Author Cherie Feemster

Cherie Feemster is an educator of over thirteen years with the passion to helpchildren to learn beyond the classroom. She is passionate about encouraging children to use their imagination to learn and wrote the children’s book A Walk Down Phonics Lane, helping children see how they have the ability to do just that with bringing nature to life! Cherie graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and North Carolina A& T State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She is an advocate of education and literacy for young children becoming readers. Cherie hopes to continue her writing journey with her next book in the series of A walk Down Phonics lane and continue to inspire children to ignite their imagination within and learn everywhere they go!

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

CF: I was inspired to write by my own children and students as an educator. I wanted to create stories that children could relate to and would ignite the desire to use their imagination in their learning. 

PWH: How would you describe your writing style?

CF: My writing style would be one of adventure that stimulates the mind of a young reader to continue after their own adventures of learning and reading. 

PWH: What motivated your title “A Walk Down Phonics Lane”?

CF: I wanted children to understand and learn that you can learn EVERYWHERE you go using your imagination! 

PWH: What key message do you hope readers gain from your work?

CF: Being an Educator of Early Education I would love for my audience to see the importance of displaying opportunities of reading and learning for children early and help with the beginning stages of phonics and literacy. 

PWH: Where can readers support and purchase this book?

CF: You may visit my website www.akinderbalance.com for autographed copies and amazon for both paperback and Kindle version. (Click on the book to purchase via Amazon)

Author Shondra M. Quarles

Shondra M. Quarles is an early childhood educator and children’s book author 

who resides in Dallas. In 2014, Ms. Quarles’ students inspired her to write and self-publish her first e-book titled Kindergartner Wisdom: The Best Advice I Ever Got Came from Kindergartners. Shondra later went on to publish her first paperback book titled The Teacher Who Didn’t Want to go to school, in 2016. This book earned her a prestigious award from the National Celebrity Educators for authoring a book about teachers.  The Teacher Who Didn’t Want to go to School was also a children’s book finalist for the 2017 and 2018 Indie Author Legacy Awards. 

In 2017, Shondra co-authored a book about diversity titled Trees.  In 2018, she published Black Lives Matter: A Picture Book for Kids, and My Black is Beautiful. Both books were written to promote self-love. Shondra went on to be a featured author at the 2018 NAACP Convention, and her books were featured at the 2018 Essence Music Festival.  

Her book Curly Hair, Don’t Care, was written to encourage children to be proud of their natural hair. Shondra’s recent projects include Young King and Fati’s Garden.  Young King is a book of affirmations for young boys, and Fati’s Garden follows a young girl who discovers the power of planting seeds.  

Shondra’s most recent publications include The Three Bears go to School. The Teacher Who Was Quarantined and Couldn’t go to school, Jamal’s Nursery Rhyme Remix, and No Calvin. You can follow Shondra’s writing journey on all social media platforms @eyeheartteaching.

PWH: What motivated you to start writing? 

SQ: I was motivated to write by my kindergartners. They were the inspiration for my first e-book.

PWH: How would you describe your writing style? 

SQ: My writing style can be described as Poetic at times.

PWH: What inspired the title “The Teacher Who Didn’t want to go to school”?

SQ: I was inspired to write The Teacher Who Didn’t want to go to school because I was overwhelmed with the duties of being a teacher.

PWH: What key message do you hope readers gain from your work? 

SQ: While being a teacher, I learned that 3rd-grade reading scores are a determinate of the number of prisons and/or prison beds built. I want kids to love reading. I promote literacy!

Connect with Shondra and read her book https://www.amazon.com/Shondra-M.-Quarles/e/B00MHG23K0

Sister Authors Chyrel J. Jackson & Lyris D. Wallace

Chyrel J. Jackson and Lyris D. Wallace are avid lovers, readers, and writers of African American Literature. They grew up in a Southern Suburb of Chicago, IL. Country Club Hills. As young girls, they read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Judy Blume novels. College was the real scholastic awakening introducing these two Literary Enthusiasts to the Literary works of their great ancestors: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and Sonia Sanchez. These writers influenced Chyrel and Lyris so much. It only makes sense that they would now be writing in the Spirit of these ancestors. Giving a voice to social issues that plague our modern time.

Their latest self-published work a book of poetry is Different Sides of the Same Coin. It is a modern and sassy collage of poetry as experienced from the Black female perspective of 2 sisters and authors. This timeless collection of poems is refreshing and unique. Different Sides of the Same Coin is a soul-searing and heartwarming work of new-age black voice and spoken word. This adaptation highlights the human experience of life, love, loss, parting, and sorrow. Timeless wording, honestly written with a little of the unexpected. Black Expression has never been more vibrant, relevant, and real. This work is an interesting twist on the Harlem Renaissance revisited as it collides with 2020 social struggles and conditions of our current time. In no short order, we are reminded of why written and spoken word is so vital to the sustenance of African American Literature.

They have written for much of their adult lives. Political Opinion Editorials, Book Reviews, Romance Novels, Television Show Treatments, Journaling, and Poetry are what these sisters enjoy writing best. When asked why they write? Their answer, they write for visibility. They write to say they are present in the world. Their lives and stories matter.

Chyrel and Lyris want to be a voice for all those who feel they have something of value to say but aren’t capable of putting it in their own words. Words surpass life, love, and loss. Whether written, spoken, or sung may the readers of our written words find healing and comfort in our poems.

Writers are born when life intersects with time and chance. You will always find them doing what they love reading, and writing. Writing, and telling stories is how they fulfill their divine purpose. You can’t ignore what is so visible and undeniable. Writing saved us at our lowest points in living. We hope to provide healing through our writing. We want to uplift others through their pain as writing has uplifted us and provided great healing in times of profound despair and hurt. Throughout the passage of time words remain.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

THEM: Life was our greatest inspiration.

Lyris was experiencing great hardship and pain and started writing as a means of better understanding what was happening to her. She wanted to better understand her.

PWH: What is the story behind “Different Sides of the same coin?”

THEM: Not a story exactly but a narrative from a black woman’s perspective of what we experience as human beings during the course of living. For example, we cover topics of love, loss, culture, history, family, language, etc.

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain from your work?

THEM: Our central message is that they in and of themselves are enough. They do not need to be taller, smaller, smarter, added-in hair, breast augmentation, extreme dieting, lighter, darker, and anything else. The way God made all of us in his divine image and likeness is enough.

PWH: As sisters, what was the writing process like?

THEM: We enhance each other in every conceivable way. We are pretty amazing independently but a force of nature uniting our work as we did in this book.

PWH: What challenges did you all overcome?

THEM: Death is something we’re both trying to navigate and understand. We are surviving life one day at a time. Life is challenging but thank God we’re still here and thankfully part of it.

PWH: Where can readers find your book?

THEM: It is available online at Amazon and Walmart. They can also purchase it directly from us on our website. SistersRocNRhyme.com

PWH: Any upcoming projects?

THEM: We both are working on independent projects. I am doing a 2nd Poetry Book called Reflections & a self-help book The Summer of My Unfamiliar. This teaches people how to move beyond hurt and pain. Lyris is doing a fictional work If These Walls Could Talk.

Author Tiffani Teachey

Tiffani Teachey is a Sr. Mechanical Engineer, STEM advocate, professional speaker, and author of the children’s book What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z. As an engineer with more than fifteen years of experience, Tiffani has a passion for inspiring the next generation to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. She was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, enjoys traveling and being a youth mentor.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

TT: I was inspired to write because of the need for representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers especially starting with our youth. Hence the STeM book for kids. It was a book coach, Crystal Swain-Bates that had a Bestselling Book Challenge online that helped motivate me to make it happen and I was able to learn what it takes to get my bestselling book published. 

PWH: What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

TT: Important elements of good writing is to make sure that you are writing and market to your target audience, as well as to have effective keywords and book descriptions for your target audience. 

PWH: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

TT: I was able to learn the value of making sure to write to my target audience and realizing that my book is not for everyone. 

PWH: Where do you get your inspiration?

TT: I get my inspiration from when I see the impact that is made when I am able to plant a seed in a child’s life. 

PWH: Where can readers purchase your books?

TT: What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z children’s book. #1 Amazon’s Bestseller in STEM Education. Available online at TiffaniTeachey.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Target. https://amzn.to/2t582zX

PWH: Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

TT: The characters in the book Mechanical Engineer and Civil Engineer actually represent my brother and myself. 

PWH: What was the highlight of writing this book?

TT: Knowing that the 6 diverse STEM Crew kids in the book represent various STEM Careers that children can see themselves in and can become future STEM leaders. 

PWH: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

TT: I am looking forward to being able to provide in the near the future a coloring and activity book, teacher’s edition, guided journal, and a series from the book. 

For more about Tiffani, visit her website at www.TiffaniTeachey.com, follow her on Instagram and Twitter @tiffaniteachey, or like “Author Tiffani Teachey” on Facebook.

Author T.L. Blythers

T.L. Blythers is a best-selling author, dynamic educator, consultant, entrepreneur, master trainer/facilitator & transformational speaker. Her business, Eduvizon LLC provides empowerment education and hosting/emcee services designed to enhance, provide clarity, transform &  achieve desired premium results. T.L. Blythers stands firmly on the life principle, “You are a product of your expectations, not the limitations.”

PWH: Describe you and your brand in a few words? 

TB: My consulting business, EduVizon, LLC provides empowerment education and hosting/emcee services designed to enhance, provide clarity, transform &  achieve desired premium results. 

I educate, equip, and inspire individuals to have a balanced life through transformational strategies. 

PWH: What started your interest in writing?

TB: A love for empowering and encouraging people prompted my interest in writing. 

I also view writing as a therapeutic art form. 

PWH: Please share a little about your latest book? 

TB:  V.O.W. 9 Points of Impact

The purpose of V.O.W. is to provide realignment in a practical manner by refocusing and equipping with nine points of impact that operate in every aspect of our lives. This life-enhancing tool is designed to create and catapult “maintainable equilibrium” to the forefront while reintegrating “practice” back into practice. 

PWH: Tell us about your work in the foster care system? 

TB: I serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) providing a voice for foster kids in the courtroom. Also, I make sure that the emotional, physical, and psychological needs of the are being met. I make sure that the child is provided an opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

PWH: What is your message for kids, and what can they learn from your series Mika Dika Foster kid?

TB: As a child advocate and author, my children’s book series, Mika Dika Foster Kid, serves as a lighthouse of hope, providing a stronger resilient voice for children globally. Mika Dika Foster Kid is a beautifully illustrated story about a young girl who is thrown into the foster care system and endures many challenges while waiting for a permanent home. Mika Dika is smart, energetic, creative, and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want a child like that? Mika’s words will fill your mind and her teddy bear will fill your heart…with love. After reading this book, kids can learn about resilience, love, friendship, safety, family values, bullying, and so much more. 

Connect with Tamika L. Blythers online

Website 

www.upperroomwriter.com

Social Media links https://www.facebook.com/tl.author http://Instagram.com/tlblythersauthor http://linkedin.com/in/tamika-l-blythers-ab597326

http://twitter.com/@mymytbly

Young Author Ja’Nay Ratcliff

Ja’Nay Leeann Ratcliff is a 7-year-old Award-Winning Author, she has published 2 books and working on her 3rd book, and she reads at a 4th-grade level. 

PWH: What inspired your start in writing?

JR: I took a class with My little Stories Publishing where Ms.Erin taught us about how to start a rough draft and everything.  Since then I have been writing.

PWH: Describe your writing space?

JR: I use a mix of notebooks/journals and sometimes type on my computer to jot down my thoughts- I eventually create a rough draft to finalize all my ideas that I want to use for a specific topic or book 

PWH: How many books have you written?

JR: 2 working on book #3

PWH: Where do you draw inspiration from for your books?

JR: I draw my inspiration from my life and things I like to do.  I love sharing my stories.

PWH: Do you have any upcoming books or projects you would like to share?

JR: Yes I have my new T-shirts coming out soon, I am working on my next book, and I want to teach young authors like myself how to write a book and be inspiring.

Connect with Author Ja’Nay online at http://www.justlovereading.club

Poetess Bethany Camille James

Bethany Camille James is a Poetess, Blogger, and she runs an Encouraging Writing and Poetry Ministry virtually called My Master’s Ministry. She is an emerging, first time, indie author. Also, She is currently running an Etsy shop called 3Ms Official Merch to raise money donations for her Writing Endeavors (My Master’s Ministry Official). She has a biblical writing community (Biblical Spoken Word) Facebook group that is humble and powerful.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

BJ: I have been writing since I was a small child. I started in church and my local community. I have gotten several collabs, keynote speaking engagements, and rewards.

PWH: What does your writing process look like?

BJ: I take the time to rewrite and use several drafts. “You have never really written something till you rewrite it three times.” The writing process takes just being natural, research proper technique, and storytelling.

PWH: Tell us about your book “The Big Game Poetry Collection”?

BJ: Title: The Big Game Volume 1- Spirituality and Love: Remastered Edition

Author: Poetess Bethany Camille James

Blurb:

The Big Game is a mixed bag. Escapism is a contemporary Haiku about the actual attributes of a person experiencing sweet escape. Romance and Dessert 1 and 2 are Quatrains. These two pieces give romantic recipes in poetic verse. Abstinence is a lyric poem and expresses emotions of loving yourself and staying pure in a sex-driven society. Interracial Dating is Quatrains. It is about a controversial yet important concept of love and acceptance. Wedding Night is a song about having sex the first time with a first verse, refrain, and second verse (original version). Additionally, it has a refrain, bridge, refrain 2x, bridge, and refrain. It was proofread by Proofread King. Then, transformed into a custom song/music video by Your Song Maker. The song has verse 1, chorus, and verse 2. Then, a solo and bridge. Leading into the chorus… Coming soon. Pleasure is a contemporary Haiku about the simple things in life that bring pleasure. Finally, We Found Love at the Big Game, which is a Quatrains, is the theme of the book and talks about romance and football.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/mymastersministry

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain from your writings?

BJ: I hope they are encouraged and feel uplifted by my words.

PWH: Where can readers find your book?

BJ: Sales Link:

Amazon:

amazon.com/author/poetessbethanycamillejames

D2D:

https://books2read.com/b/bx8lXP

Pre Audiobook Recitation by God Sounds:

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share with us?

BJ: I am working towards a women memoir (with several other women authors) anthology style.

You can connect with Bethany online goodreads.com/mymastersministry

fb.me/thebiggameremastered

Author Brittany Holmes Jackson

Brittney Holmes Jackson, a self-identified multi-passionate creative. She has a passion for helping other creative minds identify their gifts and passions, in order to pursue their divine calling and impact the world around them. As an author, educator, and mentor, she uses her experience to guide others toward success in business and in life as a creative consultant and coach.

Brittany is the founder of R.A.D.I.A.N.C.E., LLC., a nonprofit mentoring group for young ladies, ages 10-18 years, and The Proverbs 31 Collective, LLC, a network for women in business that provides access to affordable resources with the purpose of helping them achieve entrepreneurial success. She is a devastating diva of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and a member of the national writer’s fellowship, M-PACT Writers. Brittany is the oldest child of Michael Holmes and national bestselling author, Kendra Norman (Holmes). In 2015, she married Dr. Christopher Jackson, and they reside in metropolitan Atlanta, GA with their fur baby, Charlie Brown.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

BH: I started writing as a depressed teen. Experiencing issues within my home drove me to pour my heart out on paper. Though I intended to write private journals, God had other plans and ultimately used me to minister to a larger audience through my published works. 

PWH: How long have you been writing?

BH: I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil, but I wrote my first book at age 14, published by 16. So essentially, I’ve been a professional writer for about 17 years. 

PWH: How many books have you written? Which book challenged you the most?

BH: I have published 5 titles with 2 on the horizon. My current title is giving me the most challenge as it is a nonfiction devotion based on personal experience. This will be my first nonfiction title so there’s a different level of openness and vulnerability that will be required. 

PWH:  What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

BH: It’s a book for women who are experiencing infertility and I’m currently living this journey. The greatest challenge is the desire to have a testimony before completing the book and I have to push myself to understand that God is pulling this book out of me while I’m in the midst of the test. 

PWH: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

BH: Somehow my personal traits are always in at least one character in my books. It’s almost innate and definitely not intentional, but it does tell me and show my audience that I literally pour my heart into my work. 

PWH: What advice do you have for a new upcoming writer?

BH: Know you are qualified. Most writers believe they aren’t qualified to write, even if it’s their own life’s story. Be the real is, if God gave you the story, He qualified you to write it! Don’t let your own mindset, insecurities, etc. stop you from doing so. 

PWH: Where can readers find your books?

BH: All of my books and coaching services can be found on my website at www.brittneyholmesjackson.com

Include a summary of your books below:

  • Trial by Temptation (coming 2021): Pastor Nelson and First Lady Melissa Parker have been married for nearly 10 years and seem to live admirable lives. Nothing would dare to come between them….other than the church. Melissa is growing weary of how much time the church is taking away from her and Nelson’s love life. She knows she has vowed to love him through it all, even in his relentless pursuit of God’s will, but she never believed it would mean she and her children would take a backseat to all things holy. As Nelson buries himself deeper into the ministry, Melissa longs for something new. Will she allow herself to fall into temptation or will she stand trial victoriously?
  • Hannah’s Prayer: A Devotion for Women Desiring to Birth Greatness (coming 2020): Longing for a child is almost an innate desire for most women, but what happens when God’s timing isn’t your own or if God has not purposed you to hold the title of “mother?” The struggle becomes real when what we want doesn’t happen when we want, if at all. This devotional, full of the stories of “barren” women, their prayers and testimonies, as well as space for prayers and journaling, offers women, who hope to have children, insight into how to desire what God desires for us, even in the midst of an unanswered prayer. 

Connect with Brittany Online www.brittneyholmesjackson.com

FB & IG: @thebrittneyjayway

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Author Charlene Goddard

Charlene Goddard has always had a passion for writing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Rowan University. In October 2019, Carlene launched her first children’s book, “Magnificent Macie”. Her twin sister, Britney Goddard, is her illustrator. Charlene’s goal for writing this book is to encourage children of all races and ethnicities that they are heroes in their own way and capable of making a difference in the world. Charlene also brings awareness to real-world issues such as high poverty rate and crime rate in a perspective that children can understand.  

PWH:   What sparked your interest in writing?

CG: Reading is what sparked my interest in writing. I always loved to read even as a young child. I loved reading books full of action and mystery. I also enjoyed stories that were based on history and real-world issues. My love for reading inspired me to tap into my own creativity and create my own writings. 

PWH: At what moment did you realize that writing was your gift?

CG: When I was 15 years old, I decided to start journaling. I used writing as an outlet to express myself and explore my imagination. I wrote a lot of poetry; the words just came to my mind so naturally. This is when I realized that writing is my gift. 

PWH: What motivated your title “Magnificent Macie”?

CG: I wanted my book title to capture the reader’s attention. I wanted it to sound powerful and motivating. I prayed to God and asked Him to put the name of my book title inside of my head. A couple of seconds after my prayer, the words “Magnificent Macie” automatically came to my mind. 

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain from your work?

CG: I want children to realize that there is a hero within themselves and that they are magnificent in their own way. I want readers to know that they are capable of doing anything they put their mind to with hard work, perseverance, and confidence.  

PWH: Where can readers find your work? 

CG: Readers can find my book at www.magnificentmacie.com

Connect with Charlene online at www.magnificentmacie.com

Author Genesis Amaris Kemp

A Wife A Sister Creative Content Writer / Author Child of God Genesis Kemp is a professional who now knows what her purpose in life is. It is not to sit down, muzzle her mouth, and continually let people get over on her.  “I know my worth and its time to speak up, activate my faith and walk into my destiny that God has on my life.” – Genesis Genesis encourages you to take a leap of faith and get out of your comfort zone. 

Words from Genesis: – If you are wondering what you should do next well take a step back and write down all the things you are good at.  – Out of those things which bring you joy, fulfillment, and you can ultimately see yourself making a change not just in your life but in your community and beyond.  – Then formulate a plan on how you can do those things and still bring in revenue because times are changing and one thing is for sure these jobs can come and go, but your empire and the legacy you build will ALWAYS be in existence as long as you have the right foundation and continue to cultivate it. – You too can be all the things you ever imagined so stop limiting yourself by the things people say you cannot do or the limitations that have been placed on you.

PWH: At what moment did you realize you needed to share your story? 

GK: I realized I needed to share my story about 2 years ago when I faced microaggressions on my job that I let slide for too long.

PWH: What inspired your title “Chocolate Drop in Corporate America?”

GK: Well since I am chocolate I wanted to put that in the title and I wanted to give other Chocolate drops in Corporate America something to hold on too.

PWH: What is the main takeaway readers should gain from your book? 

GK: Don’t let other people place limitations on you. Step outside of your comfort zones and push past FEAR. Share your testimony because there is power in the story and it can break chains and free others from mental and emotional bondage.

I want people to realize that they were created for a specific purpose and it’s time to ignite their passion and walk into their destiny assignment. Since people are counting on them.

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from the playing the game.” – Babe Ruth (A foundational quote to hold on too)

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects? 

GK: Some future podcasts, building my other brand on YouTube and asking God for wisdom for my next writing project.

Bonus: What advice do you have for an aspiring writer?

GK: Don’t stop creating. Write with your heart and don’t let negative thoughts or surrounding talk you out of your gifts and talents. Write a page a day or a chapter a week whichever is doable with your current schedule.

Connect with Genesis and Support her Book:

Amazon Information:

Amazon Kindle/Kindle Unlimited: http://bit.ly/ChocDrop OR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0893GYCXH Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08924DHBF