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Featured Vendor @ #MotownWriters Women’s Literary Brunch: Casheena Parker @IndianAngelLuv

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Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

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

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Author Bio:
Born and raised in Michigan I have been writing since I was a child. Having the honor of being Published with the Westland Library Writers Collection three years in a row. I have taken the opportunity to self publish Ruthless my first novel in the Ruthless Series. I look forward to continuing to share my talent with the world.
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Ruthless Synopsis:
Eva Rodriguez is a fifteen year old girl who was sold into the escort business by her mother Anna. Though she prides herself on hard work and great moral ethics and would prefer to be known for her brain than her body her mother had other plans forcing her to adapt to her situation.
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Beverly Jenkins #Michlit @bjevechip2

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 Beverly Jenkins 

March is Women’s History Month, and no one keeps history alive through literature the way our beloved, Beverly Jenkins does with her captivating Historical and Contemporary Romance. Join us in celebrating Jenkins this month by reading one or several of her many works; we promise, you will walk away hooked!

Ms. Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African – American  historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s a USA TODAY best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee and has over thirty published novels to date.

Tell us what your favorite Jenkins’ novel is. My favorite is Vivid!

Visit: http://www.beverlyjenkins.net/web/ to learn more about the author.

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Featured Vendor @ #MotownWriters Women’s Literary Brunch: Tenita Johnson

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Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

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

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Bio:

Tenita JohnsonIf she’s driving down the street at 70 miles per hour, a spelling error on a highway billboard is sure catch her eye. Although she may not pull the car over, she may contact the advertiser as a courtesy to let them know, in case they want to fix it of course.

What may not matter to most has become an obsession and passion for Tenita Johnson, editor extraordinaire and writer.

Through So It Is Written, she is committed to helping authors nationwide perfect their manuscripts and successfully complete the publishing process. She helps authors bury their boring bios and shines the brightest light on even the beginning author. Her press releases have drawn attention from various forms of media, creating distinct brand images for authors long before their books hit the shelves.

Together with her education and literary industry experience, she seeks to form relationships, not build a database of clientele. Once you’ve experienced her work, you won’t settle for anything less.

For more information, please visit soitiswritten.net.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Joanna Morey

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Where are you from?

I live in Charlotte, Michigan

Tell us your latest news?

My first self-published romantic fiction novel “Like Sparrows” was released in July 2015. I am currently working on a sequel.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing since I was about four years old. Most of my writing has consisted of short stories, poetry, and journaling, but in October of 2014 I decided to write a novel.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I feel as though I still have a difficult time considering myself a writer. I look at my writing peers and I am in awe off their accomplishments. Maybe one day I will see myself the same way I see them.

What inspired you to write your first book?

After the birth of my first child I wanted to show him that anything is possible and to always encourage him follow his dreams.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I enjoy writing romantic fiction with a bit of suspense to keep my audience guessing how the story will end.

How did you come up with the title?

There is a scene in the book that makes reference to the title. It is a small part of the book, but helped to evolve the underlying theme of the book.

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

We are all on a journey. No matter the trials that life brings our way and the unexpected turn of events that may occur, we will always end up where we are originally destined.

How much of the book is realistic?

The events in the book are not something a person would experience in their lifetime. However, I think a lot of readers can relate to the emotion and the underlying theme of the book.

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

I feel as though every writer puts a piece of themselves in their writing, whether it be a small piece, such as a name of a person that has influenced their life, or a large piece such as an actual experience.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I am a huge fan of the classics. I enjoy Hemingway, Steinbeck, Salinger, and Poe.

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

There are so many! However, when I look for inspiration before I sit down to write I typically read a few lines of Charles Bukowski. My writing is not reflective of his style, but it puts me in the frame of mine to accomplish my writing goals for the day.

What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

“Newer” authors that I enjoy reading (as opposed to the classics) are John Green and Nicholas Sparks. I feel as though readers who enjoy their books would also enjoy mine.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on a sequel to my first novel as well as two other novels.

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

Most of my support comes from other local authors I have recently met at recent book events. This “writing community” keeps me motivated and inspired.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! To me, writing is more than a career, it is a way of life!

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

I would not. Even the slight imperfections that perhaps only I would notice make the book exactly what is, and for that I am proud.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing was something I was born with. It’s a piece of me, like and arm or a leg. If I didn’t have it, I would not exist.

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

Here is a small, unedited piece of  Like Wolves:

“Closing her eyes, she wished for a minute or two to breathe, to wrap her mind around what was happening and prepare herself for what was to come. She and her family had made their home, nested like sparrows, and now they must run like wolves toward a safer place. They had planned for, prepared for, but hoped this day would never come. She knew she wouldn’t be able to take the photos from the walls, the crayon drawings that hung on the fridge, her favorite books, or the flowers on the dining room table … There wasn’t time.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The most difficult, for me, is transitioning from one major event to another, or leaving the end of my chapters with enough intrigue to make my readers want to turn the page.

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

J.D. Salinger is my favorite author. His voice, style, wit, and humanity he puts into his work is refreshing. Although his novels were written decades ago, they maintain their relevance.

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

I don’t have to travel, however I love to travel! In August 2015 I traveled to my favorite destination on the Chesapeake Bay to inspire one of my novels.

Who designed the covers?

The cover is actually a stock image I used that was provided by the self-publishing company I worked with. They designed the font and style of the title and author name on the cover. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the hardest part is the fact that I am a perfectionist and I need to know when enough is enough in terms of modifying/editing the fine details. It can be overdone. I need to know when to quit.

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

I learned a great deal about myself. Certain events in our life inspire us to be stronger, to push forward. Writing my first novel taught me to believe in myself and keep writing even if I didn’t always believe in it. As it turns out, it was one of my greatest accomplishments and I am very proud of it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Even if you delete whole chapters at a time, keep writing. Write for yourself. Write what makes you happy. The only way to get better is to keep writing.

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

I am deeply humbled by each purchase of my book. Every kind word, critique, and review is taken to heart. Every time I meet an individual who has been inspired to read my work, inspires me to keep writing. Thank you.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature @Matthews_Mark #Michlit #MotownLit

About the Author

Mark Matthews has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and is a licensed professional counselor who has worked in mental health and substance abuse treatment for over 20 years. His novel MILK-BLOOD, along with its companion short story, The Damage Done, have been optioned for a full-length feature film. ALL SMOKE RISES: MILK-BLOOD REDUX is the follow up and was published on February 8th, 2016. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, from Books of the Dead Press, which was nominated as a semi-finalist for the 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards. Matthews lives near Detroit with his wife and two daughters. All of his books are based on true settings. Reach him at wickedrunpress  @gmail.com

 

Current Books

ALL SMOKE RISES, New Release! Set in Detroit

Ten year old Lilly is the victim of a terrible house fire and a wretched family. Her father is an

addict with mental illness, her mother was murdered and then buried across the street, and her

uncle got her addicted to heroin.

Lilly’s tragic story has been told in the book ALL SMOKE RISES, and it may be true, for the author

has broken into your house, and placed Lilly’s body on your kitchen counter. He demands you

read the manuscript, before cutting his own wrists and bleeding out on your floor.

Now you have decisions to make, for her body may not be dead, and her family is coming for

her.

MILK-BLOOD, set in Detroit, has been optioned for a full length feature film.

Lilly is ten years old, living in poverty, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin.

Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and

buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can’t stay

away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come

inside.

For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly’s true father, and both

want their daughter back.

Please check out this author’s latest release on amazon,

Amazon Author Page

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GoodReads

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: S.F.Hardy #Michlit #MotownLit

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S.F. Hardy the Writer
 
Like many working women today, S.F. Hardy is a multifaceted person whose life spans everything from mother and wife to prison librarian and author.
She earned a Bachelor’s from Wayne State University in Africana Studies in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2009.
Since she was old enough to hold a pencil, Hardy has been fascinated with writing. She writes to empower and entertain, inspired by emotions brought on by the circumstances that affects her community, she has always preferred to express herself on paper.  Her works displaying her displeasure against violence was selected and published twice in a middle school in an area wide contest.
Reading, however, is her first love and drug of choice; she attempts to engage and hook all those she encounters. After all— one of the first lessons her parents imparted was sharing.
A beauty shop baby who grew up with a mother, aunt, a host of surrogate mothers who are professional hairstylists, dealing with her own wonderfully complicated textured hair and seeing some of the black women around her struggle with their perception of beauty and “good hair”, she was inspired to write and publish her second book and first children’s book The Empress’ New Hair.
A foodie at heart, her loved ones affectionately call her “Hungary Black”; a play on her multiethnic background, as well as one of her favorite sayings: I’m hungry. She has created a food blog, Where to Eat At: Detroit and Abroad at the urging of her husband and friends; celebrating world culture, all the while giving readers delectable palatal direction in their dinning experiences.
Hardy resides in her native Detroit where she is happy at work blogging, reviewing literature, and developing stories for children and adults to enjoy!
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About Book: Empress Zaina Niara of Detroit Charm is in constant battle with her unruly hair. But when she finds herself and her hair in trouble with two greedy villains, she soon learns … her hair is less unruly and more versatile than she could have ever imagined.
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MWN Author Spotlight with K. B. Carr @kbcarrauthor

 

 

K.B. CarrThis week the Motown Writers Network has got the spotlight on author K. B.  Carr!

K.B. Carr is someone who is lucky enough to be able to do what she loves best-
learn more stuff!

Her mother wanted to know why she asked so many questions all the time. K.B. told her that she asked because she wanted to know stuff. “Curiosity killed the cat.”, her mother said.
“But, satisfaction brought her back!”, K.B. replied.

K.B. is the mother of two children, Ryan and Kelsey, and she tries really hard to answer all their questions if she can.

She lives in West Michigan with her dog, Captain Jack. Jack is a girl dog with a boy’s name.

K.B. says that Ryan, Kelsey and Jack are her favorite Weird & Wacky Creatures.
And, they always will be.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Muskegon and graduated from Mona Shores High School, but I’ve lived in Texas, Florida, and California. I came back home to Michigan in 2005 to be close to my family.

Tell us your latest news?

Right now, I’m working on the next book in the series, as always, but I’m also working on a Kids’ Adventure line of products to go along with the books. And, as always, there are videos and outings planned for the future.

When and why did you begin writing? 

I think I’ve always written little things here and there, starting in middle school, but I’d toyed with the idea of the Weird & Wacky series since my daughter was in first grade. She’s 26 now, so that was some time ago! She was classified as a “reluctant reader” and it was a challenge to find subjects that she had enough interest in to get her to sit down and read about. She was always interested in animals, especially the strange ones, and she enjoyed weird animal facts. She loves animals so much, that for a long time, she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. I thought writing my own books would be something to do when I retired, or something for my grandchildren. I finally started writing this year, when I realized that I needed to transition out of my career as an orthopedic therapist, because of a health issue. I thought, “why not start my writing career now, and see if anything comes of it?”

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure that I consider myself as an actual writer. To me, a writer paints pictures with words, and that is a serious talent. I think of myself as an “edutainer”, someone who educates, hopefully, in an entertaining fashion. I write children’s non-fiction and facts can be very dry and boring, so I try to make it funny and fun where possible. I think of myself as Carrot Cake or Zucchini Bread: it’s good, so you keep eating it, but you’re getting your veggies, and you don’t even taste them. Sneaky, very sneaky😉

What inspired you to write your first book?

Truthfully, the idea that I could learn to publish it myself, instead of having to find an agent, submit manuscripts, deal with rejections, and write what and when I’m told, was very appealing to me. There’s no real pressure and I can go as fast or as slow as my schedule allows, fitting things in when I can. I think there’s no better time for a writer to jump in than right now, when self-publishing has become so popular.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to write for kids as if I’m actually speaking to them, so I’m going to call it “conversational writing”. Is that a real thing? Should be!

How did you come up with the title?

Oh, that was the easy part. Everything I read about publishing a book says to make your title as close to the subject as possible. “Weird & Wacky Creatures” seemed like a perfect fit for Book 1, then “Weird & Wacky Endangered Creatures”, etc., with the whole series named “Weird & Wacky Planet” was a no-brainer!

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

Oh, absolutely. Throughout the first and all the way to the last, the theme is conservation: of animals, of plants, of nature in general. Kids are the future custodians of Earth. They need to know what that entails, and do a better job of it than my generation has. To that end, a portion of the sales of my books goes to the World Wildlife Federation to help with animal conservation. Your readers can find out more about the WWF by visiting their website at WWF.org.

How much of the book is realistic?

Since the book is Non-Fiction, all of it is! I had input from two elementary school teachers, as well as their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. I learned about common core education, what a Biome is, and all the elements needed for a child to write a full report on a subject. There is a Glossary of terms in the back and all the terms in it are in bold throughout the book. All the facts needed in a report are in the book, as well as references on the internet where a child can get more information, as well as attribution to the photographer for the photo I used. Education is the BIGGEST goal.

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

As I was scrambling to find books that my daughter would be interested in, I found most of the books to be only factual in delivery, and rather dry. I tried to make the books more fun by adding silly comments designed to make her laugh and think about the animal in a different way. That’s the way I write all my books. Learning SHOULD be fun!

What books have influenced your life most?

As a child, I loved Misty of Chincoteagh, and all those types of books. My Aunt was a voracious reader and gave me all her books, so I read Cherry Ames, Vicky Barr, and Nancy Drew.

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

I would love to have a mentor! Unfortunately, I’ve had to rely on my own experiences, and what I’ve read about writing a book, but I do consider the elementary school teachers to be mentors, of sorts. I know their input has been invaluable.

What book are you reading now?

I’m actually re-reading all of Diana Gabledon’s Outlander series. They’ve made a TV series out of it, and I wanted to familiarize myself with it all over again. I love those kinds of sweeping, epic historicals!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

I honestly haven’t had the time to explore new authors much lately, but I’d like to read Girl On A Train. I hear it’s awesome!

What are your current projects?

Just getting more of the series published, get the physical books published, and get the product line launched. No biggie, right?

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

FaceBook! I’ve been able to connect with other authors, ask questions, and feel generally connected to a wonderful group of talented people. Writing is a solitary pursuit and can be isolating. Find a supportive group!

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. It is my genuine goal to be able to support myself one day (hopefully, sooooon) doing the work I love. That way, I can do more of it. Indisputable logic, really:)

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

I still change, add, and subtract things in my books. That’s one of the really great things about self-publishing-you can change stuff. I learn and change accordingly, so my books are always the best work I’m capable of at the time.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A teacher in High School told me that I had a wonderful, creative talent and that my essays always made her laugh. Teachers have such an impact on their students. When you get one that believes in you and tells you so, it can open up whole worlds of possibilities. Thank you, Mrs. Bruce!

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

Right now, I’m writing about a Warrior Princess, a Knight in Shining Dragon Armor, a Pocket Dracula, and they’re all animals. Can you guess what they are?

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping the books to a certain size, for sure. There’s so much weird stuff out there, that weeding through what makes it into a book and what doesn’t, is sometimes hard! But, I do make those extra things into downloadable bonus chapters, so nothing is ever completely left out:)

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

My favorite author is usually whoever I’m reading at the time, so that’s Diana Gabledon, right now. But, I think a favorite author is someone whose work you would read over and over again, so that’s her for sure. She paints with words and brings me totally into her world. It’s endlessly fascinating.

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

I haven’t travelled yet, but I certainly plan to. There are endless possibilities when animal conservation is the subject, and I look forward to having the time to do so. Videos are in the works, and I plan to have my son, Ryan do the shooting and editing. He’s a true computer whiz!

Who designed the covers?

My daughter, Kelsey, who wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian, grew up to be a graphic artist, instead! She designs all the covers and the logos, thank goodness. That’s definitely a skill I don’t have.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Truthfully, the hardest part is the technical end of things. It took me five days to format the first one for Kindle. Five days! And, I’ve just learned to change the resolution of the pictures myself. I like to joke that when the kids moved out, I was transferred back to the technological stone age. But, as my son says, you can learn anything if you google it. And, that’s true, but I don’t learn it quickly or easily😦

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

I learn all kinds of stuff all the time! And, not all of it’s tech stuff. Just doing the research on each animal is a wealth of information, and really, it’s my favorite part of the whole process. Good thing, huh?

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just do it. Sit down and start writing. Write about what you’re going to write about, how you’re going to write about it, who’s going to read it, how you feel about what you’ll write about. You’d be surprised at how helpful streaming thought is. I have notebooks full of thoughts that I go back and pick gems out of.

The other thing I find invaluable (besides Google) is to have a outline of the book before I start. That way, I always know where I am in the process and I’m never at a loss as to what I should be doing next. It’s quite a time saver.

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

Yes. Reading is important. I could pull out all kinds of statistics about the whys of that, but I think we all know it’s true. If your child (or you) doesn’t really care to read, find subjects that are interesting to the individual and start there. You never know where that will take you.

I would also like to point out that we haven’t done such a great job of encouraging our girls to go into the sciences as a career choice. Do we really want them to be more interested in the Kardashians? This is a serious detriment to us all. Girls have so much to bring to the table, INCLUDING nurturing hearts and compassionate spirits-something that is badly needed. Which leads me to this:

I’d like kids to know how important conservation is and that one day, they’ll be in charge of this planet. How many species of plants and animals will be permanently gone by then? And, how many more will be gone in their lifetime? In their children’s lifetime? It’s a heavy responsibility that we leave them, and we haven’t been such good custodians, ourselves. My REAL goal here is to leave the next generation better educated and prepared to take on the task.

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Author: K.B.Carr

Book: Weird & Wacky Creatures

Series: Weird & Wacky Planet Series

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction

Website: www.kbcarr.com

Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1DCBwnG

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MWN Author Spotlight With Colleen Nye @Collen_Nye


This week, we turn the spotlight on author Colleen Nye!

Colleen Nye started writing at an early age. Between school writing assignments and her love of reading in early elementary school. In high school, she submitted some of her poems and short stories to various mediums including anthologies, newspapers, magazines and contests. Several of which were published and won her awards including a few editor’s choice awards, placements in contests and even The Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. Colleen also started a poetry club in her high school where she held weekly meetings to share her writings with her fellow classmates and to be able to hear what others were writing. She wanted other young writers to be proud to share their writing.10565025_10205362322363567_7582468024910774528_n

As an adult, she branched out and worked as a freelance writer for corporations and non-profit organizations, writing press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs and web sites. She also worked with politicians to create campaign and promotional fliers, bios and web site blurbs. Other works she has done have been research and photography for a few Mid-Michigan sites highlighted in the book Paranormal Lansing by Nicole Bray and Robert DuShane. She’s also worked with several companies, creating their how-to articles and product descriptions.

In 2009, Colleen joined a writer’s group called Writing at the Ledges in her home town of Grand Ledge, MI. In 2010, they published their second anthology of the group’s poems, short stories, memoirs and essays entitled Seasons of Life. Colleen’s short story, “Full Circle” was a part of this book, being one of the longer pieces and receiving several great reviews. In 2012, the group published their third anthology, in which, Colleen had two short stories.

In 2008, Colleen collaborated with her friend, Carrie Peterson, about a dream Carrie had one night. This dream became part of the opening sequence for her novel, When In Maui. Carrie’s dream and her friendship help Colleen shape When In Maui into Colleen’s first full length novel, published in 2012.

In 2013-14, she wrote a tech thriller, Immersion. Signing it with Anchor Group Publishing and released 2015. A story she’s anxious to see reach a wider audience. Anchor Group also picked up When in Maui, an opportunity Colleen is very excited to see develop.

Colleen currently lives in Michigan with her two daughters – a budding chef and an aspiring free spirit that rivals her own inner gypsy. She is teaching writing classes locally. Her next novel? She’s working on a few projects and anxious to share them with you all.

Where are you from?

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#1 The first book in my new anthology series, The Lunch Time Anthologies: Gable Heights, is signed with Anchor Group Publishing. These anthologies are full length novels where I write the over-arching storyline, and a group of authors write pieces that fit into the story to complete it. Book two is under way, and I’m gathering authors for book three currently.

#2 I am signed to be in Nashville, TN, St. Louis, MO and NYC next year, as well as several other expos and conventions, signing at their annual large conventions as well as the first Indie con in London England in 2017… so busy times are coming!

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was a kid. Having the childhood I did, I loved to escape, making my own alternate realities in my mind, imagining what life COULD be like. As I got older, I realized that people liked my stories. So, now I write them to share them as well as help others do the same.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? Always? LOL But probably when my first solo novel was published in 2012. I’d had short stories, poems, content, releases, etc all published, but there’s something different about seeing an entire book that you created on shelves.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first finished, solo novel was inspired by one of my best friend’s dreams that she “forced” me to listen to when I thought my life was falling apart… yes, like a dream she had while sleeping. It’s the opening scene to the book.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think so?

How did you come up with the title?

Titles are odd for me. I toil on them really hard… then BAM… something comes to me. I’ll keep thinking on it for a bit to be sure, but I always come back to that BAM moment one.

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

In When in Maui? Just that all things are possible. In Immersion? To stop letting corporations feed us things that are bad for us and politics to back them up in doing it. It’s GOOD to take a stand when it’s for the right thing.

How much of the book is realistic?

I think Immersion is actually more realistic than When in Maui, oddly enough.

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

Nope.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Greg Bear’s Blood Music. It changed my life as a teen and opened my eyes. Hands down.

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

Dean R Koontz. I love his work and how he’s evolved over the decades. But Cassandra Clare for her amazing world she’s created and has been able to write so many books in that world without getting dry or messing up the continuity.

What book are you reading now?

I am finishing up Amy Bartol’s Sea of Stars and starting my ARC of Stacey Rourke’s Steam. Amy’s next book in The Kricket Series is slated to come out in September, and Steam comes out in September as well. I’m due a review and a blog stop for Steam, so i need to make sure I’ve gotten it read… plus, that series is awesome!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Abigail Gibbs, she’s so young yet so well written. Amy Bartol has a great imagination. Clay Dugger… He wrote a piece for Gable Heights, and he paints characters like I rarely see… such depth that you actually feel like you can meet them.

What are your current projects?

I am working on more books for The Lunch Time Anthologies series as well as co-leading a 5 book anthology release called Debut Collective, slated to be out June 2016. I’m also working on When in Maui 2, tentatively names When in Doubt.

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

Just one? I really can’t. My support has not really come from within my family. The bulk of my support has been from friends of mine that have been there along my journey, and I love them all equally.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. One day, I will make it my full time career.

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

Not at all.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Escaping reality

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

The 1st chapter of When in Doubt is in the back of When in Maui. You can get your copies on Amazon and other retailers.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping up with all of my ideas. LOL

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

I love so many, but I can repeat about Cassandra Clare… LOVE her world she’s created and the way she keeps the story together!

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

I do, and I have so much more traveling coming up.

Who designed the covers?

Depends on the book.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Keeping up with my mind.

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

I learned so much about how I LOVE to write.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep working on it and do NOT complicate the process.

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Immersion

Blurb:
Three things Seren knew: #1 Her life felt odd being so tame. #2 She lost her parents when she was young and missed then dearly. #3 Her life was never going to be the same after the day Chase came back into it.
In a world, not unlike our own the economy has tanked allowing the inhabitants to seek solace in a world of virtual gaming. Now, money hungry corporations will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if that means releasing a product that will claim millions of lives.

Tagline:

What happens when the game turns to genocide?

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Blub:

Alice Tyler’s whirlwind vacation to Maui was supposed to be a great time with friends, an escape from all things stressful. Instead she found herself right in the middle of stress and without her best friend, Vivianne Cook. That stress? It went by the name Ryan Perry. He not only adds to Alice’s high pressure life but terrifies her by falling for her while on the island. Ryan then enlists Vivianne to help him convince her friend that fears can be overcome and happily ever afters can exist. But can Alice clear these emotional hurdles before losing Ryan forever?
And what happens when the tables are turned? Can Vivianne find her own Prince Charming and the fairy tale ending she dreams of?
Through hilarious situations and side-splitting adventures the two women lean on each other in a journey of self-discovery only to find their true selves are not at all who they thought themselves to be.

Tagline:

What if your celebrity crush was attainable?

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The Lunch Time Anthologies: Gable Heights

Blurb:

Rachel and Cam met through a tragedy. Their lives were very different from each other’s. But their bond and the events that unfold will set them on a coarse that could lead to good finally prevailing over bad in the upper middle class, suburban town of Gable Heights, Louisiana… or get them killed. Through Rachel’s drive to tell the world how every city has an underbelly, she embarks on an entire list of interesting characters and their stories. But who’s watching and wondering what she’s going to do with all of that information?

Tagline:
Every city has an underbelly.

 

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#MotownWriters Book Spotlight #RestoringTheCharacter @RJDockeryCEO MichLit

This book is for the men out there that want to live up to the standard that we were created with from the beginning of time. For some it may be restoration time for others it is a matter of putting into practice the traits that you already know is laying dormant.

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#RestoringTheCharacter @RJDockeryCEO serves as a guide for women when setting the standard of what you want in a man #MichLit

Available for all your digital devices on September 1, 2015!

Get it for your Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, MacBooks, Samsung Tablets and more!

This book is for the men out there that want to live up to the standard that we were created with from the beginning of time. For some it may be restoration time for others it is a matter of putting into practice the traits that you already know is laying dormant.

Restoring the Character of a Gentleman also serves as a guideline for women to use when setting the standard and expectations of what you want out of a man that you may consider dating or marrying.

Finally this is a publication for the parents who are raising a young man, that desire to instill some great values and qualities in him, for him to remember once he is an young adult.

* Men in the last 10 years or so have gotten away from respect and honor.

* Gentleman qualities need to be restored for this generation and beyond.

* It is my desire that each reader takes away at least one life nugget to live by.

Twitter handle: RJDockeryCEO 

Link (URL) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1O15F3E

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