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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Ken Welsch #Michlit @Ken_Welsch

 

Ken Welsch

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Ken Welsch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect With The Author: 

www.kenwelsch.com

www.twitter.com/Ken_Welsch

www.facebook.com/foreversinceanapple

Purchase Forever Since An Apple @ http://www.amazon.com/Ken-Welsch/e/B0117VRH5G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1439256557&sr=8-1 

          

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Rebecca Lombardo #Michlit @bekalombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Rebecca at: www.rebeccalombardo.com 

Contact the Author: www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

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

Purchase: www.amzn.com/0692509739

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

Diana Kathryn Plopa

Diana Kathryn Plopa


 

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Michigan

 

Tell us your latest news?

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

 

When and why did you begin writing?

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

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

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

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

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

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

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

 

How did you come up with the title?

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

 

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

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

 

How much of the book is realistic?

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

 

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

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

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

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

 

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

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

 

What book are you reading now?

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

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

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

 

What are your current projects?

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

 

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

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

 

Do you see writing as a career?

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

 

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

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

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

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

 

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

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

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Who designed the covers?

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

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

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

 

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

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

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Other Titles By Diana Kathryn Plopa 

Other Titles by Diana Kathryn Plopa

Other Titles by Diana Kathryn Plopa

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

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

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

Author, Kimberly Batchelor Davis Biography:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paradise: Book 1 a fictional romantic trilogy book series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.facebook.com/batchelordavis .

Happy writing.

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March 19, 2016 11am

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

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

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the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Anna Clark

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

Event Details:

Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

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

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

Early Bird Tickets are due before December 31st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Event Sponsors

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Press Release

 

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Motown Writers Network Hosts

the Motown Literary Women’s Brunch

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Event Details:

Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

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

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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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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.

Connect with author: https://www.facebook.com/beverly.jenkins.9404?fref=ts

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

Event Details:

Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

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

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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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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page?

We love authors and we want you to share your amazon author page in the comments

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  1. Must be a Michigan Author!
  2. Must be to an Amazon Author page and NOT your book page.

Thank you!

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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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Connect with author at:

http://www.joannamoreyauthor.com

Follow on Instagram: @Joannamorey1

Purchase book: http://www.amazon.com/Like-Sparrows-Joanna-Morey-ebook/dp/B0124VNL6W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455926650&sr=1-1&keywords=like+sparrows

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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

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5034611.Mark_Matthews

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/Matthews_Mark

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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.
This would make a great gift for a child’s Easter Basket. Share the gift of reading. Get your copy now. CLICK Here
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What is Your Michigan Author Amazon Page?

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