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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jerome L. Whitehead, author of “Groomed”

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Jerome L. Whitehead, author of Groomed
(Page Publishing)

One out of every six men in this country has been the victim of a molester in some way, shape or form. As a rule, men do not talk about being victimized. It is counter to what we as young boys have been brought up to be.

We have been brought up to be providers, protectors, husbands, fathers and to a certain degree, nurturers. Being a victim does not fall into any of those categories. Gay men in particular may believe that simply because it is natural for them to sleep with men that no emotional harm may have occurred when they fell victim to a predator.

As an African American male abuse survivor, I have come to realize the harm that has been done and that much like our heterosexual counterparts, we will carry what has happened to us well into our adult years without realizing that the trajectory of who we would have been has been altered with that first touch.

In Groomed, I chronicle my journey from the incidents of my abuse to who I am today telling the story from both the perspective of a 13 year old boy as well as an adult survivor.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Groomed?

Jerome L. Whitehead: The inspiration came on the eve of my 51st birthday. I had conducted book reviews in the past on the topic of abuse and sexual molestation. Most of the authors that I had interviewed were women, and they spoke rather candidly about their experiences and how it changed them. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jerome L. Whitehead, author of “Groomed”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Eden Royce, author of “Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror”

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Eden Royce, author of Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror

Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell. Soak in these twelve tales of Southern Gothic Horror:

Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price, a woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….

These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur-rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror?

Eden Royce: From my upbringing in the South. Living around women who were magic users—rootworkers—gave me lots of ideas for stories. Sitting around the table with my family, listening to their stories, is always inspiring. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Eden Royce, author of “Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”

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Agyei Ekundayo, author of Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out
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Hindsight is 20/20 is a twisted maze of undiagnosed mental illness, misdiagnosis and patient abuse. This novel is a sordid conundrum of generational dysfunction, self-sabotage, and in some cases, unbridled erotica.

What do you get when you mix ten doctors, thirteen prescriptions, and five psych wards? You become immersed in the complex mood swings of a volatile teenager that eventually spirals into the full on madness of a suicidal adult. Hindsight is 20/20 is a cogent analysis of a burdened healthcare systems’ many fractured components to the extent that it dismantles the lives of everyday people.

Readers will get a hawks’ eye glimpse into the daily struggles of life with mental illness, the crippling effects of early childhood trauma, transcribed notes from a transgender woman’s experience with hospital neglect and a hilarious series of romantic fails.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Hindsight is 20/20?

Agyei Ekundayo: I wrote Hindsight is 20/20 out of frustration and anger. I got tired of being funneled from one broken system to the other. Therapists disagreed with one another and took out their incompetencies on my medical records. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”