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#MotownWriters Author Feature: L. R. Gordan #Michlit #MotownLit

L.R. Gordan

L.R. Gordan

Where are you from?    

Central Michigan, currently living in Mt. Pleasant.

Tell us your latest news?

Well, I’ve got my novel up on Amazon and my website set up and ready, so that’s the big thing. I was never a huge social media person before, but I’m getting accustomed to using it more.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve enjoyed writing since childhood, and I wrote a lot of unconnected scenes all through college for my own amusement, thinking that maybe one day I would start connecting them. I can’t really give much better a reason than that I wanted to.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was 5 or 6, I believe I had series of picture books concerning cats. Then I took a rather long hiatus.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I had the very basic idea for the premise for several years, and then one night, in December of 2012, with no motive except boredom and the vague idea of doing a late, unofficial Nanowrimo novel, I sat down and wrote what became the third chapter of The Foreigner.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m not sure there is a specific writing style that I aspire to, but I have noticed that I tend towards a certain briskness and that, compared to a lot of what I read, I tend to stay a bit external to the characters (focusing on what they’re physically doing rather than what they’re feeling or thinking, and trying to convey the latter by way of the former).

How did you come up with the title?

I tried to think of something pithier and cleverer for the longest time, and I have a suspicion that one day, when I am very old, the perfect title will finally hit me. Ultimately, The Foreigner was the shortest and simplest way to say what I wanted in the title, so I went with that.

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

First, I should clarify that I never write with the intent of lecturing readers about what they should do or changing their behavior in any way. That’s just not the part of writing that interests me. I’m not even judgmental about my characters. I’m telling a story, that’s all. That being said, there can be many layers and themes buried in any given story (don’t think your story has some kind of theme or hidden message? Read back over what you’ve written, you might be surprised). If I had to sum up The Foreigner, I would say that it is ultimately about a young woman who decides she would rather take the chance of becoming a monster than remain a victim. There’s also a running theme dealing with power of words-how words that are only slightly different can change the message’s meaning, and the transformation of the protagonist from a passive reader of narratives to a writer of them.

How much of the book is realistic?

I suppose that depends on just how much we’re willing to stretch the definition of “realism.” I do try to make everything I write “realistic” in the sense of feeling real—the situations may not be real, but they should seem like they would be if they were real.

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

I think most writers bring something of their own lives into what they write, and I think they really should do this, even if it’s something subtle and not obvious to the reader. Obviously, The Foreigner is far from autobiographical (thank goodness), but there are certainly moments that resonate. For instance, I think that many of us, myself included, can relate to the scenes in the early part of the novel when Adeline is working as a tutor, knowing she can’t survive without her position, at everyone’s mercy and with no safe place to go.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I’m sure I’ll be leaving some out, but Michael Swanwick’s The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, Robert Graves’ I, Claudius, and the novels of Victor Hugo have been huge influences. I should also cite several non-fictional history books, too. History itself can be a great inspiration for writing.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I remember being very influenced and encouraged by Hilary Mantel’s writing advice (She’s the author of A Place of Greater Safety, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies). She was one of the authors who told writers to write the book they want to read.

What book are you reading now?

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, by Toby Wilkinson.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m absolutely certain that there are new authors who will grasp my interest. I can’t wait to find some time to read their work.

What are your current projects?

I’ve got several that I’m toying with at the moment, and whichever one shows the most potential first will likely be the next one anyone sees.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My editor, Julie Gilbert, has been extremely helpful and supportive ever since she agreed to take a look at my first draft.

Do you see writing as a career?

Given the success of best-selling authors, it’s inarguable that writing can be a career (keeping in mind that these stories are not the norm). I think it helps to treat writing with the same discipline and professionalism you would put into a career, while keeping the realities in mind. Short answer: keep a writing schedule and don’t quit your day job.

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

Oh, probably. I try not to worry too much about the content of a book after the book is done though. Now is the time to make changes to current projects, not past ones.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always loved books and stories, and it always seemed natural to make up stories of my own, even if they were just nonsensical things I told myself.

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

As soon as I have something I’m sure will be included in my next project, I’ll post an excerpt on my website.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I tend to start out a story idea with scenes and images that are, at first, disconnected with each other. Then my job is to fit as many as these scenes as I can into a coherent narrative, and that, my friends, is the tricky part.

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

I have several favorite authors, or to put it better, I have several favorite books that are written by different people. If I had to choose one thing they had in common, I would say that nothing is wasted in their books. Even the sections where there is no action or direct forward movement of the plot serve some purpose. The less I want to skip or feel like I could skip, the better. This does not mean that I don’t want any build-up, description, or sub-plots. Quite the opposite actually. I love these elements as long as it feels like the author really cared about them and wanted them in the book.

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

No…can I?

Who designed the covers?

My cover was designed by the fine folks at Ebook Launch

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Probably the organization of plot points, which I referred to above, and learning to simply write, trust my instincts, and then write some more rather than forcing the story to go in any one direction at first.

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

Many things, yes. One is that it really is a lot of work to write a book (which I already knew, but knowing is different than actually experiencing it first hand). Another thing that changed is I read differently now—I’ve started trying to think like the writer even when I read something, and I’m finding the man behind the curtain as fascinating as anything happening in front of it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I’m going to repeat what I say on my website, and what many other writers have said: For one, keep writing. It’s a bit like that old tabloid newspaper adage, “slander, slander, and something will stick. Keep writing, and you fill find something you can work with. Secondly, write the story you want to read and don’t waste time writing something in which you have no interest.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yes. I want to thank my readers for their interest in my book. I hope we can continue this relationship in which I make things up and you enjoy reading them.

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Secrets of Artemis: Blog Tour & Review @authorckbrooke

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Secrets of Artemis
(Teen Goddess #1)      secrets-of-artemis
by
C.K. Brooke
Genre: YA Romantic Mythology
Release Date: October 29th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love…
In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow
and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn’t merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him? From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel,
in which Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life–and love.
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This goddess has a story to tell; and she wants to set the record straight by telling it herself–the other’s, have it all wrong!
When she was far too young to understand, Artemis’s father, Zeus (god of the sky, lightening, thunder, law, order and justice)  bestowed upon her several gifts–along with a curse.
The story started off slow but soon propelled into the island of  Crete intrigue. C.K. Brooke’s storytelling captures those who are the least knowledgeable or interested in Greek Mythology, while also pleasing those who are fans of Greek Mythology.  Artemis has a giant crush–literally. Stop! Wait! This can’t be. What about Artemis’s, chastity? It probably is in the wind with her custom silver arrows as the fearless goddess of the hunt risks everything, going against her father’s wishes and her brother’s advisement; falling in love with her hunting partner and only friend.
I enjoyed reading Secrets of Artemis; I’m anxiously anticipating the titles to follow. The story is well rounded, evoking a range of emotions. My interest never waned, I read the book from cover-to-cover in just a few hours. Not being astute with Greek Mythology, I found the glossary pretty handy; a great addition to the novel. I will definitely place the book on my readers advisory list as I give the Secrets of Artemis (Teen Goddess #1), 4 books out of 5.

About the Author

C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There’s tons to check out at the new CKBrooke.com, so come and see what she’s up to! Check out her V.I.P. Readers Club (Subscribers get a free eBook!)

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Jeff Whitcher #Michlit #MotownLit

 

 

Jeff Whitcher

Jeff Whitcher

Where are you from? Troy, MI
Tell us your latest news? This past year I have published four books. Two are books of poetry for children, Today I Wore a Clown to School and I Dreamt I Was a Waffle, and two are picture books, Everything’s Better with Ketchup and Please Keep Your Feet OFF the Book.
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing fiction in the fifth grade, but it took me another 33 years (and five kids of my own) before I decided what I liked best was writing poems and books for children. I began writing because it was one of the few things besides drawing that I thought I was good at. I enjoy entertaining people and making them laugh and writing is a great way to accomplish both.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? In college when my first article was published in the student newspaper. It was a small community college so I had pretty much unlimited artistic freedom as long as I didn’t write something offensive or pornographic. I wrote several record and book reviews of records and books that didn’t actually exist, mostly to amuse myself.
What inspired you to write your first book? I started writing poems to entertain my youngest children because I enjoyed making them laugh and wanted to prove I could write as good as Shel Silverstein, one of my idols. I took as inspiration my experiences as a father and memories of my own childhood. I’m sure one day my kids will look back and insist that none of the mischief attributed to them was accurate.
Do you have a specific writing style? Most everything I write rhymes. I try to be silly and clever without being pretentious. It is also important to me not to insult the intelligence of my readers. They know what’s good and what’s not without having to be told.
How did you come up with the title? The title of my latest book, I Dreamt I Was a Waffle is the title of my favorite poem in the book. The poem itself is told from the perspective of a child who had a dream that he is a waffle in danger of being eaten. Fortunately the poem is not drawn from personal experience. It’s a suspenseful poem but also a good one to read at breakfast time.

How much of the book is realistic? 85% of the poems are based on real experiences that I had growing up or those of my children. Of course, some of the facts are exaggerated for comedic effect. Some are exaggerated to embarrass my children.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? My own primarily as a child and as a man child.
What books have most influenced your life most? Without question, Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. I loved those books as a child and I still love reading them today, which says a lot about the timeless quality of his work. I also loved Dr. Seuss books and the poetry of A.A Milne.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Shel Silverstein. I learned a great deal about the different forms and shapes a poem can take, the importance of rhythm and cadence and also that we are only limited by our imagination. Some of his poems just defy everything I was taught about writing poetry and I love that.
What book are you reading now? You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett about the breakup of the Beatles. I like biographies when I’m reading for pleasure.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Hailey Leithauser is new to me, but I think she is beyond brilliant. Her poetry is so lyrical and playful and inventive. I almost gave up writing after reading her because I thought I’ll never write anything half as good as this. I’m sure it is the same reaction most musicians have after hearing the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” for the first time.
What are your current projects? I am currently writing a collection of poems based on emotions. It’s tentatively going to be called Happy (and other feelings).
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Teachers have been incredibly supportive. I have been invited to speak at schools across the state of Michigan and actually read to several schools in the Chicago area this past winter. Teachers are one of the greatest and most influential endorsements I could ask for since they have important influence with my target demographic.
Do you see writing as a career? I do, even though it is at the moment a side career. I spend a significant amount of time either writing or thinking about ideas for future books or poems. I hope one day to retire and do nothing but write but that seems to be many years in the future.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Always. Sometimes it’s a word here or there, sometimes an entire poem. But I tend to be highly critical of my own work. Eventually I make peace with it.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My interest in writing was definitely inspired by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. I remember reading the poems in “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and thinking, “I can do that!” Of course, it’s not as easy as it looks, but that’s the fun and the challenge of writing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’d be happy to.

Sad

My shirt is striped,

My pants are plaid,

I’m sad.

It said “subtract,”

So why’d I add?

I’m sad.

My best friend since the second grade

Today with some brand new kids played.

I’d ask to join, but I’m afraid.

I’m sad.

I lost the birthday check I had.

I’m sad.

And now my mother’s really mad.

I’m sad.

I got a D + on my test,

I studied hard and tried my best,

But still too many questions guessed,

I’m sad.

I want to sit and cry a spell,

I’m sad.

I wish I had someone to tell,

I’m sad.

Although I may have lost a friend,

And have no birthday funds to spend,

At least the day is near its end.

I’m sad.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Having a really great idea for a poem but being unable to wrestle it into shape. I have an entire folder of half-finished poems that I had to abandon because I just wasn’t satisfied with how it was turning out. Sometimes I have to concede that the idea I had maybe wasn’t so great in the first place and move on to something else.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author is A.A Milne. Most readers only know him from his Winnie the Pooh books but he was a gifted poet as well. There is an innocence, beauty and purity to his poetry that I really admire. He can take the most ordinary image (two raindrops sliding down a window pane) and turn it into something magical and extraordinary in just a few lines.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? In the springtime during school reading months I travel a couple times a month to different schools around the state. I also travel to arts and crafts shows to market and sell my books. Anything that will put me in touch with the readers I am trying to reach I am game for.
Who designed the covers? I designed the cover based on artwork from the poem the title of the book is based on. I draw all the illustrations for my books.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Having the self-confidence to put something out there for other people to read knowing there are invariably going to be people who don’t like it. It can be hard to take criticism and most of the time I’m my harshest critic.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? The learning moments for me come from interacting with my audience and finding out what they like and maybe don’t like. Having the opportunity to read the books to a large group of kids is a great way to learn if the poems are resonating with and entertaining your audience or missing the mark.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Feedback is very important so ask as many people as you know (and trust) to read your work and offer their honest opinions. It takes a thick skin sometimes but there is something to take away from even the harshest critique.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for taking the time to read my work and I appreciate the opportunity to entertain you!

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

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

Kelsey Fox

Kelsey Fox

Where are you from? Royal Oak, Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just Try It Wyatt

Just Try It Wyatt

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

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

Cheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips

Where are you from?

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

Tell us your latest news?

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

When and why did you begin writing?

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

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

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

What inspired you to write your first book?

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

Do you have a specific writing style?

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

How did you come up with the title?

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

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

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

How much of the book is realistic?

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

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

Personal experiences.

What books have most influenced your life most?

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

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

Nathan Winograd.

What book are you reading now?

Currently, I am completing my second novel.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Not at this time.

What are your current projects?

Completing my second novel.

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

My editors provided encouragement.

Do you see writing as a career?

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

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

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

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

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

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

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

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

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

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

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

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

I attend several events, locally, at this time.

Who designed the covers?

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

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing and more editing.

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

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

Do you have any advice for other writers?

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

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

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

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: @JeanDDavis #Michlit #MotownLit

Jean Davis

Jean Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Where are you from?

Wayne A. Bibbs

Wayne A. Bibbs

Detroit MI, now living in Clinton Township

Tell us your latest news?

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

When and why did you begin writing?

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

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

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

What inspired you to write your first book?

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

How did you come up with the title?

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

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

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

  How much of the book is realistic?

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

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

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

What books have most influenced your life most?

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

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

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

 What is it that really strikes you about their work?

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

What are your current projects?

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

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

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

Do you see writing as a career?

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

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

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

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

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

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

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

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

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

Who designed the covers?

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

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

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

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

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

Do you have any advice for other writers?

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

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

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

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Caitlyn Mancini #Michlit #MotownLit

Caitlyn Mancini

Caitlyn Mancini

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

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

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