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Women, Don’t Forget Your Worth

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends..
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

Note: the author is unknown to me. This came to me as an email forward. If you know the author, please have them contact me for an interview. This was a brillant poem!


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Summer Romance Selections

Happily Never After by T. Wendy Williams
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: April 2009
ISBN-13: 9781933967813

Synopsis
To family and friends, Dorothy and David Leonard’s marriage appears to be one made in heaven. While David is one of Houston ‘s most prominent physicians, Dorothy is a loving and carefree housewife. It seems as if life couldn’t be more fabulous for this couple who appear to have it all: wealth, social status, and a loving union.

However, looks can be deceiving. Happily Never After tells the story of what really happens behind closed doors when the eyes of the community aren’t watching. Find out what happens when the flawless veneer begins to crack. Buy the book here.


The Last Prejudice by David Rivera Jr.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Pub. Date: April 2009
ISBN-13: 9781593092351

Synopsis
From the bestselling author of Playing in the Dark — an erotic and romantic novel about how real love is measured by the size of your heart and not the size of your hips.

The three plus-sized women in The Last Prejudice find support in one another during the ups and downs of their juicy romances and chaotic lives. Noreen Klein is more than comfortable inside the smooth curves a size-24 frame enables. She’s an empowered diva who gets what she wants — including hot men.

On the other hand, Dahlia Ortega is a beautiful woman who is extremely insecure with her thick body. Recently coming out of an abusive marriage, the docile Dahlia is left with a raging thirst for dominance. Kat Davis once had a perfect body, but now has to contend with the additional sixty pounds she put on during her tumultuous pregnancy. She wrestles with releasing herself from a self-imposed emotional prison, to embrace the love she deserves. Follow these three women as they fulfill their insatiable sexual appetites and overcome the disheartening emotional challenges that trouble many full-figured women.

Fresh, thoughtful, and endlessly provocative, The Last Prejudice proves how biases against voluptuous women don’t exist when love and lust is in the air. Readers will be riveted by Rivera’s fast-paced and passionate writing style — a must-read for women of all sizes. Buy the Book


A Private Affair by Donna Hill
Publisher: Kimani Press
Pub. Date: July 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780373831623
Re-released

Synopsis
A successful business woman in the New York world of publishing, Nikita Harrell refused to settle for less than a picture-perfect life. This decision had cost her the only man she had ever loved, because Quinn Parker was a man struggling against poverty and despair. Now, he’s back–the author of a hot new novel that could propel Nikita’s company to unimaginable success. But unexpected rivals and a sudden crisis will force Nikita and Quinn to gamble for one last chance to reconcile their dreams. Buy the book here.

Fools Rush In by Gwynne Forster
Publisher: Kimani Press
Pub. Date: August 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780373831654

Synopsis
Justine’s search for the daughter she placed up for adoption leads her to a divorced journalist, who happens to be looking for a nanny. It isn’t long before Duncan Banks realizes something’s not quite right about his daughter’s new nanny. Things get complicated when passion consumes the new relationship between father and nanny.
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Intentional Mistake by Michele Sudler
Publisher: Genesis Press, Incorporated
Pub. Date: July 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9781585713479; 288pp

Synopsis: Sometimes in life we make what we believe to be the right choice when in fact it turns out to be our most dreadful decision.Tia Avery comes face to face with her past when her ex boyfriend Jeff Daniels comes to town after five years to manage her cousins’ bar. Jess and Tia rekindle their relationship but everyone except Jeff knows that his is the father of Tia’s son.Tia must decide whether to confess her past sin or face pushing the man she loves away. But before she could decide her course of action destiny takes over and Jeff discovers that he is a father.Hurt and betrayal and love and passion do tug of war with their hearts until the fate intervenes. Can their love survive life and death? Buy the Book here.

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Book Spotlight: Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies

What would you do if the secret you were keeping could set you free, yet ultimately devastate the ones you love?….

Victoria and Ted are the ultimate power couple. She’s a beautiful, business savvy sister who owns one of Atlanta ’s most sought after event planning companies. Ted’s a powerful, blue-eyed CEO who knows how to take care of business in and out of the boardroom. But their seemingly happy life begins to unravel in the blink of an eye when long-held desires and decades old secrets come back to haunt them. As they journey down a road filled with uncertainty, they’re forced to take a hard look at themselves and confront their hidden fears. Can they repair the damage before it’s too late, or will they follow a path headed for destruction?

Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies, is filled with interesting, three-dimensional characters and a juicy, thought-provoking storyline that will have you discussing it long after the story ends!

Title: Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies
Author: Trice Hickman
Publisher: Platinum Books
Publication Date: June 23, 2009
ISBN: 9780979561818
Paperback: 285 pages

Book Trailer URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOvT-LQgHH0

Buy the Book: http://www.tricehickman.com/buythebook.html

Trice Hickman, author of Unexpected Interruptions
http://www.tricehickman.com
or
http://www.myspace.com/tricehickman

Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies….Available June 23, 2009!

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Intimate Conversation with author Recha

Intimate Conversation with author Recha G. Peay
At the age of five, the gift of a Barbie Doll typewriter from a family friend sparked Recha’s interest in the written word. For hours she’d sit in front of her toy typewriter and peck away occasionally stopping to greet the public and sign autographs. Throughout her childhood and early adulthood she held on to her dream even though career choices lead her in a different direction.

In 1996, The Mystery of a Woman was born and manifested as a small collection of poetry. To no avail, and many rejection letters later they were never published. Recha didn’t stop there and asked herself what would make her poetry unique. During a moment of meditation the answer was clear, a novel. In 1997, the collection of poetry became the premise of her first novel. Just like so many aspiring authors she worked tirelessly then packed it all away.

In 2003, the unfortunate news of a job closing inspired Recha to ‘think outside of the box.’ So she did just that. With the encouragement and support of two children she unpacked her storage box and breathed new life into her project. Her steps were ordered as God allowed her to make contact with Kimberly Matthews of Kissed Publications, who tirelessly assisted her through several edits finally seeing it through to completion. The rest is a ‘Mystery’.

Recha wants all of her readers to know with God’s divine guidance dreams do come true. So remember the three P’s prayer, persistence and patience.

Ella Curry of EDC Creations sits down for a one-on-one chat with Recha

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I’m a native Memphian. I smile whenever people ask about my journey as a writer. Since the age of five I’ve been pretending to write and sign autographs. My love for the spoken word began in church as I recited the work of others. Two poems in particular that come to mind are William Herbert Brewster’s ‘I’m Determined To Be Somebody Someday’ and Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’. Having to recite their work only sparked my creativity and prompted me to write my own.

Ella: Recha, tell us about your book and the characters.

Illusion of Love Synopsis: At an annual Christmas party an image of perfection stepped into Tatiana’s life. From the outside looking in, Courtney McAdams appeared to have it all; career, good looks and charming personality. Nine months later they were married, moving into a suburban dream home and planning to start a family. His request for her to quit teaching art at the elementary school to become a full-time wife and mother seemed ideal when he revealed plans to convert an extra bedroom into an art studio. With all they’d accomplished she felt obligated and realized a child would be the most perfect gift any wife could give a husband. Courtney, on the other hand had a different agenda. Overcome by greed, Courtney and his best friend record sexually explicit adult videos and sell them on the internet. Having children was never in his plan and marrying Tatiana was only a cover to protect his image.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
In ‘Illusion Of Love’ you see that ‘everything that glitters ain’t gold’. We have to acknowledge our gut instinct as woman’s intuition and pay attention to the signs no matter how impressive the physical package.

How many times have we been approached by someone who appeared to have it all then find out a few weeks or months later you met the representative? Sistah’s may I hear an ‘Amen’! It has happened to me and I’m certain it has happened to you. Whether we choose to admit it or not I feel that the entire plot is realistic.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
Being successful in this business shouldn’t be measured by your financial gain but by the lives you touch. Many people have this false perception that you write a book and overnight you’re a millionaire! Hmmm…? Well that isn’t my testimony. For me writing is a passion. I’d rather write than eat a meal. Now that’s serious.

My advice to other writers/authors–hang in there and don’t let go of your dream. All of us have a story and whether through traditional/non-traditional publishing it needs to be told.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m excited about “Losing 4 Literacy” a twelve week weight loss competition/literacy awareness project originated by C. Jay of The Risque Cafe. Being involved in a project of that magnitude is giving me the opportunity to promote weight loss/healthy living, encourage literacy and reiterate the importance of education. As an author I feel obligated to give back to my readers and the community.

I’m also very excited about the release of my fourth novel ‘Table for Three’ in October 2009.

‘Table For Three’ is a fiction novel that explores the lives of three women with three very different personalities and three lifestyles. You may ask when did their paths cross and how did they manage to become best friends?

Shiquanna Alize Jenkins, A.K.A. Fantasia is an exotic dancer, performs at a local gentleman’s club but prefers private audiences. She has no morals, is alcohol dependant and curses like a sailor.

Yvonne Miller, Certified Public Accountant never married and has no children. She’s a devout Christian waiting on God to deliver her soul mate who she believes to be her minister.

India Rasheed, the earthy spiritualist of the trio, is a full-time student who finally declared a major after ten years. Her self-appointed purpose in life other than persistent unemployment is to make a global impact by spiritually awakening lost souls.

Is Shiquanna happy showcasing her body to pay the rent? Despite hours of Bible study and prayer does Yvonne really have a dark side? Is India as spiritually grounded as she portrays? Other than a weekly girl’s night out what is the tie that has bound three apparently different women together as friends for so many years?

SO DON’T BE JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER, LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING!

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you and your readers. I want to thank you for the support and encouragement. Please feel free to email any comments/questions to me at http://www.rechagpeay.com/. Stay encouraged and keep in touch.

Recha G. Peay, Author
http://www.rechagpeay.com/

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Intimate Conversation with author Matthew Aaron Goodman

Intimate Conversation with author Matthew Aaron Goodman

Matthew Aaron Goodman earned a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA from Emerson College, and benefited from the tutelage of Dr. Derek Hyra, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Arisa White, and asha bandele. Working hand and hand with formerly incarcerated men and women, he helped to create The Leadership Alliance, a community empowerment project with The Doe Fund that unites recently freed people and volunteer partners.

In 2006, he had the privilege of writing about the painter Clintel Steed’s work as well as study the artistic process and share summer corn with the visual artist Michael Dopp. His brother Joshua Goodman is an expert fly fisherman and habanero horticulturist in Colorado. His brother, David Goodman,is an artist and writer whose most recent work and writing has been exhibited in conjunction with Human Rights Watch’s Red Hand Day Campaign. Matthew now lives with Nadia, his wife, in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, he leads a literacy program for exalt, a nonprofit organization that assists youth on the spectrum of criminal justice involvement. You can visit their blog: http://www.exaltscholars.wordpress.com/.
Ella: Matthew tell us about your passion for writing.
I write because I don’t know how to play an instrument; writing is my outlet. I’ve got a trumpet and a guitar, and I’ve taught myself how to play the piano a little by planting myself in music stores and picking at the plastic keys of synthesizers and keyboards, but to date, writing is the only place I can make music, sit down and play a song so to speak. Of course, as with playing a song well, writing requires one to sit down and rehearse the song again and again, manipulating the phrasing so how I feel is conveyed in the notes as much as the harmonious intentions of the composer. So I also love the depth and precision writing affords. Writing is an act of refining, of sculpting and discovering ways of speaking, creating connections between perceptions that cause visceral reactions. So it’s the pursuit of writing, of composing that phrase in a song, that succession of notes that makes you nod your head and say “hmmmm…” that has captured me and that I am passionate about.

Ella: Please introduce us to your new soul stirring book, Hold Love Strong.
Born to a thirteen-year-old in the bathroom of his family’s small apartment, Abraham Singleton enters a world laden with the obstacles inherent in an impoverished community. In spite of the crack epidemic and the HIV crisis that ravages his neighborhood, his family, the Singletons—cousins, an uncle, and aunt, Abraham and his mother—are held together by Abraham’s heroic grandmother, whose deep faith and stoic nature have always given them a sense of wholeness and hope.

But when the family goes through several harrowing losses, not even his grandmother may be strong enough to lead them through. At the center of this story is Abraham, the youngest of the Singletons. Deeply intuitive and cerebral, he is determined to thrive in a place that has destroyed the dreams of so many around him. College means opportunity, yet it also means leaving those he loves behind. Abraham’s journey into adulthood will break his heart but ultimately offer the possibility of redemption.

In this haunting, lyrical, and evocative novel, Matthew Aaron Goodman composes a paean to the power of family and belonging in the African-American community. Hold Love Strong is a spellbinding coming-of-age tale about love, hope, and the will to survive, and a stunning universal story about the incredible capacity of the human spirit.

Ella: What does Hold Love Strong offer the reader?
Hold Love Strong offers the reader an opportunity to invest themselves in the championing of a young man’s innate potential as he navigates and overcomes the harrowing conditions of his community. It is the chance to cheer for someone, to cry for them, to be reminded that all things are possible through love and hope.

Ella: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because…
I am powerful because I question my power, because I know that individual strength, my independent capacity—be it to love or to lift or, god forbid, to hate.. I am powerful because I believe in our innate, universal potential to be humane. I am powerful because I understand that every day is a blessing that I share with everything that breathes air. I am powerful because I am not afraid to speak my truth.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I grew up in a small town an hour north of New York City which because there were only a handful of Jews was, for all intents and purposes, the very far reaches of the Jewish Diaspora. This experience made me understand my difference, my otherness. It also afforded me the chance to love and appreciate people who—culturally, ethnically, and religiously—were unlike myself. Then, when I went off to college—at Brandeis University—I learned how important it is to be proud of my culture and identity. These two lessons, both forms of isolation because of difference, took time to navigate and unite into one formed identity and so had a tremendous amount to do with my journey as a human being and thus, this journey of writing. As for how I began writing, I don’t know. I do know that when I was a child I was very, very quiet, and to get me to talk, my mother would sit me at the kitchen table and have me tell her the stories of the people in the pictures in the magazine opened before me. So, I think it was there, participating in the oral tradition of storytelling, that I first began to write.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
For me, the two main characters in Hold Love Strong are Abraham and his cousin, Donnel. How much they love each other, the lengths they will and do go to fortify and champion each other cannot be measured or described.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
Writing a novel is something you must pour your heart into. Afterwards, it becomes a business. I think a writer must never lose sight of writing as an art form, and accept that the business related to creating a book is not their realm of expertise.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
Although the quick answer is the publication of Hold Love Strong, the truth is my most significant achievement is the fact that I have loved and remain very much in love with writing. It’s like a marriage. What is more significant? The day one gets married or all of the years one remains faithfully wedded?

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
Never let doubt infect you. Never let yourself think that what you are writing is more important than those you live and love with.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
The. Belief. In Love.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, awards or recent book reviews.
“Matthew Aaron Goodman’s Hold Love Strong is a powerful and poignant story of the gallant Abraham who struggles on the night side of American society yet exudes a light of genuine hope…” -Dr. Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters

Book Reviews for Hold Love Strong
“The urgency of reading Matthew Aaron Goodman’s work is that he complicates what is too often made unrealistically simple: our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors. That he does so with such profound beauty only makes the experience of Hold Love Strong ever more incredible…” -asha bandele, author of The Prisoner’s Wife and Something Like Beautiful

“What a poignant book. The younger generation offers a wonderful writer!” -Nikki Giovanni, Poet

“Matthew Aaron Goodman writes with tremendous heart and gorgeous lyricsm. He loves the characters whose lives he chronicles, loves them in all their flaws, through all their missteps. He’s with them, celebrating their glories in ecstatic, ebullient riffs, and mourning their defeats with an unflinching compassion…” -Thisbe Nissen, Author of The Good People of New York and Osprey Island

“Goodman delivers a commanding investigation of love, family and freedom set in a New York City housing project…” –Publishers Weekly


Matthew Aaron Goodman,
author of HOLD LOVE STRONG: A Novel
www.holdlovestrong.com

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Business Spotlight: Rhonda Crowder, freelance editor

Intimate Conversation with editor Rhonda Crowder

Offering developmental, content, and copy services to authors and publishers, Rhonda Crowder is a freelance editor who has worked on seven novels in less than three years with two appearing on the Essence bestsellers list. Currently, she lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is a general assignment reporter for the Call and Post Newspapers as well as a contributing writer for magazines and trade publications. Rhonda is also an aspiring novelist and has been featured in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland.

Ella: How did you get your start in this business/industry? After interviewing and writing an article about Triple Crown Publications CEO Vickie Stringer (which she loved), for the Call and Post Newspapers, she asked me if I edited manuscripts. I said yes, submitted my resume, completed a sample edit, and went on to work on three novels. Two became Essence bestsellers. After that, I signed up on myspace and found there was a huge market for this service. From there, I established myself as a freelance editor and authors began to reach out in need of my services.

Ella: Did you have any formal training?
Yes I do. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, editing, and publishing from Cleveland State University.

Ella: What separates you and your firm from the competition?
I believe I have the ability to view a manuscript from four different perspectives: as the average reader, a student of literature, writer, and editor. Then, when it comes to street or urban lit, I got some ‘cred.’ LOL. Also, I understand psychology and logic. That’s important when reviewing stories because stories must make sense.

Ella: How would you describe your experience as a entrepreneur?
One word, chal-len-ging. And, that’s because I’m a one woman show. There’s so much to be done other than the actual work. Records and taxes. While, I enjoy doing the actual work more so than doing the business. There’s a difference between the two. But, I refuse to give up. My goal is to perfect the business. I’ve finally got the work load under control.

Ella: What do you like most about your profession?
I enjoy reading. I love working with words. And, although I may sometimes become extremely frustrated during the process, I get a rush when witnessing a story come together in the end. Also, it’s a shear pleasure to hear the sound of an author’s voice or see the look on their face once that book is in print. I love helping people make their ideas and dreams come to life.

Ella: What is your biggest challenge in business? How did you overcome it?
Transforming what I do as a side job into a company. But, this year, I plan to use the resources available through organizations such as the Urban League and others to ensure that the business aspects is in order and can thrive.

Ella: What advice would you give someone just starting out in your industry?
You have to do this work for the love, the passion, not the money. It’s a slow grind in the beginning. But, if you love it, never give up. The rewards will eventually come!

Ella: What do you hope to offer your clients or customers to shape their lives?
In addition to a well-edited manuscript that will sell forever, the tools they need as to survive as writers with or without me.

Ella: What are 3 things all leaders possess?
An ability to listen, generate ideas to solve problems, and communicate effectively.

Ella: How does your mission or vision keep your business growing?
By helping others communicate effectively, the have a better chance at stay in business. With that, I remain in business!

Rhonda Crowder can be contacted at paydapiper@aol.com.Visit her on-line at Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Intimate Conversation with author Eugenia O’Neal

Intimate Conversation with author Eugenia O’Neal

Eugenia O’Neal is a true woman of the Caribbean – her mother was from the Dominican Republic and her father was born in Cuba. She, herself, grew up in the British Virgin Islands and went to high school in Barbados before studying journalism in Philadelphia. She’s currently living and working in London while working on several manuscripts.

Three of her short stories have been published in The Caribbean Writer and, in 1995, she participated in the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami. One of her more recent short stories appeared in the Black Expressions Anthology, The Heart of Our Community. Her first book was From the Field to the Legislature: A History of Women in the VIrgin Islands, which was based on her master’s thesis for the University of the West Indies and was published by Greenwood Press in 2001. Her first contemporary romance received rave reviews as has Dido’s Prize, her latest offering. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and From The Heart Romance Writers. Her Website is http://www.eugeniaoneal.com/.

Ella: Introduce us to your new book, Dido’s Prize.
Dido, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation, runs away to join Henry Morgan’s privateer fleet and find the treasure that will allow her to buy her family’s freedom. What she doesn’t bargain on is falling in love with El Negro, a pirate captain with no particular yen for a long-lasting relationship. As Morgan sails the Spanish Main, sacking first, El Puerto del Principe in Cuba, and then the great city of Porto Bello in Panama, Dido becomes a valued member of El Negro’s crew. After the ships return to Jamaica, Dido thinks she will never see the pirate captain again, but he comes to her rescue when she is in peril. They flee deep into the Blue Mountains, but El Negro knows he will never be safe on the island. Together, Dido and her pirate, head back out to sea to find a place where they can live and love in freedom.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I started writing when I was very young – I love writing as much as I love reading. I started my first manuscript before I finished college but I never completed it, I just shelved it and didn’t bother trying to polish it up. Then when I was in my early thirties I thought about it and decided to have another go – the manuscript that became Just an Affair looked very different after all my revisions than it had when I first wrote it. I hadn’t known anything then about conflict and dark moments and those sorts of things.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
Dido’s Prize tells the story of a young slave girl determined to find freedom for herself and her family who runs away and joins a pirate ship. Dido and El Negro are the two main characters of Dido’s Prize. Dido is great – very determined, very resolute, very brave. She also doesn’t pay much attention to her looks even though she’s a beautiful woman, that’s one of the things I like about her.

El Negro is the perfect match for her – a man’s man – also very brave, he doesn’t take s–t from anyone. He was once a slave but he fought his way out of that condition while not losing his compassion for others.

Dido finds the treasure she dreamed of and more, but can she and her pirate lover escape the violence and turbulence of their times? You have to get the book…LOL

Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
Dido’s Prize is set in an era and in a region that many people don’t know a lot about yet it’s completely based on facts – Henry Morgan was a real privateer and the raids on Cuba and Portobello that Dido and El Negro participate in really happened. There have also been black pirates in the Caribbean, probably ever since there was piracy – not too many were captains but el Negro is a plausible character. Many readers have told me that they love the history – love learning about pirate life, about the Maroons (free black communities), about the Tainos (the indigenous people).

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
A sense that they’ve learned something about the lives of people who lived just a few hundred years ago who had to surmount incredible odds just to be together and to live their lives as they wanted.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
It’s advice you hear everywhere but that’s because it’s so useful – to read a lot and to write a lot. The more you read the better you become at understanding what works and what doesn’t and the more you write, the better you will be at incorporating what you’ve learned in your own writing. I’d also add to get out there and experience as many new and different things as you can – taste new foods, travel to new countries or communities, attend different festivals and fairs – keep your mind and your eye open to different and learn how to describe what you’re seeing so others can see it too without being there.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
Persistence, hard work, lots of patience!

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve sent in a new historical novel that I’m very excited about. It’s set in two different eras and tells the story of two women who appear to be very different on the surface but who have more in common than you might first think. And I’m working on a couple other manuscripts as well so I’m trying to keep busy while taking my own advice and enjoying life.

Ella: How may readers connect with you online:

Website: http://www.eugeniaoneal.com

My Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/people/Eugenia-ONeal/1206604729

My Shelfari page
http://www.shelfari.com/eugenia


Book Reviews:

Eugenia O’Neal author of Dido’s Prize, Parker Publishing

“an exciting, fast-paced story with runaway slaves, swashbuckling pirates and a slave uprising…” Leslie Frohberg, Romantic Times BookClub
“[Dido’s Prize] is full of history, an excellent love story, humor in the face of adversity and some really well done suspense…”
Dee Dailey, The Romance Studio

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