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Dec 12th Join me at #iWrite2k15: Ebook Workshop & Social Media Consulting #Detroit

Please take a moment and share this post with other who are writing a book, writers groups, and other interested parties in your blog, social media and even offline. (There are print functions below.) Thanks in advance.

REGISTER NOW http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=157135035

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On Saturday, December 12th, Join me and other professionals to discuss self-publishing options and solutions. I’m excited to join this team of knowledgeable people to help people to their literary goal.

I’ll be doing an ebook workshop for lunch and then social media consults throughout the rest of the day.

Note: I’ll still be doing the regular 2nd Saturday from 10am to Noon at the Detroit Public – Main Library so I’ll have a very busy Saturday.

See you there and I hope you register for the self publishing workshop and training at: http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=157135035

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MWN Author Spotlight with Eric B. Willis @EricBWillis


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Today, the Motown Writers Network is putting author Eric B. Willis in the spotlight.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Detroit. I now live in Waterford, Michigan.

Tell us your latest news?

I’m currently involved with two family history writing book projects and a third one that’s waiting in the wings. My goal is to publish my second book towards the end of the year. Also in July, I will be attending a Willis family reunion in Hampton, Virginia and looking forward to sharing and receiving feedback about my current book.
When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a child. However, around 1997, it was reignited shortly after I began researching my family history. It was my desire to leave a legacy–to share the information that I’ve discovered about my family history–about their triumphs and tragedies, and how their survival in America continued to exist despite their tremendous odds as a black race of people with African, European, Indian and Asian ancestry.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After I began writing about my family history and black history.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I didn’t know much about my Mississippi paternal lineage–my heritage. Also, there was an oral family historical account that was passed down about two brothers from France who traveled to this country, but I wanted to know more.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I used all four writing styles in my book–primarily expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive to a smaller extent.
How did you come up with the title?

The first part of the name The Willis Handbook came about over twenty years ago during a non-related discussion at a Willis family function–which was before I became a genealogist and began writing the book. The second part of the name relates to intersecting related memoirs and historical events into a family’s genealogy or a person’s biography in order to assist with reconstructing their lives and to produce more of a connection with my readers. Also, adding photographs, historical records, pedigree charts, and maps helps me to achieve this goal as well.

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

I want to encourage people of all ethnicities to become family historians and writers. Afterward, they would be able to reach out and teach their current and future generations that many of their ancestors and relatives–being aware or unaware of God’s presence and guidance–did experience many successes in the midst of their sacrifices and failures.

How much of the book is realistic?

The non-fiction book not only chronicles 168 years of my family history, but it also includes related and extensive information about African American and American History–covering such events as the American Civil War, early Black communities and educational institutions, medical histories and epidemics, the Civil Rights Movement, etc. Its use is also a genealogical and scholarly reference source. It’s like a treasured heirloom meets an encyclopedia.

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

Yes to both. The work details many experiences in my life, my family and other black family lives, and the lives of those who have had major influences–directly or indirectly–and from a local, state or national perspective.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Besides the Bible which also includes an extensive genealogical record, books that are inspirational and history-related.

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

It would be a challenge to just narrow it down to one writer. So, I would have to choose Alex Haley, John Hope Franklin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Darlene C. Dickson–my first writer’s group instructor.

What book are you reading now?

Grace of Silence: A Memoir by the National Public Radio (NPR) journalist Michelle Norris. It’s about her family’s complex legacy and understanding those who reared us.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m interested in reading Allyson Hobb’s book A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life as a part of my research for my current writing project.
What are your current projects?

I have two active writing projects– a book about my maternal cousin who was involved with racial passing–living his life as a white Jewish man and a family history about my maternal lineage. I’m also assisting a client with writing and publishing his family history.

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

The Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collection staff was very helpful to me early on in my research.
Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do–in addition to being a genealogist, an artist, and an occasional actor.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

That’s a good question, but I would not change anything.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

As a child in elementary school, around the forth grade, I was given an assignment to create a hardcover children’s story book with illustrations. It was about a boy’s involvement with various sports. I remembered the covers being made of cardboard and wrapped in a vinyl sheet material with a sport-like pattern.

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

My second non-fiction book begins with my genealogical quest to uncover the truth behind my maternal great grandfather’s birth in the segregated town of Huntsville, Alabama during the late-19th century. His mother is black but his father is white. However, along the way, I discovered a cousin who was involved in racial passing. As a result, my goal is to take the reader on a journey through an array of notable jazz musicians, the religion of Judaism, American union leader Jimmy Hoffa, renowned entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., and a discussion of race.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I really love the research phase of the writing process, but it can be very time consuming–reviewing documentation and artifacts, reading, interviewing and traveling.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I actually have two favorite authors–John Hope Franklin and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Being a descendant from families with deep southern roots and my interest in history, I enjoy reading the works of these noted American historians, educators, and authors of southern history and racial politics.

 

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

As a genealogist and writer, I have to travel to various locations to research and obtain non-digitized information that’s not available via the Internet. I enjoy pouring through old photo albums, records at court houses, libraries, etc. If possible, I prefer to travel and conduct face-to-face interviews for gathering information for the book.

 

Who designed the covers?

I’m an artist as well, so I designed my book’s covers.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

From a sentimental perspective, having to remove the last chapter because the size of the book had surpassed 900 pages. The chapter consists of information I’ve accumulated over the years during my genealogical research of my Willis family and during the time of the book’s completion, I was not able to establish to my satisfaction the people represented therein were related to my family. However, there is a possibility that there may be some Willis familial connections, but additional evidence is required.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Besides the wealth of information about my family history and my culture’s history, I’ve learned about the existence of so many other family members across the country–what a blessing.

 

Also, consistently dedicating some time each day towards the project kept me engaged which eventually led to its completion after ten years. Some of the days consisted of one to several hours of researching (which took on various forms), writing or both. A mixture of researching, writing and sharing contributed to my excitement level.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice is to devote at least a half an hour to the writing process even if it’s involving researching for material. Research other successful authors within your genre to determine what contributed to their success while also maintaining your own sense of writing style. Connect (in person or online) with informative writer workshops in your region. In reference to researching and writing your family history, begin with interviewing your older relatives first because once they make that transition–that valuable information may be forever lost.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I truly appreciate your support. Also, I believe it’s important for us to know and share our family histories–to maintain that connection with our past, present, and future generations–and to learn from the past, live in the present, and build for the future. To know our heritage is like a tree with roots.
 

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  • Name of Author: Eric B. Willis
  • Name of Book: The Willis Handbook: An Intersection of Genealogy, Memoirs and History of a Black American Family – 1835-2003

 

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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Linda Anger @TWCinMI

This week’s MWN Spotlight is on Linda C. Anger!

Linda C. Anger has lived and worked in metro Detroit, Michigan all her life. Her poetry and fiction has been published nationally in venues such as “Mused: The Bella Online Journal,” “Still Crazy Literary Magazine,” and “Almost Touching: A reader for women and men.”

Linda is the president and owner of The Write Concept, Inc., a marketing communications company founded in 2000. Her corporate clients have included DaimlerChrysler Corporation, HAVEN, The Royal Park Hotel, The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, and Demp Coaching. Business articles have been published in Black Engineer Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and MultiCultural Law Journal. Visit http://www.thewriteconcept.com

Learn more about her creative work and publications at www.fullcrumbcafe.com

Where are you from?

I was born at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, grew up in Orchard Lake, and have lived in the Rochester area most of my adult life.

 

Tell us your latest news?

My book “Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe,” which is a collection of poems, stories, and essays, has a modest following. I am working on a self-help book based on a blog I kept over the course of a year of chemotherapy. I am just completing two years as president of Detroit Working Writers, and will step into the presidency of Toastmasters Walsh College Troy in July.

 

When and why did you begin writing?

I was nine years old, was taunted by the other kids because of a physical issue, withdrew, and turned to books and notebooks as an escape.

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was nine, I realized how much I loved to read and tell stories. That’s when I decided to be a writer, and once I made that decision, I was one.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

Poetry was my initial genre, and was my focus until about five years ago, when I began to write short fiction pieces. Poetry came from daily existence. Stories came when I was mature enough to understand different aspects of life.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

People tell me I have a strong voice. I only know that I speak / write my mind.

 

How did you come up with the title?

“Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe” – in what became the introduction to this volume, I wrote about the “teeter-totter” of life, and fulcrum on which it totters or rests. This brain of mine turned it into a metaphorical place, which became the Full Crumb Cafe.  “Sweeping the Floors” is the first in what I intend to be a series of Full Crumb Cafe books.

 

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

Every poem or story I write has a message.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

The poems are based on my life or my realizations about life. The stories sometimes are based on a real person or experience.

 

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

See question above.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Too many to list here!  Anything by Anaȉs Nin, Hermann Hesse, Napoleon Hill

 

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

Hermann Hesse and Anaȉs Nin

 

What book are you reading now?

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern – for the 4th time

“White House Ghosts” – about the relationships between the US Presidents and their speech writers

“Mrs. Poe” – a novel based on the story of Edgar Allen Poe & his mistress

 

What are your current projects?

The self-help book is my focus as I wish it to be completed and published by spring 2016, but I continue to write poetry and personal essays.

 

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

Detroit Working Writers

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I have made a living as a copy writer for over 15 years.

 

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?

See question #3

 

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

I can, yes.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time is always an issue. Because I spend my workdays writing for other people, it is sometimes difficult to switch off my business brain and give my creative brain free rein.

 

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

I have many favorites, as noted in the earlier question. What I love about Nin is the sensuality of her work. The woman can describe a leaf in such a way that it becomes erotic.  Hesse’s work is heavily spiritual, and Hill’s work is serious and practical. Morgenstern (The Night Circus) has an ebb and flow that is remarkable – this is the book I wish I had written!
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No

 

Who designed the covers?

I did. My business is marketing communications; I am trained as a book compositor (layout and typography), and graphic design.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

See the question above about challenges

 

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

In addition to producing my own book, I have ghostwritten or edited quite a few others. I learn something about content development, layout, and production from each project.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up, and don’t ever think your first draft is your finished draft. Write each scene from at least three different perspectives and find the one that drives the story forward.

 

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

One of my writing champions, Margo Lagatutta, used to say, “How can I know what I think until I see what I say?”  I write, partially, to understand what goes on at the depths of me. If the things I learn or struggle with have meaning to you, I am honored.

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Author Feature ~Ericka Stafford

Where are you from?

I was born and raised right here  in Detroit Michigan and still glad to call Detroit my home.
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Tell us your latest news?
My latest news would be my second novel which is part of trilogy which just dropped on amazon last week of February it’s available on ebook and the title is Looks Like Love Feels Like Hate.
 
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about ten years ago but have been published since September of last year. To be truthfully honest I started writing on a whim I mean I have always been in love with the written word even at a very young age so I guess writing was the next natural step one day instead of reading I just decided I  was going to write a book.
 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is still all new to me I am just soaking in the fact that I am a writer but I guess it really hit me when I seen that my book with my name on it and the royalty check helped a lot too. (lol)  
 
 What inspired you to write your first book?
Drama! It seemed like me and everyone I knew was going through it so I just added a little more excitement to it and turned it into a story.
 
Do you have a specific writing style?
I would say my style is raw and uncut I don’t sugarcoat my writing.
 
How did you come up with the title?
Actually I didn’t when I first submitted my story to my publisher I was told that they loved the story and didn’t like the title  my original title for the book was Betty-B who is the main character of the book but they said when they just hear that name they think gangsta which the character was not. We threw a couple of names  around he came up with that one and I loved it.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, the message would be that even though you grow up in bad circumstances you don’t have to become a victim to it unless you want there’s also the message of kids really watch there parents and can sometimes pick up on there bad habits so it’s up to parents to set good examples.
 
How much of the book is realistic?
I would say about 40%
 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say about 40% I really do have a friend whose mother was addicted drugs and she really did have to raise her sibling but in her case it was her brother.
 
What books have most influenced your life most?
Wow that’s a tough one because I read so many different types of books so I would have to say that I walk away with something from every book I read.
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
If I had to choose a mentor I would have to say my publisher Raymond Francis who is not only a publisher but also a writer and I say that because during this writing process he has totally taken me under his wind he has taught me a lot about writing he takes time to answer all my questions and he’s not stingy with his knowledge and he’s humble.
 
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Kwan’s book Road Dawgz.
 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
LOL ! That sounds so funny because i still consider myself a new author but i would like to give shouts to D.L Collins, Larry Ellison, Kenya Rivers to name a few. Actually D.L Collins and Kenya Rivers are both authors from Detroit.
 
What are your current projects?
Right now I am back and fourth with writing three books but I am focusing more on pt. 3 of Looks Like Love Feels Like Hate which I hope to have done by April.
 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
At the time i was writing this book the person I was with was a total motivation to he helped me visualize my dreams and step out on faith although we are not together anymore I would still like to thank him for that.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I could see that.
 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think I would I am very satisfied with the outcome.
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I would say about ten years ago.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes! writing a three book series is very challenging because you don’t want the story to get stale and with each book the readers expect the book to get better and better and being a writer you have to deliver that every time or risk losing a reader.
 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite writer because I read so many books and all of them are great.
 
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I haven’t yet put I plan too.
 
Who designed the covers?
Brittani Williams who I might say did a awesome job.
 
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
All of it ! No just kidding the hardest was the ending because I had to set it up in a way that would lure my readers into reading pt.2 so the set-up at the end had to be perfect.
 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that not everyone will like your book which I knew anyway but you can’t let it get to you all you can do is try to go extra harder the next time.
 
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes do your research on these publishing companies the first publisher I was with (I won’t say any names) really did a hack job on me and it was hard to get out of that is why I am so glad that I found an honest family with Pleasure Principle Publications.
 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To my readers I just want to thank each and every last one of you for giving this new author a chance keep reading my books and I promise to bring you more in the future. Without you there is know me.
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Motown Writers Network Author Spotlight ~ Rebecka Vigus

 

Rebecka VigusWhere are you from?

West Branch, Michigan
Tell us your latest news?

The third book in the Macy McVannel series, Sanctuary, is being released Aug.22, 2014
When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at age ten. A teacher told me with my imaginations I would end up in books. I believed him.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In high school, some of my poems were in the school paper, but one of my poems was used by a minister in a sermon.
What inspired you to write your first book?

I had always wanted to write a novel. I became involved with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I wrote my first novel in 21 days.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I write easy to read books. Something you can pick up and knock out in about four hours. But, I have no name for my style other than they are mysteries.
How did you come up with the title?

For my first novel, it was set in a small town and in order to arrest the right person, you had to dig through all the secrets in a small town so Secrets was it. For the novel releasing in August, I had to really think about what the book was offering. Sanctuary is ultimately the goal, so hence, the title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In the current novel I am dealing with spousal abuse and how to escape it. There is always a way out, you have to be willing to go for it.
How much of the book is realistic?

I write realistic fiction with a twist. So, this book could happen any place, in any town, in any neighborhood.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not it this book.
What books have most influenced your life most?

Mysteries. I love trying to figure out who did it before the author reveals it. Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, Phyllis A. Whitney, Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, David Baldacci, there are many who keep me fascinated.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

William Kent Krueger, I had a chance to do a one day intensive writing session with him.
What book are you reading now?

Stolen, by Daniel Palmer
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

C Hope Clark. I have read her book The Shy Writer Reborn and her mystery Palmetto Poison. I just received her first novel, Low Country Bribe to read.
What are your current projects?

I am working on a children’s anthology titled Of Moonbeams and Fairy Dust due out the end of November, 2014. I’m also working on the fourth Macy book, Something Borrowed, Something Blue due out in early 2015.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Blue Harvest Creative are my design team for my books.
Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. It has been my goal for fifty years. I am finding I am growing a fan base.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Absolutely not.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I remember writing non-sense poetry to start, but I have no one defining moment.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Macy McVannel is a police detective who teams up with her college roommate to rescue abused women from their spouses and set them on the path to a new life. This is the third book in the series. The first two were written from Macy’s point-of-view. This one was not written first person, so you get other’s views of Macy.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Making each new book as exciting as or better than the last.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My current favorite is William Kent Krueger. I love his Corcoran O’Connor character. I love how he submerges you in the landscape of his stories.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not as much as I’d like to. I prefer to do live signings and book talks. I like getting questions from those who want to write or those who’ve read my books. I want to share my love of writing.
Who designed the covers?

Blue Harvest Creative are my design team. They do internal and external design and set up.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? For me the hardest part is knowing how and where to end it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned even in law the lines are blurred.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Read all you can about writing, attend a writer’s workshop or conference, but keep writing.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please when you’ve read my books, write a review. Reviews sell books. If you didn’t like it, others want to know. If you did they want to know why.

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Author name: Rebecka Vigus
Book Title: Sanctuary
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#MotownWriters Member New Book Release: Rose & the Enchanted Seven by @batchelordavis #children #fantasy #motownlit #michlit

 Rose and the Enchanted Seven    A young girl must battle an ancient evil for the survival of her kingdom, her family and possibly her very own life

By Kimberly Batchelor Davis
$1.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Nov. 23, 2013
Words: 12,590 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310097362

Extended description

A young girl named Rose, foretold by an ancient prophecy must battle an ancient evil, which has reawakened and taken hold over her beloved kingdom. Adrift in sadness over the death of her mother Rose must decide to remain strong or fall prey to evil to save those that she loves.

 

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Biography

Kimberly Batchelor Davis is an author and screenwriter of tales of fiction, which include current events featuring high drama and suspense. Her debut short story Rose and the Enchanted Seven will be released online as an e-book.
Kimberly is also an event planner and fundraising consultant. She is a life-long resident of Detroit, Michigan who is married with two sons. Kimberly is a precinct delegate, community organizer who is very active in her community. She sits on o several non-profit boards and supports her husband’s passion of working with kids through sports.
In her spare time she loves watching movies, reading a good book, experiencing new cultures, travelling and writing. She is also a contributing writer for MiEstilo, an online magazine for the Latino and Hispanic community under the pen name Nicole Davis and http://www.thebrandnewmommy.com as a featured writer who discusses writing, depression and motherhood. You can learn more about Kimberly at http://www.batchelordavis.wordpress.com/2011/08.
She will launch her very own website soon http://www.KimberlyBatchelorDavis.com .

Where to find Kimberly Batchelor Davis online

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Indie Author Chat Branding Basics~Samantha Fury

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Michigan Literary Network Blog Talk Radio~May 15, 2013

Today at 5:30pm hang out with Sylvia Hubbard on the Michigan Literary Network blog talk radio show as she interviews Satori Shakoor. Satori is the founder, and leader of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. You can check them out at http://www.secretstorytellers.com/, and  Facebook.com/TheSecretSocietyof TwistedStorytellers

 

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Up next is Octavia Lesley. Octavia is a playwright, play director, and operates the theatrical production company Big Girl Ideas. Join in today as she talks about her upcoming play “What You Won’t Do for Love.” To stay in contact with Octavia follow her on Facebook.com/Octavia TheWriter Lesley, and Twitter@DetroitWriter71.
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EVENT: Transformation frm The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers @satori_10 May 17th 8pm #Detroit #michlit #mwn

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

SEE EVENTS BY ESSENCE OF MOTOWN LITERARY NETWORK | Click Here!

Visit our website for featured authors!

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!
A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

SEE EVENTS BY ESSENCE OF MOTOWN LITERARY NETWORK | Click Here!

Visit our website for featured authors!

 

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Join Nat’l, Maxine Bigby Cunningham in Ann Arbor & Yspilanti Feb 9th & 10th on A Journey to Wholeness #mwn #michlit

Featured Book:

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Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness

 

 

1.  Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Book Signing, Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness, by Maxine Bigby Cunningham.  My memoir  of recovery, resilience and renewal while living with a chronic illness,  reveals four empowering steps to wellness that can benefit anyone who has yearned to triumph over impediments to wellness –  mind, body and spirit.   “Power Walking” is a metaphor for vibrant living. This book has been described as instructional, illustrative and inspiring.  The signing will be held is 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, Westgate Shopping Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Light refreshments. Flier and pix of book cover attached.  My website is http://www.maxinebigbycunningham.com.  Also, I can be reached on Facebook. 
2.  Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Annual Ypsilanti Community African American Read-in (AARI). This year’s theme is “Readers are Heroes.” The AARI celebrates the writings of African American writers.  The AARI is an international movement originated by the Black Caucus of the National Council of English Teachers.  At the “Ypsi” event, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., expect engaging activities for  “arm babies” through wise elders. Plus, children 18 and younger can select free books. This event will be held at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.  Free.  Light refreshments.  The website is  http://africanamericanread-2013.weebly.com
Follow me on twitter @maxine_empower
Power Walking, a Journey to Wholeness now in print and digital formats.
Book available at Amazon.com (print or Kindle) and at smashwords.com
 
 
“Walking is both a daily experience and a lifetime journey.”
                
Maxine Bigby Cunningham
Founder, Empowered Walking Enterprise LLC
Writer, Workshop Facilitator, Mental Health Advocate
Author – Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness
www.maxinebigbycunningham.com
www.empoweredwalkingministries.blogspot.com
www.christianauthorsontour.com
www.createspace.com/1000215227

 

 

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY Jan 18th wsg… #mwn #michlit #motownlit

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY FEATURING:

  • Also, Save the Date for our 3rd Friday feature Ju Hall on January 18, 2013

We hope to see you performing under the Spotlight!
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via Rosemarie Wilson

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This week’s MWN Author Feature~JReal

JRealThis week the Motown Writers Networks features the author of the Draw series, JReal. Read below to find out about JReal and the Draw series.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from New York but I been in Detroit for 6 years now.

Tell us your latest news?

Well the latest and greatest news about J-REAL is I’m back on the scene with my newest release DRAW Part 3 and I have a new motivated energy to take my writing to the next level  with a great line up of projects and more on the road book signings in different states.

When and why did you begin writing?

My journey as a writer began through reading I’ve read hundreds of different books, pamphlets, newspapers and magazines. I love the way words have that unique power to tap into the human mind. That’s what made me want to write and use my imagination to tell story’s.

 What inspired you to write your first book?

Most of my inspiration for writing comes from just everyday life what people do and what they go through and how they overcome the many adversities that face all walks of life.

How did you come up with the title?

When I think of a title for a project I try to come up with the catchiest metaphors that tie in with the characters and story line. Something that can catch a reader’s attention

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

Always I try to put a little nugget of information in every novel dealing with the story and what genre I’m writing from if its Street lit I try to show the consequences of living the fast life and not just the glorification aspect. Real life stuff I always try to use current events

What book are you reading now?

Write now I’m reading a book called TROUBLE, by Ju-Ju Bishop.

What are your current projects?

My next Project that I will be releasing is Bred From Treason and a Hard Price To Pay

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

I would have to say I get a lot of support from my Facebook community in fact a lot of my eBooks sales derive from social media

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

I wouldn’t change anything about the way things are going in my writing career I do wish that in the beginning I got out to more events.

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

Yes here is an excerpt from A Hard Price To Pay

.    The property was flooded with police and ambulances.  The mini mansion was belted in police tape and there was all movement throughout and around Cedric’s home.  Ced turned the Montero onto his lawn and slid to a stop while simultaneously jumping from the driver’s side and racing towards the front door.  After a few steps he was subdued by a couple of uniformed cops followed by a blank face detective.  “Are you Cedric Carter?  Are you the boy’s father?  We got that name from the boy.”

“Where is he, where is my son?” Hearing about Bugga made Ced start to struggle.  “Now hold on one minute, you still have not confirmed who you are,” The detectives face remained expressionless.  “What mother fucker, where is my kid?”  The Officer wrestled Ced to the ground after almost losing control of him.  Then with the order given from the detective one of the officers dug in Ced’s back pocket, retrieving his wallet and tossing it to the detective.  Ced kept struggling and cursed, “Man what the fuck is wrong with you pigs?”

Once the detective confirmed Ced’s identity he motioned for the officer to let him up, “Okay, now that we know who you are we can start asking you some questions.

Ced looked at the detective, he was tall, overweight, balding white man who towered over him.  Disapproval dripped from the detectives glare.  Ced snatched from the officers grip and turned his head towards his porch where he saw his son sitting and being comforted by a strange woman and questioned by who Ced figured to be the detectives partner.  Ced began in that direction but again was stopped, this time by the detective himself.  He tried to snatch away but the detective’s grip held firm.  Ced turned, “Get the fuck off me,  I want to get my boy!”

“Your boy is being questioned and with you with him that will only confuse things.”

“What are you questioning him for, where is Grace?”

“You mean the mother?”  The detective face softened a touch, “She was in your son’s arms, Mr. Carter, when she died.”  She was naked with multiple stab wounds and two gunshot wounds in her lower torso.  She also had a gun in her hand, the one we believe killed those two thugs in there.  Now the women’s in a bag and the only we can find out anything is from the kid. So until were done with him you are going to stand right here where I can see you.  Are you clear?”

Ced tore up his face at the gesture of Grace being in a bag.  Who the fuck was this pig to be talking like that about Grace?”  “You talking about my wife! What’s your name mother fucker!“ “Don’t you mean your baby mama? And its detective Milhourn,” Milhourn narrowed his eyes, “A better question was why were these thugs looking for you?”   Milhourn pauses a second to let the question sink in before he waved it off seeing how calm the man became all of a sudden, how all the tension seemed to relax in his face.    The detective hardened, he decided to cut the bullshit.  “You fucking drug running scumbags are all the same.”

“Now hold on,” Ced interrupted but felt silent when the detectives finger shot out to within an inch of his face.

“Shut the hell up!”  Do you see this neighborhood?  How many fucking blacks live on this side?”  After a pause you don’t even know….ok the rest you’ll have to but the book

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes mostly when I get a case of writers block that makes everything so difficult because I can’t get any projects that I already started finished.

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

Yes part of being a successful author is getting on the road and traveling to do book signings or just attend events to promote your work.

Who designed the covers?

I come up with the concept for the books and I work with Oddball designs to create the cover. And I also work with Brand Concepts Southeast

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing any of the novels I got is creating the character development and what each character role will be in the book.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice I can give to writers new and old is to study your craft because the book industry evolves constantly with the new technology that’s out. Be professional about your business and stay true to who you are as an individual.

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

I just want thank all the readers for their support in my work and welcome and thank all the new readers that take the time to read my books and interviews

DrawDraw2Draw3

 

 

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