Author Spotlight – Austin Crawley

AOCrawleyWelcome!

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Austin Crawley and I write supernatural Horror stories.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

In school. I was always writing stories when I should have been listening to what the teacher was lecturing about.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

Anything and everything. It’s like a release valve for me. I have to write a little every day, even if it’s just a shopping list.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

Specifically supernatural Horror. I have a fascination with worlds we can’t see and have grew up on Twilight Zone, Lovecraft and Stephen King. I like to look behind the curtain of reality and see what strangeness can be teased out of the human imagination.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

The short term goal is to get 25 reviews on my current WIP, just to see if it’s true that Amazon starts recommending it after that. The longer term plan is to make a minor mark on history as a writer with some original ideas.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Never happens. Sometimes I have to stop and think about where I’m going with a chapter, but I’ve never had a block.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Get someone to edit for you. Putting out work with mistakes you just can’t see is embarrassing.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

My current work is about an American man who just lost his wife visiting a small English village because of a tabloid story about a black post box that the locals use to send letters to their dead relatives. It’s called Letters To The Damned. I have one other book in print called A Christmas Tale. This one is about three young women who think it would be fun to have a séance and invoke the Christmas ghosts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What could go wrong? It’s currently being recorded for audiobook release. I also have a Dystopian series in the works, but it will be a while for that one.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Contact Austin:

 

Blog: https://austincrawleyblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Austin-Crawley-687952104674224

Twitter: https://twitter.com/austinocrawley

 


Austin Crawley Books:

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https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Tale-Austin-Crawley/dp/1522753516

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Spotlight – Cynthia Morgan

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  1. When did you start writing?

I official began my writing career in June of 2013 when I created my blog, booknvolume.com.  In 2014 I dove into the Indie Author end of the pool when my first book, Dark Fey: The Reviled was published on Kindle, however, I have been writing since I was a child.  In fact, I recently discovered poems, which I wrote to my mother, that were written in crayon. 

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

Nearly anything can Inspire me, but most often it is a striking image/photograph, or a stirring piece of music, a moving scene in a movie/show, and of course the immortal Shakespeare.   Inspiration is a spark drifting on the breeze waiting to ignite the Imagination it touches.

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My current WIP is Fantasy/speculative fiction/YA, because the Inspiration that set this particular flame burning began life as fantasy, but I have written in many other genres including Dystopian Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction/Romance, Childrens, and of course Poetry.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

As far as a goal or where my writing should take me, I look forward to being able to quit the 9-5er and enjoy a lifelong career as an author, because words are my passion and writing is what I Believe I was meant to do.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Silence is a natural part of the writing process.  I believe writer’s block is simply the spirit of Inspiration recharging within us.  When the silence comes, I think the best thing to do is pause, refocus, and listen.  It may take days, it sometimes takes weeks, but the Spirit of Inspiration speaks loudest when we do not.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

I would say be true to you. Write because you love words and you have something worthwhile to say.  Write because painting pictures with words is more intoxicating to you than wine and brings you as much joy.  Write because you long to with all your spirit, not because you think it will make you rich and famous.  15 minutes of fame isn’t very long in comparison to a lifetime of simple pleasures deeply enjoyed.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

The story of Dark Fey is set in a Fantasy Realm, but the message is relative to our own reality.  That The Power of Hope, Acceptance and Forgiveness can change the world, if you take Positive Action to Create Change through doing what is Right.  Another way to look at it is to say:  The only way to achieve Peace is to become Peace.  This message came partially as a result of learning about the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in Uganda, where militant rebels have been abducting children for over 20 years, integrating them into their army through abuse and cruelty, and forcing them to endure lives of violence.  I was moved to my very spirit by such a horrifying truth and chose this medium to share a similar story. However, unlike our own reality where this atrocity continues even today, the Fey of Jyndari choose to change their world by taking Positive Action through Sacrifice, Acceptance and Forgiveness.   It is my Hope to be able to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dark Fey to UNICEF’s work in Uganda where they actively rehabilitate the children affected by the LRA.

 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Author Bio:

Cynthia A. Morgan is the creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, which is based, in part, upon the true-life events surrounding the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and draws readers into a mystical realm of primordial forests, magic and the lives of Light-loving and Darkness-revering Feykind.  Not to be confused with pixies or “Tinkerbell” type fairies, the feyfolk of Jyndari are winged beings the size of any human who live in a realm where tradition, magic, and spirituality are fundamentals of everyday life.  Dark Fey has earned many 5 stars reviews, including one of the leading industry review organizations, Readers Favorite.  Compared to a fantasy version of a play by Shakespeare, Dark Fey is a brutally beautiful story of Love, Hope, and finding Peace in the Darkness.  Published by Creativia Publications in January 2015, Dark Fey is already among the top #50 in several Fantasy genre categories on Amazon.

 

Morgan is also the author of the popular blog “Booknvolume” where her ever-increasing number of followers are regularly treated to Morgan’s own brand of poetry, English Sonnets, and musings about life.  She is a current member of the Poetry Society of America; is ranked among the top authors on the Independent Author Network; has had poetry published on numerous poetry websites and is rapidly becoming an Author to keep your eye on.

 

Some of her other interests includes a deep love for animals and the environment.  She is passionate about music and theatre; is frequently heard laughing; finds the mysteries of ancient times, spirituality, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the cosmos intriguing.  Morgan Believes in the power of Love, Hope and Forgiveness, all of which is reflected in her lyrically elegant writing style.

 

You can find Morgan through social media in the following places:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganBC728

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/booknvolume

Google Plus:

Blog / website: www.booknvolume.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cynthey728

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-morgan-7a68a774

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Morgan/e/B00JYJ0NEG

And my Website:  Website http://allthingsdarkfey.wix.com/feyandmusings 

 



Cynthia Morgan’s Books:

 

DF TrueDark Fey The Reviled on Amazon/Kindle:    http://goo.gl/iRl5pZ
Dark Fey The Reviled on Barnes and Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reviled-cynthia-a-morgan/1123608621

 

Dark Fey Standing In Shadows on Amazon

Amazon US –  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018HF4HSA

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B018HF4HSA

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/standing-in-shadows-cynthia-a-morgan/1123760716

 

 

 

 


 

Author Spotlight – Karen Ingalls

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Hello,

 

Please introduce yourself.

 

My name is Karen Ingalls, an author, blogger, survivor, and advocate. I am the author of three books and several articles. I volunteer, advocate, and write about women’s health issues.

I write two weekly blogs: www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and www.kareningalls.blogspot.com. The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality while the second one is for writers and avid readers.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

I began writing at around ten or eleven years old. I wrote poetry, short stories, and started a novel besides journaling about my life. Coming from a dysfunctional family I found writing to be a way to deal with it. Reading was another escape so I was an avid reader.

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

I am motivated by something deep inside me. I like to address social and health issues. I believe that through articles, pamphlets, and books important and inspirational information can reach the general public.

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My genre for non-fiction is health/wellness. For fiction it is historical or biographical. I am a retired RN and nurse therapist who has used complementary therapies right next to traditional medicine. I believe they both have a role in our whole health. This is what I did before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and continued it with full support from my oncologist.

I have always liked to read historical and biographical fiction and non-fiction. My family history lends itself to write about a too often loss of healthy father-son relationships, and the strong scorn my grandfather suffered as an illegitimate child. Things have changed since the 1880’s, but there is still a stigma attached in many cases.

I find people fascinating and love to learn about their lives…and then write about them.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I like to write fiction and non-fiction that might bring some peace, sense of hope, understanding, or love to the reader. Social and health issues are my motivators for books, publications, and articles.

My dream is that through writing “Outshine” and my various articles women will begin to pay attention and act on any symptom that is typical of ovarian cancer. 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed, but 14,000 of us will die before 5 years. The main reasons are because of the subtlety of the symptoms, women not listening to their bodies (especially below the waist), physicians not considering ovarian cancer as the first diagnosis to rule out, and lack of good testing. Therefore too many women are diagnosed in the later stages of III and IV.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Writer’s block does not happen very often, but when it does I do well to first step away from my desk and do some activity (walking, gardening, etc.) that takes my mind off the writing process. Then I go back to my desk, meditate, and as I gaze out at the lake I let the words come to me.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Trust yourself; believe in yourself. The publishing world is a difficult world to understand, maneuver through, and from which to be recognized. However, do NOT give up. Contact author and writer blogs, websites; check out book clubs (my favorite is Rave Reviews Book Club); do book presentations, and use social media aggressively.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 

My first book is titled, “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.” It won first place in the category of Women’s Health for the Indie Excellence Book Awards. All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research. Ovarian cancer is one in which there is little awareness even within the medical field. There will be 70% of the diagnosed women who will not survive this disease every year.

A novel, “Novy’s Son” is based on a true story of a son searching for his father’s love and acceptance. This is a common social problem when a father is unable to teach his son what it is to be a man and a father himself someday. This has been coined the loss of the “Iron John” by Robert Bly.

My recent novel, “Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens” is based on the true story of America’s preeminent sculptor from 1880-1920’s and his model. The love affair lasted twenty-five years.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


 

Contact Karen:

www.kareningallsbooks.com 

http://www.outshineovariancancer.com  

http://twitter.com/KarenIngalls1           

http://www.pinterest.com/kcingalls    

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-ingalls/37/509/ba8  

http://goodreads.com/kareningalls  

 


Karen’s Books:

Karen Ingalls Outshinehttp://www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir/dp/1592984622/ref=sr      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Ingalls Novy's Sonhttp://www.amazon.com/Novys-Son-Selfish-Karen-Ingalls  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Ingalls Davida

http://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens/dp/1530397871/ref

Author Spotlight – Rachel Poli

MeWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

During the day, I’m a teacher’s aide in a special education preschool classroom. I babysit for multiple families throughout each week and I’m also the director of my church’s Sunday school program. In the early hours of the morning and at night, I’m a writer working on my mystery novel or various short stories. I’m also busy juggling two blogs and planning more.

When I’m not working or writing, I’m usually found reading a book, playing video games, drinking coffee, or soaking up the sun.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I was ten-years-old when I began writing. My older sister discovered a website called FanFiction and created a story based off of one of our favorite video games. I thought it was cool and wanted to be a part of it as well. I created a fan fiction story based off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wrote fan fiction for a few years before I began to get my own original ideas. Writing has stuck with me ever since.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me to keep writing is the hope that I will someday be an inspiration to someone else. I find inspiration all around me no matter who I’m with, where I am, or what I’m doing. Reading books especially can take you somewhere you never dreamed possible. With so much hate going on in the world today, I can only hope my writing will have a lasting effect for someone. Something witty or something humorous, but something they’ll never forget and take to heart.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write in many genres mostly because I like to explore them and see what I can come up with. But I love mystery and the main novel I’ve been working on since 2013 is a mystery. I have a whole series mapped out for those characters and I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with them. I hope that will be my debut novel in the near future. I also write the occasional children’s book here and there.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I hope to have a few novels published. I have so many stories I want to share with the world and I can’t imagine doing anything else but writing. I’ve also given some thought to pursuing an editor career or maybe teaching creative writing at a college level. Who knows where writing may lead me?

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I’m working on too many projects to suffer from writer’s block. I alternate projects monthly to make sure I don’t get writer’s block. But there are certainly some days when I don’t feel motivated to write. When that happens, I read a book, write in my journal, or start a brand new writing prompt just to get my brain pumped with exciting new thoughts. Or I take a day off. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off here and there.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Keep doing you. If you have a passion for writing and you have dreams of writing, then do it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you or put any doubt in your mind. I’ve had my fair share of doubts throughout the years since I started, but you just have to push those thoughts and keep doing you. Also, remember that this doesn’t happen overnight. Hard work, patience, and determination really pay off. It’s hard not to get discouraged at times, but remember that rejection is your friend. Every mistake is a lesson learned. Every next attempt will be better than the last. It’s a learning curve and most of us are still learning.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I’m currently working on the first book of my mystery series with a working title of George Florence. The premise is as follows:

Can a fired detective and college student work together to solve a murder?

Lilah Williams, an English major at the local community college, tracks down Detective George Florence when she needs help with a robbery case. George’s private-eye agency is going under and is willing to take just about any case he can get his hands on. Since Lilah is giving him a case, she asks for something in return: information on her father, the late Detective Joseph Williams. George reluctantly agrees since Joseph was his mentor back in the day, but only on the condition that Lilah goes home after one day.

But when Lilah sticks around longer than intended and a body emerges during the robbery investigation, Lilah feels as though she has to help George as they uncover the truth—about the current murder and her father’s death.

I’m still in the editing stages of this novel, but I hope to begin the query process by the end of the year.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for having me! It was an honor and a pleasure being here.

 


Contact Rachel:

RachelPoli.com (writing blog)

DoublexJump.wordpress.com (video game blog)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7295610-rachel

https://twitter.com/rpoli3

https://www.pinterest.com/rpoli3/

http://rpoli3.tumblr.com/

 


 

Author Spotlight – Stephen Morris

By T Lewis Med SizeWelcome!

 

  1. When did you start writing?

I started telling stories when I was in grade school and began to write them down shortly thereafter. I wrote my first books – one was a story involving time travel using a “timeract,” similar to the tesseract from “Wrinkle in Time” and another with characters similar to those on “Bewitched,” my favorite television series — in middle school. I wrote an epic poem similar to “Paradise Lost” in high school.

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

I love to tell stories. I love it when people catch a glimpse of a larger world outside themselves when they are listening to or reading something of mine.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fantasy novels for adults, both historical fantasy and contemporary fantasy.

I first became interested in the occult and magic when I was in kindergarten – or even earlier — and saw The Wizard of Oz on television for the first and second times. The first time, my mom says I was terrified of the Wicked Witch’s appearance in Munchkin Land amidst smoke and flames and ran straight to bed! (I must have en 5 years old or so.) The next year I began watching the movie again and made myself stick with it past the appearance of the Witch and after that — I was hooked!

The Wicked Witch of the West became my favorite character because not only is she the most interesting but she is the only one who wields any real power in the movie. She became my idol for years and years! (When a major storm recently struck Manhattan, I made a comment on FB about the wind picking up our house and depositing it atop someone wearing peppermint stripped stockings and glittering red shoes and my cousin responded: ‘You’ve been chasing those shoes for YEARS!’ LoL!)

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal at first was to write a story that I wanted to read because I was having a hard time finding adult-level books that were supernatural thrillers or that involved the  supernatural that were not just Horror or Gothic genre. But now my goal, my dream, is to share what I have learned about the legends, history, and folklore of a variety of cultures and to stir those all up with a dash of my own imagination to make new stories are brand new while being based in historical reality. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Although I go through phases of writing more followed by phases of writing less, there always comes a point when there is such a critical mass of words and ideas in my head that is it simply easier to write than to not write. But the first pages of each chapter in a book are like pulling teeth or climbing up a rock wall by my fingertips  – but eventually, maybe halfway or 2/3 of the way into the chapter, that it feels like I’ve crested the hill and the  of the chapter is like sledding down a mountainside of fresh snow. 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

Read. Read! READ! And then read some more. Then write. And keep writing. And then come back to it after you’ve given up in frustration. Write stories that you want to read and there will always be someone else who wants to read it as well. 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

All the magical and fantastic elements in my books are based on authentic medieval or Renaissance occult beliefs and practices, as well as local legends and history from the places where my stories are set.

STORM WOLF, coming out in late August or early September, tells the story of Alexei who inherits his grandfather’s magical wolf-pelt and thereby assumes the position of village “metsatöll” (Werewolf) in rural late 1880s Estonia to protect the area by fighting the terrible storms in the sky that could devastate the farms and fields. But he breaks the terms of the wolf-magic and loses the ability to control the shapeshifting, becoming a killer. Heartbroken at what he has become, Alexei flees his home and wanders through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Bohemia in hopes of finding an enchanter who can free him from the curse.

In the COME HELL OR HIGH WATER trilogy, a witch curses Prague as she is burnt at the stake in the Old Town Square during the 1350s. The curse begins to work its way through the life of the city. A university secretary meets the ghost of the witch in contemporary Prague and inadvertently reawakens the curse. Now a group of professors specializing in folklore attempts to prevent George, a powerful priest, and Elizabeth, an Irish vampire, from unleashing a curse which threatens to destroy Prague with a mammoth flood–can the professors find a way to defend and save the city?

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for the opportunity to “chat” with you!

 


Contact Stephen:

www.stephenmorrisauthor.com

smmorris58@gmail.com

 


Stephen’s book “Storm Wolf” and more:


IMG_2916Storm Wolf:
https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Wolf-Stephen-Morris-ebook/dp/B01JF9SJTU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470608504&sr=1-1&keywords=storm+wolf+morris#navbar

 

Amazon Author Central:  http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Morris/e/B0089PYB6C/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Come Hell or High Water trilogy: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Stephen+Morris+come+hell+or+high+water

 

Author Spotlight – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Author PhotoWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

First, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. My name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl (Yecheilyah pronounced e-see-lee-yah) but most people just call me EC, and I started writing when I was twelve years old.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

Reading is actually a big motivation for me to write and always have been. There’s something about looking at how others have written that makes me want to write too. But, more deeply, life in general is a big motivation for me as well; my experiences, good and bad, my journeys, my revelations, and my sorrows. I think these emotions and testimonies of ours on an individual level, is a very powerful tool to be used to create that bridge of commonality with the rest of mankind. Those things we encounter in our everyday lives as we journey on to discover who we are is a huge catalyst for writing for me personally. So my writing, it comes from living and learning.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I’ve written in a number of genres, to include Sci-Fi, but my favorite genre to write is Historical Fiction because I’ve always been in love with black history and literature. It’s an interesting thing though; I do not think that I consciously chose to write Historical Fiction but that my passion for identity and nationhood sort of, naturally, drove me into the genre. As I think about it now, it’s so much disinformation out there in regard to history itself that I just feel compelled to contribute in some way; to use my writing as a tool in the restoration of the truth.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I think my biggest goal is for my books to change the way that people have come to look at the world, and I think my dream would simply be a manifestation of that by way of someone’s life or their testimony. Whether it’s a compliment, a book review, or an interview like this one! It’s just great positivity to use as writing fuel when you can see that your writing is not in vain. So, I just want my books to be a stepping stone in that person’s life who have always wondered about the violence, the discrimination, and the so-called American dream. I want my books to be the beginning of the answer to “Why?” Besides this, I have no specific dreams in mind as to where my writing would take me other than to further introduce these truths to those who are willing to receive it. I mean, I wouldn’t mind my Stella Trilogy being part of Oprah’s book club! The bigger the audience, the greater the impact.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Yes! I do suffer from Writer’s Block actually. However, I have come to appreciate that when I can’t write it is because I am not supposed to at the moment. Meaning, when I am experiencing Writer’s Block it’s usually because I’m trying to force myself to write instead of let it come naturally. To deal with this, I just stop trying and focus my mind on something else until the inclination to write returns naturally.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

I always say that new and aspiring authors should develop a passionate and loving relationship with reading. Though I didn’t start to actually write things down until I was twelve, I can remember that I’ve always loved to read. I could sit in a quiet place (even now) for hours and hours just reading. When I did start to write, it was because I read something that moved me to want to mimic that poem I read. So my advice would be to read because it is reading books, seeing the words on the page and how they are structured, that gives you that subconscious foundation to the skill that is writing books. I would also say not to limit your reading though; don’t just read books that you find entertaining but try to go beyond your comfort zone. Reading is just as informative and educational as they are entertaining.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I Self-Published for the first time in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2010 that I seriously got into the whole book publishing industry itself. Since then, I’ve written three poetry collections, one novel, a screenplay, and a trilogy. At this point in my life, however, I’m writing Historical Fiction novels and novella’s that delve into the many complexities that is slavery, racism, discrimination, and police brutality in the African American community. Not just in its relation to the surface information to which we are all aware, but my works focus more on the spiritual and mental reasoning and effects of these struggles concerning blacks in America. The Stella Trilogy, my recent work, covers three generations of individuals who are descendant from a woman named Stella. We begin with Stella’s enslavement in book one, her granddaughters complex decision to pass as white in book two, and her great grandson in book three who is also biracial and is on a quest to understand exactly what freedom is. As a result, he and his friends leave their mother’s homes to journey toward finding this out. It is my hope that these kinds of books will bring back that knowledge and history that is so often stripped from us and more importantly, that these kinds of books will bring healing. Healing not just to the African American but to all people as we journey to reconnect with that lost love that is our very identity.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Contact Yecheilyah:

Author Website (Where all of my books are found in paperback) http://www.literarykornerpublishing.net/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

The PBS Blog https://thepbsblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literarykornerpublishing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yecheilyah/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yecheilyahysrayl

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Yecheilyah/


Yecheilyah’s books:

 

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/yecheilyah?_requestid=1134211

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=Yecheilyah%20Ysrayl&fcsearchfield=Author

iBookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stella/id961269157?mt=11

Lulu

https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=yecheilyah&type=

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Author Spotlight – Mark David Gerson

Mark David GersonHello and Welcome, Mark David

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1. When did you start writing?
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Perhaps the better question would be, “How long did I resist writing?” I often joke that my Muse tricked me into writing, given that for most of my early life, I resisted anything remotely creative. My first jobs out of university were in public relations, where I had to write, even if what I wrote at first was largely formulaic. However, that experience gave me the confidence to try my hand at freelance work and, before I knew it, I was a full-time (self-taught) freelance writer and editor, doing mostly magazine, newspaper, corporate and government work. However, it wasn’t until my early 30s, when the double-whammy of a creative and spiritual awakening knocked me over the head, that I began to explore more creative avenues. And it wasn’t until my late 30s that that exploration began to take form with The MoonQuest, my first attempt at a novel. I’ve just released my 13th book…so I guess I’m hooked! (The MoonQuest became the first book in a trilogy and went on to win multiple awards and a film deal.)
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2. What motivates you to write?
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There’s a scene in my novel The StarQuest (The MoonQuest’s sequel and Book II in my Q’ntana Trilogy) where the main character must pass through The Coil, a serpentine tunnel in which she will be forced to face her deepest fears. To her surprise, and to mine the instant I wrote the words, her greatest fear is the loss of her storytelling ability.
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“Your stories,” my character is told when she argues that other things must be more important, “are the blood and air that course through you, giving you life. Without them you are barely alive.” If it’s true for her, I realized as those words flowed onto the page of my manuscript, it must also be true for me. In effect, I write because I can’t not write.
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3. What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?
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I don’t write in a single genre. My 13 books include fantasy, literary fiction, books for writers, memoirs and books that could be classed as spiritual/metaphysical. I write whatever I feel called to write. I write the books that insist I write them, regardless of subject or genre.
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According to fantasy author Michael Scott, some stories wait their turn to be told while “others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them.” All my books have tapped me on the shoulder. Some have been even more insistent!
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Then, there are the books I started without even realizing I was starting a book! The MoonQuest emerged through some writing I did in a workshop I was facilitating. The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write started its life as a series personal essays I wrote to help me through my writer’s block on The StarQuest. And Dialogues with the Divine, where I thought I was journaling, not book-writing.
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4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
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My goal is to tell the stories that yearn to be told through me as honestly, truthfully and vulnerably as I can, and to the best of my writerly ability. And my goal through those stories is to inspire, encourage and, of course, entertain. By the way, when I use the word “story,” I’m including everything I write, nonfiction and fiction alike.
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Of course, I have dreams. Who doesn’t? I dream of finally seeing my screenplay adaptation of The MoonQuest on the big screen. (It’s been optioned, but it’s a painfully slow process.) And I dream of seeing my books reach the broadest audience possible.
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In the end, as I noted previously, all I can do is write what I feel called to write, do what it takes to get those books or screenplays out into the world and trust that they will go wherever they need to go.
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5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
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As I answered to an earlier question, my first book for writers, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, grew out of my own blocks and frustrations as I tried to write The StarQuest. I’m grateful that the tools and techniques I developed for that book — and later expanded into a book solely on writer’s block (Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow)— have kept me largely block-free.
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6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
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This is for all writers, not just aspiring ones. Trust the story, even if you don’t yet know what it is. Trust your innate creativity. Take it word by word and allow your pen or the keyboard to spell out the story for you. Allow yourself to be the passenger on your creative journey, not the driver. And, of course, get a copies of my books for writers! Seriously, if you can begin to believe that your story always knows best, you’ll never go wrong.
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7. Please, tell us about your work. 
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My 13 books break down into five titles for writers, two memoirs, a book of metaphysical/spiritual inspiration and, now, five novels.
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The books for writers cover such topics as screenwriting, memoir-writing, writer’s block, how to write your book (even if you don’t know what it’s about!) and the all-encompassing and perennially bestselling The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write. I also have two recordings of instruction and inspiration for writers.
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If you want to know more about my journey as a writer, Acts of Surrender: A Writer’s Memoir will do the trick! Plus, Dialogues with the Divine: Encounters with My Wisest Self hones in for a closer look at one of the challenging periods covered in Acts of Surrender.
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I mentioned The Q’ntana Trilogy. What I didn’t mention is that my screenplay adaptations of not just one book but all three (The MoonQuest, The StarQuest, The SunQuest) are on their way to the big screen as a trio of epic fantasy films.
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My newest books are also my newest novels: the award-winning Sara’s Year and the just-released After Sara’s Year, a pair of 50-year sagas set in Nova Scotia and my native Montreal. Both books tie in nicely with two of the questions you asked me, about dreams and about writer’s block, because they’re stories about following your dreams and about writers and visual artists pushing through all that holds them back.
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Finally, I should point out that I’m not just a writer. I also coach writers and other artists, consult with them on their creative projects, give talks about writing and creativity and facilitate workshops and retreats. You’ll find more about everything I do on my website, www.markdavidgerson.com.
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I also regularly posts tips and inspiration for writers (and non-writers) online. Please look me up and follow me on these sites:
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Twitter – @markdavidgerson
Instagram – @markdavidgerson
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Thank you. It was such a pleasure to have you here as my guest.
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Mark David Gersons’ books:

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