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Author Vanessa R Soyer
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Female
54 years old
About Me

My name is Vanessa Soyer, Author of The Blue Inkspot Series: "Sky is the Limit", "Beyond the Blue Sky", coming soon; "Blue Sky Turns Gray", & "Scarred by The Blue Storm". I've also written a poetry book entiltled "Poetry Fi'Ness" and soon to be published my autobiography- "My Pain Birthed My Praise". I am currently working on my first stage play (Gospel)- "Forgiveness is the Sweetest Revenge". I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem my life as a writer has been ffaced with many challanges, wanting to be a blessing to so many has encouraged me to write the Blue series as a way of letting my potential readers know that you can overcome any obstacle in your life if you believe. As women we've been through our ups and downs but there is always a way to make it out. I know that men go through a lot as well so I've have dedicated the second book of the series to them. I hope everyone who reads these books are Blessed, and can learn to overcome anything that they are going through.


What's the last book you've read?

Addicted by Zane

What's your favorite book and why?

The reason why Addicted was my favorite book, not only because of the story line which by the way was excellent, but because as an author I know how difficult it is to put yourself into the character you're writing about while at the same time staying true to yourself that your mind don't begin to wonder. Addicted somehow captured my mind, my thoughts, and it was an awesome book. Ecspecially after I heard a live interview from the Author herself. Much like Actors, & Actresses unless you're an Author you don't really know the challanges we are faced with in every story, every book, and every aspect of the writing world.


Marian L. Thomas
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Female
About Me

Hometown: Oak Park, Illinois

Current Residency: Atlanta, Georgia

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Business Communication, Magna Cum Laude

The Blogger:  “Atlanta Reads” community blogger for downtown.11Alive.com.

Personal Blog: http://pageforwardwithmlt.com

In Print: Atlanta Skirt! magazine, Cross Roads News, Sync Weekly, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Southtown Star (a Chicago Sun-Times publication), The Wednesday Journal and Black Perl Magazine, just to name a few.

TV & Radio: The award-winning morning show, AM 1530 KCMN with Tron Simpson, The Source, 560 AM-KLZ on The Experience Pros Show, Podio Rackets, Black Authors Network and a host of others.

The “Page Forward” Expert: As a motivational and inspirational speaker, I deliver an engaging workshop for young adults titled, "How to Page Forward the Author Inside of You." In March 2011, I taught this workshop to the Destiny's Daughters of Promise. Here is what they had to say: "We are honored that you took time to do a presentation for Destiny's Daughters of Promise. The information you presented was timely and relevant and it will help us prepare these teens for a successful future. Thank you for helping us in our endeavor to bring about a positive change in the lives of these girls."


What's the last book you've read?

The Help

What's your favorite book and why?

Drowning Ruth. I loved the views expressed by each character.


Makayla
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Female

Sadiki Bakari
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Male
34 years old

Stella Stafford
Member
Female
About Me

Author of one published mystery novel (Did Anyone Die?), one  due to come out in May 2012, (A Very Quiet Guest), (both with Melrose Books) two more in the Little Wychwell Mystery series written and one being written and I have also completed a science fiction novel but am trying to decide whether to just Kindle it or have it paper published.


What's the last book you've read?

Hidden Landscape of Britain by Richard Fortey

What's your favorite book and why?

I love so many different books! And read almost anything unless it's pornographically sexual or excessively luridly violent.  Favourite authors are Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Bill Bryson, any books by explorers and travellers, Georgette Heyer, Anthony Trollope, Jasper FForde. I also like reading books in French by authors like Simenon. If nothng else is around I read the back of the cereal packet!


J.L. Whitehead
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Male
About Me

J. L. Whitehead has been writing professionally since 1989,initially beginning his career as a contributing freelance columnist for PGN, Incorporated located inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania.  After writing for the publication for a year, he published his first chap book of poetry entitled Universal Words while enjoying various speaking engagements and poetry exhibitions.

His works included making contributions to a book of poetry and prose for African American men entitled A Warm December in 1989.

In 2002, he became a contributing writer and editor for an online magazine entitled Never2Funky.  In 2007, he became a journalist for a national web site entitled GBMNews.  This online publication is a news reporting website where he contributed commentaries and reviews as well as addressing issues of concern and interest as it pertains to the LGBTQI communities.

In 2010, he began writing for The Examinerpublication, reporting and providing commentary on local events in the Philadelphiaand New Jersey areas.  In addition, hehas conducted in depth interviews and reviews of local area authors as well asshowcasing their work respectively.

Also in 2010, his debut novel, Bruthas was released.  After revising the novel in 2011, it was re-released under Four Brothers Publications.  In 2011, he wrote the manuscript for Bruthas the theatrical production, an adaptation of his novel.  It is with this production that he is making his directorial debut.

 

 


What's the last book you've read?

Kindred by Octavia Butler

What's your favorite book and why?

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.  Ms. Stockett managed to tell a compelling tale set in the old south.  Her characters leapt off of the pages as she probed each one carefully.  The best thing about her book was that the story was heartfelt, her characters believable.

The reader automatically gravitates the one that he/she likes and stays there.  This was a great read and an awesome debut novel by this author.


JC Gardner
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Female
About Me

Ever since the age of twelve, I have aspired to be an author. Writing stories became an escape, a way for my imagination to come alive on the handwritten pages of steno pads, notebooks and journals. A closet writer for many years due to a series of unfortunate events, when it came to sharing my writing, a cloud of self-doubt would follow that it wasn’t worthy or good enough; so it would stay buried, deep within a drawer, a satchel, or just locked up in my mind. An extrovert by nature, slowly but surely my love of writing seeped into homemade greeting cards, personalized poems for friends, song lyrics and of course, lots of stories. What God has placed in your heart, no one can take away. It may be suppressed, even overshadowed, but writing stories is part of my DNA. My debut novel, Sinful Liaisons, is a multicultural mix of risky relationships, intriguing characters and surprising plot twists. If you like suspenseful romance with a bit of spice, you will not be disappointed with this debut. After many years, I am finally able to walk into my destiny. By day, I'm a manager at a nonprofit agency; by night, I carve out time to spend with my husband and two children. And somewhere in the wee hours of the night, I write. I hope to add “inspirational speaker” to my resume to help others keep the faith and follow their dreams.


What's the last book you've read?

Carny - A Novel in Stories

What's your favorite book and why?

This is hard! I love reading.  The Shack is high on my list.  Even though it was a work of fiction, it provided a totally different and fresh perspecitve on Christianity.  I read it a long time ago, but I still remember many of the lessons it taught me.  This is also very different from my normal genre, which is romance, suspense and mystery with a nice helping of spice.


Nanette Buchanan
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Female
About Me


Nanette's pad to pen accomplishments include three volumes of poetry; Thoughts, Thoughts & Reflections, and Quiet Times; seven yet to be published children stories as well as several unpublished novels.  Nanette’s first published work and debutnovel was “Family Secrets….Lies &Alibis”.  Since then the publicationof the sequel, “A Different Kind ofLove” and the release of her first volume of poetry, “Thoughts” an e-book hit the market.  In October of 2009, Nanette’s murder mystery,“Bruised Love” followed by “Skeletons Beyond The Closed Door” which released inAugust of 2010.  The start of the summerin 2011, her latest novel “Gossip Line” madeits debut. Her preferred genre’ is romantic fiction, but readers will attest tothe fact that they all have suspense, mystery and a dramatic twist.  It is her goal to become a successful authorwithout limits; writing and producing plays that feature her poems as well asadaptations of her novels on the “big screen” are in her future. 

 

Nanette isdeeply committed to promoting literacy. She is an intricate part of “TheAuthor’s Den” a group of authors, poets and performing artists who arepromoting their talents and raising funds to support Literary and thePerforming Arts within communities. The author is available for personalappearances, chats and signings.

 



What's the last book you've read?

Unexpected Interruptions - by Trice Hickman

What's your favorite book and why?

I've read quite a few books that have been added to my favorites.  I don't know that it would be fair to narrow them down as they are quite different in genre'.  I love a good mystery......Therefore James Patterson and the Alex Cross series would be at the top.  I also love poetry and truly could not pick the best poet.  You see as a poet, it depends on the mood.  I have my reservations when it comes to chick lit, love stories and such......but I enjoy Linda Herman, author of Consequences, Trice Hickman.....and a few others......I have a love for good reads.....those that don't have to pull or push you to the next page but allow you to ride along and quench your thirst along the way.  Anything by Walter Mosely, E. Lynn Harris, and Mary Higgins Clark I am sure will not fail my urge for a good read.  I could go on and on but you did say favorite and not favorites.



Kianna Alexander/Alexandra Kane
Member
Female
40 years old
About Me

I'm a married mother of two, live in the Southeastern US, and I write several genres of AA and IR romance.


What's the last book you've read?

Bitter Demons by Sarra Cannon

What's your favorite book and why?

Night Song by Beverly Jenkins, because of the history interwoven into a beautiful love story.



Emerald Barnes
Member
Female
About Me

I graduated with a bachelor's degree from Mississippi University for Womenin English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. I live in a small town in Mississippi where I write novels and short stories as well as blogging about writing when I'm not spending time with my nieces and nephew.  I have self-published an e-book, Piercing Through theDarkness, on Amazon Kindle and have been published by Phyllis Scot tPublishing in their book Blue Legs and Other Coming of Age Stories.  I work diligently to finish more works for publication.  You can follow my blog at http://ebarnes23.wordpress.com. ; Follow me on Twitter @emeraldbarnes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fanpageforemeraldbarnes.  My website is www.emeraldbarnes.us


What's the last book you've read?

Megan's Way by Melissa Foster

What's your favorite book and why?

I don't have a a favorite book as odd as that is.  There are books that I read many times because I love them, but choosing one favorite, well, I can't do it.  The Odd Thomas series, The Hunger Games series, and The Host are all tied for favorite though.  I can tell you that. :) 


The Future
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Male

angeleyes
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Female

Deborah Renee Wade
Member
Female
About Me

I am a woman of many faces who wears many hats. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a coworker and a lover of peace and equality for all. I have had many many dark days since I have been on this planet and I have managed to channel the negative energy into positive energy. Each day meets me with a new challenge that I rise to or because I am human, I fall prey to. It's a struggle most days because I am ever reminded that I have character defects that can sometimes bring me to my boiling point. A boiling point that many years ago would have led me to self injure.

 

I decided to write about my experiences with self injury and interviewed other people of color who have self injured. I was surprised at the eagerness that they displayed when I asked if they were interested in being featured in my book. I am forever grateful to them all for their courage and for the trust they had in me as a stranger, and also the trust they had in me as a member of the "cutting club". I hope you enjoy my book!!!

 


What's the last book you've read?

American Dreams by Sapphire

What's your favorite book and why?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is one of my favorite books. I was moved by Miss Morrison's descriptive third person views and oftentimes felt that I was reliving Pecola's life as I could relate to the incest, child molestation and racism. I remember praying as did Pecola not for eyes of blue but for darker skin. If only I had darker skin people would see that I was beautiful. 

 

 


Author Aija M. Butler
Member
Female
43 years old

M.Q.W.
Member
About Me

South Philadelphia, PA, native Markeise Q. Washington is not only a Rising Star of the Literary World, but the Founder and CEO of 5ive Star Publications. Mr. Washington has been writing since the age of ten years old. In late 2006, his literary journey began when he starting penning his debut novel "Entrepreneur.” With his mind set on ownership, 5ive Star Publications was born in May 2007. His goal was to cover all genres of fiction as well as children's literature. Destined and determined Markeise Washington published not one but two consecutive novels in the ENTREPRENEUR SERIES. 5ive Star Publications has a catalog of seven novels beneath its belt and several upcoming releases are in motion! Proactive, innovative, thought provoking and determined Markeise Q. Washington will always and forever remind us that Dreams are Today's Answers to Tomorrow's Questions.


What's the last book you've read?

Dirtiest Revenge by Cha' Bella Don

What's your favorite book and why?

Prentend You Don't See Her. I love suspense and that book is it at the top of the list because of the author's ability to pull me in to the story like I was there.


R. C. Beckom
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Male

J'son M. Lee
Member
Male
52 years old
About Me

J'SON M. LEE, though born in Brooklyn, NY, is essentially a North Carolinian. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Speech Communication and a concentration in Performance Studies. He is 41 years old and resides in Baltimore, Maryland. J'son works for a prominent real estate firm in our nation's capital.


What's the last book you've read?

“Let the Church Say Amen” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley

What's your favorite book and why?

I think the book “Finding Fish” by Antwone Fisher is my favorite book. I was amazed at how much Mr. Fisher’s life paralleled my own. Like him, it was a long journey for me to “find” my family and get the answers I needed in order to move on. Ironically, I got the remaining answers a month before my mom passed away in August 2009.


Author Syretta Walker
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Female
36 years old
About Me
Syretta A. Walker was born in South Carolina, but raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is a single mother of one little boy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and eating. Her debut novel Upgrade You was written as a form of therapy after some of her old baggage began to surface. Upgrade You is loosely based around her life story. Syretta hopes that her novel can help at least one girl that is facing similar struggles. She is the Ceo of Syretta's Urban & Children's Mobile books, and is optomistic about the future

Adrianne
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Female

Joyce Oscar
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Female
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