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Time to donate to help fellow @nanowrimotown and upcoming #NaNoWriMo Events in Metro #Detroit


To my fellow novelists,

Today is a great day to donate to National Novel Writing Month. Your gift will enable NaNoWriMo to continue its programs and inspire fellow novelists, including the young writers programs. As of today I have three generations in my family partaking in National Novel Writing Month! The youngest is seven years old and he is happily writing as a second grader. His teacher who is new to this is allowing him to write his heart out! His older brother is in seventh grader and is writing a novel also. His mother of course was encouraged by me last year to write a novel during the month of November. She succeeded. So can you!

Take some time to donate and then create. Have a great Saturday, and if you can come join us at my first Write In at the Westland Libary at 2:00pm, we will be happy to see you there. If you can’t make it today do not worry, we’ll be there next Saturday as well beginning at 2:00pm.

Enjoy your first week of writing and have a great day.



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Jeff Daniels & @purplerosetheat Go Nat’l On PBS Newshour |Tonight at 6pm – on @detroitpublictv & Across PBS vi a @RichHomberg

Jeff Daniels and the Purple Rose Theater Go National on PBS

The Hollywood Actor Who Came Home, Built a Theater in Michigan

On the PBS Newshour – Tonight at 6pm – on Detroit Public Television and Across PBS

Jeffery Brown tells the Purple Rose story tonight on the PBS Newshour at 6pm. Coming up minutes, please share.

Straight from Jeffery:

Maybe you can go home again. Early in his acting career, Jeff Daniels and his wife decided they would take a risk: leave New York and return to the small town of Chelsea, Michigan, to raise their family. His career continued and today is flourishing, but he also created something more: a professional theater company, the Purple Rose, which is just celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Tonight on the PBS NewsHour, Daniels gives chief correspondent for arts and culture @JeffreyBrown a tour of the unlikely arts mecca he calls home.

Enjoy, share, and thanks to everyone at the Purple Rose.

Rich Homberg

President and CEO

Detroit Public Television


The single, most-important asset of a local public television station is trusted, on-going, engaged, sustained, everyday relationships. How do we work together to build a better Detroit?

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National Inspirational Role Models Month News: #NIRMM Event Nov10th @DetroitLibrary Chaney Branch #MichLit @housetweet2

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National Inspirational Role Models Month Originator and Coordinator
Owner/Chief Communications Specialist House of Communications

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#MotownWriters Books of the Month for November #MichLit

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Are you doing #NaNoWriMo? Here’s a message from the Motown group @nanowrimotown


Dear NaNoWriMotown,

Welcome to November first! Please feel free to imagine streamers, balloons, and confetti all around you as I say that. Got the image? Ok, let’s try it again.

Welcome to November first!

That looked like quite the party. I hope your Sunday has been full of writerly-goodness. If not, it’s not too late to bang out a few hundred words! There’s a story inside that only you can tell!

I don’t want to distract you from your brilliant storytelling, so I’ll be brief. Here are a few things you might be interested in:

  • The Detroit region is having an epic rematch against Chicago! Last year we won in a photo finish, but we cannot lose our crown! See this thread for all the info. This also means the return of the Nemesis Project! If you would like a personal nemesis from Chicago to compete with all month long, please fill out this form.
  • Are you in need of some help meeting your word count goals? Are you an experienced NaNo vet with wisdom to offer? Please see this thread to sign up to be a Detroit mentor or mentee! You don’t need to be new to be a mentee; anyone who wants that one-on-one assistance can sign up.
  • Mark your calendar for the 2015 Motown Midway Madness! We’re in a new location this year, so please join us at the 15 Mile Road Baptist Church on 11/14 from 10:30-5. There will be the traditional potluck (optional, of course), raffles and giveaways, awesome writers, and of course a ton of words! Last year we wrote a collective 150,000+ words in one afternoon! For more details, see this post on the forums.
  • Lastly, for the most up to date schedule of all write-ins and events, keep your eye on the local forum and our google calendar. With at least one write-in every day of the week, there’s bound to be one in your neck of the woods! And if not, it’s not too late to plan one.

Enjoy this month-long writing party,
ML, Detroit Region

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Author event at Detroit Public LIbrary, Skillman @DetroitLibrary Branch, @KimOnTheWeb #MichLit #MotownLit

Quicken Loans Noontime Author Series: Kim Brooks     
Wednesday, November 18, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Presenting award winning author, and “Christian Fiction’s rising star”
Kim Brooks. She’s written several books; He’s Saved But is He For Real?She That
Findeth, and How to Date and Stay Saved . Book signing and light refreshments.

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MWN Author Spotlight with K. B. Carr @kbcarrauthor



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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are you from?

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

Tell us your latest news?

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

When and why did you begin writing? 

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

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

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

What inspired you to write your first book?

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

Do you have a specific writing style?

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

How did you come up with the title?

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

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

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

How much of the book is realistic?

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

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

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

What books have influenced your life most?

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

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

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

What book are you reading now?

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

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

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

What are your current projects?

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

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

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

Do you see writing as a career?

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

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

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

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

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

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

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


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

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

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

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

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

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

Who designed the covers?

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

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

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

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

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

Do you have any advice for other writers?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Author: K.B.Carr

Book: Weird & Wacky Creatures

Series: Weird & Wacky Planet Series

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction


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Twitter: @kbcarrauthor

Periscope: @kbcarrauthor



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You’re invited to Motown Literary Women Brunch 2016 – Detroit (Mar 19, 2016)

You are invited to the following event:

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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March 19, 2016 11amLocation: TBD, Detroit, Michigan tentative

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 preferred seating, a special bag of books, promotional materials and $10 coupon off 2017 Luncheon.

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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#MotownLit EVENT:Twisted Storytellers Bring the Funny Friday, Oct16 #michlit #motownwriters @twistedtellers



October 1, 2015


Twisted Storytellers Bring the Funny

Friday, October 16


DETROIT, MI –– The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted StorytellersⓇ where real people, tell true stories, live onstage, presents “Funny Bone,” Friday, October 16, 2015. The Secret Society is a winner of the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds projects that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.


“Laughter produces an immediate health benefit,” says Executive Director Satori Shakoor. “The wisdom underlying these side-splitting stories will open insights into our humanity.”

“As we listen to the exciting, sometimes traumatizing, sometimes uplifting tales, we think: “that could be me,” or “that was me,” says Juanita Moore, president of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which hosts the events.

“I ain’t seen nothing like it,” says Dick Gregory. “Stay in touch with the storytellers. It can heal.”

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers next event “Funny Bone” will take place at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren Detroit, MI 48202. Featuring storytellers, Mike Bonner, Monique King, Germaine Gebhard and more, with Musical Guest, Larry Johnson and Dance Guests Body Rhythm Dancers. Satori Shakoor will host the evening.

About The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers is a licensed production of The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling (TSRS), a 501(c)3 Michigan non-profit organization. TSRS has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Tickets $16-$20, for additional info, interviews and to watch video performances, please visit: or call 313-744-6037.


Interviews and Personal Appearances, Contact:

Satori Shakoor at 313-744-6037 or via email


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Metro #Detroit Literary EVENT: 8th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference Oct 17th REGISTER NOW @traveltalk #michlit

Don’t let another year go by without attending a conference and if you have attended a conference this year, YOU MUST attend this one!!

Advanced Registration is $125.00

Space Permitting, at-the-door registration will be $150.00

Registration is going on NOW for the 8th Annual Rochester Writers’ ConferenceThe Story Within is the theme this year. Michigan author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, will keynote the October 17 Rochester Writers’ Conference. Current Springfed Arts’ members will enjoy a discount this year. If you’re a member in good standing with Springfed Arts, look for the Special Registration Page on the conference website. Presentations include Lectures, Workshops, and Panel Discussions for Fiction and Non-fiction Writers.

Presenters include: Lev Raphael, Zilka Joseph, Karrie Waarala, Linda Anger, Dorene O’Brien, Carrie Pearson, Hillary Rettig, Alice Speilburg, Danielle Schnakenberg, and Cindy Kitchel.


Presentations include: Avoid Bad Sex Writing, Our Story through Memoir, Publishing Poetry, Speaking Skills for Writers, Flash Fiction, Children’s Book Publishing 101, Joyful Writing Productivity, Small Group Agent Sessions, Personal Branding for Writers, I Have a Website – Now What?, and a Publishing Panel.

Complete Schedule is now available! 


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Location Meetup details changed: #MotownWriters Group Monthly @DetroitLibrary Main 3rd Flr

I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00 AM

Where: Detroit Library – Main
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

We’ll have The Great Lakes Horror Association to present and also to talk a little about finding offline literary events for 2016. See ya there!

This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

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Thank you Sylvia Hubbard

Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network

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MWN Author Spotlight With Colleen Nye @Collen_Nye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are you from?


Tell us your latest news?

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

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

When and why did you begin writing?

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

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

What inspired you to write your first book?

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

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think so?

How did you come up with the title?

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

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

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

How much of the book is realistic?

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

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


What books have most influenced your life most?

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

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

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

What book are you reading now?

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

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

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

What are your current projects?

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

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

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

Do you see writing as a career?

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

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

Not at all.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Escaping reality

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

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

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping up with all of my ideas. LOL

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

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

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

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

Who designed the covers?

Depends on the book.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Keeping up with my mind.

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

I learned so much about how I LOVE to write.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep working on it and do NOT complicate the process.



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


What happens when the game turns to genocide?

hardcoverstack_621x739When in Maui


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


What if your celebrity crush was attainable?



The Lunch Time Anthologies: Gable Heights


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

Every city has an underbelly.



Author: Colleen Nye


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#MotownWriters Book Spotlight #RestoringTheCharacter @RJDockeryCEO MichLit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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