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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Brian McClellan, author of A Love Letter to Black People: Audaciously Hopeful Thoughts on Race and Success

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Brian McClellan, author of A Love Letter to Black People: Audaciously Hopeful Thoughts on Race and Success
(Sherian Publishing)


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A Love Letter to Black People: Audaciously Hopeful Thoughts on Race and Success is a book sure to challenge and inspire those who have this type of deep affection for the Black community but also deep concerns for its future. Inspired in part by the historic political success of President Barack Obama, Love Letter explores the unique way high-achieving African Americans view race and success and why, for the love of the Black community, all Black people must apply these lessons. Love Letter is a must read for those who love Black people and just can’t help it!

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write A Love Letter to Black People?

Brian McClellan: The first seed of “Love Letter” was planted in my mind on July 27, 2004. This was the night then-state senator Barack Obama became a national figure with his inspirational speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. After hearing Obama for the first time, I sat up in my bed and said to myself aloud, “I have just seen the first Black president of the United States.”  Obama was definitely on to something, and I dedicated myself to capture that “something” in words so the entire Black community could benefit from the knowledge.

There was something about Barack that was different. He and other successful Black people simply view success in the context of race differently. In the process of writing this book, I came the conclusion that the common thread linking these successful Black people was love – love of self, love of the Black community, love of future generations. This is why I call this book A Love Letter to Black People.

JP: Why is a book of this nature needed right now?

BM: With the historic election of President Obama, it is critical that the Black community seize this moment. We cannot afford to waste the inspiration that should be derived from the new roadmap Obama and others have written regarding race and success.

Racism is still real, but the most successful Blacks refuse to limit their aspirations due to racism. And with Obama’s success, we now have proof positive that racism is not omnipotent. “Love Letter” is a book about how we capitalize upon this historic positive momentum to transform the Black community through the power of love.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to A Love Letter to Black People getting out to the public?

BM: Love Letter was truly a labor of love. The insight of the discussion in Love Letter is bolstered by a supporting survey about race and success completed by more than 100 young, Black business and community leaders. Their opinions regarding provocative racially charged topics such as “acting white” are inspirational, thought-provoking and sometimes more provocative than the questions themselves.

After surveying so many young, successful Blacks (or “YSBs” as I call them in the book) was inspirational for me. To honor their achievements and the countless other YSBs they represent, I felt an obligation to “get it right,” to craft this message in a way that would move our Black community to positive action.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish A Love Letter to Black People?

BM: I believe it is important for authors to write all the time. I don’t wait for divine inspiration to start writing. I get inspired by writing. Therefore, I schedule time to write every day. The first manuscript for Love Letter took about three months to complete from start to finish.

Question 5: What’s next for Brian McClellan?

I believe the message of Love Letter is so important that I will spend as much of my energy as possible to bring this message to as many people as possible. Beyond Love Letter, I will continue to write books that uplift people, books that help readers see opportunities rather than obstacles in their own lives. I have many more books in my heart. The next one will be revealed when the time is right.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Precious Love, author of Jailed by Blood: Inmate 798175

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Precious Love aka Quiet Storm, author of Jailed By Blood: Inmate 798175
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Obtaining the establishment of being an author, Precious Love (a.k.a. Quiet Storm) has ventured out into the world of writing autobiographies about herself as well as others. These autobiographies can range from battered men/women, prison stories, relationships and the list goes on.

A Mid-Eastern native now settled along the sandy shores of Florida, Precious Love has gained inspiration from a variety of resources. As writing is her passion, she has vowed to continue to “tell the story” rather it be her own or for someone else.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Jailed By Blood: Inmate 798175?

Precious Love: I actually obtained the idea and inspiration to write this book when I was sitting behind bars. This book is about me.

JP: What sets Jailed By Blood: Inmate 798175 apart from other novels in its genre?

PL: The reader will get a chance to experience what I have endured in being in a disruptive family. They really get to see what led to my incarceration. They will also be able to take the journey with me and read about other female inmates and partake in their life experiences as well.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Jailed By Blood: Inmate 798175 getting out to the public?

PL: Putting God first, being able to tell the truth of what really happened that led to my incarceration and keeping the faith.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Jailed By Blood: Inmate 798175?

PL: Research and keeping it real is my process. It took me approximately 1 year to complete this book.

JP: What’s next for Precious Love?

PL: Continue success as a published author and establish my company, Georgia Editing Service, LLC not only as an editorial service but also venture into the publishing world.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Starr Sanders, author of BloodLust: The Beginning

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Starr Sanders, author of BloodLust: The Beginning
(Infinity Publishing)


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Fifteen years ago, Iancu hung up his sword and turned his back on his own kind. A Native American slayer picks up where he left off, although she’s haunted by memories of the night her family was slain by evil incarnates. She has fought and killed every vampire that she has come across.

She’s never made an exception-until now, when she realizes that the man who saved her life fifteen years ago is a vampire. Vampires are growing restless. They want to wage war against humans, but first they must go through Iancu and Charlie.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea/inspiration for BloodLust: The Beginning?

Starr Sanders: I have been interested in vampire fiction since I was a teenager. What inspired me to write this particular story is the fact that there wasn’t enough vampire fiction around at the time. I enjoy a story with a fast-paced story, and not many novels fit the bill when it came to that criteria. More than anything, I wrote this story for myself, so I would have a vampire story to read.

JP: What sets BloodLust: The Beginning apart from other novels in the same genre?

SS: As mentioned before, this story has a faster pace than many other vampire fiction novels. This is, in part, because of the amount of action that was infused into the story. This novel is a lot more action-packed than most. I live for well-written action scenes and fight scenes. This novel definitely delivers.

Another factor that contributes to the fast pacing of the story is the interesting cast of characters that I have put together. It is my every intention to immerse the reader in the intricacies of this story. I want the readers to lose themselves in it.

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

SS: One of the keys to my success has been the fact that I’m not afraid to try out new avenues of marketing. I make myself as accessible to the reader as possible. I like to get their input on the story. I like to hear their ideas on where the story should go from here… I am in constant contact with my readers.

Another key to my success has been persistence. In this business, persistence is key because not much comes easy in the literary world. There is a lot of competition out there. There are also those consumers who would rather go out and watch a movie than stay in for the night and get lost in a book. It has been and always will be my goal to persuade the non-reader to love reading.

There are many goals that I have for myself, and those goals – along with persistence and innovation – are two major elements of my success.

JP: As a Black author, how did you come to write in the horror paranormal genre?

SS: When it comes to reading, one of my pet peeves is when I am able to predict the ending of a book. When it comes to romance novels, there is a certain formula that many writers use to create a story. Hero and heroine meet; hero and heroine despise each other at first; event happens that bring hero and heroine closer together; an event or secret tears hero and heroine apart; hero and heroine overcome this event or secret and live happily ever after.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but for the most part that is a romance novel in a nutshell. Writing paranormal romance fiction, horror fiction, suspense/thrillers, and mystery novels are a way for me to break away from the formulated structure of the romance genre without losing the romantic element. These genres always keep the reader guessing.

JP: What’s next for Starr Sanders?

SS: In the Spring of 2009, I do have a new novel that will be released. The novel is called Open Book and will be released under the pseudonym Skye Sanders. The story follows a romance novelist named Paige Turner who accidentally submits her diary to be published instead of her latest book.

This is my first romance comedy novel, but many of the people who have had the opportunity to read it have loved it. I, myself, love it. In addition to the release of that project, BloodLust: Resurrection will be released in the Fall of 2009. I will be a busy, busy lady this year!

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