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Kimberly A. LaGrone-DeMarco
Member
Female
About Me

Kimberly A. LaGrone-DeMarco is an award-winning, multi-genre, bestselling author. While a freshman in college her English professor encouraged her to pursue writing as a career. She was a reporter for the independent press and is currently working on her fourth novel which will be released in 2015.

The author states "the world I live in is diverse and inclusive and I would like that reflected in my writing. In my perspective there are no limitations when it comes to love and relationships."

 

Kimberly loves to hike, bike and play badminton when she isn't writing. She resides in New York with her husband and two children.

 



What's the last book you've read?

Hope to Die by James Patterson

What's your favorite book and why?

I have too many to count.


Sentu Taylor
Member
Male
About Me

Reading was always something I enjoyed. I favor horror/ vampire stories, and even though there are many, I never found a good book that relates to African American urban hood horror. I started researching various obscure African originated myths, and inspired by them, day dreamed a bloody, crazy tale into existence. This is my first book, and part 1 of a series, with GANGPIRE II to be released October 2014. I hope you take a ride into this dirty, twisted, and comedic story with me. My favorite writers are too many to name, and tend to change, but Chuck Palahniuk and Blake Crouch are usually on top of that list.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/186-0330189-9857758?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=gangpire

 

 


What's the last book you've read?

A Game of Thrones

What's your favorite book and why?

I have to say that the Edgar Allan Poe's Tales had a big influence on me.


Moni G.
Member
Female
About Me

I'm an author signed to Pink Angel Publications.


What's the last book you've read?

A Christmas Promise

What's your favorite book and why?

The Bible.

It's the best and only book you can go to for food for your soul!


M'Hogany
Member
Female
36 years old
About Me


Author Selena Haskins
Member
Female
47 years old
About Me

I'm just a girl from around the way (Washington, DC. / Maryland)  People say I'm down to earth, spunky, and easy to talk to :). I don't do care for labels, titles or bragging rights,  I just try to write stories that inspire, entertain and encourage others. I've authored three books- A River Moves Forward, Just Between Us, and Riding the Waves-The Price of Fame and Fortune (the sequel to A River Moves Forward).  Let's connect : Twitter: @booksbyselena Facebook: Author Selena Haskins. website: www.booksbyselena.com 




What's the last book you've read?

A Golden Leaf in Time Revised

What's your favorite book and why?

Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime-  J. California Cooper

Nobody writes like J. California Cooper. She's the only author I know who writes in first person, but she's telling the story about somebody else. Her stories are funny and they always have an inspirational message at the end. 


TBarr
Member
Male
50 years old
About Me

Thomas Barr Jr. resides in Miami Florida and is a huge fan of the Miami Heat basketball team. He began writing while a student at Bethune Cookman University and wrote professionally after graduate school. He is fond of doing community service with the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. When not writing he does personal research in historical American biographies and sport fishing. His writing interests are in historical thrillers that explore the urban content of city and rural life.


What's the last book you've read?

Catcher in the Rye

What's your favorite book and why?

Native Son is my favorite book because it exposes the urban life environment of the major cities in the United States. 


Greta Hillman
Member
Female

Benjamin Burgess
Member
Male
39 years old
About Me

Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels "Monster", "Wounded", the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and the new novel "Love and Happiness" He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and his novel "Monster" are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities. facebook.com/BenBurgessJr Twitter: Ben_Burgess_Jr


What's the last book you've read?

Forgive Me by Stacy Campbell

What's your favorite book and why?

When I was in 8th grade, I read Richard Wright’s “Native Son” When I read that book, I felt that it was life changing for me. I knew that I wanted to one day write something that could have the same effect on people.


Cricket's Curls
Member
Female

UrBanFictionEditor.com
Member
Female
50 years old
About Me

http://urbanfictioneditor.com/about-me/

 

I don’t just edit your manuscript. I work hard to help you grow as a writer and to see your career evolve as an author.

 

 



What's the last book you've read?

I could tell yo but then I would have to kill you...

What's your favorite book and why?

I can't possibly say I have 1 favorite book. There are just too many. Like, this month? 


Author Lakisha
Member
Female
44 years old
About Me

LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart; doing what she believes to be her purpose..writing. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 15 years, mother of 2 and native of Memphis, TN. She comes from a huge family and has always been the go to girl whenever someone needed a poem written or read, an acknowledgement that would convey just what they were thinking or even an occasion written for that special day. She’s an all-around talented lady that makes everything she touch turn to gold. She has 2 degrees from Southwest TN Community College both in Information Technology and has worked in the corporate field for over 15 years. She is also a dedicated blogger, delivering a devotional blog 5 days per week entitled ”Kisha’s Daily Devotionals.”

LaKisha wants readers of her books to step outside the box and read with imagination. She wants them reeled in from the front cover to the last word, enjoying every second in between, asking for more. She doesn’t proclaim to be the best writer or even author in the world..she just proclaims to be blessed because her motto is ”God’s purpose is bigger than any problem!”


What's the last book you've read?

God doesn't break promises by Denora M. Boone

What's your favorite book and why?

I honestly do not have a favorite book because if you were to see my Kindle, you would know I simply love to read!


Author Miss Trish
Member
Female
About Me

I'm fairly new to the publising world and I love every bit of it.  It's just a matter of time before I can quit my day job and do what I love to do...write!  Since publising my first novel, Cayenne Peppa, it's been an interesting journey to say the least; but, I wouldn't trade this journey for anything.  I'm a single mother of a teenage daughter.  We live in the San Francisco Bay Area where the beaches and panaramic views are ideal for clearing the mind and opening it up to creativity.  I am a Twitter & Instagram virgin but I'm slowly learning the importance of utilizing both.  


What's the last book you've read?

Cold Piece

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.  I fell in love with this book and became a fan of the author/poet many years ago.  Ms. Angelou's extraordinary gift with words, language, observation, and detail blew me away the first time I read it.  I admire the author's technique in description.  I naturally bare a similar gift but nothing close to Ms. Angelou's.  For example, and only for example, instead of actually saying "It is dark now." Ms. Angelou may say somthing like, "The sun no longer presented itself to the naked eye.  It had been at least an hour before God's golden earthwarmer took a bow and introduced its brother, the full moon."  Something like that.  I love this book and I never get tired of readiing it. 


Darryl J. Johnson
Member
Male
40 years old
About Me



What's the last book you've read?

The wind through the key hole by Stephen King

What's your favorite book and why?

Stephen King's IT

It was the first "real" book I remember reading without any help (except for a few words that I had to look up)


Nigeria Lockley
Member
Female

Just Jewel
Member
Female
About Me

Just Jewel is an aspiring author, poet, blogger, and freelance writer born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Essex County College where she obtained her Associate's Degree in Business Administration and attended classes at Rutgers University. From 2003-2011 she worked in the insurance industry for different top commercial insurance companies before starting her career in writing. She now resides in Southern California.

 

She is positively passionate about writing! Jewel discovered her love for writing at the age of seven and since has written stacks of poems and short stories. She has taken on several freelance writing opportunities, including writing articles for magazines and small businesses. Some of Just Jewel's work can also be viewed at her blog site, A Drop of Jewel. The Mini Poetry Project is Just Jewel's first published work, followed by her first novel, Two Way Mirrors.


What's the last book you've read?

How Blind is Love Really? by Kae Brown

What's your favorite book and why?

There are way too many to name.


CachetJohnson
Member
Female
40 years old
About Me

I am a mother of four, who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I know reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and I'm an author of seven books published under G Street Chronicles; which is based in the same area. My stories include: Anybody Can Get It, Anybody Can Get It II {Retribution}, Heartless, Heartless 2 {Still Grimy}, Miserable Matrimony, Deadly Divorce, and the anthology Chaotic. I enjoy reading, shopping and spending time with my family in my spare time. 


What's the last book you've read?

The Hot Box Series

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book right now is Chasing Bliss, by Sabrina Eubanks. The reason that I say this, is because that book kept my attention and when it was over, I was looking for more. The story came together perfectly, and I honestly believed that I was a character in the story. 


J.R Johnson
Member
Male

Bee L. Kirk
Member
Female
44 years old

Olivia Gaines
Member
Female
About Me

I am an author, a blogger and an adult educator. I write fiction under the penname of a private hero, our mother, Olivia Gaines Aaron. Under the penname Olivia Gaines, I have authored the short story series The Bounty (2009), Vengeance (2012) and The Bounty Hunter (2014). The Slice of Life Series is new in the Olivia Gaines portfolio which includes, Two Nights In Vegas, The Perfect Man, Friends with Benefits, Being Mrs. Blakemore, The Basement of Mr. McGee and Letter to My Mother.

Connect with Olivia on her FB page at http://on.fb.me/1eorEAr or her website at http://oliviagaines.com


What's the last book you've read?

Hot Shot by Julie Garwood

What's your favorite book and why?

Singing and Swinging and Getting Merry Like Christmas.

 

As a child, this book reminded me of the holidays and how crazy family could be.  This story, by Maya Angelou, inspired me to write.


Sam Doles, the author
Member
Female
About Me

Sam Doles is a graduate of the historical Edward Waters College in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

While extremely outgoing, comical, and bubbly on one end, she is known to be very no-nonsense and solitary on the other. While too fickle to consider herself as one who has a hobby, the author does enjoy a good read, shooting pool, watching comedies, a nice glass of wine, traveling to different countries, and stimulating conversation. “I leave things for a season and revisit them later,” she says.

A known eccentric, Sam proudly dons her weirdness. “Most hood girls weren’t reading Shakespeare where I come from. I’ve always written poetry, stories, songs, prayers, thoughts, etc. and questioned the subtleties of life. I’m naturally nosey; nothing malicious. That’s just how I’m wired. I ask lots of questions if I’m interested. I’m not big on rumors and hearsay. I was reading Terry McMillan novels in early middle school and started writing a novel when I was 12 or so but never finished it. I still have it. I was writing that by hand, too. I guess that’s my process because I still do that. From a young age, I started having dreams about things before they happened. I’ve always been known for that. It humored me when I learned that I share the same birthday as Edgar Allen Poe. I guess that explains a lot.”

Always known as a skilled writer and storyteller, it didn’t surprise many people around her when she published her first body of work in 2008. “My Theory About The Moon” was her debut novel, which was birthed from a letter she was writing to someone. “I told him that my love for him was as sincere as the moon and realized how dope that sounded.” The rest is history.

I have a strict no excuses policy in life. My work is sound proof that if one wants something and they want it bad enough, they’ll make it happen. When I wrote my first full novel, I did not own a computer. I wrote it by hand first and then typed it as time and opportunity permitted.

Moral of the story: Get it done. By any means necessary. The end.

 


What's the last book you've read?

(An original work in progress) by Sam Doles (me)

What's your favorite book and why?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Reading this book took my literary taste to the next level. I've always been a writer. However, reading this showed me the kind of writer I wanted to be. The imagery, storyline, plot, word usage, the message; just everything about this story confirms why it's a best seller. It deserves to be. I was deeply inspired and its changed how I view my own talents...and God.

Kudos to the author!  

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