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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Tavy Day, author of Love X’s 2

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Tavy Day author of Love X’s 2
(Johnson Publications)

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Love X’s 2 fills the current gap of African-American children’s literature addressing the challenges and rewards of single/co-parenting in a fast-paced world. It’s a book that can be used repeatedly as a bedtime story and quiet-time picture book. Love X’s 2 will soon reach reading lists of elementary classrooms in cities around the country.

Read in one sitting, Love X’s 2 teaches young and newly single-parents and children valuable lessons while captivating their imaginations with lyrical, poetic prose. Sentences are short and simply constructed.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Love X’s 2?

Tavy Day: Love X’s 2 is loosely based on my personal experiences of raising a child who is fortunately, Loved X’s 2, by having both myself and her father as (or appearing as) active parents.

JP: What sets Love X’s 2 apart from other novels in its genre?

TD: In this story, the main character, 6 year old India, speaks with much intelligence and insight to her present situation. She is outspoken, without being disrespectful. She is African American, and so are her friends; their names reflect that. This story is very realistic, age appropriate, topic concise and URBAN! There is nothing like Love X’s 2 on the market, and no matter what the culture, Co-Parenting relationships exist. This is the “in your face” proof.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Love X’s 2 getting out to the public?

TD: Re-released: I have the backing of Lati’a D. Johnson, Publishing CEO and mentor! She is very creative and full of “idea bulbs” that spontaneously pop on…

My Publicist Sharmina Ellis and I, are both the master keys to unlocking the success of Love X’s 2. With her dedication to the project and business sense, I have no doubt in her ability to enhance the buzz behind an already awesome product. Me, I’m passionate about this topic and want to see it addressed in the best light possible, and that’s through India’s story. Horn tooting & all, I am TavyDay and my public a waits!

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Love X’s 2?

TD: I’m not sure if I so much have a process or just an impulse. Love X’s 2 was written in one (several hour) sitting. The editing of course was much more in depth with creating a solid voice to the storyline. As a poet, I will tell supporters that I am an “I” poet. Most of my poems are about me, the people close to me, and the personal experiences of both. If it’s not real (in some sense), I can’t write about it. I believe this was the same mindset behind Love X’s 2.

JP: What’s next for Tavy Day?

TD: God willing; Oprah! I love that woman, and I bet she’ll love me too!

Love X’s 2 + 1: Coming Soon!

http://www.myspace.com/poeticfingaz

http://twitter.com/TavyDayOriginal

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jacqueline Rhinehart, author of My Organic Soul

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Jacqueline Rhinehart, author of My Organic Soul
(Broadway Books)


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Who can speak for you better than you can speak for yourself? Discovery, renewal, and growth begin in the heart-and writing your own story can unlock the power to a new you. Jacqueline Rhinehart has gathered Scripture and quotes and has crafted questions primed to uplift, inspire, and transform. Including pages for journaling, writing music, or just venting and letting it all out, My Organic Soul is for anyone seeking the answer to life’s ultimate question: “Who Am I?” Now that’s a question only you can rap to.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write My Organic Soul?

Jacqueline Rhinehart: It was a culmination of many things: my career in music ( I know many of the artists/rappers quoted in the book); My study at the School of Practical Philosophy; and a course at Seton Hall University/ School of Theology (Prophetic Literature). All of that, combined with a question from a friend, as to what was I “going to do with these disparate interests-become a preacher!?”. Further spurred by the comment that there should be a book that spoke to our demographic- with the cultural nuances and touches that spoke to a multicultural world. That was the genesis of the book.

JP: At what point did you realize that this personal journal should be shared with the world?

JR: When I researched the books/journals available in the market, I found that there was no book that directly spoke to this demographic.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to My Organic Soul getting out to the public?

JR: The key to success started with a vision shared by my editor Janet Hill, formerly of Random House. She is an editor with the ability to sign an author and shepherd a book of this type through the maze of the publishing company

JP: What has been the early response of your readers to My Organic Soul?

JR: I spoke to a multicultural audience waiting on line to vote for Barack Obama and found so many who understood the theme of the book immediately! Those who have received advance copies are ecstatic about the connections the book makes. They enjoy the book and are eager to discuss the quotes – it does seem to spur their conversations and engages them in thoughtful analysis.

JP: What’s next for Jacqueline Rhinehart?

JR: Black Like Me – Essays and Rumminations on the New Black. I am interviewing and gathering essays, letters, speeches – that speak to the new Black – who we are singularly (and in the aggregate) as we move beyond the Civil Rights era, Roots, O.J. and Rodney King. The image of black /African Americans in the US and the world has CHANGED.

www.jacquelinerhinehart.com
www.myorganicsoulbook.com
www.facebook.com/people/Jackie_Rhinehart/706024094

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… MQW, author of Entrepreneur

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MQW, author of Entrepreneur
(5ive Star Publications)


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entrepreneur book cover

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Swift is a college graduate determined to establish himself in corporate America. Everyone from his school teachers to his mother has been skeptical of his goals. When he receives his degree he thinks he’s prepared for the real world. He soon finds it difficult to match jobs with his degree. After his frustrations reach a boiling point he turns to the streets for guidance.

Swift’s best friend Block was the most feared and respected hustler in Philly. When Swift’s dilemma brings their combined efforts together, they both see opportunity. Swift is convinced that he can make enough start up money for his business ideas. His plan was to build capital and leave the drug game alone. However that is derailed when Block is incarcerated.

The taste of money and power takes Swift for the ride of his life. Soon the underworld looks to him to pick up where Block left off. With the cops, rival drug dealers, and stick up kids lurking, Swift is forced to show how much of an “Entrepreneur” he really is.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Entrepreneur?

MQW: It came from the assumption that a college degree guarantees you a job in the field that you went to school for. Swift is the main character. I think he is someone that anyone who reads the book can identify with. He goes the same things the average person goes through on the daily basis. He argues with his mother. I wanted to make my main character as realistic as possible. I wanted him to be authentic.

JP: What sets Entrepreneur apart from other novels in its genre?

MQW: Entrepreneur combines action, drama, and family values into one. The book is unique in the aspect that it reads like a movie. I wanted people to get to the end of the chapter and not be able to wait for the next chapter to start. My readers tell me that Swift is what sets the novel apart from other novels. He is the central voice. I wanted the consumers of the novel to go through the trials and tribulations with Swift.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Entrepreneur getting out to the public?

MQW: My support systems are my marketing director, Keith Washington, and my publicist Sharmina T. Ellis. Both bring great ideas to the table to better promote and create a buzz for me as an author and publisher. They each have a “go-getter” attitude, and the support from them is priceless.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Entrepreneur?

MQW: I need complete silence when I write. I usually write real late at night while everybody is sleeping. It took me about 6 months to write Entrepreneur. I spent a lot of late nights writing it. I would look at the computer screen, and it would be 3 in the morning.

JP: What’s next for MQW?

MQW: My creative juices are continuously flowing. I am putting the finishing touches on A Fathers Struggle, my second novel, and I am working on an untitled novel at the moment. I am also the owner of 5ive Star Publications, a Flagship Publishing organization for up and coming authors. I am proud to be publishing debut novels for two of my author clients, Rich McLaughlin, author of Southside Hustler and Gil Trudell, author of JC and Mr.- coming soon in 2009!

www.5ivestarpublications.com
www.myspace.com/5ivestarpublications

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