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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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Wednesday Book Candy Feature~C.D. Jamerson

C.D. Jamerson is a 2012 Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence honoree. In addition to her traditional educational experience, she is a graduate with honors of the Harvard University Executive Education Program and is certified in both Leadership and Management. Read as she talks about her second- edition book A Princess Cut Diamond- How to overcome your past and reign as a Princess in your God-given Kingdom.

 

Where are you from? Detroit, currently living in Southfield MI.

Tell us your latest news? Release of my Book second edition “A Princess Cut Diamond: How to overcome your past and reign as a Princess in your God-given kingdom

When and why did you begin writing? I began writing seriously in high school as a member (and later editor) of the Pershing Times

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I held my book in my hand for the first time back in 2005.

What inspired you to write your first book? A class that I took in church called purity with purpose. It further reinerated that I has a story to tell an dthat my testimony was important to help liberate others

Do you have a specific writing style? Its usually conversational…like I’m talking to my best girlfriend..but very direct and pointed. I am not one to beat around the bush or sugar coat realities. I serve it straight.

How did you come up with the title? Princess Cut diamonds are my favorite stones..my wedding ring has 41 Princess cut diamonds in it! But aside from that a woman at my church shared a vision with me that also confirmed that “diamonds” would be a part of this project (Its in the book). Also, I am a international pageant Queen holding several titles so the concept of royalty and monarchy is something that is also very much a part of my character.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? YES, that regardless of the past…regardless of the hurt and current stresses…you have a PURPOSE. There is a reason for your existence and for your pain…because of who you are your are destined for greatness and chosen to reign over your “kingdom”. This book looks at the fight that you are in, applies God’s wisdom and principles, gives you PRACTICAL, APPLICABLE information that you can use to start making changes. This is a book that requires WORK. If you are SERIOUS about operating like royalty from here on out, and leaving the life of the defeated behind you then start here. A Princess Cut Diamond will make you laugh, cry, think but most importantly it will cause you to CHANGE. Invest in you and take the time to train to be and live like the royalty you are called to be.

How much of the book is realistic? All of it.

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

What books have most influenced your life most? Books by Andy Andrews, John Maxwell, Richard Wright, Anne Lamont, Stephen Covey, Toni Morrison, Terry McMillian

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I’m a cross between Andy Andrews and Terry McMillian…weird but true.

What book are you reading now? The Spying in high heels series

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I am not sure that she is “new” …but new to me.. I am enjoying inspirational romance type books from Grace Greene

What are your current projects? I am currently working on my book series called “A More Excellent Way” . Its a series that takes everyday tasks such as revamping a wardrobe or remodeling a room and details new, creative and precise ideas to get it done effectively.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Stephania Love…a GREAT friend, balanced sounding board.

Do you see writing as a career? Would LOVE to be a “career writer”…currently working in addition to writing but its the goal to be able to write and speak for a living.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Actually…this is the second edition of my first book…so that exactly what I did…everything I wanted to change…I changed.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? It was the one subject in school that I was good at and didn’t have to really work hard at it..it came naturally.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Yes..working on stretching out into different genre’s..so the “voice” of my writing has to change to adapt to the new audience.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Andy Andrews…his “parables” are thought provoking and entertaining BUT they also teach and guide the reader to understand next level principles and truths. Terry McMillan’s conversational tone and direct approach on controversial topics is admirable and the lasting effects on her audience are evident in her fan base.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I have just been given the opportunity to travel with this book. Its VERY exciting to meet new women and be asked to do keynotes, and workshops regarding principles in the book. I could do that ALL day.

Who designed the covers? I did. I was very specific in what I wanted this time, so I determined to do it myself.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing…deciding what stays and what needs to go..

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I have learned to respect when people are transparent in their books or in the public eye…it is NOT as easy as people think it is.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Writers do two things that are imperative to their craft. Writers, write and Writers read…all the time. If you are not regularly writing (even in a journal) START. If you don’t always have a book that you are reading…START. Its imperative in order for you to hone your craft to do those two things consistently and diligently.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? To my Princess Cut Diamond readers.. Just know that I am so overwhelmed at #TeamPrincess! The women that are sharing the revelation they are receiving from the book have encouraged ME more than they will ever know. To all my readers and growing fan base…be on the watch for books about everyday that will help you live a next level life!

 

 

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