She is realistic,personal, and really good with words.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I have traveled to a few cities but want to travel more.

Who designed the covers? I designed my book cover.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? With writing memoirs it is remembering everything. All of the other types of books making sure I grasp the reader’s attention.

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

Writing is therapy; it’s healing.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t give up, let your voice be heard and be yourself.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I wrote this book for readers to see what it is like dealing with an auto-immune disease, first hand.

More From The Author: www.francinelhouston.com
Connect With The Author:
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Jean Davis #Michlit #MotownLit

Jean Davis

Jean Davis lives in West Michigan. When not ruining lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found playing in her garden, enjoying a glass of wine, or lost a good book. Her novels include The Last God, Sahmara, and A Broken Race. Her short fiction has appeared in Theian Journal, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Acidic Fiction, Tales of The Talisman, The First Line, Allegory, Isotropic Fiction, Liquid Imagination, Brewed Awakenings II Anthology, and The 3288 Review.

 About the book

The General of the Unlata Kai has decreed that the time of her people is over. Jane’s race of god-like beings has caused enough chaos, leaving floundering hybrid races and war-ravaged planets throughout the universe. Kaldara, their home, is about to fulfill her wishes. When the planet goes, it will take her and the last of the Unlata Kai with it.

Logan Klevo sets out with the crew of the Maxim on a mission to warn the leaders of Kaldara of their imminent demise. Their announcement triggers a violent battle between gods. One of them holds knowledge that could restore the Maxim to its full strength. The possibility of a defense against the ruthless army of Matouk that destroyed Logan’s homeworld fills him with something he’s been missing, hope.

Abducting an angry and suicidal god might not be a wise choice, but if the god of war can learn to love

they both might discover a future worth living for.

 Upcoming Authors Appearances:

June 24 – Blue Water Author Event
Port Huron, MI
July 7 & 8 Michigan Authors at the Lakeshore
Muskegon, MI
July 16 – Detroit Eastern Book Market
Detroit, MI
Sept. 10 – Kerrytown Book Fest
Ann Arbor, MI
Sept. 23 – Alpena Book Festival
Alpena, MI

 

More From The Author: http://jeanddavis.blogspot.com/

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @JeanDDavis        

Facebook: Jean Davis Author

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Carol Paukstis #Michlit #MotownLit

Carol Paukstis

Carol Paukstis has over 25 years experience as an Elementary Teacher, reading consultant, Adult Ed.Instructor in several school districts in Michigan: Farmington, Ludington, Okemos, Flushing, Flint-Mott HS, Genesee County Sheriff Dept.  She is now retired and is a Literacy Coach.  Carol enjoys reading and playing scrabble, freighter watching and steam engines, agate hunting on the shores of Lake Superior, taking photos of lighthouses, listening to music, and traveling- especially visiting family and having her grandsons spend the night.  Carol is a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce.  She and her husband, Carleton, live in Port Huron.  Carol has one daughter Catherine, son-in-law Jason, and two grandsons, Avery and Mitchell.
About the book:
Treasured moments at grandmother’s house and unconditional love for her grandson is portrayed in this culturally diverse book.  He tells us about his overnight stay and how he and his grandmother play with trains, play outside, eat his favorite foods, and play shadow games. It is a loving, heartwarming story written from the author’s heart, encouraging all grandparents world wide to spend time with their grandchildren, thus spreading sunshine in their lives while creating a legacy.
The author will be participating Saturday, June 24 at the First Blue Water Author’s Event at the Convention Center in Port Huron. She will also be reviewing her book Monday, June 26 , at the AAUW Book Club in Ludington, MI.  She will also be participating at the Kerrytown Authors Fair this fall in Ann Arbor.
Connect With The Author:
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Andrew Lark #Michlit #MotownLit

Andrew Lark

Andrew Lark graduated from Wayne State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. His play, Stop Up Your Ears!, a farcical month in the life of Florence Foster Jenkins won Wayne State University’s Heck-Rabi award and was produced at the Hilbery Studio Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Other plays – The Embrace of Redemption received several readings, and Ask Me! Tell Me! – professionally produced at the Ringwald Theatre’s GPS in Ferndale, Michigan, and also the Hudson Theatre’s Play by Play Festival in Hudson, New York. Better Boxed and Forgotten is his first novel. Andrew is working on book two of the Archive Series. He lives in St. Clair Shores, Michigan with his wife Karen.

About The Book:

In the capitol of all rust-belt urban wastelands, Daniel Lintz inherits the family mansion, a rundown, ramshackle assembly of boards, located in a once tony neighborhood where rot and decay have taken hold. While inventorying the mansion’s contents with the mysterious family lawyer, Mr. DuMichelle, Daniel discovers his great-grandfather’s life’s work: a meticulously archived treasure trove of lost papers, secret military hardware, and fantastic inventions, all locked away and hidden in exile for a century. But why were these fantastic and world-changing inventions boxed-up and forgotten in a dusty old archive? Daniel quickly falls under the spell of the mansion’s allure and sets about restoring it to its original splendor. He becomes possessed by the strange and fantastic powers hidden in the archive’s hundreds of crates. One fateful night Daniel is visited by a malevolent entity that leads him to one crate tucked away in a far off corner of the archivea crate containing perhaps the most important invention in the history of the worldan invention however, with a fatal and deadly flaw.

Upcoming Appearances:

2017 Blue Water Author Event in Port Huron, MI

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @AndrewLark1

Facebook: Better Boxed and Forgotten

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: EA Comiskey #Michlit #MotownLit

EA Comiskey

 

E.A. Comiskey is an award-winning writer and nationally syndicated blogger. Her debut novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth (2016, Nuff Said Publishing) has been a best-seller in its category on Amazon and the sequel, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth (June 30, 2017 – Nuff Said Publishing) is the winner of the Wattpad Fic Awards for Best Supernatural/Paranormal Novel. Her work is broadly described as “speculative fiction” and often includes elements of mythology, fantasy, horror, and romance.

She lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, children, and a veritable zoo of creatures.

About the book: MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

“The veil is coming down. What will be revealed about you?”

Simone Fitzgerald battles for a normal life against voices no one else hears. She seems to be succeeding, until an angel appears, asking her to embrace the voices as a gift and stand as The Prophet.

When demons mobilize the beings of legend against mankind, Divine Wrath burns hot against creation. Simone must find the strength to embrace The Light and bring peace to the universe, but she may be crushed under the weight of the burden she’s been asked to bear.

Follow an epic journey that takes the earth you know through a time when fairy tale creatures rule and into realms undreamed of.

 DWELLING IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Book Two in the Heaven and Earth Series.

In the name of safety, the elders have shut out the outside world and demanded a culture of strict conformity. Shifrah’s differences create a mental prison from which she cannot escape–until Donovan rides into town.

The Blood Drinker, Donovan, son of the ancient Prophetess, has come to warn that the demon queen has rallied her army to attack the city. He implores them to disperse across the land, trusting in That Which Is to protect them. The city’s leaders remain adamant that safety is found in the fortress they have built, but, as tensions rise, Shifrah uncovers the gruesome truth of their secret attempts to appease the Bloodless.

Donovan decides to change Shifrah into a Blood Drinker. Combined with her Gifts, she’ll be as powerful as the gods, but she can’t save her people until she learns to overcome her own dark appetites by embracing her dark nature.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event: June 24, 2017, Port Huron, MI

Kerrytown BookFest: September 10, 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Twitter: @eacomiskey

Facebook: LazzyHippieMama

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Cassandra Scherer @authorCassS #Michlit #MotownLit

 

Cassie Scherer

Cassandra Scherer is a mother of two and wife of one who has been writing her whole life. I’m third grade she wrote a story called Time Stone which would eventually become what is now The Stone Doorway. Cassandra loves to sing, camp and dirt bike with her family. She is in the process of completing her masters degree in early childhood education in the hopes of one day opening a nature-based preschool and daycare center where children can connect with nature. 

 About the book:

Tori’s life was no fairy tale. Abused, abandoned and forgotten she had lost herself inside of her own fear. But on the night of the meteor shower, her whole world will change. Suddenly, she is thrust into a world where nothing makes sense and humans are hunted and enslaved and she must become her own hero. She must fight to find her inner strength to not only save herself, but the others trapped there with her. She must become what she never thought she never could… Brave.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event June 24th

Once Upon A Book Signing August 11-12th

For other appearances please visit Line by Lion Publications

More From The Author: www.beyondthedragonflies.com

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @authorCassS

Facebook: The Stone Doorway

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature:Melanie Moreland #Michlit #MotownLit

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after.

 

About the book

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.

Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.

Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.

What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love? Sparks. That’s what happens.

Can the power of love really change a person?

Will they survive the contract?

What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Kiss and Tell, Allentown, PA July 29, Books in Vacationland, Portland, Maine Oct 14

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @MorelandMelanie

Facebook: authormoreland

 

 

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Amy L. Johnson #Michlit #MotownLit

Amy L. Johnson

A Grand Rapids, MI native, Amy L. Johnson is a student of life striving to do the next right (or left) thing depending on what inspires her. Amy’s BFA in Graphic Design favors her being curious, creative, considerate, and clever. She loves a good laugh and generally believes that dogs are better than people. This is her first published book.

 

About the book:

You are about to eavesdrop on a conversation between two brothers from 1942 to 1945. LETTERS Lost Then Found features letters exchanged between 19-year-old Freddie, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces who flew over 120 combat missions, and his 30-year-old brother Willie, Circulation Manager of the Michigan-based Saginaw News. The letters reveal the drama of battle, the daily life that goes on for both brothers, and the vital importance of family connections. Includes a “Day in History” section on each page that provides a glimpse of what was happening in World War II at the time each letter was written. Finally, “LETTERS Lost Then Found” hones in on the China Burma India Theatre, often referred to as the war’s “forgotten” theatre, where Freddie served. A ticker tape reminiscent of the Western Union Telegram runs across the bottom of each page that explains why this theatre was such an important part of the larger conflict.

Awards & Honors:

2017 International Book Awards

Finalist HISTORY & MILITARY Category

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Winner

BEST OVERALL DESIGN NON-FICTION Category
Finalist
HISTORICAL NON-FICTION Category

2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards
Finalist War & Military NON-FICTION Category

2014 Publication Design Awards
National AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
District Six AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
West Michigan AAF Student Best of Show Award
West Michigan AAF Gold Student ADDY Award

 

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event
June 24th, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Blue Water Convention Center
800 Harker Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

Stories Among Us July 1st, 2017 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Bookman  715 Washington Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417

Michigan Authors at the Lakeshore
Friday, July 7 (10-6) to Saturday, July 8 (10-6).
The Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts
425 W Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Connect With The Author: letterslostthenfound.com

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Randy D. Pearson #Michlit #MotownLit

Randy D. Pearson

A life-long resident of the mid-Michigan area, Randy D Pearson has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil or type on his Atari computer. He currently has two novels in bookstores – Driving Crazy, a humorous road trip story, and Tell Me a Story, a 30-year collection of his best short stories. In addition, Randy’s writing has appeared in several publications, including The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, Retrocade Magazine, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, and Voices from the Ledges. He currently lives in Olivet, Michigan with his wife, step-daughter, and four cats.
 
About the book
Driving Crazy:
Jaymond Naylor thought winning the Crazy Climber auction would be the hard part. Man, was he ever wrong! With his best friend Austin Ridenour by his side, Jay takes to the streets in this wild, hilarious adventure set in the summer of 1999. During their journey from Lansing, Michigan to Weedpatch, California and beyond, they’ll run headlong into adversity, desperation, and their fair share of lunatics. They’ll need every ounce of their luck and ingenuity if they hope to get this classic arcade game, and themselves, home in one piece.
Our heroes would rather spend their time seeing the sights, but they can’t. They’re too busy… Driving Crazy.
 
Tell Me a Story:
One man’s love for his wife shines brightest when he’s telling her stories. Imagination, real life, and creativity whisk her away to distant lands, taking her on one amazing adventure after another. Join them on this journey through tales of humor and intrigue, drama and excitement, one story at a time.
 
Upcoming Authors Appearances:
June 17 – Ann Arbor Book Festival
June 25 – Blue Water Author Event – Port Huron, MI
July 14-17 – Midland River Days Festival
July 16 – Detroit Festival of Books
July 22 – Flint Literary Festival
August 5 – Island Art Fair – Grand Ledge, MI
August 18 – 19 – Ox Roast – DeWitt, MI
Connect With The Author:
Goodreads: Randy D Pearson
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Laura Antonelli @AntonelliAuthor #Michlit #MotownLit

Laura Antonelli

Laura Antonelli, originally from Algonac, Michigan is an author, mother and a survivor. Excelling in writing at an early age, even though Laura lives with Bi-Polar Disorder which has been a personal struggle since the age of 14. Having endured medical dilemmas requiring five major surgeries in 7 years (during which time she wrote her first book), she still managed to raise her daughter and obtain a college degree. Life has given Laura an untold wealth of unusual experiences upon which she draws in her writing.

 

About the book: 

 The mind processes the highs and the lows of life that pass through our conscious and our unconscious thoughts. 

That process becomes a balancing game canceling out the extreme highs with extreme lows or sometimes by throwing us into a state of denial. When that happens we simply retreat from our reality or make one up. 

Faith was on a high. 
One of the highest- All consuming love. 
She had a vision of how life would be. 
It didn’t happen. 

The Mind in its infinite wisdom will always protect itself first. Faith McKinney and those who dwell within her mind go on a murderous rampage and intrigue in this Erotic-Psychological Thriller trilogy.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

 Blue Water Author Event J
 800 Harker Port Huron, Michigan 48060
 Blue Water Convention Center
Connect With The Author:
Facebook: Laura Antonelli
Linkedin: antonellilaura

 

 

Fatih (Book 1)

 

Patience Delivered (Book 2)

 

 

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Melissa Keir #Michlit #MotownLit

Melissa-Keir

Author, Melissa-Keir, doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

About the book: Broken Vows: book 6 in the Cowboys of Whisper, Colorado series. Also available in the box set: Cowboy Six Pack for a limited time.
Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned…. 
Rick and Julie Tyler are happily married ranchers who raise and train horses. When money becomes tight, Rick becomes a firefighter in order to make ends meet, but he’s forced to move out of state if he wants more money and a chance to become a station chief. 
Distance causes problems for the happy couple and turns their world upside down. When Julie puts her foot down, will Rick decide to make the right choice, or will their vows break?

Upcoming Authors Appearances: Blue Water Event (June 24, 2017), Once Upon a Book (Frankenmuth- August 11,12 2017), Great Lakes Book Bash (Kalamazoo, Oct. 27,28 2017)
More From The Author: www.melissakeir.com
Connect With The Author at: 
Twitter: @melissa_keir
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Writer Spotlight!

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It’s time for another Writer Spotlight on this edition of The Mitten!|
Today I’m happy to welcome one of my friends (and critique partners), Wendy BooydeGraaff. Wendy was born and raised in Canada, on a fruit farm in Southern Ontario (which, she says, is almost a full degree latitude south of Grand Rapids where she lives now). She’s been in Michigan for over twenty years and is still shocked by all the snow.
Wendy writes, “Where I grew up, close to Lake Ontario, the lake effect kept us in a little warm bubble and the other side of the lake (Buffalo) got all the snow. Here in Grand Rapids, lake effect means SNOW, and lots of it. I looked it up because I thought maybe my childhood memory was wrong, but guess what? Grand Rapids receives an average of 20 more inches of snow per year than my hometown.”
Let’s dive right in, Wendy!
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