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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Yvonne Stegall @WriterYvonne

Yvonne StegallThis week’s MWN Spotlight is on Yvonne Stegall!

Yvonne Stegall, is a communications addict, freelance writer and published book author. She has been a professional writer for over 14 years. She started out as a music reviewer, then landed a job at that very magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, where she remained for just over 2 years (until the magazine was sold by its original owner).

Following her print work, Yvonne started writing online. She has written for online blogs, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, social media and more. In 2010 she started working full time from home as a freelance writer. She has also done work in copyediting/copywriting, SEO, marketing and digital PR.

In 2008 Yvonne published her first book. Since then she has taken up self-publishing and has been focusing on children’s books.

Yvonne also enjoys photography, painting, drawing, and creating many types of crafts (from jewelry to soaps, and many things in between).

Where are you from?

Originally from the thumb, I currently reside in Fenton
Tell us your latest news?

I just released the first book in my new tourist series ‘Experience Michigan.’ The first book is ‘Experience Michigan Wildlife’ and I am already hard at work on ‘Experience Michigan Tourist Traps.’
When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing since first grade. I did a poetry book in my first grade class.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I started getting poetry published in the late 90s.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

Michigan and the nature and outdoors. It was a children’s book about a firefly.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

No. I just write.
How did you come up with the title?

I love Michigan and I think it’s a great place to experience. There is more about Michigan that just being here.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Just that Michigan is an amazing place with so much to offer.
How much of the book is realistic?

This particular book is completely non-fiction.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I love travelling Michigan and I love the wildlife here in this state. So, it is definitely based on events in my own life.
What books have most influenced your life most? On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

My writing mentor would have to relate mainly to the poetry and short stories I used to write… and then it would be a tie between Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft. I really loved writing dark and macabre stuff in my teens and twenties.
What book are you reading now?

Ghost Hunting Michigan by Helen Pattskyn
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Kelly Gay, although I don’t know how new she is. I enjoy books with otherworld beings in them.
What are your current projects?

The Experience Michigan series, my own memoir and a couple novelettes that fictional, one is paranormal.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Probably my friend Anna Gustafson. She’s always quick to read my stuff and give me honest feedback.
Do you see writing as a career? It is my career. When I am not working on books I am a freelance writer professionally. It’s how I make a living.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It was doing that poetry book in first grade.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am most focused on the Experience Michigan series. I already have 13 book ideas, which includes the one already published. I have 3 road trips to take in the next 3 weeks in order to get all the photos and info I need for the tourist trap book, which I hope to have published in July.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Just finding the time to do it all.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My all time favorite author is also a tie, between Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison. I love both of their fictional worlds of otherworld creatures living among us humans. I can’t read a book if I can’t “see” what I am reading, and both of these authors really know how to make my mind turn their words into a mental movie.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I hadn’t, but I will be with this new series.
Who designed the covers?

I publish all of my stuff through CreateSpace and I use their cover designer to create my own covers.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

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

I learned with this Michigan book that I really do have a passion for my home state. I have never felt so good about a book I’ve done and been so excited to share it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you know. Put your heart into it. And just keep writing.

Experience Michigan Wildlife

 

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Getting to know Kai Mann @kaiology #Motownlit #mwn

kaiWhere are you from? I am from Fort Myers, Florida and currently I reside in the Detroit metro area.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I didn’t consider myself a writer until I published a few articles on examiner.com although I had been writing for years.

Do you have a specific writing style?  No, I’m not sure that I can admit to a particular writing style. I am a non-traditional writer/author so I have my own style of writing.

How did you come up with the title?  Abandoned Property came to me shortly after I finished writing 30 Day Notice. I was coming home from the Post Office sending out copies of 30 Day Notice when the title and the concept of the book and Darius’ character came rushing into my mind in an overwhelming way. I felt like the Creator wanted me to talk about abandonment issues a subject known all too well by many of us.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, always! There are a number of messages that I want readers to grasp. I won’t name them all, just the main message about how our issues of abandonment can not only affect our lives, but the lives of everyone around us if we don’t deal with them. There are also key issues I strategically placed in the book that I won’t give away. My prayer is that the reader will see these messages and it will bring about a change of some sort, whether it’s how they look at themselves or how they look at others.

What books have most influenced your life most?  The Bible. As crazy as it may sound it has been a major influence on my life. Other books such as The Color Purple, Yesterday, I cried, and Invisible lives were also influences on my life and my writing.

What are your current projects? Currently I am working on a book of poems called In My Mother’s House.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The Motown Writer’s Network has been a major support system during my career as a writer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. Not a thing. I believe that all things happen as they should so after I haven’t completed the work, I am satisfied with the outcome.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, surround yourself with other writers. Let them motivate you to get that book completed. Learn from them so that you can one day share your gift of knowledge with others.

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Motown Writers Network Author Feature~ Jessica Clavell

This week’s Motown Writers Network author feature is on Jessica Clavell. Read below to find about Jessica and her new book Feelings Run Deep

Feelings Run DeepFeelings Run  Deep chronicles the true paranormal experiences of a young girl, which  started early in her toddler years, then resumed in her teens.  In between those terrifying paranormal  encounters she experienced horrendous physical and sexual child abuse by the man  whom her family always led her to believe was her father.  Even though her mother knew how deeply  he hated her daughter it wasn’t until her mother was dying that she revealed to  her that he was not her father, which made the protagonist furious at her  dying mother.

       When the ghosts started attacking her again as a teenager, the terror and  turmoil of being severely beaten by ghosts almost every night, along with  constantly trying to prevent her uncle from raping her, created so much fear and  sleep deprivation within her that it led her to have a breakdown one stormy  night. 

 

       This book depicts several true life experiences that the author experienced  which lies outside of the natural realm, but she certainly experienced it  and at times it was also witnessed by other family members, such as the things  brought about by those filled with hatred and revenge.  As incredulous as some of the incidents  in this book may seem, the author is willing to receive medically administered  Sodium Pentothal to attest to the veracity of the contents of this book.

The book is available at:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A3HC4V8

Q & A with Jessica

Where are  you from?    

I  was born in Jackson, Georgia, but has spent the majority of my life in  Detroit.

When and  why did you begin writing? 

I began writing over ten years ago.   The recession caused me to abandon  this endeavor for over five years because all my stuff was in storage.  Once the Lord pulled me through those  hardships and brought restoration of the essential things that I needed to  be me, I felt compelled me to finish what I started, and in pursuit of that I  saw that He had gone before me and opened up doors for this book to be brought  to completion and publication.

When did  you first consider yourself a writer?

I  was so caught up in working and getting this book out to readers, because it has  some very emotional and precautionary content in it, and to get my children and  any listener to know that there is a powerful spiritual world that exist  within this physical and material world, that I didn’t think of myself as being  a writer until I had Amazon to ship my friend a copy of the book and she called  me to say, “Girl, you’re an author!”   Since then she had bought a few more books for her friends and as  Christmas gifts.  Now that’s a  friend!  She’s a beautiful rare  jewel, and I know her husband feels the same.

What  inspired you to write your first book? 

My life experience for the first third of  my life.  I felt like it’s a precautionary tell that can help  others.

Do you have  a specific writing style?  

The writing style used  for this book is descriptive, because I  just had a story to tell.

How did you  come up with the title?  

This life experience has taught me about the  impact of feelings, and how everyone is led by them, some with a will to do good  and others are led by either feelings of hatred or  selfishness.

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

I feel like it’s a warning sign of abuse or  potential abuse,  for parents who love their children to  protect them from such indelible pain, and for readers who are head of  households to see that little negative emotions within those in a family  should immediately be addressed and hopefully eradicated in order to prevent the  growth of family rivalry.  And I  want them to grasp an awareness of the powerful spiritual realm; and hopefully  that will be an incentive for the readers to pursue a knowledge of the spiritual  laws that affect our  lives.

How much of  the book is realistic?

All of  it.

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

Yes.  It’s my personal  memoir.

What books  have most influenced your life most?  

The Bible and books about  Edgar Cayce that were written prior to his passing, and The Master Key by  Charles F. Haanel.

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

I would consider Charles Haanel and all the  writers who wrote about the information that The Creator dispensed to us through  Edgar Cayce, along with all the writers of the bible, so I can’t make a  distinction between them.

What book  are you reading now?   

The Master Key, by Charles  Haanel.

Are there  any new authors that have grasped your interest?   

Yes.   The Virtuous Man by Kevin Toney and The 5 Love Languages by Gary  Chapman.

What are  your current projects?

I’ve had some beautiful songs  published, so after promoting this book, with the help of the Lord, I’m going to  gather some gifted singers together to record a gospel  cd.

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

My friend, Johnnie  Mae.

Do you see  writing as a career?

I would like to write one other book, and  that’s enough for me.  It requires  too much sitting down, especially when having a sedentary job, and that’s not  healthy.

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 was compelled to  provide awareness to others about my experiences with the powerful spirit realm  and the indelible pains of child abuse.

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

Yes.   You can go to Amazon.com and read the first chapter free, and there’s a  Look Inside the Book feature that allows you to view other pages of the  book.

Is there  anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

No.

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

I like Charles Haanel because he described  the power of the mind and the spiritual laws that govern our lives and how we  are to operate within those laws to obtain our desires.  I like Kevin Toney’s book about being a  virtuous man because he mentioned some fundamental lessons that need to be  taught to young men to instill in them sexual morality and fidelity.  I haven’t read the entire book yet, but  one excerpt that I was glad he mentioned was that when he was a teenager the  subject of sex and how to treat girls was never mentioned in church.  That was my frustration when my son was a  teenager.  Prior to Internet  fultering, when one of us would be on the Internet all kinds of pornography  popped up begging you to come look at them, and they be into of all kinds of  ungodly practices.  Then when we  would go to church there was never a word spoken about the misleading immorality  that are confusing young boys on a daily basis.  And like I said, I like books that were  written about Edgar Cayce’s revelations to us on God, His laws, Jesus, and the  metaphysical aspects of existence.

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

Not yet.

Who  designed the covers?

A Canadian cover designer, Rita Loews and  Stephannie Beman.

What was  the hardest part of writing your book? 

Correcting typos.  My thoughts often exceeded my typing  speed, and I created quite a bit of them while trying to work through fatigue  and sleepiness.

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

How people live their lives according to  their feelings, regardless of how someone else feels, and some people derive  pleasure from hurting other people.

Do you have  any advice for other writers?

No.

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

I hope you enjoy  the book, and are able to see my objective.

 

§          Name of  Author:   Jessica Clavell

§          Name of  Book:     Feelings Run Deep

§          Amazon  Link:        http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A3HC4V8

§          Twitter Link:          Thriving2learn@books_2_adore

You can read the  first chapter for free on Amazon.com plus there’s a Look Inside the Book feature  that allows you to read a little more of the other chapters..

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