The Motown Writers Network is pleased to introduce you to the 2012 Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference Platinum sponsor. We thank you Sylvia for being a continued supporter of the Motown Writer’s Network and the annual conference.
Sylvia McClain is currently a contributing writer for Equal Opportunity Publications. She also writes for The Michigan Journal published by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has written articles for the magazines Braids World and Strut to name a few. She conducts workshops on money management, self-publishing, and freelance writing.
An author of a memoir titled Skipping Through Life: The Reason I Am; Ms. McClain has a new book titled The Write Life: A Beginning Writer’s Guide to Writing, Money Management, Publishing and Marketing. She formerly wrote a weekly column, “Sylvia Speaks” for the Dearborn Press and Guide. She has been featured in The Writer’s Digest on-line “Speak Out” section as well as WD’s 2003 Writer’s Yearbook extra. Ms. McClain has been a guest columnist and a contributing writer for the Michigan Chronicle, was regularly quoted in The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News as a subject matter expert. She has written features stories published by The University of Michigan-Dearborn in the university’s Lyceum. Please visit her web site at www.scribalpress.com
She is a former board member of The Detroit Writer’s Guild, responsible for the recording of financial data. Ms. McClain has been on the board of Project Sis (a nonprofit organization for teens at risk) and the city of Detroit’s Cluster Seven of Detroit’s Community Reinvestment Strategy Process. Her other volunteer work has been with WTVS Public TV volunteer staff for fourteen years, a supervisor with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for six years, and the Better Business Bureau as an arbitrator during the 1980’s. She was previously employed 22 years with Comerica Incorporated as a Data Base Analyst in the Economics Department.
Ms. McClain is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching while holding a Bachelor of General Studies: Art History, Communications, English, degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from Wayne County Community College.
Ms. McClain is single and has one child. She lives in Dearborn.
Q&A with Sylvia…
Tell us your latest news
Two of the books I was working on are now done. Currently my editor and I are trying to work out a schedule to go over every page.
When and why did you begin writing?
My writing began in the fourth grade, when I wrote a play called Trapped in a Cave and it was selected to be performed at my elementary school. My fourth grade teacher wanted everyone to know that they all could write.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 1997 when I acquire a column at UM-D
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to let everyone know that one life is not always perfect.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Non-fiction only nothing else
How did you come up with the title?
Don’t really remember. I just wanted the title to be simple and telling my stories in vignettes was simpler. Which meant the title should be simple too.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it, it all happen to me in my book, Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Marvin Arnett who wrote the forward in my autobiography
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, I do not have to have a job anymore because I am considered disabled
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I am always looking for updates
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Selling the books
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, The Frugal Book Promoter
Who designed the covers?
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making sure things make sense as it is read
More Hops, Skips and Jumps (coming out soon)
Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am
The Write Life
Author Website: http://www.sylviaspeaks.blogspot.com/
Publisher’s Website: http://www.scribalpress.com/
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