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Q&A with “My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows

“My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows discuss her influences and next project.

 

By Juan C. Diaz @tearsofdiaz

 

1. What city are you from?

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I was raised with one older sister and later in my teenage years, my mother had my little brother.

2. How has your city influenced your writing?

My city influenced my writing tremendously because the trials that I faced happened in my city. Louisville, Kentucky introduced me to the real world, the real world is what helped layer my thick skin for life. Writing has always been a passion of mine, so the combination of the two made a great book.

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3. What inspired you to write My Demons?

MY DEMONS started as a journal entry, I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have closure for my past mistakes. When I realized that my story was important I decided to take a different route, “turn my story into a book, so that it can inspire the world”. I wrote “MY DEMONS” to motivate and encourage others, the book itself speaks volume. It gives the reader a chance to evaluate their own faults, to make themselves a priority so that they can be better in life.

4. Who are some of your literary influences?

James Patterson is the one and the only person who has influenced me to join the literary world. The way that he writes his books has encouraged me to express myself in more ways than just one. He writes more than one genre, and that shows that he has an amazing creative mind.

 

5. Your book is extremely personal, was it painful for you to relive certain moment during the writing process?
Reliving my past moments was very challenging to write, I cried while writing some parts of my book. But when I have seen the finished product, I was and still am ecstatic because I was finally honest with myself.

6. What message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

When my reader puts my book down, I want their minds to wonder. I want them to reevaluate their lives and realize that making certain choices can last a lifetime. But how we deal with these choices means a lot, we have to co-exist with ourselves and strive to be better. I want my readers to know that they are amazing and deserve to be happy and honest with themselves. Are you surrounded by the wrong crowd of people? If you’re in an abusive relationship, seek help to get out. How can we make dreams come true? Our past doesn’t determine the future we deserve. You are your own demon.

7.  What is your next project?

I have a book series coming out this summer called, “LOVE LOST BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL”. I am also working on making an appearance in the film industry. This year has brought so much joy, I’m motivated to push myself to the next level.

 

 

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Q & A with “Toxin” authors Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

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Q & A with Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofDiaz

What city and state do you guys hail from?

Raynesha: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and Quincey in Memphis, Tennessee but we live in Nashville now.

How has your environment influenced you both as writers?

Quincey: The lack of information on finance that’s available in Memphis has always left a bad taste in mouth. Meeting someone willing to help me put it in a book in hopes to change that was a blessing.

Raynesha: I was actually shielded from my environment by those around but was still a product of it in a strange way. Writing has always been my therapy and get-a-way from it all.

Who are your literary influences?

Raynesha: John Grisham, Terry McMillian, and K’wan

Quincey: Robert T. Kiyosaki and Napolean Hill

What inspired you guys to write Toxin as a team?

Quincey: We would talk for hours about everything and we still do. From finance, spirituality, to relationships and politics. Putting it in a book just felt right, so we did.

As a Christian, I enjoyed how the characters would often quote Scripture from the Bible. How did this help in the creation of the character of Dwayne Hollingswell?

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Raynesha: It made and kept him grounded. Having a relationship with the Lord forced him to remain humble. It’s easy to lose yourself when your banking account has endless numbers in it. We had to find a way to keep him from being the typical rich guy everyone wishes they were and a true man of God would be able to do that because flossing his money wouldn’t be looked upon as righteous so to speak. That doesn’t mean we let God keep the problems away as you’ve read in the book.

Was Toxin more a fable of the duality between following the word of God and the worldly pursuit of material wealth?

Quincey: You hit it on the nose! You can only serve one master, and although there is a devil who is God’s nemesis, money also has its share of servants.

The story of Toxin revolves heavily around the Stock Market and its inner workings. Did you guys have to research the Market deeply before writing this novel?

Raynesha: I did a lot of research only because it was second nature to Quincey and I felt so out of the loop. Quincey has study finance since an early age and has been published in the City’s paper for trades he made as a finance major in college. His knowledge of the markets floored me and it still does.

One of the most frightening characters in the novel is one named Cynthia. Can you guys please give us a brief description of her?

Quincey: Honestly, we aimed to leave Cynthia’s description to the eyes of the reader, hence the reason the follow up to Toxin is titled Perception. Cynthia is a very unstable character and we believe everyone has run across a “Cynthia” in their lives whether it was a male or female. The title Toxin was created mainly from this character and when we do give a description of her in perception we hope her physical appearance sends our readers in shock.

 If Toxin was ever adapted as a film, which actors would play the main characters?

Raynesha: Idris Elba, hands down would be a great Dwayne Hollingswell

Quincey: I’d go with Gabrielle Union as Nivea Bowen. She has her spunk.

 Are there any future projects in the works?

Raynesha: Yes, Perception is the follow up to Toxin that we are currently working on and we also have created a Children’s book series that touches on a lot discussed in Toxin. The main characters are Dwayne, from Toxin as a child and Uncle QB as the mentor of the group of kids. The first book is out and is titled, “The Traffic Light of Finance” and book two, “Building Blocks of Business” is up next.

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Get to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

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Getting to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofWarDiaz

 

 

1. What city and state do you hail from? Carson, CA.

2. Who are your favorite authors? Terry McMillan.

3. What genre do you write? Urban Contemporary. 

4. What inspired you to write in that genre? Because I knew my stories would be relatable to the urban community. 

5. When you published your first bookwere afraid of getting sued by any of the male character’s books because it was autobiographical? I was at first. But then I realized they probably don’t know how to read lol Just kidding 🙂 I didn’t feel that I projected them as the only bad person in the relationships, I also took ownership of my actions as well. It wasn’t a one-sided story for to people to have sympathy for me as a victim. The story was to showcase that I wasn’t allowing myself to be a victim despite the men’s actions. 

6. How did readers respond to your first book? It seemed like there were two sides of responses for my first book. People either really loved it because they totally relate because they had been on the receiving end of some bad relationships also. Or people really hated the back because they couldn’t wrap their heads around why I would do such awful things, and then have the nerve to write about it. I think that my transparency is what really grew my following. I’m genuinely thankful the readers that have accepted me for who I was and who I have become. 

7. Why did you choose to focus on the deterioration of friendship for your second book? I decided to write about my friendships because  I noticed the demise of so many friendships on social media. I knew it would another relatable read. I really wanted to let people know who we’re having “frenemies” in their life that it’s ok to cut that lifeline. I think that people start thinking that because you’ve known someone for years that you have to continue to be loyal to someone that has been disloyal to you.  

8. After writing two autobiographical books why did you go for fiction in your third book? To be honest book 3 is 80% fiction 20% truth. I really wanted to challenge myself as a writer to write the story from a males perspective. I must say that the feedback that I received from Panel Discussion/Book Launch Party the readers thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

9. Can you describe the main character in your third book? Gino Baptise is a man that has witnessed the infidelities of his father. Those infidelities have made an everlasting mark on his life that lands him in prison. While imprisoned he starts to reevaluate his life wondering if his cheating is an inherited or learned behavior. He finds himself at a crossroad where he must decide his fate and change his life.  

10. What’s next for Kennedee Devoe? I have a successful run, but I took a hiatus from writing to work on a personal career and heal from my previous relationship. My goal is to finally get off page 2 my 5th book lol I have this thing that’s called a job that just won’t let be a great writer lol I’m going to really try to release it late 2018. I can guarantee that book 5 will be another page turner…

 

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http://www.kdevoe.com/

 

Amazon Best Sellers: Urban Fiction books.

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Amazon Best Sellers: Urban Fiction books.

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

This has become our tradition of our blog to highlight the top ten Urban fictions books on Amazon. These books may not be NYT best sellers but they are great sellers on Amazon. Giving the fact that these books do sell out on Amazon. They are not represented by the top publishing brands but they are represented by publishers that are consistently pushing their authors to new limits. Urban fiction which is usually African American novels has a different style of storytelling.  Each month, we will continue to highlight self-publishing novels and top-selling self-publishing novels. We would like to extend this furthermore to encourage and support upcoming writers. Before I review the top ten Amazon best-selling urban fiction books, make sure you sign up for Amazon Kindle. They have a 30-day trial absolutely free which you can cancel anytime. You get to read each of these top ten books and more. After 30 days, you would only pay $9.99 each month which is not a bad price if you ask me. I am actually using it. Make sure you give it try and you must be a new member. Here we go.

 

  1. If His Heart is Hood, His Love is Forever
  2. The Coldest Love Ever 2
  3. The Coldest Love Ever
  4. Finding My Way Back to Love 3
  5. Every Love Story Is Beautiful, But Ours Is Hood 3: The Savage Brothers
  6. She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 3
  7. She Fell for the Perfect Thug: A Savage Love Story
  8. She Was a Good Girl ‘Til She Knew Me
  9. Torn Between The Plug And A Savage
  10. Knocked Up By A Kingpin

 

 

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Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

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Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMag

 

I would like for you to introduce yourself by telling the readers where you from and what you do.

My name is Kashif Boothe; I’m from London, UK and I am a freelance development assistant within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

Did you attend filming school? If so, how long did it take you to complete filming school

I attended a sixth form college (which is apart high school education) and studied Media, Film & TV and music production. I studied Film at Roehampton University and graduated in 2013.

What is your profession?

I am a freelance development within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love in with art when I was 13

What made you fall in love with art?

I fell in love in art when I saw how people could relate to what is happening with a painting, a picture or in a movie

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because I am able to express myself. I’m able to create to content that is important to me and tell stories I want through comedy or drama.

Who inspires you as a child and now?

As a child, my Grandmother inspired me and now the people who inspire me are Mara Brock Akil, Kenya Barris, and Issa Rae

How important is art in today’s society? 

Art, it is very important in today’s society as it is the main source of expression, if we couldn’t express ourselves what would we do?

 

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

If there was an absence of art I wouldn’t know what to do, my life is art, it is what I do every day and I’m not exaggerating, I work in the media industry Monday – Friday and on the weekend I focus on my independent projects. If there weren’t any art in today’s society, there wouldn’t be a platform for people to express themselves or be able to watch TV or play game consoles. If there weren’t art it would have a massive impact on the world we live in today.

How long have you been filming?

I’ve been filming for 6 years

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Take me through the process of writing a short film or web series. Nate & Jamie web series for example. What was the process like when you were creating Nate & Jamie and how difficult was it making this web series?

The way I came up with Nate & Jamie was not done in a conventional way. The pilot episode was originally a one-off comedy sketch which was based on a story by Joshua Samuels who plays Jamie in Nate & Jamie. When I released the comedy sketch the reaction was positive and people wanted to see more, I wanted to take advantage of the success and decided to turn it into a web series. The process of writing Nate & Jamie was pretty easy I spent two weeks writing and re-drafting the script. I came up with the idea of the first season in less than a day, once you’ve come up with the idea it’s about filling up the gaps in between the beginning and the end of the story.

How long does it take to for you to complete a script?

It takes me probably 3-4 hours to write a script, depending on how long I want the film or episode of a web series to be and that all depends if I don’t get writer’s block.

 

Is there a preparation difference between writing a short and web series? If so explain?

For me there isn’t any difference, I usually come up with an idea, I will write a quick summary of the idea on my phone or on a piece of paper. I will then create a step outline, which is an outline of how the story will be told and then I write the script.

What does the director do? (for those who do not know about the director position)

A Director is a creative force in a film’s production – visualizing and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life. I will cast actors, edit the script ( the majority of the time on set) choose shot selection and editing.

How challenging is it to be a director?

The most challenging thing about being a director is when your team doesn’t understand your vision

What is your view on the filming industry today?

The film industry today is stuck, I think it’s lacking originality, there are too many reboots it’s all about making money and not good films. I think that’s why producers and directors are moving to TV with shows like Empire, Insecure, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The TV industry is taking more risks, showing the diversity and it’s paying off.

What are some things you like or don’t like about the filming industry today?

What I like about the filming industry are meeting writers, directors, camera crew and actors who have the same passion for filmmaking as you do. What I don’t like about the filming industry is the lack of diversity on and off the screen, it’s been proven with shows like Insecure and Chewing Gum that shows written and produced by black writers/directors are successful because they are authentic. I would like to see an Asian/Latin version of Sex and The City or Friends, there is a huge gap in the market and it is frustrating that film industry hasn’t taken advantage of it.

A production in Hollywood contacts you for one of your scripts. You take a flight to L.A. to meet with the production company. They offer you a six-figure deal which is $200,000 for your work. As part of the deal, you have to give up all rights to the script, and extra incentives. You also lose creator control. Would you take the money or would you negotiate for control including incentives?

I would negotiate for control and incentives as I could not imagine one of my scripts being made and I wasn’t apart of it.

 

How important is creator control from your opinion?

I think it’s important because you if have a vision you should make sure you execute it. But on the other hand, I think it’s good to collaborate and get someone else’s perspective as it could make the project even better.

Is it better to be an independent filmmaker or do you think it is better to be in an established production?

There are pros and cons of being an independent filmmaker and an established production. I prefer being an independent filmmaker because I am in control of my projects and do not have to consult any business partners etc. To be an established production would be great, as I would have a budget and the connections to hire a crew, PR and well, known actors.

What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?

My goal is to have an established production company known for creating content that informs, educates, inspires and entertains its audience.

In five years I see myself having produced a few indie feature films, which have got into major film festivals, my production is an established brand and I am in the beginning stages of adapting one of my web series’ for a TV network.

So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?

I’m currently in pre-production of a new web series, Nate & Jamie Season 2 and 2 short films

Where can readers find your production and work?

Readers can find my work at youtube.com/c/KashifBoothe

“My Secret” Poem dedicated to Chester Bennington by Juan C. Diaz

 

My Secret

By Juan C. Diaz @Tearsofwardiaz

 

 

Shhh!

No one can know that my

Smile is a prison.

No one can know

That I still try to sew up

The huge hole from the

Thin layer of innocence

That I had discarded

At age fourteen.

No one can know

That I am the tired warrior

Going in to battle hoping

That it will be my

Last.

And if it is my last,

I hope that I am

The last cripple to

Be born on Earth.

 

 

 

This poem is dedicated to Chester Bennington.

 

Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

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Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As we get set for season two of “Just Friends” the web series on YouTube, I sat down with Ally Marshall one of the creator, co/producer, and writer of the series. She teamed up with another great producer and visionary Ian Miles for this project. For those who haven’t seen the series, you can still watch it on allyswayproductions YouTube channel before season two premieres this fall. The story is about Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) and Owen (Chris Anderson) who happen to be best friends. Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) happens to be in a relationship with Jacob (Marquis Valdez). However, Amanda has feelings for Owen, but she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Owen. Amanda’s best friend Harper (Britani Ashanti) ponders Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) choice to be with Jacob (Marquis Valdez) over her best friend Owen (Chris Anderson). While Mya (Ronni) who happens to be an ex friends of Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) wants whatever Amanda have. The series takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first episode has over 26,632 views on YouTube. The second episode has 23,966 views. As the third pulled in 10,183, and the season finale episode ended at 7,866. Leaving it all in total of 70,000 views.  It is one the most underrated web series on YouTube and now season two should be interesting.

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I spoke to Ally Marshall the creator about her background and the web series through Facebook messenger.

Gives us the background on how you started your production company and what is the goal?

Well I went to the Art Institute and then I decided to Branch out on my own with the help of Ian miles my partner and our goal is to make great entertainment and to get a distribution deal.

Oh okay. That’s a great school. So, what was your experience at the Art Institute? What did you learn and do you apply what you learn from your experience at school to your work?

Yes I learned camera angles and editing my experience was okay. Oh and I also learned lighting and sound.

Where are y’all at right now with the production and distribution?

We are in the beginning process of shooting just friends the web series season 2.

Okay. I love that series

Thank you so much.

Your welcome. Since you brought that up. We been promoting your web series for awhile on our site. We loved it and I know our readers loved it. Tell me what was the process like doing “Just Friends” web series?

Thank you I really appreciate you promoting it on your website and I’m glad to hear that your readers loved it. The process is work but it’s worth it in the end. I write the script and work it out with Ian miles to his ideas and feedback and then we do casting and call backs and then we get started.

When you wrote the script for “Just Friends” what was Ian thought of the project when you presented it to him?

He loved the idea…we both like doing projects that people can relate to. And we both felt like people would be able to relate to what these characters are going through either through Amanda’s perspective or Owen or Jacob.

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Which brings me to the characters of the story. Episode four, we finally saw Amanda admit her feelings to Owen even though she was resenting it. Though each episode was hinting that she loves Owen. There was a particular moment where Owen broke down after she choose Jacob. Take me back to that moment and how did you feel about that part in your script. What was you’re feeling about this part and why it took Amanda so long to admit her feelings for Owen?

Yes, I remember that scene that was a very emotional scene on a very hot day hahaha anyway I felt like that was the moment when Amanda made her decision she can either choose Jacob or Owen and even though she told Owen they will still be friends in a way she was definitely choosing Jacob because if not she would have just told Jacob to back off and that Owen was her friend first before she even met Jacob. So that was a lesson right there boyfriends/girlfriends can come and go but friendships supposed to last forever. And to answer your second question about why it took Amanda so long to realize her feelings for Owen… Amanda’s feelings were tied up into Jacob for most of the season and the more she was around Jacob the more she realized that Jacob wasn’t right for her and the more that she saw Owen try to move on for instance remember episode 2 Amanda was jealous when Owen had a date… then just little things like that started to add up so once Jacob proved himself to be a player all her attentions turned to Owen especially when she saw Owen and Harper together she got jealous and suddenly Owen looked like gold to her.

As y’all set to do season two, what can fans expect in season two?

Well fans can expect to see more drama new and exciting characters and the comedy that you come to expect from Just Friends the web series.

Are y’all currently working on any other projects that we might end up seen soon?

Not yet

What do you think about the black filming industry?

I feel it’s a lot more opportunities for black filmmakers and black content and entertainment than it used to be and I’m excited to enter that world. I like to show different sides of African Americans and not all of us are gangsters like you see in a lot of films.

What would be a dream scenario in your mind?

Making it to Hollywood my own private jet haha but seriously though I’m doing this to make it I want to be up there with filmmakers like Issa Rae and Spike Lee.

I can’t wait for season two. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seen you on the big screens.

You’re welcome…thank you for the interview and for watching.

 

Season two of “Just Friends” is expected to drop this fall on their YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and watch all the drama unfold.

YouTube Channel: allyswayproductions

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/justfriendsthewebseries

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer for Colors (Short Story)

 

Disclaimer:

Before you, the reader, reads these stories, I just want to say that they are completely, without a doubt, FICTION. Fiction taken from Real World events. No person or persons depicted in these stories have been made to fruition based on real people. The concepts and backdrops of each story, ARE however, based on real scenarios.

In no way am I “Color-bashing” anyone, which most of you will assume, I am sure. There are points that need to be addressed based on each class, that are brought up in the stories. Each “Color” is in a different class in the scale of the world, aka the Color Prism.

ROYGBIV represents all colors. It is up to you to figure out which color represents the parallel group in today’s world…At least the ones that are named.

Please try to enjoy and understand the stories BEFORE criticizing and assuming the worst. Thank you.

Colors. They are all around us. We as a human family have been categorized by where we all come from in the world, and by the colors of our skin. We are never categorized as people who bring diversity or accomplishments to another “color”, but by where we come from and what we look like. The stories that follow are events that are taken from scenarios that each color has gone through in the class that they are in in the Color Prism.

What should be taken from these stories must not be discouraging, but should shed light on what is needed to change in modern society and to bring us all together. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Keanon Chambers.