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Author Spotlight – Felicia Edmond

1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?

I knew I was called to write when God started to wake me up in the middle of the night and put poems in my heart. These were poems of breakthrough and emotional healing. I knew it was meant for me to share them with others.

I love being that God can use me in this way, and it is therapeutic for me to write. I love the process of how it all comes together.

What frustrates me the most about writing is finding the time. Once I find the time, I just love how it flows and comes together through Christ.

2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?

I have written Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers and Arise Devotional Book. Breakthrough centers a lot around emotional healing and areas such as forgiveness, rejection, and restoration. Arise centers around awakening to the new in Christ and really stepping into your purpose.

Readers can find out about me at http://www.FeliciaEdmond.com.

My Social Media is Felicia Edmond, Author and Speaker

My books are also found on Amazon

3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?

I find my motivation from the Lord as a Christian. God will usually put in my heart Devotionals about something I have overcome and what I have seen people overcome in life. I am motivated to encourage people to have hope, never give up and walk in purpose.

4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel? What projects are you currently working on?

I usually write as I the Lord moves on my heart and then I schedule time to put everything together. It usually takes a few months to finish the devotionals that I write. I am also a co-author in three anthologies. The visionary author Rev Allison Daniels just released Woman Be Free in January. My chapter in the book is called Freed by His Love.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?

The books that really motivated me early on were Joyce Meyers and TD Jakes books. These books really helped me in my walk with God and in emotional healing. I loved Joyce Meyers Root of Rejection and Beauty for Ashes and TD Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed. I am currently reading a book by John Eckhardt called Break Every Chain.

6) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

My most significant achievement is when I hear feedback that a devotional entry or a poem has touched someone’s heart and that it motivates them to keep going or to grow spiritually. That is when I know God is using me through writing.
I see myself in 5 years writing additional books that can help others such as books on purpose and Believing. I also hope to be a visionary author for an anthology one day.
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?

I have dealt with rejection when the sales were not as prevalent as I wanted and when I wanted to have my book in a local Christian bookstore, and they did not have an interest in new authors. I heard a preacher say that God always has another move. My motivation is don’t let rejection stop you. I always look forward to God opening new doors. Although my books did not reach that particular store, I will be blessed to share them on various platforms. So keep going and doing the writing God has called you to do. He will make a way. And even with sales, just because the book does not sell strongly immediately, your book is written on various platforms, and there is always an opportunity for more promotion and sales in the future.
8) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?

I find it difficult at times when it comes to promotion and marketing. With the writing side, the business side and creativity flow together pretty well. I work with AGD Publishing, the publishing and editing go well, and I am still able to use my creativity.
Marketing and Promoting are challenging at times because it takes a lot of time to devote to marketing and promoting my books and staying engaged on social media. The key is to make a schedule and use the schedule to balance marketing with everything else. I may schedule to
go live on social media to discuss my book weekly or monthly.
9) What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?

My unique quality is that I love to write about emotional healing issues and provide Christ-centered solutions. My field is counseling. have a Masters in Counseling and I am working on my licensure. I am able to tie in items that will be effective in healing mentally into my writing.

10) How can readers find you and your books?

Readers can find me at http://www.FeliciaEdmond.com

Also on Amazon

And my Facebook and Instagram

Facebook: Felicia Edmond, Author and Speaker

Instragram: Coach Felicia Edmond

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT – One Dead Activist- Tony Lindsay

Which five words best describe One Dead Activist?

racist cops, an old flame, hookers, good-dog, grown kids,

Can you share one highlight from the book?

I enjoyed how riled up the activist got the crowd in front of police headquarters; he used history and current injustice to demand a change

What is the purpose of this book?

To state what is unacceptable to most Black people

Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?

Self-pride, returning love, the mis-use of power, no acceptance of injustice

Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?

Tina because of her lack of filters

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?

I read just as much non-fiction as fiction, and I make a very good pot of spaghetti

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

It was fun writing the book, but the theme is serious – “not by us!”

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3WqcUIh

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Book Spotlight – Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers – Felicia Edmond

Five words that best describes Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers: Restoration, Forgiveness, Healing, Faith, God’s Love

Can you share one highlight from the book?
From Forgiveness:
I worship Him and receive His kindness towards me
Because now I can clearly see
that when I let go and truly forgive
THe battle belongs to Him and clearly the Victory belongs to me

What is the purpose of this book?
The purpose of the book is for the reader to take a journey of drawing closer to God and depend on God to break through what seems like impossible situations such as rejection, unforgivness, and depression.

Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
The common thread is the love of God.

SYNOPSIS:

Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers will usher you into your victory through encouragement. It will assist in building your faith as you draw near to Christ. If you need a breakthrough in overcoming rejection and insecurity, you will gain an understanding of your freedom in Christ. It will also help you to renew your mind in areas such as God’s love, restoration, fulfilling your God-given dreams, and having a blessed family. You will enjoy the Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers as you gain hope and faith to persevere into your God-ordained destiny and live an abundant life in Christ.

Book Link: https://amzn.to/3ws70ex

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Author Spotlight – Dr. Audrey Ann Moses


When did you know that writing is what you were called to do?

As a teenager, I thought that I would really love being a writer, but I never pursued it. Always keep a journal and because of that, I had played to start with once I started writing as more than just a hobby.


What is it about being a writer that you love the most or frustrates you the most?

I love creating lives for my characters. I’m always excited to see who they will become. I get frustrated when my thoughts don’t come through clearly. It usually happens when I’m very stressed or overwhelmed with too many other things in my brain.

Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?

When I was younger I didn’t like romance novels, unless there was something more than romance going on. My ‘something’ is some disorder that causes havoc for the person and the family until it is resolved. It could be one or more of the issues physical, mental, relational, or spiritual. Normally, it’s a combination of one and spiritual. Humans don’t seem to realize how important it is to be healthy in all four areas in order to be whole. My Saved by Grace series features the Martin family. Each generation has its issues and triumphs. My Earl Grey Chronicles series is based on navy adventures, some real and some fiction. Dr. Natalee Morgan is the main character in these stories. The Swing Novelettes is a series of short stories based on family dysfunction and drama…with a little romance to spice them up. All books can be found at Amazon.com: AudreyAnn Moses: books, biography, the latest update

Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?

My first three books started in 1997 as manuscript assignments for a creative writing class. Earl Grey Chronicles books are stories of life if a different road had been taken. I used my personal diary entries to create the navy background in Uninvited Memories and A State of Affairs.


Do you outline your novels?

I outline my thoughts on what I think the book should be about. I name my main characters and create a bio for each one. When I introduce a new character that is not on my main list, I add them. This way I keep up with who’s who.
How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?

It’s hard to say. I wrote a six-chapter short story in 2 weeks. The longest it took was for my last book which took two years because my brain was foggy and I had a hard time connecting what I thought my plot was and what it actually turned out to be.
What projects are you currently working on?

I just finished book 2 of Earl Grey Chronicles – A State of Affairs: Deception. It will be available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback on January 1st (hopefully). I have started formulating the plan for book 3 – A State of Affairs: Revelation. I’m also working on Part 2 of The Swing.

What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally?

I really can’t answer that. I always enjoyed reading. Until I discovered libraries, in school and locally, I would read whatever I found around the house that I was allowed to read. My favorite place was the library down the street from my house. The library knew the types of books so she would always have books at the counter for me to pick up. The worst whipping I ever got was over a book. I loved Greek mythology and I loved books with mystery and drama. I enjoyed biographies and anything written by a Black author. In the 60s and 70s Black authors were really coming into their own and I devoured as many as I was allowed.


Who is your favorite author to read?

I’m sure I read every Agatha Christy novel. The author I admire and try to immolate myself after is Sherri Reynolds. She was my creative writing professor. I love the way she writes. The way she used her words. I’m sure she has no idea how much of an effect she has on my writing.

What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far?

The fact that I actually have published books. I am always honored when someone offers me an interview to help get my name out to the public


Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

My goal for 2023 is to reserve booking and reading appointments in various cities. Since we travel often I will try to book readings wherever we land. Within the next five years I would like to have written at least five more books and have gained readers I don’t know all over America.

How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?

Well, rejection is inevitable. I feel that rejection is the road that leads to success if I channel it in the right direction. I know my books are good because I’ve read them and enjoyed them. But more importantly, my readers have told me they enjoyed them and continue to ask when the next book will be published. I worry because I have no reviews. I don’t see that as a rejection, but I have to create ways to encourage readers to leave reviews on Amazon, Good Reads, and Barnes and Noble.


What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?

Take as many classes as you can. There are many free or inexpensive seminars providing valuable information which can be used to learn writing, publishing, and printing. Talk to other authors. Hire an Indie Author publisher. They know the ends and outs of the backside of writing, such as ISBNs, formatting, etc.… Don’t be afraid to step out there. The water is warmer than you think.

Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature?

YES!!!!!! Marketing and sales are not my things. I’ve never been good at it and I can’t afford a marketer. This is one of the reasons my books have not reached higher sales. So, I try to take advantage of any learning tools I can find. The business side is just as important as the writing.


How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?

I’m still working on it. Surrounding myself with people that know what they are doing helps a lot!

What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity?

 I try to keep my facts authentic. I think the worst thing an author can do is state something as fact without verifying it; without making sure the timeline is consistent or the language fits the time period. Also, I write my feelings. My characters become my family and friends and I write them with authentic characters.


How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?

I have always kept a diary/journal all of my life. It is how I get my thoughts out of my head so that I can deal with them. Writing novels also gives me an opportunity to create the world I might have had if…

How can readers find you and your books?

Links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Good Reads and my website (for autographed books) can be found on my link tree link: https://linktr.ee/neversaycaint

So please leave a review on Amazon on all of my books that you have read. Amazon.com: AudreyAnn Moses: books, biography, latest update.

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Book of the Month – The Wrong Catch – Dr. Velma Bagby

In this third book of the CATCH series, Greyson presents trophy fish as the new characters in his stories about dating the wrong men.
Word spread like wildfire after Veronica Dawson’s Sunday testimony when she shared her dad’s fish stories describing the wrong guys she dated: the Catfish who loves garbage, the Sturgeon who likes to nibble, the Salmon who hates getting caught, and the Pufferfish who is handsome until agitated.
As more women heard the stories, they couldn’t get enough and wanted more. Some commented, “I can’t believe I dated all those fish characters.” While others responded, “The use of fish personalities for men was genius.”
In response to the demand Greyson and Veronica presented a conference, but this time, it focused on the WRONG CATCH. There, Greyson introduces four new fish analogies based on an elite group of trophy fish popular for fishing tournaments, a multi-million-dollar business. The 4 stories bring together the Black Bass powerful fighters, and the Pike fish, also strong and popular with anglers. To win a trophy fish anglers must prepare for a long fight, as these fish will fight relentlessly to avoid getting caught, including flying above water to knock the hook out of its mouth. Most times the fish wins, tiring out the angler. But if the angler wins, he earns bragging rights having won the fight, besides winning thousands of dollars.

On land, a trophy feels entitled, even when his financial status does not match the title. He does not see the woman as the prize and sees only himself and what he wants. These guys believe anyone in their inner circle is like an extra in a movie and lucky to be around them.

The question Greyson challenged the women to answer: If the guy is a trophy, what does that make the woman called to be his prize (crown)? Find out more in The WRONG CATCH.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HEzJmR