Interview with Suzanne Nugent, author of Brunch and Other Obligations

Saturday, May 9, 2020

I am excited to introduce our guest author for this week, Suzanne Nugent! Suzanne Nugent is a writer committed to exploring women’s lives and relationships through poignant comedy and drama. She holds a dual degree in journalism and film from UMass Amherst and studied screenwriting at UCLA. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and has received accolades from the Denver Film Festival and the San…

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Coming of Age and The Goddess Twins

Thursday, May 7, 2020

I think I was in junior high when I first heard the term ‘coming of age’ but I remember it hitting me hard in the gut. That was what I was obsessed with reading bout! That’s what described, en mass, the type of books I loved the most, especially when they involved magic in some way. Growing up there was one type of story that could fulfill my own ‘coming…

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Interview with Alexis Marie Chute, author of Inside the Sun

Inside the Sun Cover Art
Saturday, May 2, 2020

I am excited to introduce our guest author for this week, Alexis Marie Chute. Alexis is an award-winning author, artist, photographer, art curator, filmmaker, and public speaker. She has received over 40 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work. Chute’s bestselling memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, was a top Kirkus title of 2017 and received a plethora of other literary distinctions. The…

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Does The Goddess Twins have any Easter Eggs?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Have you seen the film Midsommer? It’s an excellent horror fairy tale that gets even better upon repeat viewings. To be honest, I’ve seen it at least 6 times. I find myself enamored with the storytelling and Easter eggs that can only be caught on the 2nd or 3rd watch. For The Goddess Twins, I have an Easter egg that I am pretty excited for readers to uncover for themselves….

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Quick Truth – The financial realities of writing

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Being any type of artist takes support, emotional and especially financial. I have found that being a writer definitely requires financial sacrifices. For me, I recognized that I had to change my lifestyle in order to write my novel. I could not continue at a high pressure, high stress 40+ hour job and have the ability to craft the novel resting on my heart. I shifted to working freelance, and…

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What Inspires me to write, even in a pandemic

internal monologue not for everyone
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Recently, I read a post on someone who found out that not everyone has a running inner dialogue in their minds. I was as shocked as the original poster at this discovery. My mind has always been a chatterbox; I just assumed it was the same for everyone! My inner world is constantly questioning, observing, judging, apologizing, and taking stock. I’m like a ringmaster, struggling to bring peace to a…

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Researching Patoi for The Goddess Twins

patoi proverb
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Most of my book was borne from my imagination, conversations I’ve thought of having, or abilities I’ve only dreamed and desired. I have thought about having the ability to read minds for my whole life. As a child, I was sure my mother could read my thoughts; she always knew when I was trying to lie! And the ability to move objects? I have wanted this since childhood, when I…

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My favorite scene to write in The Goddess Twins

Kemetic Sorceress Iby @tshikamba
Thursday, March 12, 2020

My novel follows steps along the classic ‘hero’s journey’ and one of my favorite scenes to write was when Arden and Aurora meet their Gran Gran, who acts as a prophet for the perils and twists of their adventure to come. I love all my characters, but I have a very special spot for Gran Gran. She is just so tangible to me, the eternal matriarch, a Caribbean goddess and…

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The World of The Talking Drum: Real Places Versus the Fantasy World

Monday, March 2, 2020

In The Talking Drum, one of my main characters, Omar Bassari, reminisces about the day in 1965 when his father, Ibrahim, sat him down in their Senegalese village and told him that The Festival of the Black Arts was coming to the capital city, Dakar. Kings, emperors, and presidents from all over the world would be coming to the festival. Ibrahim’s musical hero, composer, pianist, and orchestra leader Duke Ellington,…

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How my personality type informs my writing

Thursday, February 27, 2020

I grew up very introverted, completely over sensitized to the world on a daily basis and retreating inside my head to cope. From ‘Baby Yoda’ me, till I was around 17, my personality type could be very easily summed up by the words “bookworm”. Books were my escape, my safety blanket, and my deepest friends. Looking back, it was my own form of obsessive coping mechanism. I was a depressed…

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