Editor Knows Best
By CaTyra Polland
Editor Knows Best highlights editing and writing topics. The podcast is a one-stop shop for book writing and editing information. International authors, storytellers, publishers, poets, and more chat with the hostess CaTyra. CaTyra is the CEO of Love for Words which is an editing boutique for authors and writers. This is an audio pre-recorded podcast interview.
Editor Knows BestApr 30, 2023
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Meet Anthony Lewis, Operations Manager
Anthony D. Lewis is an entrepreneur, community activist, investor, and, more importantly, a dad, son, brother, and friend. Mr. Lewis provides operations management, coaching, and consulting services to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-profit organizations.
With 20 years in the security and management industry as personal security to entertainers, celebrities, The Buffalo Bills, government agencies, colleges, and the private sector.
Mr. Lewis provides a coaching program (B.A.C.) Business Accountability Coaching helps entrepreneurs, small business owners, and organizations that are either in the startup process or need assistance with creating, aligning with, or making adjustments to their goals, mission, and vision.
Meet Jeff Getty, Wealth Management Director & Author
Family Wealth Consulting’s Managing Director Jeff Getty is launching his new book, “The Descent Is The Real Climb.” Jeff is a nationally recognized author and speaker with over 25 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives to implement sophisticated asset protection, tax reduction, and estate planning strategies.
Jeff is active in civic and professional affairs. He is a volunteer attorney at the PA Innocence Project and is an Executive In Residence (EIR) at the Duquesne University School of Business. He has previously served as Treasurer of the Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and as Treasurer and Elder at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church.
During this interview, Jeff shared:
1. What motivated him to write his book.
2. His experience becoming a published author.
3. The target market for his book,
Visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtgetty/ for more information.
Meet George Paasewe, The Code Switcher
George shares what motivated him to start Educare Publications, a publishing company for melanated people. He also shares why he gives presentations about code-switching. Throughout the interview you will hear how many similarities the hostess and guest have. If you support and value the Black experience, specifically the impact of code-switching, then this is an episode you don't want to miss!
Visit The Code Switcher - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Public Speaker (thecodeswitcherllc.com) to learn more about George.
Who is CaTyra? Part 2
Tune in to learn more about CaTyra. Her first intern, Amari Porter, interviews her to learn more about CaTyra, the woman outside of her business.
Why have you chosen non-fiction as your medium?
What inspired you to begin the podcast and what do you expect for listeners to gain from tuning in?
Love for Words is a powerful presence in the Black community for those that want to have their stories told in their own words. Being an editing servicer that specifically markets and works with the Black community has surely contributed to many Black voices being heard. What are your thoughts about your contribution to this movement and what are your future goals toward it? Any milestones that you want to reach beyond what you have already?
If you want to know more about CaTyra, this is an episode you don't want to miss. She gives you a glimpse of her personal side.
Meet Jeremy Smith, Executive Director of Freedom Scholar Learning Center
How does Jeremy get Freedom Scholar students to fall in love with reading?
What is the integrated reading curriculum model?
Why should we fall in love with the problem?
Jeremy Smith answers these questions in this episode.
Since his time as a youth running around Bay St., Jeremy always knew he wanted to be something bigger than himself – something with a real purpose. Early on that took him onto the football field, as quarterback for Bishop Kearney High School. Later it led him to pursue a teaching degree so that he could be better positioned to mentor and be part of his community’s support system. Independently researching the history of his culture and the discriminatory nature of public education in classrooms and in policies against students of color and impoverished children cemented his personal mission to become a different type of educator.
Determined to fight the cradle-to-prison pipeline, Jeremy worked at Freedom School as a Site Coordinator every summer while pursuing degrees in Business Management and Childhood Education at St. John Fisher College. Year after year under his coordination, Freedom School was a community exemplar of how to foster a love of reading, increase student reading scores, cooperative economics, social action, and civic engagement. When Freedom School ceased operation in 2020, Jeremy gathered a group of former Freedom School teachers, students, parents, researchers, and community members to form the Freedom Scholars Learning Center.
Visit Freedom Scholars Learning Center (freedomscholarslc.org) for more information.
Meet Ebony Nicole Smith, Author & Publishing Engineer
What is Googleable? Why did Ebony become a hybrid publisher? What is a hybrid publisher?
Ebony Nicole is the founder and CEO of Ebony Nicole Smith Consulting, LLC, a boutique writing, and publishing company based in Rochester, New York. She is a writing coach and publishing engineer to faith-based men and women who desire to release the book God gave them.
She is a 2015 ROC Awards nominee for Author of the Year, recipient of the 2019 and 2020 Kingdom Visionary Society Honors award, Mayoral Recognition for Small Business in Rochester NY 2020, and a recipient of the 2020 100 Successful Women in Business award.
She is a 10x author and helped over 40 aspiring and seasoned authors write and publish their books. Ebony Nicole has launched over 100 aspiring authors on their journeys to becoming published authors with her Bold Writer’s Strategy Writing Masterclass. An author by passion, transformational speaker by experience, and a woman of God by calling, Ebony Nicole wears many hats.
Meet Tanisa Reynolds.
How is entrepreneurship like a museum? Why did Tanisa choose self-publishing? How old was she when she started writing scripts? Find out by tuning in to this episode.
Tanisa is a fearlessly honest woman. With a degree in Graphic Design & Digital Media, she has explored 8 vastly different industries. She’s been a spoken word artist since high school and participated in New Jersey Orators competitions. Tanisa is also an entrepreneur in the streetwear fashion industry while working on two debut books simultaneously.
Meet Lu Highsmith, Publisher & Spoken Word Artist
What motivated Lu to share her work? What is the difference between spoken word and slam poetry? When did Lu declare herself a writer?
Rochester, NY native Lu Highsmith is a writer, publisher, promoter and spoken artist. Whatever form she chooses is always reflective of her passion for spirituality, sensuality, and social consciousness. Lu self-published two poetry books, Vicissitudes: The Ups and Downs of Life, in 2008, and Ascension into Love in 2010. Mood Makers Bookstore named her a featured poet in Poetry On the Wall in 2006, and her poem “From Whence We Came” was named Poem of Distinction. Her spoken word can be heard on Jimmie Highsmith Jr.’s 2009 CD, entitled “Jacquin” , his Grammy-nominated 2011 “Anthology of Sound” CD and Lu’s very-own spoken word CD, “Ascension”, released by Variance Records in late 2012.
For the past 10 years, she has been co-host of one of the longest consecutively-running Open Mic’s in Rochester, “Flowetic Rhythms,” at Gallery one. She founded Roc Bottom Slam Poetry Team and is the founder of the Roc Poetry Collective. Lu is currently a member of the dynamic writing consortium “We All Write". Highsmith received the 2018 Big Pencil Award from Writers & Books for inspiring the creation and appreciation of literature in the literary community.
Meet Connie Williams
Constance Williams is the mother of three adult daughters and one son-in-law. She is G-mom to five beloved grandchildren.
Connie is a retired Government employee.
Connie began her writing experience through her personal journal writing, which led to her completing her first fictional novel (Bantu Women). Her additional passions are helping others through hospitality and singing.
Meet Carolyn Sinclair McCalla.
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is dedicated to equipping women and children to seek, live, and be transformed— spirit, soul, and body—by the truth of God’s Word. She cheerfully applies her God-given gifts of teaching, through writing and speaking, in order to serve the women and children entrusted to her. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic, which serves the Be-Held Woman.
Meet Jazmine Jules, Non-fiction Editor.
Jazmine Jules is an up-and-coming book editor and author based in Maryland. In 2020, she graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in creative writing and a minor in global affairs. Jazmine spent her sophomore year in South Korea, learning the language and culture. She continued her study abroad ventures in Galway, Ireland where she partook in a summer creative writing program. Since graduating, Jazmine learned valuable skills in reader engagement as a copywriter and honed her understanding of language as an English tutor.
At the end of 2021, she started her book editing business. She has worked with authors on non-fiction and fiction books. Jazmine has also had the privilege of working alongside KP publishing, an indie publishing house based in California. As her business continues to grow, she hopes to help more aspiring authors get their books published and build long-term relationships with her clients.
Meet Lionel Hilaire.
Lionel discusses his non-profit, why he wrote his book for men exclusively and shares why editing is so important.
Lionel Hilaire is a husband, and father of three girls and one son. Storyteller and the Treasurer of Divine Potential Services, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore families and empower change since 2016.
His ultimate purpose in life is to inspire people to prosper and leave a legacy for their families.
Lionel believes whole hardheartedly that self-discovery and cultivating your calling is key to a fulfilled, effective and purposeful life.
Lionel enjoys basketball, bike riding, telling jokes, and cooking with his family.
Meet Angelo Edalo Marinelli.
Angelo Edalo shares his experience as a musician, how he wrote his book of poetry, and what motivated him to publish a book.
Edalo is a Buffalo, NY born and raised musician, composer, and producer. His savvy is evidenced by numerous accomplishments and impressive early-career partnerships that started in 2012 when he teamed up with Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls), Kenny Hawkins (Rick James, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige), and Jerry Livingston (Rick James) to write the track “Mariposa.” He was enlisted by the estate of Ray Charles to write and produce a tribute album with Charles’ grandson, Robert Robinson, known as RobTwyce. The project’s single, "You," was released by All Access Music Group in 2015.
In 2020, Edalo released his album Driftin’ and completed his first headlining tour. The year following he completed a 10-city tour across the East Coast of the U.S. He’s totaled over 340,000 streams and over a quarter-million listeners in 98 countries across the globe. His latest projects include collaborations with EDM treasure, Salvo and Super Bowl Champion, Demone Harris.
Meet Shurvone Wright.
Shurvone speaks about what motivated her to write her book, overcoming childhood trauma and low self-esteem. She reveals the moment she heard her book title!
Shurvone is a 5x published, best-selling author, motivational speaker, life coach, the founder and CEO of Confidence Without Regret-The Butterfly Experience, and CEO of La’ BossPreneur Marketing, LLC.
She has been a guest on several radio shows including 97.5 FM Full Circle with Ms. Wanda to promote and discuss her journey and books. She is a contributing content writer for OWN IT digital magazine and Sistah’s Place.
Shurvone’s greatest passion is to help other women discover who they are and how to achieve all their dreams and goals. She helps women business owners and entrepreneurs with social media and business strategies to get a clear vision on how to attract their ideal clients.
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Find out how to get access to a mini masterclass and webinar that includes book editing basics. The webinar is based on the Editor Knows Best eBook available is available for free at www.love4words.com/shop.
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Meet Dr. Tshibangu
Raphael T Tshibangu, M.D is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Rochester, New York, and a Fellow of the American College of Ob-Gyn. He is the founding and managing partner of Southeast Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C. where he has remained since 1991.
Co-founder and President of the RTST Foundation, he has maintained his passion for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, in addition to his lifetime commitment to his profession. A Congolese by birth and an American by adoption, he is a loyal but enlightened and mindful citizen interested in pursuits that benefit either or both countries.
Husband, father, and grandfather, he is one of a very large extended family which is spread throughout the world but to which he remains connected and deeply committed.
With a latent but voracious interest in golf, he also finds the time to exercise, practice yoga, enjoy a variety of good music, play a game of cards with friends and travel the world.
Meet Anna J. Roseboro
Anna J. Small Roseboro is a wife, mother, educator, and poet, is known for her work with groups like the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Conference on English Leadership, and the California Association of Teachers of English. With 40 years of experience in public and private schools, she is a National Board-Certified Teacher vetted by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Ms. Roseboro has mentored the NCTE's Early Career Educators of Color cohorts and currently mentors online and coaches new writers.
She was honored with the California Association of Teachers of English 2009 Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 NCTE Distinguished Service Award.
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Are you in a writing slump? Experiencing writer's block? Feeling down about your writing? These author affirmations will get you back on track! Listen as frequently as necessary for inspiration and encouragement.
Meet Thomas S. Russo Jr
Mr. Russo currently serves as Town Manager in Newton, NJ, with over eleven years of dedicated service to the County Seat of Sussex County, NJ. Mr. Russo has over 20 years of experience in municipal and county government, as well as the nonprofit sector. His experience includes budgeting, purchasing, human resources, public relations, project oversight, contract negotiations, government relations, economic revitalization & redevelopment, and community relations. Mr. Russo is a competent and confident servant leader; a proven visionary and strategic thinker with highly effective communications and organizational skills.
He currently attends Grace Fellowship Chapel with his family in Bedminster, NJ and serves as a volunteer with Pause Mens Ministries in Basking Ridge, NJ, an organization committed to the recovery and restoration of men through biblical teachings and principles. He currently resides in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, NJ with his wife Patricia, the Director of The Children’s Corner Preschool at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. They have two college-age daughters, Ashley (The Pennsylvania State University) and Krista (Florida State University).
Stephanie A. Wynn, Author, Crohn’s Survivor, and Philanthropist is a native Floridian, Stephanie has owned several successful businesses in the past, establishing her first business at the age of 23. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Stephanie has worked for one of the largest financial institutions, JP Morgan Chase, and former broker-dealer INVEST Financial, working side by side with successful financial advisors and business savvy investors.
Stephanie has a strong desire to help others, which inspired her to write her groundbreaking book Readi-Set Go! A Simple Guide To Establishing A Successful Small Business. She is eager to share all she has learned over the years about business ownership and hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams as well. Stephanie believes giving back to the less fortunate is a key component of success. Stephanie understands the challenges of starting a business and finds joy in assisting those who don’t know where to begin or are afraid to take that important first step.
Dimitria L. Cook grew up on the turbulent South Side of Chicago. She is an international bestselling author, empowerment writing coach, executive coach, and international speaker. As the host of The Writer’s Lounge with Dimitria, she inspires and empowers writers-one guest, one conversation, and one genre at a time. In addition, Dimitria has a monthly column, Black Like Me, in the international Modern Warrior Magazine.
She believes everyone, especially every woman, has a story to tell. She empowers individuals to align with their inner souls and create and share their stories so they may leave a legacy for their loved ones. Her passion for writing began as a child as an avid reader of children’s books. Dimitria still owns her favorite childhood book, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. Harold’s imagination and determination reflect Dimitria’s resiliency as a fiction writer, non-fiction writer, poet, and playwright.
Dimitria has a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, and Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
Andrae is an editor, book coach, and Amazon Bestselling author. Having worked as an editor and writing mentor since 2014, Andrae is passionate about helping authors to own their voices. He is on a mission to help inspired, influential individuals turn their passion and their message into books that transform lives, build movements, and create waves of positive change in the world.
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Meet Jacinda Estelle.
Jacinda Estelle is a lover of writing and reading and mother of two children. She seeks challenges in her professional and personal life. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Right after high-school she joined the Navy for travel opportunities and enjoyed learning from so many different cultures. After the Navy, she remained productive and graduated with her bachelors, worked in healthcare field as a Surgical Technician and started her CPR training business. With her love for entrepreneurship, she invested in herself by paying for her coaching certification program with Berry Fowler and connecting with other people who were successful and encouraging.
She wrote her first book "Psalm 91 in COVID 19" during 2020 and once her book was published people began reaching out to her to help them with their manuscripts. She realized what her niche was at that moment and it was to be an author coach. She enjoys writing, reading and helping others with their book projects and making their dreams become a reality as an author. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her children.
Meet Martinique Brown
Martinique is a serial entrepreneur and the owner of Everything Authors and Today I Want to Be. She is the host and web show producer of Authors to Know & Their Books to Read as well as Authors Helping Authors. She developed these shows to help authors promote their books in a unique way that allows viewers to interact with them and experience the essence of the writer. Her in-depth interviewing skills leave viewers with a richer knowledge about the author and their books.
Meet Erica James
A freelance writer turned author, editor and writing coach, Erica James transforms manuscripts and creative ideas into a finished product. For more than six years, Erica has connected with hundreds of aspiring writers, artists and entrepreneurs across the world, using the power of words to bring their visions to life.
Erica is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2012 and a master's degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in African and African American Studies in May 2014. Though she attempted to take the "practical" career route, she decided to pursue her love for writing full-time in 2015, which birthed MasterPieces Writing and Editing LLC three years later. Erica is also an accountability coach and newbie YouTuber (MasterPieces Writing and Editing LLC; Confessions of a Good Girl). She currently lives in Louisiana where she was born and raised.
Meet Roushaun Johnson
During her Reign as Mrs. California, she created her second non-profit Organization, Halo Boutique. It is a free community clothing closet that provides clothes and shoes to families in need. Within the first four months, Halo Boutique served over 200 families. Roushaun’s humanitarian spirit has clearly impacted many lives.
Visit www.roushaunjohnson.com for more information.
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Meet Jacqueline Kaba-Harrison
Jacqueline Kaba-Harrison is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan since 2003 and a practicing Social Worker since 1994. Over the years, she has learned her role is to serve as a catalyst for change. She is a confidence and success Coach, talk show & symposium host, author, and Clinician.
She created Realizing Your Potential, LLC to empower and inspire African American women everywhere. Her focus is empowering African American women to know better and be better for themselves, their families and their communities. Her work is about getting African American women to RECOGNIZE and harness their POWER to empower themselves and others to manifest abundance in their lives. More specifically, she helps coaches and consultants create effective strategies to eliminate negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent them from taking their business to the next level. She helps them create the confidence, stamina, motivational techniques and accountability needed to consistently and boldly show up in their business and attract their ideal client.
Meet Ben Jacobs
A 2002 graduate of the University of Rochester, Jacobs has spent 20 years in various writing and editing roles in the journalism industry.
With Jacobs spearheading collaborative team efforts, the RBJ and The Daily Record have launched new initiatives, from events and custom products to a new webinar series and Rochester Biz Conversations, often partnering with community leaders.
He is an avid runner and rock-climbing enthusiast who cherishes family time with his wife, Trinity, and their four children. As a city resident, he is bullish on Rochester’s future.
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Meet Melony Hill
Melony Hill has made it her mission to curate safe spaces to have hard conversations, especially in urban and other under-served communities. In 2017, she founded Stronger Than My Struggles, a mission-based organization with a focus on mental health and wellness. In May 2019 Melony launched the Crazy Like a Fox Tour, the first ever Black mental health awareness tour. Hard work pays off, while on her groundbreaking tour, Melony was honored to win Literary Trailblazer of the Year at the 2019 Indie Author Legacy Awards. Learn more about her at www.strongerthanmystruggles.com and www.melonyhill.com Twitter @stmsbmore Facebook @stronger than my struggles Instagram @strongerthanmystruggles Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet William Winfield
William has over 5 years of experience in public speaking, mentoring and coaching, William is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers for inspiring and activating students and educators in America.
His own life experiences such as being in foster care, homelessness, losing a football scholarship, being raised by a single mother, and being molested have prepared him well and have made him an expert in his field.
His transparency, honesty and heart-felt desire to inspire people to achieve greatness is what sets William apart.
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Tawanna grew up in Dallas, Texas, a Bible Belt part of the United States. She was nourished in social environments where very long marriages were the norm. Many of the couples in her family remained strong and married for years only to be separated by death. This background served as a strong foundation in her life. After college and as fate would have it Tawanna became a wife and mother of three. While married and raising a family she took jobs in the information technology industry and worked as an IT professional for over 20 years. After seeing her youngest off to college she left the IT industry to focus on the completion of her debut, "TRUST, The Novel" trilogy series.
Her years of studying the commonalities in various technological behaviors and IT patterns prompted the application of a similar logic in life. Out of curiosity she soon began studying behavioral patterns between people in interpersonal relationships, because...why not? Her discoveries were not at all uncommon. Moreover, and to her surprise, she learned first-hand that there was in-fact one exception to her findings. The one thing which broke archetypes and paradigms and that remained constantly unpredictable was the unmitigated power and mystery found only within the complexities and the freedoms of love. Her stories share uniquely detailed journeys of common joys and failures in personal relationships. She desires to understand the mysteries embedded within the power of love and how that power can be used for positive change. Her goal is to inspire us all to the best possible version of ourselves by helping us to laugh, cry, ponder, and gasp at those crazy experiences we encounter in life. She believes that maybe, just maybe, we'll lighten up if we can see how similar we really are and how often we go through the same things. Tawanna resides in both Texas and California.
Lacey Grim is a business coach and author. She loves coaching others in tapping into their own beautiful and unique gifts to help them grow their personal creativity and confidence. Most recently I've written a book.
I Belong Here, was written to help women uncover the weaknesses in their own lives and businesses so that they will stop feeling stuck, and start feeling satisfied and successful. We're not only capable of the things we want, it's why we're here.
As an experienced entrepreneur, Holistic Health Coach, Top earner in Network Marketing, Self- Sufficiency Guru and Author, Lacey's work is inspired by her love of nature and all things back-to-basic. She finds her most fulfilling work to be coaching others in tapping into their own beautiful and unique gifts to help
them grow their personal creativity and confidence.
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Meet Ghostreaders Inc.
Side Hustle Saturday was created out of her passion for entrepreneurship and community. She wanted to create a platform where like-minded minority business owners, side hustlers, and anyone thinking about starting their own business can share, educate, and encourage fellow entrepreneurs.
What better way to learn from each other but to talk to each other, which led to her idea of Hustle Talks. She wanted to create an Online Talk Show/Interview format where minority business owners can come and share their road to (as well as the road they are still on) of their entrepreneurial journey with other side hustlers who are ready to take it to the next level.
The goals for Hustle Talks: To inform, educate, encourage, and create a sense of community. Let’s Hustle Together.
Taetrece Harrison happily lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, she fights for justice by day as an attorney and by night she puts on her author or poetry hat depending on her mood. When she isn’t writing, Taetrece enjoys going to the a second-line event, attending a festival or listening to a live local bands. Her first book “Bitch Hunt” released on Juneteenth, which is an enthralling narrative non-fictional book about female attorneys which will inspire and motivate readers.
*The word bitch is mentioned several times during this episode in reference to Taetrece's book title.*
Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran known for her work as a PR consultant, book publicist and workshop facilitator for authors and small businesses. Woods has held staff and management positions at several museums and government agencies. She is the author of Where Do I Start?10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors as well as an award-winning poet. Woods has been featured in several media outlets including, The Baltimore Sun, Fox45-TV, WJZ-TV, WEAA.88.9., SiriusXM and Maryland Public Television.
Verkeya Lanece is a native New Yorker and a licensed Master Social Worker. She is the founder of Verkeya Speaks, which is a community organization creaated for panel discussion on various topics, including, but not limited to infertility and child loss. As a professional speaker, she has delivered messages on grief, loss and bereavement at New York University and Columbia.
The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good old family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland's case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can't run from sin for karma is much faster. The author actually wrote the novel years ago however after battling Lupus he lost his motivation to complete it. Promising his mother, Fumi Karasawa, who recently passed that he would finish what he started. Roland opened his computer to complete telling his story. He also would like to encourage others with determination they too can reestablish position as a productive citizen.
Roland was a popular tattoo artist in the St. Louis area however once diagnosed with Lupus he lost his hand and eye coordination bringing the body art career to a halt. No other choice he had to reinvent himself transforming visual art into literary art. Writing is quite therapeutic for the newly ordained writer. The silver lining is his family support kept him going. "With tragedy comes blessings".
Patrice Rivers is a product of Virginia State University where she majored in Mass Communications earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2009. A Suffolk, Virginia resident, she started her writing career at the early age of nine writing creative fiction stories. Then at the age of 15 Patrice took a different approach to writing poetry inspired by a classmate.Poetry since then became her first love. She published her first book of Poetry “A Collection of Gods Word and Motivation” in 2012 followed by her second book of poetry “Lyrical Passion Tears from my Inkwell “ in 2013. An author at heart, Patrice published other genre of books including children books and fiction. Currently she has a total of eight books published and is currently working on more children and non fiction books. Patrice is also the Owner of That Riverz Gurl Brand which consists of five elements: Books, Married To Journalism, Services, Magazine and You Tube Channel. She is also the proud owner of her second magazine Versafi Magazine That is a platform for both men and women in business, entrepreneurship and who are authors of diversity.
Crystal N. Tolbert
Crystal Tolbert, is A Prophetic Scribe who writes “Edge-of-the-seat type of Revelation.” with “brilliant Kingdom minded tools "SEEK, WRITE & BELIEVE" Method!, the Oil of writing, and unexpected tools for is a speaker, teacher, mentor & prophetic life coach who is well-known for her passionate and heartfelt prophetic teaching style. Crystal Tolbert is the founder of Walking in Greatness Ministries. It was created to be a spiritual environment, that will enhance & encourage many to walk in their Now Season of Purpose. Crystal presently serves & co-labor in ministry with her husband, Pastor Kenneth Tolbert. They reside in Dallas, TX with their three beautiful children Briana’, Johnathan & Kenneth II.
At the age of seventeen, after a life-shattering event that left him standing before a Pinellas County judge who pronounced a sentence of 25 years to life, he was forced to let go of his youth and freedom.
Joseph E. Dames, III decided that he would not take being a free man for granted. Rather than get caught up in a lifestyle that would have landed him back in prison, Joseph decided to turn his life around, and now shares his journey in hopes to inspire, impact, and positively influence young adults and former inmates.
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Today's episode of Editor Knows Best features Harsha Sheelam. Today’s guest is an author, columnist, social science researcher, music student, (classical Indian musical instrument- Sitar), and business student in a Master’s program.
Her columns have been published in national and international media. Her first research paper was published in kaleidoSCOPE (Standing Conferences of Public Enterprises), Journal of Hospitality Application and Research and others.
She concentrates on the issues of today that teenagers face, and motivates children to be positive. Her fantasy tales empower young girls and boys to be strong, optimistic and confident. She believes books are the only way to sustain children’s innocence.
Full of humor, wit, and insight; her short stories champion hard work, perseverance, honesty, and compassion. The books have age-old and contemporary wisdom that resonates with children and adults alike.
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Write, Wine & Quarantine
Have you written a poem, letter, speech, or song about the quarantine?
Would you like to become a published author this year?
If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, this opportunity is for you.