Angelica’s Box By James Gordon G.P.A (Greatest Poet Alive)

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Angelica’s Box?

G.P.A: I started out writing a book of poetry by myself. Then, another person appeared and took up the pen. Angelica’s Box is a ode to women, all women.

NefretitiM: Another person? Care to elaborate?

G.P.A: Another person yes. His name is Pizzle, Pizzle Orgasm. In this triumvirate known now as the 3 Headed Monster with myself, G.P.A., and Pizzle.  In the middle of writing Angelica’s Box, Pizzle made himself known, let me know he existed. And now he is here.

NefretitiM: Oh wow! That sounds intriguing! How long have you been writing?

G.P.A: I’ve been writing since 2007.

NefretitiM: What do you hope to achieve through your writing?

G.P.A: I will become the greatest poet, mystery writer, children’s author, and romantic ever.

NefretitiM: Nice. So what other projects are you working on now?

G.P.A: Our third, James Gordon is working on the next installment of Bobo (children’s/young adult novel).

NefretitiM: Sounds interesting. Tell me what is the writing process like for you?

G.P.A: Very simple actually. I just write, but enjoy doing so at night.

NefretitiM: Are they any poets and/or authors that have inspired you?

G.P.A: Pizzle, James Gordon, Kottyn, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Carl Weber, Treasure Blue

NefretitiM: Thanks you for doing this interview tonight, and giving readers the opportunity to learn more about The Greatest Poet Alive. Where can Angelica’s Box be purchased?

G.P.A: You are welcome, Thank You for having me. Angelica’s Box can be purchased @ www.iblowyourmind.net or http://amzn.com/151947850X

NefretitiM: Thank you Mr. James Gordon. Hopefully you will grace us with another interview, once you complete your next project.

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Cardinal Rules

Tonight on Literary Links I will be interviewing Joey Pinkney;               author of Cardinal Rule.

Thank You Mr. Pinkney for joining us tonight.

Nefretitim: How did you come up with the title for Cardinal Rule?

Joey Pinkney: The title of the story is a play on the “hue” of the story. In”Cardinal Rule,” I made a point to add as many words that were related to the color red as possible.

“Cardinal Rule” is a conversation piece between Earline Jones and Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Washington. Between the two characters, Earline Jones slowly became the dominant person. As I wrote and revised the story, the concept of a “cardinal rule” directly applied to the way she presented herself and to why she took a certain stance when it came to love and relationships.
The word “cardinal” has a few connotations that fit with energy of the dialogue between Earline Jones and Teddy, so I ran with it.

NefretitiM: What genre does Cardinal Rule fall into?

Joey Pinkney: It’s hard for me to pinpoint a genre for “Cardinal Rule.” The tag line that I use in the book’s description is that it’s “romantic, but it’s not a romance…” The love and affection is there, but the love connection isn’t.

I think “Cardinal Rule” may better fall into Women’s Fiction, because of the structure and what happens (or doesn’t happen, depending on how you look at it) at the end of the story.

NefretitiM: How many other works have you published?

Joey Pinkney: “Cardinal Rule” is my first solo publication. I’ve published two other short stories (“Children in the City of the Fallen Towers” and “To Catch a Book Cover Model”) and a short nonfiction guide (“8 Simple Twitter Tips for Authors”). I also co-wrote a poetry collection with Earline Jones, the female lead in “Cardinal Rule.”

Yes, you read that right. I wrote a poetry collection with one of the characters from one of my short stories. (Available to read for free on Wattpad: “E.A.R.L.I.N.E: Poetry Inspired by Cardinal Rule.”)

NefretitiM: Where is the most unlikely place that you have found inspiration for one of your works?

Joey Pinkney: The most unlikely place I can readily think of is being inspired by an aspect of one of my short stories. When I was writing the story that eventually became “Cardinal Rule,” I had an idea for a conversation involving a man and woman.

As the imagery began developing, Teddy (from my now un-published short story “Swiggers”) landed the role to be the male lead. Since I had experience with his sense of humor, I wanted a serious female for him to deal with. But who?

I looked to “Swiggers” for clues. Lo and behold, one of Teddy’s friends asked him about a woman named Earline Jones. I didn’t remember her character reference, nor did I remember having a character named Earline Jones in that story.

I named the female lead in “Cardinal Rule” Earline Jones and began building from there. Now, I have a few story ideas to further flesh out who she is.

NefretitiM: I know you are a chocolate lover as am I, how does your love of chocolate play into your writing process?

Joey Pinkney: Ah, chocolate… That timeless sweet treat… Love, love, love… Oh! Sorry. Got caught up.

As much as I try not to rely on foods and drinks to write, the truth of the matter is that I do my best writing with TONS of chocolate and GALLONS of Mountain Dew.

Chocolate calms my brain and helps give me the creative focus I need to sew ideas together to make literature. Chocolate has fueled some great ideas.

I actually used the flavor of chocolate as a means of contrasting Earline and Teddy. He had a chocolate shake, and she had strawberry ice cream. That was a nod to my social media friends who read my stories. They got it and thought it was funny.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like doing graphics for book promotions. I like eating chocolate. I like watching intellectual movies, comedies and documentaries.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Joey Pinkney: Instead of worrying about whether or not readers will like your story, write it. Be creative. Take educated risks. Do the stuff within a story that you think it’s cool. Experiment. Take a chance.

Stop trying to find a bandwagon to jump on, and start building your own style and your own brand. Be true to YOUR art. And let the chips fall where they may…

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Broken For You

Tonight on Literary Links  I will be interviewing Karen Armstrong; author of Broken For You.

Thank You Ms. Armstrong for joining us tonight.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Broken For You?

Karen Armstrong: I had gotten to a place in my life where I was hitting a brick wall.  When I began to question this wall I realized that I could not push through it until I turned around and faced my past.  By facing my past it was evident that I needed therapy.  Writing became my therapy and before I knew it Broken For You was born.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Karen Armstrong: One day I was in a furniture store and I saw a table that they were selling, it was a glass table that was shattered with a clear piece on top of it. Immediately when I saw it I thought someone broke and shattered a table to sell to “YOU”. So many times in life we go through things and wonder what was it all for but then you meet someone who is currently going through something and you find yourself giving that person encouragement or advice it is at that moment you gain clarity that says I was broke and shattered for a time such as this to meet YOU.

NefretitiM: What genre do consider this book to fit into?
Karen Armstrong: It is definitely a non-fiction piece, a memoir.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Karen Armstrong: Books are fascinating to me they open up a world without you ever leaving where you are. I believe that books are precious and powerful and I always wanted a way to help people, change their world without compromising my own. The people I share my life with my kids, family, friends and even those who don’t particularly care for me influence me because they all have a story that they don’t know how to tell, they don’t want to tell or too afraid to tell so I become their voice.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Karen Armstrong: My writing process is constant. I am always writing something whenever a thought comes to me or someone says something that interest me I immediately write it down and from that point on I continue writing until I feel the need to no longer write. One day I can write an entire chapter and on others I can only get one sentence out. I try not to force what is not there.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Karen Armstrong: Read, Volunteer for worthy causes, Church, Spending quality time with my family, Wine Tasting

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Karen Armstrong: Be honest with yourself and the real reason why you are writing when you do that you will learn to stay in your lane. Be open and willing to listen to criticism and advice but maintain your lane. When we begin to cross over into others lane we begin to loose focus of the reason why we are here in the first place. Nobody can tell your story like you and you can’t tell another story so why try.

NefretitiM: I love it! Thank you for the interview Ms. Karen.  I’ve already purchased my copy and I can’t wait to read it.  Purchase yours today @  http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B018BK1GAS ,  and don’t forget to leave your comments.

 

Ma-taha By: Antonio Corona

In August of 2007, while driving to work one summer morning, I turned on the radio to listen to music. Instead, I heard a discussion about slavery; when slavery was legal in America.

The conversation was about the horrendous cruelty and atrocious, heartlessness dealt from one human being to another.

Something triggered in my mind. I was overcome by memories of myself as Ma-taha, a young slave girl living in Mississippi in the 1800’s. I was so scared that I had to stop driving and pulled off of the road. My head was suddenly filled with images of unknown faces. Slaves with broken legs, slaves tied to trees being whipped as an example for the others. I saw images of slaves waiting in line to be branded like cattle.

I just could not believe what was happening to me… memories of a past life. I felt that I had just seen a movie about myself, from the age of 9 until I died in 1865. I felt the pain and the suffering, the rape, the hanging of myparents. It made me sad, and filled me with anger toward white people. I felt that I was back in time, living again as Ma-taha.

This story is my memory, my first-hand account of life, as Ma-taha..

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