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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jackie Loggins, author of “Mama’s Pills: A Short Story”

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Jackie Loggins, author of Mama’s Pills
(Elrig House Publishing)

Rachel Newsome and her two children have been abused by her husband Donte for the past four years. To make matters worse, she has a family secret that could make things even more hostile. Her only saving grace are the pills she’s been taking since she was a teenager, but now they are missing. Will Rachel find the pills? Or will things go from bad to deadly?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Mama’s Pills: A Short Story?

Jackie Loggins: I got the idea for Mama’s Pills from real life and movies. As a kid, I always watched scary movies like Friday 13th, The Howling, and The Night of The Living Dead. These were all basically stories about how circumstances or tragedies can force an average and sometimes good person to transition to darker, more sinister versions of themselves. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jackie Loggins, author of “Mama’s Pills: A Short Story”

Joey Pinkney interviews James Gordon aka G.P.A.

Joey Pinkney: Let’s start at the end of your journey and work our way back to your humble beginnings. When it’s all said and done, what do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to know and remember about you and your creative output?

G.P.A.: First, thank you for this interview. I want the world to know that a Black Man from the South Side of Chicago is the greatest combination of talent that the world has not seen.

IMG_9563I’m not pretty. I’m not White. I’m not light. Nothing that society deems whatsoever to be as great as I am, but I am.

Joey Pinkney: What has the South Side given you that you might not have been able to get had you grown up anywhere else?

G.P.A.: The South Side has that mixture of splendor and roughness. I lived close to Lake Michigan, so I saw the magnificent water. But it is also colder by the lake. I am the embodiment of that.

Joey Pinkney: Before I met you through your books, I met you through your name – G.P.A.. The first thing I remember about you from back in the day is your stage name G.P.A.. I can’t remember if you approached me first or someone like a publicist approached me on your behalf, but I remember reading the name G.P.A. and thinking that’s a unique name. The name became even more interesting when I found out it stood for Greatest Poet Alive. How do you think you have grown into that name?

G.P.A.: Yeah, I remember that. I believe that G.P.A. has evolved into something else. The fact that I am a champion storyteller, an actor and a host of a long-running show known as Poetry’s Love Letter, I am more than a poet. My impact is similar to Kanye West’s in a lot of ways. People don’t like it, but they can not get around it, rather me.

Joey Pinkney: It’s interesting that you mention Kanye West. Both of you are from Chicago, both of you are driven and both of you are considered to be egotistical. How do you define that energy in you that others see as being conceit, ego or hubris? Continue reading Joey Pinkney interviews James Gordon aka G.P.A.

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide

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Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide
(R&R Books Film Music)

Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide is a comprehensive guide that will show you how bestselling authors use the technique of “show, don’t tell” to create their masterpieces. You’ll learn how they instantly hook audiences into each novel and keep them breathlessly turning pages until the very end.

This Ultimate Writers’ Guide features ten in-depth chapters and exercise segments on show-don’t-tell: what it is and how it works, fiction genres, characters, dialogue, conflict, plot progression, short story writing and editing for maximum effect. Robyn Opie Parnell includes more than 60 examples, which she discusses in detail to assist you in mastering show, don’t tell. Each chapter ends with a set of simple exercises to help you hone your own writing skills.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide?

Robyn Opie Parnell: Mainly I write children’s books, but I also help and guide new writers. In my capacity as a writing teacher and mentor, it became obvious to me that many new writers struggle with the concept of showing instead of telling in their fiction manuscripts. Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide was my way of helping new writers understand its importance to their careers. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Robyn Opie Parnell, author of Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writers’ Guide