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I’ve been ignoring this blog since my departure from the Danger Project a couple of months ago. Though I’m no longer a member of that project, I’m grateful for that opportunity because without the invitation to become a participant, I probably would have not been nearly as motivated to start a blog, the creation of this blog means that  I would HAVE to write.  I have moments when I aspire to be a writer – a good writer; but I’m not sure that I have what it takes or that the voices in my head should necessarily be given the opportunity to have an audience. Not because my thoughts aren’t relevant or valid – but because they are; and not everyone will welcome or appreciate my musings. That said, I can only hope that if nothing else, my random thoughts will give you something to think about. If not today then tomorrow.  

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Uvi Poznansky is in my Chat Chair!

 

Uvi Poznansky_Today I am interviewing Uvi Poznansky, Author of Apart From LoveHomeA Favorite Son, and Twisted. If you aren’t familiar with her books, click on the covers they are Amazon linked.  They can also be found on Barnes & Noble.

Who is Uvi Poznansky? What are your passions outside of writing? Where are you from?

Born in Israel, I came to the US to study for my Master of Architecture, and later studied also for my Master of Computer Science. Just like my professional career, my passions are varied. I am a poet, writer and artist. I write with my brush, and paint with my pen.  I create sculptures in bronze and clay; I do paper engineering; I paint oil and watercolor paintings; I create animations; and I design my own book covers. You can see my art on my website as well as my blog. Being an artist is tightly-coupled with the way I see the world, and the way I write.

One of the reviewers of Apart From Love wrote this about my writing:
“Uvi starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint here and a little paint there as she develops her characters and creates her apart from lovemasterpiece. Her strokes then become broader, more passionate, more vivid and vibrant as she continues to let her characters’ stories unfold. She draws you in to a deeper level than you might actually want to go as she ignites the fire to your own love, passions, and fears.”
That’s awesome! When did you know you were a writer?

I started telling stories and composing poems before I knew how to hold a pen between my fingers. My father, a poet, writer and artist, would write these for me, and even quote words I invented.

What genre do you write?

I write in several genres, and enjoy stretching the envelope of my creativity. My novel Apart From Love is a cross between a favorite sonContemporary Fiction and Family Saga, which makes for an interesting combination, and allows me to surprise the reader, because no one can guess where I am going with the story… If you read the 49 reviews on Amazon, you’ll find that many readers felt they had to read the book twice to truly savor all the unexpected twists.  My book Home is Poetry. My book A Favorite Son is a cross between Historical Fantasy and Biblical Fiction, a new-age-biblical-twist, set in the twenty-first century, in a primitive camp of tents at the frontier of the desert in Canaan, in what seems, at first, to be an innocent fable.  And my just released book Twisted is a collection of dark tales. The genre of the first story is hard to pin down. It is a biblical-hellish genre, spiced with a dash of dark humor, which oddly enough may leave you with an after-taste of philosophical ruminations.

What motivates you to write? My characters. They would not let me be, until I write down what they say. Being a storyteller I delight in fleshing them out on paper. I see myself chasing my characters with a pen, in a wild attempt to capture their voice. This is what happened when I wrote Apart From Love. For a whole year I lived in that Santa Monica apartment, which I hoestaged there, in my imagination. I listened to my characters, chatting in my head, whispering, crying, laughing…
And now that the writing is over, I find it amazing that readers from around the globe are hearing these voices, and crying and laughing with the characters. I find a whole new motivation to bring them out in the audiobook editions. I enjoy the creative collaboration with my narrators–David Kudler for Ben, and Heather Jane Hogan for Anita. Through their talent, the voices of my characters can actually resonate in the air, and as if by magic, they come alive.
That is evidence of gifted writing.  How much of what you write is based on personal experiences?

All of it. None of it. For example, I may write a story with events that happened to me, but describe them in the voice of another person with an entirely different history and set of motives, looking at what I did from an opposing point of view.  Here is an example. On a recent visit to Prague, I rented an apartment that came with a cat. Upon my return, I wrote a story from the point of view of the feline creature. The story is included in my new book, Twisted.

Here is an excerpt:
With every instinct in me I know one thing for sure: despite her silence, which is an insult to my pride; despite her looking away in twistedevery possible direction, at this corner then the other; and despite the failing light, she can still see me—or at least my eye, the good one, shining at her from the darkness. So at the end of an unbearably drawn out, tense second, here it is: she gives a jerk —a sharp one, mind you! And with a click, she brings in a host of shadows by turning on the twisted lamp by her side. What do I care? I am busy, trying to imagine sun. Curling around myself, eyes half- open, I pass my tongue around my fangs. Here, it is coming to me: a radiant, blood- red sun. Sky—ground—birds—flap, flap, leap!—throats— I feel her looking at me, trying, perhaps, to decipher the sudden flash in my slit pupils. I flick her with my tail. The shadows—small and large, sharp and fuzzy—all flick their tails at her. I am the master of this place! I am the one who never leaves. She will be gone before this day is over.
What genre do you read? What authors do you admire?

Anything goes: poetry, drama, novels, short stories… I appreciate the nuances, the overloading of words, and the musical rhythms used in the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, the sonnets by Shakespeare, and the lyrical descriptions of Virginia Wolfe, to name but a few. I love American authors as well as authors from around the world, for example The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, and Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, for their expressive use of ‘stream of consciousness’.
What advice would you give others about writing & in general?

Read your story aloud in front of a live audience, and listen not only to their comments and suggestions, but more importantly–to their breathing pattern while the story is being read. Are they holding their breath at the right moment? Do they burst out laughing, or wipe a tear when you intended? If not, you must go back to the drawing board and adjust your sentences.

What would you like people to know that they might not know already?

uvi from dust sculptureYou may have seen my art, and you may have read my books, or at least excerpts from them. Perhaps you even know that I design my own book covers, based on my art. But do you know that I combine my writing and art to create animations? If you visit my Amazon author page, you will find two of them under the subtitle Author Video (on the right-hand side, about the middle of the page.) Check it out here: Amazon Author Page.  Check out Jess and Wiggle:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46hlwoNt-Cw
What are you working on and when can we expect a release?

I am currently producing my poetry book, uvi oil painting homeHome, in an audiobook edition. A prolific performer, Kathy Bell Denton, will be narrating it. Since this book is in tribute of my father, and includes his work an mine, the challenge for her is to express my voice in the first half of the book, and his voice in the second. Kathy is an actress, singer, and voice over artist, with an impressive list of film and theatre roles.

In parallel I am working on producing my newest book, Twisted, as an audiobook.

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A brilliant voice actress, Heather Jane Hogan, will be narrating it. Here, the challenge–and the fun–would be to find a different voice for each one of the four tales. Both audiobook editions will be out this summer, so stay tuned!

Thanks for the privilege of allowing us to get to know you better.  It’s been a pleasure to have you in my Chat Chair.  Please continue to follow Uvi  at her  Twitter  address,  her blogher Facebook,   GoodreadsPinterest and her Amazon Author pages.  

  Art from Uvi’s Art Gallerysculpture: ‘From Dust’  * Oil on Canvas: ‘There is no room to grow here anymore I.’ *  Watercolor: ‘Kinks’; pencil on paper

When are you ever good Enough?

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I have struggled with low self-esteem for a great part of my life.  I can give many reasons that have fed into this, but one thing I have come to realize was that I was not loving my self enough.  I remember an epiphany at a religious assembly when I sat at the lunch table with my spiritual and fleshly family.  We were all laughing and talking–we love one another so much.  But there has always been a tendency to at as some point make me the focus of a joke.  I would always laugh along good-heartedly.  But the joke this particular day was how I would always give so much of myself.  Indeed the point being–just before they burst into laughter–that I would literally give the shirt off of my back.  I laughed too.  It was true.  Haven’t we all heard that phrase in reference to being a good thing?

Well in the months to come, I would begin to suffer from spiritual shipwreck.  I wasn’t walking true to my path and it was beginning to become more pronounced.  And in the midst of this suffering, I would continue to reflect on that statement.  Eventually I began what I call my walk in the wilderness.  And ironically it was when I came into the light.  It was when I became my most authentic me.  It was when I learned to love myself as much as I loved others. Part of that came with accepting the good and bad parts of me. Pivotally, it was when I learned I would never be doing anyone a favor by taking my symbolic or literal shirt off thereby leaving myself in a naked state for the sake of another.  Typically, if we give too much of ourselves, whether mental, physical or emotional–what do we have left?  We would no long be  any good for ourselves or others.  See, sometimes, we need to take a step back from a situation and recharge our battery so to speak, to avoid risk of physical, mental or emotional bankruptcy.

Still, there are times that I have to get into the psychological corner and have some strong talks.  There are times I have to pray and let the love of friends soothe me like oil.  Those are the times that I am reminded that I am loved by God and many.  But last month I still wondered, was I good enough–this time in relation to my writing.

I actually petitioned a colleague’s opinion and of course she couldn’t answer the question that was deep within me.   Of course, no other person can–not if we the person is not convinced.  Now mind you, this was at a time that I had sold over 500 of  my latest book!  Still I questioned this.  Am I good enough?  That has to be individually answered and dependent on the circumstances.  Sometimes the answer is no.  My husband’s cooking is definitely better than mine.  It doesn’t define me as a person.  There are plenty of great authors whose writing is infinitely better than mine.  That doesn’t define me as a person–at least it shouldn’t.  🙂

There are plenty of situations in which I will never be good enough.  If you’re having surgery–you don’t want the scalpel in my hands!

But when it comes to my value as a person the answer must be a resounding yes!  Yes I deserve love.  Yes I am worthy of love.  Yes my value as a person and what I contribute to this world is ENOUGH–at least to those who really matter.

This is something I entreat everyone to consider and hopefully you will agree.  You are loved–you are Enough!

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Author Jae Henderson is in my Chat Chair!

Jae’s favorite quotation:”Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.

It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Keller

Jae Henderson face pictureToday I have  Jae Henderson, author of the inspirational ‘Some Day’ trilogy, is in my chat chair.  Her books come with the warning: ” These books have been known to cause smiles, fits of laughter, and introspective thought. Their intrigue content is always on full and may cause lack of sleep because of the reader’s inability  to put the books down. The religious content is Godly inspired and approved. Enjoy at your own risk.” That’s enough to pique anyone’s curiosity.  Check out her books of, ‘romance, more mystery, more laughs and more mayhem!’ They are Amazon linked and can also be found at Barnes & Noble.

Jae Henderson Someday

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Here’s the blurb:

As a child, Tina “”Tee”” Long dreamed of having it all. As one of Memphis’’ most sought after event planners, she appears to have achieved it. Even though creating breathtaking events and rubbing elbows with the social elite seems exciting, there’’s one thing missing from her fairy tale life——her prince charming. After a string of failed, faith-challenging relationships, this woman of God refuses to give up on meeting the man of her dreams. Tee knows in her heart that God will answer her prayers –SOMEDAY. Until then, she tries to remain prayerful and content by occupying her time working hard, withstanding her sister’’s drama-filled marriage, counseling wayward youth and sharing the ups and downs of life with her hilarious girlfriends. When Tee is introduced to an incredibly handsome, retired NFL player named Michael Stokes, it seems that someday has finally arrived. There’s one problem. He’’s been marked for death. Michael Stokes thought life was over after a knee injury claimed his career as an NFL superstar. He realized just how wrong he was after dedicating his life to Christ and beginning a wonderful new path as a motivational speaker and book author. He even meets Tee, a woman that makes all the other women he’’s dated seem like a waste of time. But when his past comes back to haunt him, Michael’’s greatest fear is not the loss of his lucrative contract but losing the woman who must be heaven sent. Will Tee accept a man who has a killer on his trail and a surprising new addition to his family? Someday is full of adventure, excitement, thrills, laughter and love as Tee and Michael fight to stay alive in order to be together. Read an Excerpt from Someday by Jae Henderson Ch 1-3

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Here’s the blurb:

Tee realizes dreams do come true when she becomes the wife of retired NFL great Michael Stokes. But fairy-tales are fleeting and they return from the honeymoon to find the devil is still busy. Tee learns the hard way not everyone is happy she found Mr. Righteous.  Michael’s reputation is rocked by a scandal that could end his new career as a motivational speaker. As if that weren’’t enough, crazy Rebecca DeFoy is back—–or is she? Can a love so fragile and new withstand these tumultuous times? There’’s more! Meet the girls…. Sandy is expecting a new bundle of joy but the baby blues take over when her adulterous past comes back to haunt her. Lenice finally seeks help for her man-hating ways, but learning to love again is hard to do even if there is a good man willing to help. Her twin, Lenora, has a love affair with food that is threatening her health and her marriage. Also, Tiffany finds herself living single after giving her married lover the boot, but she isn’’t fond of living without his loot. Can she find the strength to take care of herself and her son on her own, or will her love of money keep her tied to a sinful relationship? Someday, Too delves into the complexities of love, friendship and faith. It reminds us that God can provide all your needs but first, you have to be willing to trust Him.  is a highly ambitious woman that likes to write stories the inspire people to live a life that is pleasing to God while accomplishing their dreams. I basically want to encourage others to be the best person they can be by living life abundantly.

FOREVER AND A DAY  jae henderson forever

Here’s the blurb:

Tee and Michael Stokes have realized that life for them will never be normal. As heads of a new entertainment management company and expecting parents, its now more important than ever to figure out if their stalker, Rebecca DeFoy, is dead or alive. If she’s alive, will she kill again? If she’s dead, who is impersonating her and why? Whichever the case, they must put an end to the harassment once and for all before she puts an end to them. Their friends have drama of their own…… Tiffany has traded in her tight clothes and stilettos for big hats and conservative dresses as she tries to prove to one of Memphis’ most promising young pastors that she is worthy of a man in the pulpit. Can she control her feelings for Michael, or will temptation ruin her chances for love and her friendship with Tee? Lenice has entered the world of online dating. Her keystrokes can’t mask the pain of a failed relationship, but they could lead her into the life of an elderly millionaire. Lenora’s weight loss has changed her body and her attitude for the better, but her husband’s job at the Kitty Kat Club may be too much for even the new and improved Lenora to handle. Join Tee, Michael, and their hilarious friends as they discover that the key to surviving this journey called life is to hold on tight to the hands of the ones you love while you pray for faith to see you through. Forever and a Day will keep you loving, laughing, and on the edge of your seat!

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So let’s take some time to get to know Jae Henderson better!

Who is Jae Henderson? 

Jae Henderson is a highly ambitious woman that likes to write stories the inspire people to live a life that is pleasing to God while accomplishing their dreams. I basically want to encourage others to be the best person they can be by living life abundantly.

What are your passions outside of writing?

My family. I love them fiercely. Oh and food, I just love good food. Lol  

Where are you from?

Memphis, TN

Tell me about life growing up. How does it affect your writing?

I grew up in a Christian household. My mother and grandmother introduced me to Jesus and His extraordinary love for us. At times, my mother could be very strict but I think I benefited greatly from it. Good behavior and excellence was expected. I carried those attributes into adulthood. I have a sign in my office that says “Failure is not an option and mediocrity is unacceptable. 

Jae Henderson Keep Calm TrilogyAlthough, everybody’s definition of success is different. I haven’t sold millions of books (yet) but I think I have charted a course to become the author I want to be.  

When did you know you were a writer?

It happened while I was in college at The University of Memphis when I saw my name in the byline under the heading for an article I wrote for our campus newspaper for the first time. The fact that the decision maker at a publication thought that my work was good enough to be shared with the entire campus was validation for me that I was truly a writer.

What genre do you write?

I write inspirational romance. It’s the edgier side of Christian romance. I talk about God’s love for us while delving into the amazing things that can happened when men and women love each other. I like to push the envelope a little in my books. Sometimes, I think that people forget that God created sex so it isn’t a bad thing. Even in a novel that talks about God. However, He did give us criteria that outlines when we should have sex. I acknowledge those while acknowledging how our carnal desires sometimes cause us to go outside of His criteria. It makes for an exciting story that people can relate to.

What motivates you to write?

People motivate me to write. All of my books have some type of lesson in them. It is my hope that those lessons resonate with someone and help prevent them from making disastrous decisions.

How much of what you write is based on personal experiences?

Probably about 25 percent. I often take things that I have been through and embellish the situations. Some of my characters are loosely based on people I know, too. Consider it our lives on steroids!  

What is your research process when preparing a book?

My research process depends on what I’m writing. For instance, the Someday trilogy contains encouraging scriptures. Therefore, I had to go to the Bible to make sure the scriptures were applicable to the situations in my books. However, as a writer you are always doing research through the observance of yourself and others. People seem to enjoy a book more when they can relate to the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters. In order to do that, you must be in tune with people. That comes through experience and maturity. So in essence, each day I live and every situation I encounter adds to my research. I hope to write a historical novel as some point. I know that will take a lot of research and I look forward to it.

What genre do you read?  What authors do you admire?

I like to read other romances in order to stay up on my genre. I enjoy all types of romance not just inspirational and Christian. Beverly Jenkins has become a favorite. She is actually the one who prompted my desire to write a historical novel.

What advice would you give others about writing & in general?

If you are planning to make money doing this make sure that you study your craft and research your genre. It’s crucial that you make sure that your book is marketable. At the same time, don’t just write for the money. Make sure that writing is something you really enjoy and are passionate about. Your passion will drive you to create a quality product with amazing stories that readers will love.

What would you like people to know that they might not know already?

That’s a good one. Most of what I want people to know can be found in my bio. Here are some tidbits people might find interesting. I used to host a radio talk show for youth and young adults, and I’ve been a professional voice over artist for over a decade. I’ve done commercials for national companies like McDonald’s, Ampro, Kroger, Ben & Jerry’s and others. I’m always looking for my next opportunity, and I would love to do major cartoons-especially an episode of The Boondocks. I love Aaron McGruder’s work. My VO website is www.jaehendersononline.com.

What are you working on and when can we expect a release?

Later this year, I will release a short story compilation of my Things Every Good Woman Should Know series. It will contain 5-6 inspirational stories that I really believe my readers will enjoy. I hope to release my next novel “Husband Wanted” in 2014.   Thanks so much for dropping by!  It’s been a privilege to have  you in my Chat Chair! Please continue to follow Jae Henderson at her Twitter and her website, her blog, her Amazon and Facebook pages.

My Review of “Secret” and “The Art of Endings” by Nia Forrester

LV Lewis’ review of Nia Forrester’s The Art of Endings!

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Nia Forrester is very good at creating characters that are vivid, believable, vulnerable, and deeply flawed. This talent makes it very easy for me to immerse myself in her stories because the characters come across as very authentic. In Secret, we have Shayla, a woman of some mystery who befriends (as much as she allows herself to be friends with anyone) Tessa, the sister of Trey Dennison, a DC attorney who becomes Shayla’s landlord. Prior to this turn events, Shayla was a member of the same gym as Trey. From this vantage point, she’s watched him working his charm on a slew of women.

Shayla has no misconceptions that she might be just the woman to tame him. All she wants is a brief sexual encounter, because after all, a woman also has needs. After getting what she wanted from him, what she didn’t bargain on was…

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Darryl Frierson a.k.a. Diggame is in my Chat Chair!

Tagline: “A Normal Brother On The Road To Extraordinary Things”

diggame2Today, I have Darryl Frierson  a.k.a. Diggame in my Chat Chair.  He uses the following epithets in description of himself: Award Winning Writer-Best Culture Blog, Philosopher, Sports Junkie, Podcaster @straightolc, Social Critic, Promoter, & champion of progressive thought. Wow! That’s a mouthful! If you’ve read his blog you will certainly agree! Well, relax and get ready to learn a little bit about Mr. Frierson!

Who is Darryl Frierson?  What are your passions outside of writing?

I am the writer of From Ashy to Classy.  I am passionate about furthering the thought process of people through my comedy and hip hop podcast Straight Outta LoCash with comedian Jovan Bibbs and DJ Reminse.

Where are you from?

St. Louis, MO

Tell me about life growing up. How does it affect your writing?

My life growing up was combination of films “The Wood” and “Fight Club”. It affects my writing because I am a person who came from humble beginnings but understands that I have a lot of growing to do as a person and writer, hence the reason I named my blog From Ashy to Classy.

 When did you know you were a writer?

I knew I was a writer in college when I wrote for the school paper and received a great response from people about the tone of my writing.

What motivates you to write?

I would say what motivates me to write is conveying a message that can make people think, laugh, and inform them. Writing is more about conveying a message to people that may be able to balance their thoughts or want more out of life.

 How much of what you write is based on personal experiences?

I would say 100% of my writing is based on  my personal experiences or the way I look at the world around me.Diggame

What is your research process when preparing a post?

Usually a post comes  to me from random things. I can hear a quote, news story, a song lyric, or watch a movie and a post may jump out at me.

What genre do you read? What authors do you admire?

I am more of a non-fiction reader but dabble in fiction here and there. I really dig JD Sallinger, Robert Greene, J. Krishnamurti, Alex Haley, George Nelson, and Walter Dean Myers.

What advice would you give others about writing & in general?

I would say stay constantly work on your craft. Things may not seem clear, but keep believing in what you have to write about. The constituency will get you into a mode where writing will become a part of your life where you can’t breathe without writing.

What would you like people to know that they might not know already?

I would say that I live my life about balance in a yin and yang template and try to be as authentic about who I am in my writing.

Thanks so much for dropping by and allowing us to get to know you a bit! We will keep tuning into your blogs! It has been privilege to have you in my Chat Chair! 

Please continue to follow Daryl on his Twitter  @diggame and his Facebook page, and of course, his blog, From Ashy to Classy.