Monday, July 25, 2022

50 United Authors of Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC/Arizona- Author Cj Corki

Arizona

State Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

Population: 7,640,796 (as of 2022)

Capital: Phoenix

Fun Fact: People lived in the area that’s now Arizona at least 20,000 years ago, before written history. But in the 1200s, this civilization disappeared, probably due to a drought.







Author Cj Corki



Tell Us About Yourself

We are three of five sisters who have spent our adult lives living the corporate life. Even though we live in different cities, we have the shared thread of learning how to play nice in the sandbox with our other sisters, cousins, and friends. The common theme of our childhood was our dad's poignant, powerful, and imaginative stories.When we realized that the lessons and stories our dad told would be lost forever, we took off the 3-inch heels and replaced them with bunny slippers. And so, the stories began. 


What made you want to be a children's author?

CJ Corki is our pen name. It was created as a tribute to our father. CJ represents his initials, and Corki is a Polish derivative of daughters, thus CJ's daughters. During our parenting days, we dealt with the challenges of balancing work, life, and reluctant readers. Because of our children's learning differences, we learned that we were not alone and that 1 out of 5 children is dyslexic. Because of this, we incorporate open dyslexic font in all our children's stories for easier reading.


What was our favorite childhood book?

You are probably not surprised that three siblings each have a different favorite. Carlene's favorite is the Nancy Drew Mysteries Series. Being one of five sisters, being a female "solver" was my aspiration. She was intense, bright, and constantly uncovering the mystery in their small Midwest town. Charlotte, author #2, is the fourth of five sisters whose favorite book is Charlotte's Web. Who could pass up the reading of a book with your name on it? Madeline found The Hobbit as her inspiration because it was a magical world like no other.


What does success as a writer look like to you?

Success is defined by us as both complex and straightforward. The simple response is that we want to reach more readers. The multifaceted answer is that we want to be a global influencer on all social media platforms and the "go-to" resource for helping parents and grandparents with reluctant readers learn the signs and be the active voice for their kids in the education space.


Did You use an illustrator for your books?

Yes, we discovered a local illustrator who was just like us, a first-time children's book creator. We both had the passion and no experience. CJ developed the script. Our illustrator had the patience to learn to work with the three of us, design and redesign to be true to our story, and together we figured out the nuances of layouts, ISBNs, and everything in-between.


Can You Tell Us a Little About Your Next Book?

Our first book, The Marshmallow Mystery, is the first in our Can You   Find, Did You Know Series. We have two books currently in development. The first, which should be available by early June, is Fantastical Activities Journal: Write or Draw Stuff. This is a draw-and-write journal perfect for 4–8-year-old kids. Our theme Can You Find, Did You Know, includes this journal with three sections: Do: Complete the interactive journal's fun, interactive activities, and writing prompts independently or with a journal buddy, parent, grandparent, or sibling. Find: Hidden in the pictures are characters from The Marshmallow Mystery. This is an interactive scavenger hunt with the characters in the back of the journal for an easy search and find. Know: Learn about dyslexia, some early signs, and some famous dyslexics. Journaling is a great tool to increase creativity and critical thinking skills as you discover fun facts and more. This book utilizes OpenDyslexic3, a unique font from the OpenDyslexic type family. It makes it easier for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers to process. The next book for 2022, with an expected delivery of September, will be just in time for Halloween. Don't Fear the Monster: A Halloween Scare takes being scared to a new level, helping Sage, our lead character, find her voice when faced with someone that makes her feel uncomfortable.


Who was the first person who read your book?

The readers who were most interested in reading our first story were our kids. Yep, they knew Grandfather, heard the stories, and experienced picking marshmallows on the early summer mornings. When they heard we were taking their cherished memory into print, they couldn't wait to read our interpretation.


Do You Have a Library Card? What was the last book you checked out from your library?

Corners where you could curl up and read for hours on end, the   Dewey decimal system, the smell of musty books, and a librarian with the obligatory "shhhh" were significant influences on our youth. Each of us has library cards, and even with these fond memories, we haven't consistently visited a library in years, even though we believe that the "shhhhh" is still reverberating the halls.


If You Could be Mentored by another children's book author, who would it be and why?

There are so many impressive children's books authors, from the voices of Dr. Seuss to the words of Barbara Parks. However, if the mentor still had to be with us, we would select Andy Andrews. He is known for inspiring books across the genre, and his children's books are relevant, thought-provoking and have kids reach for time and time again.


What is Your Writing Snack?

Wow, the answer again for each of us are as follows. Carlene's choices depend on the time of day she committed to writing. Early morning is coffee, black, usually 2 cups. If it's the afternoon, it's her water bottle hoping that she can chug at least 64 ounces before the day is out, and if it's in the evening, a glass of chardonnay...or two. (Which probably isn't what a children's author persona should be). Charlotte is a purist with no snacks or food/drink needed to keep the creative juices going, but if pushed would share that her guilty pleasure is white cheese popcorn. Madeline, on the other hand, can be found sipping herbal tea.


What would you like to say to your readers?

Dear readers: I hope you enjoy our books in the Can You Find, Did You Know Series. Our books are designed to entertain, inspire, and educate using open dyslexic font to help keep the love of reading alive.

Each book is intended to address issues that kids are dealing with, or not and might need our help. Don’t Fear the Monster’s message is that one must not run from fear. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, say no; when you feel you should, and it’s not wrong to ask for help when things don’t seem right. Have an idea on a topic we should address? We are open to writing stories to help your children, let us know your thoughts.

Keep on reading,

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

CJ Corki

  



Funtastical Activity Journal: Draw or Write Stuff for Ages 4-8 Years Old (Can You Find, Did You Know Series) can be purchased on Amazon and the author’s website. 

This journal is designed to spark imagination and inspire self-expression. It is a fun and easy way to capture the readers creativity. Kids can either write or draw. To encourage your kids or grandkids to write, doodle and express themselves, this journal is a perfect gift.
This Can You Find, Did You Know Journal includes 3 sections:
DO: Complete the interactive journal's fun, interactive activities and writing prompts independently or with a journal buddy; parent, grandparent, sibling. Everyone will love sharing ideas, stories, and conversations.
FIND: In the pictures are characters from The Marshmallow Mystery children book. Don't worry, the character pictures are in the back section of the journal. This is an interactive scavenger hunt that is perfect for home travel and much more.
KNOW: Learn about dyslexia, some early signs, and some famous dyslexics. Journaling is a great tool to increase creativity and critical thinking skills as you discover fun facts and more. This book utilizes Open Dyslexic3, a unique font from the OpenDyslexic type family. It makes it easier for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers to process.




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50 United Authors of Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC/ California- Author De'Kari/ Author Khatari

 

California

State Nickname: The Golden State

Population: 39,185,605 (as of 2022)

Capital: Sacramento

Fun Fact: California is one of the largest states, and the most economically successful state in the United States, and is one of the most popular places to visit in North America, and indeed the world.








Author De'Kari/ Author Khatari


Tell us about you.

Hello my Author Khatari aka De’Kari. I was born and raised in Northern California. Growing up, I experienced a challenging childhood and I used writing as a way to escape from my surroundings. In addition to writing, I also create poetry, write songs and do artwork. I love spending time with family, reading, fishing, sports and helping others.

I currently write urban fiction but I have started to venture into other genres.


Do you see writing as a kind of spiritual or therapeutic practice?

Yes, I find writing more therapeutic than spiritual because I use it as a way to escape. Putting pencil to paper is a stress reliever and has been away for me to release.


What books helped you the most when you were writing your first book?

I would say every book I read that I enjoyed inspired me to write. That and life experiences inspired me to write my first book.


What advice would you give to help others create plotlines?

When creating plotlines, use what you have from people, life experiences and/or your creativity.


If you wrote a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?

If I wrote a spin-off of a character it would be Nyomi from my series Dirt Bag because many of my readers have requested to hear more about her life before and after Dirt Bag.


What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I enjoy writing from beginning to end because my books basically write themselves. I enjoy sharing glimpses of myself with my readers and introducing them to my world. 


What do the words “Writer’s block'' mean to you?

For me writer’s block is when my life circumstances interfere with my creativity.


How do you handle literary criticism?

I accept all forms of criticism; it helps me grow into a better author when it’s constructive.


What is the key theme or message in your latest book?

The key theme / message in my latest published book, Straight Beast Mode, San Francisco Under Siege, is the strong survival, strategic thinking and animal instinct. You must do what is necessary to survive.


What would you like to say to your readers?

I would like to fake my readers for all of their support. stay tuned there is more to come. If there’s a way to ask them to inbox me if they want to be added to our email list for updates and I have a paranormal that will be out soon. My first. 




If It’s Meant To Be: Love Shouldn’t Hurt can be purchased on Amazon.

This tale of forbidden love begins when Askari is released from the California's Youth Authority after six long gruesome years. No day on earth has been better than today.... His eighteenth birthday. Not only is he free but he is off all paperwork which means no probation. Not only this, but he has the finest cougar in California on his team. Her name is Anastasia. Life isn't all lovey-dovey for all though.
San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Dickerson, Anastasia's ex-husband gives new meaning to stalking. High tech spying and harassment is only the beginning. When his stalking leads to the attempted murder of Anastasia after Deputy Dickerson violently, physically, and sexually assaults her.
Revenge lands young Askari in jail fighting for his life and his freedom when he nearly kills Deputy Dickerson in public.
The couples love will constantly be tested as Anastasia fights for her life in a hospital while Askari fights for his.
All the while Deputy Dickerson who eluded custody is a fugitive running free. No longer is he out to win his wife back, he’s out for blood as he continues to stalk Anastasia.
The young couple learns firsthand that Love Is Not Supposed To Hurt…..If It’s Meant To Be.





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50 United Authors of Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC/ Connecticut- Quint Jones

 

Connecticut

State Nickname: The Constitution State

Population: 3,546,588 (as of 2022)

Capital: Hartford

Fun Fact: The first people came to the area that’s now Connecticut more than 10,000 years ago. 




Quint Jones


Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Aquintas “Quint” Jones, born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I am a mother of 2 beautiful young ladies and a grandmother of 3.5 children. My youngest daughter is pregnant. I am a domestic violence advocate; a student; and I am the founder of “My Life Has Destiny Ministries” which is a corporation and a resource and consultation ministry. This ministry helps others turn their pain into purpose. 


Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself? Writing has turned my pain into purpose. It has given me confidence and a chance to not only help others to get to know themselves but, it has allowed me to get to look internally at myself. 


What books do you enjoy reading? (Please name at least 3) 

I enjoy reading books by Rebecca Brown: Becoming a Vessel of Honor, Prepare for war, and He came to set the captive free. 


What was the most valuable advice you’ve been given about writing? The most valuable advice I have been given about writing is to never stop. Don’t give up. Someone needs to hear my story/testimony.


What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

I have more of a non-fiction writing style. Most of my writing is based on real people and real events that have taken place. And some of my writing is based on self-help. For example; Get Up & Get Out Your Own Way! Sets a foundation for women to build confidence in themselves. And my book The Art of Forgiveness gives a structure of where a person can start, and learn to forgive. 


How many books have you written and what is your favorite? 

I have written 4 books. My favorite is “Black Love Matters” which is a children’s book that sets a foundation for love. It shows a child where love starts. 


At what point do you think someone should call themselves a writer? A person should call themselves a writer if they have a passion to write. If the only thing one can think about is writing and they have something to say, they start the process of writing. Then you, my friend, are a writer. 


What in your opinion is the most important element of good writing?

The most important element of good writing is being able to help yourself, and then your writing goes out to help others. 


Can you share something about your current book that isn't in the blurb?

My current book Black Love Matter is based on family. It shows people that love begins at home. There are different types of love and love does not start with getting a partner. However, you learn who you are by the love your family sets as a foundation. 


What famous authors do you wish would be your mentor? 

Honestly, I follow a few authors, but I don’t necessarily look for one to mentor me. If I had to be coached by someone, I would say I love Lisa Nichols, because she didn’t let anything stop her, no matter the circumstance.  


What would you like to say to your readers? 

I would say to my readers, do not allow situations and what negative things people have to say about you, to stop you from being a writer. People are going to talk, whether it is good or bad, you tell your story, you get the word out, and realize if people have time to put your name out there, they are giving you free publicity. It will cause others to want to get to know who you are. Let them network on your behalf. The best thing you can do to get even succeed, and not give in. If they stated, you are never going to be anything. Then know you have a purpose, and You are valuable. Never stop writing.  





The Art of Forgiveness can be purchased on Amazon.

This book is designed to help others start the process of their healing from unforgiveness. It is not for everyone. If you do not want to look inside yourself and deal with the internal issue, those deep, dark secrets. it is not for you. Are you ready to start the process?


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50 United Authors of Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC/ Georgia- KR Bankston

Georgia

State Nickname: The Peach State

Population: 3,968,738 (as of 2022)

Capital: Atlanta

Fun Fact: In 1733 Georgia was established as the 13th colony, and in 1788 it became the fourth U.S. state. But at the start of the Civil War in 1861, Georgia left the Union and wouldn’t return until the end of the war in 1865.







KR Bankston

Tell us about yourself. 

KR Bankston is an established author with some 40 published works to her credit, including the highly successful Thin Ice and Gianni Legacy series. KR is the CEO of Kirabaco Media Group, LLC which houses her works. KR is a Publishing Consultant, Public Speaker and Mentor. KR is one half of The Literary Evolution specializing in empowering Authors in the literary marketplace. Quietly taking the industry by storm, KR is a nonconformist novelist who writes in a multitude of genres. 


KR's "BookOpera" series Thin Ice was voted Serial Novel of the Year and Urban Fiction of the year. Her other series The Gianni Legacy has been touted as The Godfather of modern day. Her novel, Christian was voted #75 of Top 100 Books of the year. Her novel X-Mafia was voted Urban Fiction of the Year.


KR Bankston is an established multi-genre author with over 34 published works to her credit including the highly successful Thin Ice and Gianni Legacy series. KR is the CEO of Kirabaco Media Group, LLC. 


Is there a particular genre you would love to write but under a pseudonym?

While I do write different genres I don’t use a different pseudonym for the most part. My new line of drama/relationship books is written under a new pseudonym.


Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer? If yes, please name them. 

Yes, my all time favorite author VC Andrews inspired me to write serials. I loved the effortless way her stories flowed making you willingly want to follow along. Author E Lynn Harris also inspired me fully with his unabashed stories of seemingly ‘taboo’ subject matter. His writings helped me in my own effort to humanize even those some people consider unworthy of basic love and humanity.


What do you think is the best way to improve writing skills? 

To indulge it every day. Your muscles strengthen when you use them. Also, study your craft. Sometimes finding a mentor helps. Be open to honest critique.


What do you need in your writing space to stay focused? 

Music lol. I can write with quiet, but I prefer music. The genre is dependent on my mood for the particular novel, or scene.


What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing? 

Honestly? The danged synopsis. Lol. I’m telling you that has to be the hardest thing for me to sum up in a few sentences, thousands of words and multiple pages.


What difference do you see between a writer and an author? 

I honestly don’t see a difference except what people choose to call themselves. They’re both wordsmiths. Both share a love of the written word, framing a story, taking the reader on a journey.


When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc.) scene, how do you get in the mood? 

I’m very much a flow writer…meaning I don’t have to fall into any particular mood per se. I write as the characters speak, the story flows. Whatever the scene, what you’re getting is the view from the characters eyes and POV. I tend to zone out for the most part, only realizing how the scene came together after I finish it and go back to reread it.


When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself? 

My characters run the show. When I’m doing a new installation into an existing series it's because a character has gotten in my ear, in my head, letting me know they have a story to tell. It can start with a simple sentence uttered. I’ve been watching television and see something that instantly opens the floodgates and all I hear are my characters chattering. If the characters aren’t speaking, then I’m not writing. I don’t conjure ideas or sit down and line by line plot out storylines. I actually don’t outline at all. My works are absolutely from the mind of characters.


If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing process, or books, what would they be?

Hmm, so let's see. 1. Stephen King, why do you make all your POC characters evil/criminal/undesirable? 2. When did you think your fascination with the supernatural/occult would make bestselling novels? 3. If you weren’t forced to, would you attend public events?


What would you like to say to your readers?

Step into my world and give the novels a chance. I’m the first to admonish readers that I'm not for everyone. My work doesn’t fit into neat, symmetrical boxes. My subject matter is sometimes uncomfortable, but it will always make you think. It will always entertain and maybe even inspire. You have to read my work with an open mind and expect the unexpected. Nothing is ever going to go according to the ‘formula.’ I welcome you to download my free eBook, One of the Boys, https://linktr.ee/KRBankston and experience me firsthand, for yourself. 




Truth or Dare can be purchased on Amazon.

CiCi and Layla are bestfriends. They’ve laughed together, cried together, shared secrets together. When CiCi’s boyfriend, was cheating on her, Layla had her back and told her. Now Treasure, CiCi’s ex, wants his life and his woman back, the minor detail of her dating a new man, from a rival gang no deterrent. Layla is determined to keep them apart, having a few secrets of her own to preserve. CiCi just wants Treasure to leave her alone and let her live her life. Some people, however, never get the message, resulting in a collision of wills with the most deadly of consequences.

**This romantic suspense novel contains profanity, sexual content, violence, and adult situations in which the characters, while deemed imperfect by society due to their sometimes illegal pursuits, are afforded humanity in their desire to love and be loved. If this is outside your realm of comfort, then this novel may not be for you.




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50 United Authors of Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC/ Illinois- Elizabeth Lashaun


Illinois

State Nickname: The Prairie State

Population: 12,518,071 (as of 2022)

Capital: Springfield

Fun Fact: In 1717 Illinois became part of the Louisiana territory, a French colony.












Elizabeth LaShaun



Tell us about yourself.

I’m Elizabeth LaShaun born and raised in Chicago! I have called Dallas home for the past 6 years but I’m a Chicago girl at heart. Most of my books are based in Chicago. I write drama books with blends of romance and sometimes crime. My love series consist of Inconvenient Love, Lethal Love, A Mother’s Love, Lion Heart, and Steady Love. I strive to create memorable, relatable characters that guide readers on an emotional journey. When a reader closes a book by me the characters and most importantly the lessons and feelings aroused will stay with them long after the last page.


At what stage (or stages) of life have you done most of your writing? 

I wrote little stories a lot as a child. I didn’t begin writing seriously until my mid twenties. I wrote 4 books. I took a hiatus for seven years and then in my mid thirties I started cranking out books again. I guess it’s something about that middle point for me.


Have you ever tried to write a novel for a genre you rarely or never read?


No, I haven't done that. I will admit I want to write a historical fiction novel to pay homage to my great grandmother. I’ve read a few books in the genre but not many.


What are common traps for new authors?

Sadly there many traps out there for new authors, especially self published. I think not doing proper research is a big one and covers a multitude of problems. There are so many scams out there. You have to do your research or it will cost you greatly. I have a saying you’re going to pay on the front or back end, but either way you’re gonna pay. Do your research and understand being an author whether traditionally or self-published will require an investment. I also believe not having realistic expectations is another trap.


What’s your favorite writing snack or drink?

I absolutely can’t snack while I’m writing. I honestly don’t drink either but I guess some juice would be fine. I do all my creating directly at the computer. I can't have my baby wet or dirty.


What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with your latest novel?

This is an excellent question. I believe the belief I challenged is the idea of marriage. One of the characters has been in a wonderful relationship for ten years. After she becomes pregnant she feels the pressure to become married. I’m not telling my readers what to do or believe in. The question is why?


Are there therapeutic benefits to modeling a character after someone you know?

Absolutely! My career Kinji had a lot of qualities I didn’t feel comfortable revealing about myself. Therapy actually is helping me heal, but writing her story made me face myself. It’s also nice to base a character off someone that’s no longer with us. Kinda feel their presence if that makes sense.


Describe your writing space?

My office is my haven and everything me. I have writings my great grandmother wrote in 1939 framed on my walls. My to-do list board on another wall. My yearly plan on another wall. A bookshelf in front of my desk with all my favorites such as KR Bankston, Carl Weber, JD Mason, and others. And I have pictures of my family and my besties. It’s my personal space. When the weather is nice I go to my second favorite place in my house, my balcony and write.


 What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have to say my two biggest influencers are Carl Weber and JD Mason. My writing is a blend of those two. Carl Weber is the king of drama to me. He will throw you for a loop and  I love it. JD Mason gets me with those emotions and feelings especially with her male characters.


Does one of the main characters in your latest novel hold a special place in your heart? Who and why?

Kinji will always hold a special place in my heart. She’s been me in certain aspects and is me in others. As with everyone we go through ebbs and flows. She matures in some areas and others it takes a while. She can be misunderstood a lot but I believe the readers, even those that hate her, know her intentions are good and come from a good place.


What would you like to say to your readers?

Thank you! Please know your support doesn’t go unnoticed, especially during this COVID era when so much uncertainty is around us. Stay on the rollercoaster and I’ll keep bringing the dips and turns one read at a time. I have some exclusive rides on my patreon page www.patreon.com/elashaun check it out.



Lion Heart can be purchased on Amazon.

Edwin “Mo” Aguilera overcame for most, unbearable and unfathomable obstacles. Not only did he survive the underworld, he mastered it. He found and married the love of his life and created a lovely family. Almost twenty years later, he certainly earned the right to sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labor. As with life, the best laid plans can always go awry. Mo accounted for every complication except the ones residing in his own home and head. Can Mo take on his past to protect his family’s future?


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