Featured Author – Interview – The Return Of Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Welcome back!

You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects.

Let’s see what you can tell us today:

1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

This question is so interesting because I’ve been thinking a lot about genre. I find as an Indie Publisher one of the challenges is having to sort of “categorize” yourself. While I’m still writing Historical Fiction, I am starting to understand I am more so into Literary Fiction specifically. I say that because I am only interested in a certain kind of Historical Fiction. I love history across the board even though I didn’t like it in school, but when it comes to reading history in a fictional form, my real interest is in the so-called Black experience mostly. For this, I think I’ll start to use Literary Fiction more if I had to “categorize” my work. I don’t like being boxed in though so I’ll definitely change genres depending on what story I write.

 

2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.

I don’t have much of a process. Every book I write is different and takes me on a different journey. The best answer I can give is that as I am writing the first draft and the story is flowing, sometimes I come upon a scene that requires me to stop and research. Now I know what they say when writing the first draft just write. Well, I can’t. At least not when I need information to finish a scene. Usually, I do my research separate from writing but when it comes to the creation of a scene that requires me to know more to write about it, I have to stop. Even if it’s just the first draft because I know how that scene looks in my head and what is required for it to be put down on the page. And I can always go back and perfect it later (during revisions) but before I can move on, I’ve got to be able to at least finish that scene.

For example: In Revelation, Book Two of The Nora White Story, there are new characters being introduced and one such character is named Red, Nora’s love interest. I was reading Malcolm X autobiography as I was writing book two so that’s where the inspiration for his name and some of his characteristics comes from. Long story short, Red is a numbers runner. A numbers runner is someone who collects policy slips and pays winners in a form of lottery called policy banking or as it was referred to by blacks in Harlem, the numbers game.

As newcomers to Harlem, Southern blacks like many northern-born African Americans, encountered racial and job discrimination and were unable to secure industrial jobs. Most labored in unskilled jobs and received less pay than their white counterparts. Under these socioeconomic conditions, African Americans developed diverse and creative responses to employment discrimination and economic disparity like rent parties and policy banking, a form of gambling that you would recognize today as the lottery. Playing the lottery is legal today, although illegal when poor black people were doing it.

 

3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?

Young and new authors and writers should pay attention to themselves. What I mean is, understand the power of your individuality, what sets you apart and how to infuse this self-identity into your writing. Inspiration is cool, motivation is exciting and publishing books is OK but without a knowledge of self, discipline, and endurance you won’t get very far. People will always tell you how it should be done and it is wise to listen to advice for sure. It is also wise to stay true to yourself, your personal mission as well as your contribution to the world. Only being who you are makes you different and set apart to everyone else and that’s what really makes your work what it is. If you really think about it, every book is essentially the same. It is the author/writer that makes it different.

 

4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

No. In fact, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to where I want to go but I do know that I’ll be guided to where I need to be if that makes sense. I don’t like the idea of having “made it” or having obtained success because it means you must stop at some point and I do not intend to stop if it is Yah’s will. For me, life is about stepping stones and milestones. At some point, I’ll reach a milestone or accomplish a certain goal that I have wanted to achieve but I do not intend on stopping if it is in my power.

 

5. In your opinion, are you a writer or an author – and what is the difference for you?

I am both because in my opinion there is no difference. While an author would technically be published, I believe the journey is all encompassing. If I believe I’m a published author then I am even before I publish a book. Being a writer is just that, you write. Whether it means you publish books, write blog posts or research papers, you’re a writer. Being a writer can encompass many things and does not have to be restricted to writers of books. Maybe you publish articles. That makes you an author and a writer just the same.

 

6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?

Yes, ma’am. I am working on quite a few projects, not all of which I will list here because we’ll be here all day.

Briefly, I am releasing a novel very soon which I am most excited about. Renaissance Book One in The Nora White Story. We follow Nora White as she attempts to follow her dreams of being a writer during The Harlem Renaissance Movement and the realities she is facing as she struggles to understand more about the difference between the Jim Crow South and the not-so-different North. We also follow her parents, Gideon and Molly White in their struggle to overcome their own pain in their search for their daughter who has left home without a word.

As I am preparing to release this book I am also revising Revelation which is Book Two in the series with hopes of getting it out by the close of the year.

 

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

Thanks so much for having me. It is an honor.

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Connect with Yecheilyah:

Author Website: https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl
Blog: https://thepbsblog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literarykornerpublishing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yecheilyah/

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Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

 

When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?

Coming July 15, 2017

https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/

 

 

“The author really did her research, touching on the feud between Zora and Langston over a play written by both, but only Zora was given credit. The way she wove Nora into the middle of the feud was genius. It was reminiscent of Forrest Gump a bit.(That, in my world is a HUGE compliment – I love Forrest Gump)”
–          Lisa W. Tetting

“When I finished reading Renaissance: The Nora White Story I actually shouted. I loved, loved this book. From beginning to end. The characters are still alive inside my mind. The setting as well. I could smell the hot soup the girls had or the rain on the hot earth. The dialogue is superb; I can still hear the soft southern accent in my mind.”

– Adele Marie Park

 

“The author did a fabulous job of inserting the fictional Nora White into the historical time period. The story flips between Nora’s family back home and her experiences in New York. It was a great storytelling technique because the reader was able to grasp the stark differences in life between the two geographical locations while realizing the specter of racism existed everywhere. I also liked the fact that the characters spoke with the typical speech patterns of the time. From a historical perspective, it was like experiencing time travel to another era.”

– Colleen Chesebro

 

“First of all, let me say that I’m loving your book so far. The voice (yours/Nora’s), imagery, dialogue, and overall literary style remind me of Toni Morrison’s and Zora Neale Hurston’s. Damn, girl! You’re giving me goals!”

– Nadine Tomilson

 

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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=

Why Support my Thunderclap?

Yecheilyah Ysrayl provides us with an informative information about Thunderclap. Quite useful tool, I would say. Thank you EC!

Pearls Before Swine

Thunderclap is a pretty new platform, launching April 28, 2009. The platform is just starting to gain momentum and is still a challenge to work with for many. For that, I thought I’d talk a little bit about what it is, how it works and why I use it.

Thunderclap is easy to set up and offers both free and paid options. The program, allows individuals and companies to rally people together to spread a single message at the same time. It works by collecting social media pledges of the message and publishing that message to the social media pages of those who pledge on the same day and at the same time. The more people who support the campaign, the greater the social reach.

Here’s what Thunderclap has to say:

A tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it…

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Getting the Most Out of Guest Blog Post – by Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

Yecheilyah Ysrayl wrote a very useful post about guest posts and how to get the most out I them. Thank you for this informative guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Peace and welcome,

Today, I’d like to talk about guest blogging. After all, that is what I am here for. So, let’s chat.

Why is it worth it to Guest Post? Why is it beneficial to write articles on someone else’s blog? Can’t you just write it on your own blog? Surely, the people will flock to you, right?

Your blog home is equivalent to your real home. It is your house, your rules and you can pretty much do what you want. Well, I hope you aren’t getting crazy (we’re still on the World Wide Web) but it is your domain. Naturally, you are going to behave differently on your own blog.

On the other hand, writing articles on other blogs, preferably ones more established than yours, gives you the chance to showcase your work on a larger scale. Whether you are writing an article, an inspiring post, or…

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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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