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#MotorCity Book Experience: Terrie L. Branch @BossladyTerri

Terrie L. Branch

Terrie L. Branch

 Terrie L. Branch

Where are you from?    I’m a Hampton, Virginia Native.

Tell us your latest news? I’m currently working on a project with Author Justin Q. Young. We are collaborating on a sexy novel that I’m super excited to do. I also have some projects that I’m collaborating with my label mates Nikay Rountree, Anitra Hill, and publisher Shaunta Kenerly. Im so excited about these projects. I have a new release coming in May 2016, “Choose Your Poison (Confessions of a Stripper”, I also have  2 books being released by the end of the year, “Mr.CEO (Sex Games), Prison Bluez (Numbers Game).

When and why did you begin writing?   I started writing in 2013. I’m a hairstylist by trade and have a lot of faithful clients and friends. I’m told that I inspire people and with that being said, I was in my salon one day having girl talk with a few ladies. They seemed to think that the advice I was giving was really great and told me I should write a book. I immediately laughed it off and said “I’m a hairstylist, not an author.” Only for God to reveal yet another talent that I didn’t know I possessed. So i decided to write my first novel being guided by a minister/ author that was a client. After publishing the novel, i received a lot of positive feedback. That was mind blowing to me. It was a self help novel with a twist. I added an erotic fiction portion to the beginning and the readers loved the intimate scenes. So afterwards I decided to try it again and me being a perfectionist, I knew there was room for improvement. When I began writing again , I reached out to Kiki Swinson after seeing a post on her Facebook page. She told me to send in my manuscript to be reviewed. I received an email back that said they loved it and she signed me to a three book deal. That blew my mind and lit the fire under my feet. I has since then signed under Shaunta Kenerly Presents Publications and it has been nothing less than great with my new publisher!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?   Every since I typed the title to my very first manuscript, in 2013, I’ve considered myself a writer. I truly believe when God puts something on my heart its meant for me.

What inspired you to write your first book?  I was inspired by clients and friends. One of my clients is an author as well and suggested that i do so after I rendered advice to the ladies about dating in my salon.

Do you have a specific writing style? No I don’t think I have a specific style. I just kinda flow. I love being descriptive when it comes to love making scenes.

How did you come up with the title? The Game From A woman’s Perspective was my first novels title. I figured since I was talking about dating from a woman’s point of view that the title would be fitting and catchy. I did brain storm for other titles but this one really stuck. I named each chapter using basketball terms to make it interesting. Then I added a twist ,starting the book off with an erotic fiction short story and concluding with the self help portion.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my novel “The Game From A Woman’s Perspective” I want the readers to know that loving yourself first is always important before pursuing a relationship. If you are capable of loving yourself first , then you are capable of recognizing and true love. My first chapter is “Key Player” and talks strictly about you.

How much of the book is realistic? I feel like a lot of it is.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Well I come in contact with a lot of people and I hear a lot. So with that being said…yes some i can relate to then there is some that is related to the things that I have heard over the years.

What books have most influenced your life most? I love to read. The Bible is one that I would say has the most influence on my life. I don’t of any other books, that I can think of that have really influenced my life though.

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

What book are you reading now? I love to read but since I have been writing, I haven’t had much time to read like I want to. I always read the bible and my Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyers almost every day.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Danielle Offett, Anitra Hill , Nikay Rountree, Shaunta Kenerly.

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on a project with Author Justin Q. Young. We are collaborating on a sexy novel that I’m super excited to do. I also have some projects that I’m collaborating with my label mates Nikay Rountree, Anitra Hill, and publisher Shaunta Kenerly. Im so excited about these projects. I have a new release coming in May 2016, “Choose Your Poison (Confessions of a Stripper”, I also have  2 books being released by the end of the year, “Mr.CEO (Sex Games), Prison Bluez (Numbers Game).

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My facebook followers really showed me love. I have a friend Falisha Carman that really stuck with me cheering me on and buying every book that I wrote.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes I Do! I love writing! Its almost like leaving your world and placing yourself in this fictitious world momentarily,. Its so rejuvenating! So once I’m retired from the hair industry , absolutely. I will definitely continue writing and on a full time bases.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? After receiving so many great reviews on my first novel, I was so fascinated that I started my second.Once I was signed to New York Times Best Selling Author Kiki Swinson, it showed me that someone in the game already recognized my talent. So it motivated me to keep going. It lit the fire under my feet, so to say I feel like there’s always room to grow. So I was able to see the growth from one book to another. Im looking forward to future growth and more books. I just love it!!! 

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

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  From time to time I experience writers block. Sometimes its a challenge trying to decide the genre in which a title should fit under, but other than that I haven’t ran into many challenges.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Mary Monroe & Danielle Steele. I love a book that keeps my interest.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I was a part of the Sistahs on Lit event in DC/Maryland. I will also be at Atlanta KickBack Bookfest October 8th.

Who designed the covers? Our publisher uses a variety of graphic designers. Aja Monique of Amb Branding designed Mr CEO, and Choose Your Poison.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest thing was keeping up with all the different characters. After writing so much, it all seems to run into another. So I created a Note Page with key points and character names on it for each book.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? There is always room for improvement.  Take my time and be descriptive. 

Do you have any advice for other writers? Stick to your style of writing.Stay true to yourself.  You have to stand out in your own way! Be original.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you so much for supporting me. I love you guys! Make sure that you check me out on social media and my website.

Visit the author:  www.AuthorTerrieLBranch.weebly.com

Connect with the author:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerrieBranch/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BossladyTerri

Purchase The Game From A Woman’s Perspectiveamazon.com/author/terriebranch

GBS

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Upcoming Literary events in and around Michigan #MichLit @Eventbrite

These were discovered from searches. Fill up your calendar, share with other readers, writers and authors and support by going to the events.

 

note: These are not in the order of dates and make sure you click on the direct link (share or bookmark event) so you can see exactly what city this event is in. )

 

$40 – $85

FRI, AUG 12 10:00 AM

Rust City Book Convention
Detroit Marriott Troy

$0 – $195

SAT, AUG 20 2:00 PM

The Motor City Book Experience
Cobo Center

FREE

TUE, MAY 24 6:00 PM

The Journey With In – Book Launch in Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater

$10 – $60

SAT, OCT 8 9:00 AM

2016 Glass City Author Event
SeaGate Convention Centre

$15 – $30

SAT, AUG 20 11:00 AM

2016 Sweet Home Chicago Author Event
Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile

FREE

THU, MAY 26 7:30 PM

Super Mind Book Signing with Dr. Norman Rosenthal
The Center on Halsted – The Hoover – Leppen Theater

$5 – $70

FRI, AUG 12 7:00 PM

Once Upon a Book Author Signing & the Happily Ever After Ball
Bavarian Inn Lodge

FREE

WED, AUG 31 6:00 PM

Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty presents: Coming Out My Box – One Woman Show!
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

FREE

SAT, MAY 28 4:00 PM

Dre’ Till’s 50th Birthday Celebration & Book Signing
Harborside International Golf Center

$0 – $20

SAT, JUL 30 11:00 AM

River City Book Bash 2016
Newport Aquarium

FREE

SAT, JUN 4 2:00 PM

Hustlegirl: Book Launch Party
Silver Room

SAT, AUG 20 10:30 AM

Lightroom #4 – Lets make a book using the Book Module // PROCAM Detroit
PROCAM Photo & Video Gear

FREE

TUE, OCT 25 7:00 PM

One Book Talk with Steve Pemberton
Indiana University East Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN, United States

$0 – $75

FRI, SEP 23 6:00 PM

Indie Authors Do It Dirty 2016
Radisson Hotel

$25

THU, JUN 9 5:30 PM

Viva Libris! An Evening for Detroit Little Libraries
Tangent Gallery & Hastings Street Ballroom

$10 – $15

SAT, OCT 15 11:00 AM

Marketing Before & After Publication
1476 W Maple Rd

$10 – $25

SAT, JUN 18 1:00 PM

Ann Arbor Book Festival: 2016 Writer’s Workshop
Neutral Zone

$10 – $25

SAT, JUN 25 11:00 AM

Cleveland Author Event 6.25.16
The Westin Cleveland Downtown

FROM $0

SAT, JUL 9 10:00 AM

Tulip City Author Event
Haworth Inn

FREE

$15

SAT, JUL 16 10:30 AM

Grammatically Incorrect: Editing for the Self-Published Author
24590 George Ave

$15

SAT, OCT 15 11:00 AM

Arch City Author Event – Author Signing
-The Renaissance Hotel

FREE

SAT, JUN 11 12:00 PM

Authors Expo
Pontiac Public Library

$350

FRI, SEP 30 7:00 PM

12th ANNUAL CAVALCADE OF AUTHORS with NALEIGHNA KAI, FARRAH ROCHON, CARRIE H. JOHNSON, MARTHA KENNERSON, JOYCE BROWN and more to come
HOTEL ALLEGRO

$20 – $350

FRI, SEP 30 7:00 PM

12th ANNUAL CAVALCADE OF AUTHORS with NALEIGHNA KAI, FARRAH ROCHON, CARRIE H. JOHNSON, JOYCE BROWN and more to come
HOTEL ALLEGRO

CA$0 – CA$40

FRI, SEP 16 7:30 PM

Ignite Your Soul Author Event 2016
Centennial Hall

 

 

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MWN Blog Archive Halfway to @313Libraries via @kimberkoz #michlit June 9th Benefit for Literacy in #Detroit. #MotownWriters Please support…

Inline image 1Greetings, Friends of Detroit Little Libraries.

Thanks to your support and many partners, we have reached the halfway point to planting 313 little libraries in Detroit!

To mark the occasion and continue momentum, we are gathering to celebrate and raise funds on Thursday, June 9, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Tangent Gallery, 715 Milwaukee Ave., in Detroit’s New Center area.

Please join us at Viva Libris! A Night for Detroit Little Libraries, where we’ll have delicious hors d’oeuvres and three musical acts to enjoy including the legendary jazz musician Jahra Michelle McKinney, 18-year-old songstress Mia Green and the fabled Exhaust Tones.

During the evening, patrons will have an opportunity to sponsor a Little Free Library – including one of the 13 very special libraries that were transformed by local artists — on display most recently at the Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art and soon to be planted in the community.

We’ll also offer a Detroit-themed silent auction which will feature a night’s stay at the Inn on Ferry Street a package for two at Westin Book Cadillac Detroit; a tour for 20 and 1-year membership with Pewabic; a Detroit Library with books by local authors; a Detroit History Tour, gift cards to several local restaurants, tickets to sporting events, family passes to the State Fair, massages, bottles of wine, Detroit jewelry, doggie day care, yoga with kitties, local chocolates, flowers and of course homemade ice cream!

Local merchants generously donated these items so we can raise funds to build more Little Free Libraries in Detroit!

Our work over the last 18 months has prompted the city of Detroit to begin working the little libraries into 40 parks slated for renovation over the next 18 months – where residents said they wanted them in their neighborhoods. Meanwhile, communities such as Romeo, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe and Pleasant Ridge are putting them in neighborhoods, too.

We live in an era when most of us are distracted by smart phones and tablets. But we believe the planting of 150 little libraries in Detroit with our partners has renewed interest in reading, and build community.

Another important reason we keep planting little libraries in Detroit: There’s only one book for every 37 preschool children in Hamtramck, and one for every five children in Detroit’s University District neighborhood, according to a recent academic study by a former University of Michigan professor.

Meanwhile, many Detroit schools no longer have libraries and some public libraries have shuttered or scaled back hours. Additionally, transportation and financial issues can hinder residents’ access to reading materials.
Please help us bring more Little Free Libraries to Detroit so we can bring more books to neighborhoods.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viva-libris-an-evening-for-detroit-little-libraries-tickets-24365926141

Until then, Viva Libris!

Kim

Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries
(313) 595-4845

Detroit Little Libraries is a grassroots campaign working in partnership with the national Little Free Library, a 501(c)(3), to promote reading and community in Detroit through the take-a-book, leave-a-book movement known as the Little Free Library.

Our partners include Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Parks, Detroit Public Library, The Detroit News and Free Press, General Motors, Chrysler, The Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand River Creative Corridor, The Tangent Gallery, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Community United for Progress, Barefield DesignWorks, Novi teachers and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts and B’Nei Mitzvah children.

http://www.detroitlittlelibraries.org
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Pam Rossi #Michlit @pamrossi

Pam Rossi

front-blue-names.jpeg                                                                                                  Where are you from? Canton, MI

Tell us your latest news? Just released, Over Easy Conversations with Pam Rossi, a book of musical guests interviews from the Over Easy radio show on 94.7 WCSX. One of my favorite parts of my radio show that I’ve hosted now for over 16 years, was the live interviews where we talked and the musician played a few songs in between our chat. It was personal, fun and I learned things I didn’t know about each artist. It was like two friends just having a conversation over coffee.

When and why did you begin writing? Any thoughts of being a writer never really happened. I wrote in school because I had to.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I got the official proof of Over Easy Conversations the first time. Even though I’ve had poetry published before and journaled regularly, I never thought of myself as a writer until now.

What inspired you to write your first book? Listeners of the popular radio show wanted to revisit the interviews and the book idea was conceived.

Do you have a specific writing style? I haven’t figured that one out yet.

How did you come up with the title? It was easy, the show is called Over Easy and it was more conversation than interview. I wanted the show title to be prominent.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are a lot of talented musicians, not just nationally but locally as well, that are a lot of fun and have a lot to offer. I want to showcase them all.

How much of the book is realistic? All

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? These are the actual interviews transcribed with introductions.

What books have most influenced your life most? I tend to gravitate toward the non-fiction, including biographies and self-help.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Even though they aren’t officially published, my two daughters and a few of my sisters are very awe inspiring and talented in the writing department.

What book are you reading now? Musical biographies.

What are your current projects? I’m working on a children’s series titled, Look Who Gets To…with the Polka Dot Pals.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  Always family, and friends.

Do you see writing as a career? I do have other book concepts that need to be finished and plan to do, however, I see myself more of a speaker.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I started journaling in my early teens to help me get through some rough years.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? It’s a children’s series helping them deal with physical issues. It started with my granddaughter having to wear an eyepatch at 18 months old.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? With another project I am working on, I am finding it difficult trying to make it fiction even though 99% is real.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet

Who designed the covers? Annie Capps who is also in the book. She is a musician.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Getting releases from all the artists as well as promoting it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Even a roller coaster ride can be fun!! I also did learn how passionate true musicians are about their craft.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up. Even when the plug gets pulled,figure out a way to plug back in and try again.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you and I hope they enjoy the interviews and find some musical gems while learning about these artists and appreciate what they do for their craft.) Over Easy Conversations with Pam Rossi.

Connect with Pam at:

http://www.amazon.com/Pam-Rossi/e/B01CF6BB6S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1463451712&sr=8-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pam-Rossi-Author-250007831997123/

On Twitter: @pamrossi

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jFOfebuaw

Purchase the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Over-Easy-Pam-Rossi-ebook/dp/B01DAO9LFC?ie=UTF8&keywords=Pam%20Rossi&qid=1463451712&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

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Calling all authors – Michigan Book Bash-July 17, 2016 #michlit

 

 

The Michigan Book Bash will be taking place on Sunday, July 17 from 10AM-4PM
in Harvey Kern Pavilion in Frankenmuth. It is part of a larger event called
Michigan Market & Mayhem that features locally produced food, beverages, and
products. Table space and a chair will be provided at no cost to authors
selected to participate. They must be residents of Michigan and able to sell
and sign books during the event. To be considered authors should send an
email to Fest@BuyMichiganNow.com with “Book Bash” in the subject line. They
should include: their genre, the title(s) they intend to sell, the publisher(s), the city
where they reside, and a link to a website where we can learn more about the
books.MichiganBookBash

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MWN Blog Archive Let’s Read the News! via @literarydetroit May 24th #TechTown #Detroit event #MichLit

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Here’s your chance to widen your outlook on the world and deepen the public conversation! Join us for Let’s Read the News: a lunchtime gathering of engaged citizens and journalists who gather around a common table for a lively discussion on the stories that matter to our lives.
Our next topic of discussion: State of Emergency in Detroit.
Detroit Public Schools has been under state-appointed emergency management for seven years. A wave of “sick-outs” has demonstrated the frustration of teachers working in schools that remain in crisis. What does this mean for the city’s young people, workers, and their families? How does this fit into the context of historical battles for “power to the people” in Detroit — stretching back to 1967 and beyond?
Reporters CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY and BILL MCGRAW will join us for this discussion. Both are veterans of the Detroit Free Press and are now at Bridge Magazine.
Think of Let’s Read the News as a “news club”—a journalistic variation on a book club. We’ll read articles on a common theme before we meet up. Links to the stories for our May 24 gathering are below.
From that foundation, we’ll have a discussion while we eat a catered meal. The featured journalists will bring important background to the conversation, but this is not a panel conversation. At Let’s Read the News, every voice matters. We cap public attendance at 12 to ensure that you can contribute, or sit back and take it in, as you wish.
We will gather on TUESDAY, May 24, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, in a reserved room in TechTown. Check in at the front desk when you arrive and tell them you’re here for “Let’s Read the News” Parking is free in the lot next door.
Your registration fee covers your lunch from Alley Taco (meat and veggie options), including beverages.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Get your $5 ticket now!
Know that we will begin promptly at 12:30 pm, in respect for everyone’s daytime schedules, so please plan accordingly.
Let’s Read the News is a collaboration of the Columbia Journalism Review the Institute for Nonprofit News, Bridge Magazine, and Literary Detroit.
If you have any questions, please contact annaleighclark

THE STORIES WE’RE READING FOR MAY 24:

  1. Detroit Schools and the $715 Million Band-Aid – Chastity Pratt-Dawsey, Bridge Magazine http://bridgemi.com/2016/03/detroit-schools-and-the-715-million-band-aid/
  2. DPS Sickouts Up Pressure on State Plan – Detroit News
    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/04/30/union-chief-dps-pay-employees-june/83756218/
  3. To Rebuild Detroit, Restore the Schools – Chastity Pratt-Dawsey, Bridge Magazine
    http://bridgemi.com/2015/12/to-rebuild-detroit-restore-the-schools/
  4. In an African-American City, Black Clout Wanes – Bill McGaw, Bridge Magazine
    http://bridgemi.com/2016/03/in-an-african-american-city-black-clout-wanes/
  5. A Quick Guide to the 1967 Riot – Bill McGaw, Bridge Magazine
    http://bridgemi.com/2016/03/a-quick-guide-to-the-1967-detroit-riot/

WHEN Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE TechTown Detroit – 440 Burroughs Street, Detroit, MI 48202 – View Map

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#MotorCityBookExperence @Simplee Kish

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Simplee Kish

Simplee Kish

Where are you from?

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in Detroit Michigan.

Tell us your latest news.

I’m doing a book discussion for Don’t Read Me Read A Book Book Club Detroit Chapter May 15 in Dearborn, MI

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing ever since grade school. I would write for myself just for the fun of it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer when I had my 1st book published in December of 2015.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No I don’t.

How did you come up with the title?

Coming up with the title of my book was kind of hard. The original title was supposed to be: Brooklynn’s Bridge

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

This book is purely a work of fiction, but if this has happened to you or anyone you know. Please don’t be afraid to speak up and get help.

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

Author Shan Richardson

What book are you reading now?

I try not to read any books while I’m writing. I’m currently writing the finale to part 3 for the Brooklynn series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I haven’t had the chance to do much reading lately since I’ve been writing.

What are your current projects?

I plan on doing spin off series with the characters from the Brooklynn and Santana series. Once I’m done with that I want to venture off into mystery/suspense, supernatural.

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

Another author that helped open the door for me.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I see writing as a career for me.

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

I would make last book a little bit longer.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have a vivid imagination and I love telling stories.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding the time to write and keeping the story going, flowing and interesting.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If this is something you really want to do you have to put your all into it. Never give up. Success will not happen overnight.

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

I would like to thank all of my readers for all of their support. Without your support I would be doing this for nothing. So thank you for giving me the chance to entertain your minds!

Connect with Simplee Kish:

 

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Six Ways To Self-Edit & Polish Your Prose

Great article to read

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Whether you are new to writing or an old pro, brushing up on the basics is always helpful. Because no matter how GOOD the story is? If the reader is busy stumbling over this stuff, it ruins the fictive dream and she will never GET to the story. So today we are going to cover six ways to self-edit your fiction. Though this stuff might seem like a no-brainer, I see these blunders ALL the time.

….unfortunately even in (legacy) published books.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT…

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#MotorCityBookExperience

Danie James

DJWhere are you from? University City. A suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri

Tell us your latest news? I was a feature artist at Wilbert’s Food & Music in Cleveland, Ohio a few weeks ago.
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing at 13 after I saw the movie Poetic Justice
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I was 16
What inspired you to write your first book? The inspiration behind Broken Flower was from an abusive relationship I was in 6 years ago. I used writing as a way to cope with the break-up.
Do you have a specific writing style? Its mostly bold and in your face. Very unapologetic and honest.
How did you come up with the title? It just came to me in my sleep
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Love yourself
How much of the book is realistic? 80%
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes
What books have most influenced your life most? The Complete Poetry Collection of Maya Angelou
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Maya Angelou
What are your current projects? I’m putting together a DVD with my top 10 best spoken word pieces, plus 3 bonus pieces not published yet. I will be headlining in the first Poetry Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio June 5th. I am working on my fourth poetry collections and other short stories. Also taking acting classes once a week at JC Modeling Agency
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. God
Do you see writing as a career? Yes
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? My latest book, “Erotica Avenue: Love & Lust Poems”, I would not change a thing. Its perfectly crafted.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have written short stories and screen plays since 10. I began doing poetry when I saw Poetic Justice at 16. I was looking to gain a new hobby and it later became a passion.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Yes.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Sometimes I may go days without writing anything, I may not feel inspired that day. I will have an idea but get writer’s block.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I really don’t have a favorite author aside from Maya Angelou and maybe Zane.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes. I have traveled to a few places to promote all three of my books.
Who designed the covers? I design all my covers using Amazon cover design for self-published authors.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part about writing my first book, “Broken Flower” was the editing process. It took two weeks because I kept having to re-submit it for errors.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes, to value myself more. How much I grown as a woman and writer. To write without limitations. Don’t be afraid to go to those uncomfortable places.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Think outside the box. Be creative in every way possible and stay true to yourself.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? All three of my books are available on Amazon. Go get it!!

Connect with the author: wix.com/djamesentertainment

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aimEbsSYQk&list=PLnS1jjqFRxChDEAMdWfmlGQZDiyGDaxRE

Purchase Books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Danie+James

 

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REQUEST FOR SUBMISSION: authorsandlibraries Chapters Sought for Anthology

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Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies, Programming, Outreach

Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Lura Sanborn, co-editor. Women, Work, and the Web, contributor, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); public, academic, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for Women/ Men/LGBTIQ to meet patron gender information. Chapters sought useful to public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty: proven, creative, case studies, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues with innovative workshops, outreach, grants, resources.

Topics could include but are not limited to: getting boys to use the library; showcasing GBLTIQ voices; programming, successful examples, intentions and outcomes; acquisitions, to support, showcase, represent; wage gaps; women’s studies librarianship. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by June 30, 2016, brief bio on each author; place GEN, Your Name on subject line: smallwood

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MWN Blog Archive Halfway to @313Libraries via @kimberkoz #michlit June 9th Benefit for Literacy in #Detroit. #MotownWriters Please support

Greetings, Friends of Detroit Little Libraries.

Thanks to your support and many partners, we have reached the halfway point to planting 313 little libraries in Detroit!

To mark the occasion and continue momentum, we are gathering to celebrate and raise funds on Thursday, June 9, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Tangent Gallery, 715 Milwaukee Ave., in Detroit’s New Center area.

Please join us at Viva Libris! A Night for Detroit Little Libraries, where we’ll have delicious hors d’oeuvres and three musical acts to enjoy including the legendary jazz musician Jahra Michelle McKinney, 18-year-old songstress Mia Green and the fabled Exhaust Tones.

During the evening, patrons will have an opportunity to sponsor a Little Free Library – including one of the 13 very special libraries that were transformed by local artists — on display most recently at the Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art and soon to be planted in the community.

We’ll also offer a Detroit-themed silent auction which will feature a night’s stay at the Inn on Ferry Street a package for two at Westin Book Cadillac Detroit; a tour for 20 and 1-year membership with Pewabic; a Detroit Library with books by local authors; a Detroit History Tour, gift cards to several local restaurants, tickets to sporting events, family passes to the State Fair, massages, bottles of wine, Detroit jewelry, doggie day care, yoga with kitties, local chocolates, flowers and of course homemade ice cream!

Local merchants generously donated these items so we can raise funds to build more Little Free Libraries in Detroit!

Our work over the last 18 months has prompted the city of Detroit to begin working the little libraries into 40 parks slated for renovation over the next 18 months – where residents said they wanted them in their neighborhoods. Meanwhile, communities such as Romeo, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe and Pleasant Ridge are putting them in neighborhoods, too.

We live in an era when most of us are distracted by smart phones and tablets. But we believe the planting of 150 little libraries in Detroit with our partners has renewed interest in reading, and build community.

Another important reason we keep planting little libraries in Detroit: There’s only one book for every 37 preschool children in Hamtramck, and one for every five children in Detroit’s University District neighborhood, according to a recent academic study by a former University of Michigan professor.

Meanwhile, many Detroit schools no longer have libraries and some public libraries have shuttered or scaled back hours. Additionally, transportation and financial issues can hinder residents’ access to reading materials.

Please help us bring more Little Free Libraries to Detroit so we can bring more books to neighborhoods.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viva-libris-an-evening-for-detroit-little-libraries-tickets-24365926141

Until then, Viva Libris!

Kim

Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries
(313) 595-4845

Detroit Little Libraries is a grassroots campaign working in partnership with the national Little Free Library, a 501(c)(3), to promote reading and community in Detroit through the take-a-book, leave-a-book movement known as the Little Free Library.

Our partners include Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Parks, Detroit Public Library, The Detroit News and Free Press, General Motors, Chrysler, The Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand River Creative Corridor, The Tangent Gallery, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Community United for Progress, Barefield DesignWorks, Novi teachers and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts and B’Nei Mitzvah children.

http://www.detroitlittlelibraries.org

http://www.littlefreelibrary.org

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MWN Blog Archive FREEDOM WITH WRITING Paid Publishing Opportunities For Writers – CLICK LINKS FOR INFO

Paid Publishing Opportunities For Writers

$35,000 Book Prize for Diverse Writers

Penguin Young Readers, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books™ is hosting a book contest with a $35,000 prize.

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10 Music Publications that Pay Writers

A broad mix of magazines and websites that pay for writing about music.

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7 Magazines that Pay $400 or More Per Article

These magazines are in need of quality submissions from writers.

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MWN Blog Archive Did you know there is power in your words? G.L.O.W. Writing/Publishing/Marketing Workshop May 21st Westland #MichLit @OntheGowTiffany

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Desiree Cooper #Michlit @descooper

Desiree Cooper

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper

 

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Connect with this author at:

www.descooper.com

http://www.facebook.com/descooper

http://instagram.com/descooper

https://twitter.com/descooper

Buy your copy now : http://amzn.to/1VKxXTS

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

New Michigan Literary Network podcast w/guest @DesCooper, author of “Know the Mother” at http://tobtr.com/s/8790883.

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