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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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His King or His Conscience…which will he chose?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Detroit Indie Author & Filmmaker:

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

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

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

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Where are you from?I am from Northville, MI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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His King or His Conscience…which will he chose?

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

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

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

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

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Announcing: A CELEBRATION! New Book #MichiganWriter is here and available. What My Left Hand Was Doing #MotownWriters Author, @JoannCastle | Booksigning Events

 

 

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Coming to #RustCity17: Sara Dobie Bauer & Jillian via @rustcitybookcon #michlit #motownwriters

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Coming to #RustCity17: Sara Dobie Bauer & Jillian David

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Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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Returning to #RustCity17: Sage Spelling & Donna MacMeans @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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Returning to #RustCity17: Stacy McKitrick & AJ @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Returning to #RustCity17: Stacy McKitrick & AJ Norris

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Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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Returning for #RustCity17: Roselynn Cannes & Kristina Knight @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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Rue Allyn & Stephen Osborne Join #RustCity17! @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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Registration for #RustCity17 Is Open! @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Registration for Rust City Book Con 2017 is now open! Join these authors and more for panel discussions, parties, flash fiction, a charity book signing, and more! Early bird registration is $75 is open until 11:59pm EST on 3/31/2017; beginning April 1st, general registration will be $85. Click Here To Register!

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A Book Review: “N” (The Compass Series) by Stephen Santos

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I never ask for more than I deserve/You know it’s the truth/You seem to think you’re God’s gift to this earth/I’m tellin’ you, no way.

-Janet Jackson, What Have You Done For Me Lately

     There are two ways to think about Stephen Santos and his new novel, N: The Compass Series, and the differences of how we interpret a failed marriage between two people whose worldview is inharmoniously synched with spirituality, practicality and conventional wisdoms that always seem to betray even the most decent of amorous intentions.

     Joshua and Bridget are married, and Bridget wants (and is eventually granted) a divorce from her husband. She moves with her children into a new marriage which she feels will provide her with a better sense of emotional and financial security.  Joshua is understandly devastated, torn with anguish, and is forced to accept the way his wife feels, and he thus spends the remainder of the book laying the bulk of his problems at the winged feet of his wife (whose voice in the matter seems controlled, choked and regulated, but more on this later). At times, Joshua seems delusional and romantic about marriage and women. He seems ironic and contradictory, believes he knows what Bridget wants, yet he is unable to hear her for sake of his own veiled conceit:

We were young, and she had so much life in her. I loved her with all of my heart, but I didn’t have concrete plans as to where I was headed in life. She, on the other hand, had a plan, a purpose and a desire to be free from uncertainty about things. She kept dragging her feet when I would ask her about our future. She knew that I couldn’t change, and that she would have to be the one to. That sounds bad. It’s not that I didn’t want to change for her, it’s just that I had discovered what everyone really wants (63-64).

     But Bridget did seem to know what she wanted in life and marriage, if only Joshua had listened. The novel is full of these moments, Joshua is steady with his blame-game, and Bridget struggles to find happiness and a sense of marital fulfillment. All is difficult mostly because Joshua cannot bring himself to think in practical terms regarding the breakdown of his marriage, the problem of arrogance, and the limitations of spiritual/religious panaceas. He spends too much time ministering to us (in first-person), undervaluing his wife, and, fatalistically, seeing the world through romantic lenses.

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Sing your praises, hold your hand/Tell the world that I think you’re grand/I’ll do any, thing for you, (he-he) but slave.

-Ray Charles, I’ll do Anything But Work

Much masculinity, particularly when it is aggressive and overbearing and hostile and unrelenting, is really a mask for the innate puerile frailty most men suffer. This is why it is so important to repress oppress suppress and  control women. This is why it is difficult for men to listen to women, husbands their wives. It is difficult for a man to respect a woman’s independence and self-assurance, but particularly her right to control her body mind and soul.  And religion undergirds this male persistence simply by way of its own support and confirmation of female subjugation (Ayaan Hirsi Ali is still on the run last I heard). Throughout the novel, Joshua never accepts responsibility for his failed marriage, only insisting that Bridget has fallen from (his) grace like in a biblical scene, thus it is his righteous duty to rescue and rehabilitate her. Her dreams and ambitions (which he has taken for granted and/or is unable to bear) is never really the focus of Joshua’s concern, just that he must save her from herself. More of Joshua’s sermonic hubris:

I refused to worry about things, and I was ok with the ways that life changes direction. She figured she needed to control her life so that nothing was left in the air. I know why she did this, but I knew she would always be nagged by the fears of her childhood unless she followed me. She knew deep down her desire was to live with me, but she kept wondering how she would function in reality? She used to always tell me she thought I lived on a cloud somewhere, and she was trying to make things work down here in the real world (64)

     “Why did she have to do this? Why now? Why ever? For comfort. That’s her reason. So that she could feel more comfortable, that’s what it boils down to. She was tired of being a journey. Well, did she really think that life was supposed to be easy?” (23) Ironically, the answers to Joshua’s questions – which he cannot see because of his evangelical preoccupation with all that is wrong with Bridget – is revealed in the futile soliloquies where he finds himself suffocated by his own romanticism.

     In a scene that is quite revealing, Joshua asks Bridget pointedly if he is the reason to blame for her leaving the marriage. Bridget says yes. “If you  would’ve just provided a safe place for us, a place where I didn’t have to worry about the things I was worried about, then I wouldn’t have felt like I needed to go look for it elsewhere” (44). Bridget is redolent with reason, trying desperately to lift her voice above Joshua’s impassioned sentimentality, hoping he will see the importance of financial and emotional security a woman needs and desires from a husband. She tries to explain what is practical in a marriage and what security means for her: “Josh, you know just as well as I do that whether you worry or not, there are still bills that need to be paid, people who get sick and things that were outside of our financial reach” (44). Again, Joshua misses his chance to learn something about women and how they view marriage. Here he cloaks his personal inadequacy in ignorant romanticism: “Yeah, but life is more than just paying bills. It’s more than just paying bills. It’s more than a feeling of safety” (44).

     In his great novel, Baldwin wrote: “We all commit our crimes. The thing is to not lie

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about them – to try to understand what you have done, why you have done it. That way, you can begin to forgive yourself. That’s very important. If you don’t forgive yourself you’ll never be able to forgive anybody else and you’ll go on committing the same crimes forever” (79, Another Country).   Joshua’s burden is that he cannot forgive himself for his inadequacy as a provider. He cannot forgive Bridget (in the real sense) because forgiving her would place a deeper burden of confrontation: to excavate hidden pain; to look at the man in the mirror, to challenge all that he has come to know about life, love, and about people. Perhaps this is partly the inextricable burden Santos, too, confronts inasmuch as why he avoids the subcutaneous questions pervading the entire novel:  Why is Bridget’s character so condensed, paralytic, voiceless, and solely dependent on Joshua’s holy mercy and righteous wisdom?

 

     The biblical meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The American meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The Hebrew meaning of the name Joshua is “Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves. In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites for their journey to the Promised Land” (http://bit.ly/2h2Po4r). So perhaps that is Joshua’s real problem: He thinks his job is to save Bridget. He thinks he is on a righteous crusade of biblical importance, to rescue the fallen woman, the harlot, from imminent self-destruction and eternal doom – this, he believes, is his sacred calling. He ministers when he should seek counseling; he analyzes when he should accept; He proselytizes when he should be silent.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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