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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Thomas Overton, author of Murder with a Deadly Weapon

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Thomas Overton, author of Murder with a Deadly Weapon
(Live to Die Publishing)


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When a Glock nine-millimeter is snatched from a pawnshop by two would-be robbers, it embarks on a wild journey. From the hood to the ‘burbs and back again, this gun is a vehicle for murder. The Glock reaches the hands of several individuals and is used as the weapon for diverse malicious crimes. Detectives Peterson and James are determined to locate the whereabouts of this deadly weapon, but realize the task at hand is more difficult than they expected. Why? Villains, more often, move faster than law officials. After a person is killed and another gun goes unrecoverable, who will be the next to be murdered with an undiscovered deadly weapon? If it fell into your hands, what would you do?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Murder with a Deadly Weapon?

Thomas Overton: I was serving a two-year sentence in prison, and that is where I became inspired to write. Out of boredom, and the fact that there was nothing else to do, I came up with the concept. I began to wonder whatever happened to the first two guns I owned. I remembered my cousin giving me a gun to handle some business with at one point in my life. Because of the mass gun violence that takes place in our streets these days and personal life experiences, I thought that a gun with a voice that travels from hand to hand would be an excellent concept.

JP: What sets Murder with a Deadly Weapon apart from other novels in its genre?

TO: It’s not the same old street lit: girl meets drug dealer, they go through some drama, they end up either dead, in jail, etc….. That’s the same old stuff. I like to write about different things that go on in the streets. And the a gun that travels is definitely reality.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Murder with a Deadly Weapon getting out to the public?

TO: I’ve only been out for a few weeks now. It has been difficult getting out to the masses, but Terry Woods said it best. She said, “At first no one will buy your book. After one or two readers embrace the story, masses of others will follow.”  So…. I’m just waiting on the masses. I haven’t gotten any bad responses, so that’s a blessing. Just keepin’ it movin’ is what I’ll have to do.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Murder with a Deadly Weapon?

TO: I usually try to write something everyday. A sentence, a paragraph, a page, etc…until the story is complete. When I was in college, my professors use to tell me that I was a good writer. So, when I got to prison, I just expanded what the college teachers use to compliment me on. After I read True to the Game and Bloody Money 1 by Leodrei Prince, I decided to write my own tale. Originally while incarcerated, I self-taught myself how to write a screenplay. Murder With a Deadly Weapon was originally a movie script, however Leodrei Prince and my baby-mama convinced me to convert it into a novel. Plus, it was easier to shop that way. It took me about 3 months to do the conversion, but I liked the novel writing process. It allows me to express my full vision of what is going on in the story.

JP: What’s next for Thomas Overton?

TO: I’m working on three novels at once. (1.) Keys to the Franchise is about five drug dealers who come up in the game to purchase a professional football franchise but will they see their dream come to life. That’s actually done already. (2.) It Was All Good Just a Week Ago is about a woman who is on top, however, takes a trip to the bottom of the food chain after she looses her job, relationships, and her freedom. When she decides that enough is enough, she devises a plan to get back on top. (3.) Now Who has the Last Laugh which is a tale about a young black man with ambitions to be a successful entrepreneur, but negativity surrounds his lifestyle. He struggles to survive the clutches of life in a way that all ambitious black men can relate to. Also, look out for “THE URBAN BOOK OUTLET.” An online bookstore strictly for the urban reader and/or the urban author to promote and sell his/her work.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Adra Young, author of The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues

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Adra Young, author of The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues
(Trafford Publishing)


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Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues?

Adra Young: The idea to write the books evolved from two situations. First, I am educator. I was looking for solutions to reduce the number of suspensions to kids that face and bring overwhelming issues to school. Acting has so many great components. Since each act in my book is based upon real life stories of what kids are faced with, I figured that troubled children could recite the acts and utilize the situations as a positive outlet. The second situation is that I have a background in acting. As an acting coach, I wanted fun and exciting situations for kids to recite, learn, and deliver on stage that would prepare them for various types of auditions.

JP: What was it about Volume 1 of this series that prompted you to write Volume II?

AY: Believe it or not, Volume II was written because of the request of my fans. They kept asking, “Adra, when is Volume II coming?” I felt like it was my duty to complete it and not let my readers down.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues II getting out to the public?

AY: Some of the vital keys I used as a new author were advanced promoting and communicating directly with individuals who my type and style of writing appealed to. As far as promoting, I’m not just talking about two weeks in advance. Volume II was released November 15th. 2008. I started promoting the release of this book in September of 2008.

Another success tactic I used was getting acquainted with parents, teachers, children desiring to become actors, and troubled youth. I asked questions such as, “Could you honestly see your self purchasing my product to help you solve a problem?” and “Could you see yourself purchasing the guide to help increase your child’s performance skills?”

JP: What has been the public’s reaction to your books so far?

AY: I’ve been told everything from “it’s about time an educator started keeping it real” to “keep up the good work!” In addition, I’ve also been told that I made an awesome attempt to tackle two problems and solve them both with a unique approach. This being providing exciting materials for youngsters to improve their dramatization skills, and of-course, providing a positive outlet for today’s troubled youth.

JP: What’s next for Adra Young?

AY: Wild… It’s funny you asked Joey. I am in the process of increasing and expanding my performing arts company titled, Ardannyl through out the South East Region of Michigan. In addition, there is a monologue show that I am writing and producing based strictly upon the concerns some of women I’ve come into contact with. There is a book on hold that I am currently working on as a co-author with Parent Activist Cheryl Lynn Pope, the author of 25 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special. I am in the process of trying to decide should I conclude the monologue series with a Volume III or should I just move on with my fiction series since both Volumes I and II are both categorized as non-fiction. As you can see, I have irons in the fire.

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*In May of 2006, Adra Young was nominated Outstanding Educator for the Detroit Communities In Schools Award

*In April of 2007, Adra Young was presented with Certificate of Appreciation from the Detroit Youth Foundation

*In June of 2008, Adra Young was the featured author for Ronald Brown Academy of Detroit, MI

Adra Young can be reached at 313-729-2573.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Barbara Grovner, author of We Belong Together

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Barbara Grovner, author of We Belong Together
(Third Eye Publishing)

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Step into the mind boggling world of Mavis Rollins, a woman who wants her granddaughter to marry Makai Wilson, the grandson of the wealthy woman who stole her very own husband back in the day. While raising her granddaughter Sandy, she manages to brainwash her into believing she is destined to spend her life with Makai.

Sandy actually yearns for Makai but is disappointed when her best friend Kara meets him and falls in love with him. It seems Kara never knew about Sandy’s unnatural feelings for Makai., a perpetual charmer. After deceiving Kara with two beautiful women, she throws him out of their home. Kara is found dead in the parking garage near her job, and things begin to heat up. When the police begin digging around, the truth unfolds and secrets come tumbling out. Lives begin to unravel, revealing jealousy and raw rage, crazy relationships and most disturbing, pure insanity at its most dangerously evil depth and somehow, someway, justice must be served.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write We Belong Together?

Barbara Grovner: The idea for We Belong Together simply popped into my head. I was actually trying to out-do my last novel Even Numbers. That novel is about child molestation, which is a very serious topic. I am still hoping to keep the subject of child molestation in the forefront of our minds particularly for single mothers who are dating. Please pick up a copy of Even Numbers as well.

With We Belong Together which by the way releases on December 27th 2008, my love for “who-done-it” types of stories emerged and my story became a sort of quirky, crazy murder mystery loaded with colorful characters and insane dialog.

JP: What sets We Belong Together apart from other novels in its genre?

BG: The differences from this murder mystery “who-done-it” and others is the fact that there are so many other things going on apart from the murder. Things like infidelity, plotting and scheming, a little same-sex encounter as well is coupled with the most raw rage ever. The emotion within the scenes will prompt you to check all of your own feelings and your own opinions as well.

JP: This novel has elements of mystery, romance and erotica. How were you able to mix these genres together and maintain the integrity at the same time?

BG: The mixture of romance, mystery and erotica is actually how many of our own lives are lived. LOL. You may even find a bit about yourself within the pages.

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

BG: I still write “old-school.” I use notebooks (paper ones) and hand write almost constantly. Then I transfer to the computer. This gives me a chance to add material as well as edit as I go along instead of backtracking. Sounds complicated, I’m sure, but it works for me.

JP: What’s next for Barbara Grovner?

BG: Currently I am working on the sequel to We Belong Together. The publishing company I am currently working with is not taking submissions of this type at this time. I would love to have both books published under the same company, but I am currently looking for another publisher. I have looked into a few promising possibilities, but…I’m open for invitations and points in the right direction. (WINK).

Also, I have been doing some editing, especially for young authors who are writing their first manuscripts. I offer extremely low prices and an especially lower rate if the author is enrolled in some sort of school. I’m all about promoting education. For authors I can be reached at bgrovner@hotmail.com for editing questions.

For inquired and for more info on my books, please check me out on my MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/barbaragrovner.

Thanks so much for the chance to speak with readers and again thanks so much for your support.

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