The World According to ChickLitGurrl™

Where the WORD is IT :: Editorial/Writing Assistance offered by author, editor, educator Shōn Bacon

Author Steven Payette Stops by All the Blog’s a Page October 31, 2008

For the month of OCTOBER, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is featuring MALE WRITERS!  We wrap up the month with author Steven Payette, who has just released the first book in his Trevor Samuels mysteries, THE BACK OF MY MIND.

About BookTrevor Samuels, an investigator with fifteen years experience, is commissioned to investigate three arson losses. After numerous leads fail to generate any suspects, he suddenly gets a break in the form of fifteen-year-old Goth boy named Jesse. Jesse is heavily involved in the contraband cigarette market and he exposes Trevor to this seedy underworld. While trying to determine if the arson’s are related to the contraband cigarette market, Trevor uncovers greed, murder and corruption among the people he respects most. Join Trevor as he investigates the most difficult case of his career, a case that will either make his career or haunt him for the remainder of his life.

For the month of October, AtBaP authors are talking about BEING MALE; here’s the question that was posed:  Reflect on the stories you have written – the stories waiting to be written.  What themes, topics do you find your writerly mind pushing you to write?  How do these themes, topics portray themselves through you as a male writer?

What did Steven have to say?  Head over to ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE today to read his response AND to check out an excerpt of THE BACK OF MY MIND!

While at AtBaP, take the time to check out authors Vincent Alexandria, M. Christian, and Torrance  T. Stephens, Ph.D. and their responses on being male writers!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing

[http://alltheblogsapage.blogspot.com]

Advertisements
 

Why do YOU love Chick Lit Contest – TWO MORE DAYS! October 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shon @ 12:32 pm

ChickLitGurrl™ and author Brenda Janowitz are asking you, “Why do you love Chick Lit?”

From October 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008, you have the opportunity to answer this question in 250 words or less!  Be funny.  Be heartfelt.  Be creative.  Be engaging.  Take the question and develop a response that truly shows YOUR love for the genre.

On November 7,2008, ChickLitGurrl will announce the three best responses, and winners will receive an autographed copy of Brenda Janowitz’s latest novel, JACK WITH A TWIST!

About JACK WITH A TWIST:  Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.But that was yesterday.

Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong!

Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.

**********

Contest submissions must be e-mailed to sdb6812@hotmail.com and be received no later than 11:59 p.m., October 31, 2008.  Only ONE submission per participant.

Looking forward to reading why YOU love CHICK LIT!

 

SisterDivas Interviews Three Creative Women at MEDIA October 27, 2008

Filed under: publicity,SisterDivas — Shon @ 7:41 pm
Tags: , , ,

Over @ SisterDivas Magazine’s MEDIA COLUMN, we feature three phenomenal women with mega talent!

This issue, SD talks writer, director, educator ANASTACIA TOLBERT who shares her passion for writing, her excitement of being a Cave Canem fellow, and her drive to showcase her documentary GOTBREAST?…among other things!

Through the magic of the Internet, SD’s Shon Bacon reconnected with college classmate, photographer CHRISTY MARIE, and here, Shon talks with Christy about her various projects…GREAT PHOTOS within the interview!

SD Founder Tonya Howard sits with Italian songstress, ROMINA JOHNSON – who talks about her inspiration, her musical beginnings, and her latest CD Soul River!

Head to SISTERDIVAS now (at MEDIA) to check out our interviews!

SisterDivas Magazine – Where REAL Women Congregate![www.sisterdivasmagazine.net]

 

TNC Interviews Authors Deaubrey Devine & Stacey-Deanne

Filed under: publicity,TNC — Shon @ 6:56 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Shon Bacon, editor of The Nubian Chronicles, interviews authors Deaubrey Devine and Stacey-Deanne for TNC’s Fall 2008 issue.

Deaubrey Devine

Click cover to purchase YOUR copy of DESTINY HOPE FAITH DIVINE today!

INTERVIEW EXCERPT

TNC: Deaubrey Devine: THE SOUNDTRACK! What three tracks would make it onto a soundtrack of your life, and why?

DD: Never Would Have Made It-(Marvin Sapp) I chose this song to represent my life because of all the trails and tribulations I’ve experienced and knowing that God is the only reason I got through them all.

My Love – (Joe) I’m full of expressions, communication, and caring with a giving heart. I love to cater to my woman and make her feel important and special.

Good Life – (Kanye West ft. T- Pain) This song represents me as a person that likes to experience, explore, and enjoy a blessed life to the fullest. Sometimes it’s healing to just kick back and have a good time doing the simple things that makes you feel happy.

TNC: Who are some of your favorite writers, and how do they inspire you as a writer?
DD: Both Eric Jerome Dickey and Carl Webber are very inspirational writers to me because they both write about relationships that one can relate to. I’m also inspired and driven by Michael Baisden for his entrepreneur desires and self motivation.

TNC: What have you learned as a writer since the publication of DESTINY HOPE FAITH DIVINE?
DD: As a writer, I’ve learned that you have to remove yourself and personal feelings to the side to write for the reader’s. I’ve learned that reader’s want to be entertained but also they want to be able to get something out of the story. It’s important to deliver a message with a page turning flow so readers can enjoy the read without putting the book down.

Stacey-Deanne

Clickcover to purchase YOUR copy of MELODY today!

INTERVIEW EXCERPT

TNC: In screenwriting, a logline is a one-sentence summary of a script. Typically, a logline does three things: tells who the main character is and what he/she wants, tells who or what stands in his/her way, and tells what makes the story unique. Having said that, imagine the poster for MELODY: THE MOVIE.
What would its logline read?

SD: Melody has always had a reason to dislike her sister’s new boyfriends…now she has a reason to fear one.

TNC: What was the spark to which your novel MELODY began to take shape?

SD: I would definitely say when I thought of the character Keith. Keith is the antagonist in the story. He’s the villain and since this is a thriller,the novel feeds off of Keith’s actions. Keith is the one who moves the story and there would be no purpose for Melody without him. He’s not only Melody’s obstacle in the story, but he is also the purpose for her goal. She spends her time trying to get rid of Keith and expose him for the menace that he is. She soon finds out that this is not an easy task. He stops her (in unpredictable and frightening ways) at every single turn, leaving her cornered every time. She knew the guy was charming and even sneaky but she soon finds out he is also dangerous. From the opening chapter, the sparks between Melody and Keith explode and from that point on Melody embarks on a quest to find out the deal about this mysterious man.

TNC: What’s your favorite thing about MELODY?

SD: The character Keith is the main thing. Like I said there would be no Melody without him. He is my favorite character because he is the villain. He makes you so excited to see what he’s gonna do next. He even surprised me a few times, LOL. Also, I let loose with some things that happened in this book and I pushed the envelope a bit with the subject matter. That was very exciting. Melody was the first thriller I’ve written. I originally wrote it years ago,in 1997. After writing it, I saw how fun it was to write thrillers and mysteries. I began writing more thrillers. I felt like a vampire I suppose with her first taste of blood. After that taste, there was no turning back. I wanted more,
LOL.

To read more of Deaubrey Devine’s and Stacey-Deanne’s interviews, head over to The Nubian ChroniclesSTRAIGHT FROM DA PEN column and check them out!

The Nubian Chronicles – Writings of the Black Experience

[www.tnc-magazine.net]

 

The CHICKLITGURRL in The World According to ChickLitGurrl™ October 25, 2008

Filed under: chicklitgurrl,publicity — Shon @ 9:11 pm
Tags:

A lot of people ask me how I came up with the name ChickLitGurrl as my online moniker.  Initially, it was for a girl (me) who was a fan of Chick Lit.  It soon grew from that to a girl (me again) who loved literature by chicks (women, obviously).  It has kept parts of both definitions and now adds to it a girl (yep, me again) who loves writing literature about chicks (yes, women).

With that love of reading and writing women’s fiction, I started the blog ChickLitGurrl:  high on LATTES & WRITING (CLG) where I have interviewed and promoted women authors since 2005.

That love of showcasing women writers branched into wanting to help all writers.  This can be seen in the editing I do for clients, the Writers Boot Camp class that I offer, and the columns I write on various aspects of writing – all of while, I hope, will aid writers in developing their craft and achieving their literary dreams.

My latest foray into helping support writers comes in the form of a new blog – All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP):  where EVERYTHING relates to writing.  In this monthly blogging series, I play moderator to a group of writers.  I pick a topic, pose a question, and ask the writers to respond by tying the topic to their writing.  AtBaP began in August 2008, and has tackled the topics of faith, sex, and being male.  In November, we’ll look at being female, and end the year by looking at homosexuality and writing.

SO, at the end of the day, when it’s asked, “What is ChickLitGurrl?  Who is ChickLitGurrl?” I answer that ChickLitGurrl is a wordsmith who believes that one of her literary goals is to help other writers achieve their literary dreams – via interviews, features, and articles (all of which are free)…and editing and Writers Boot Camp (which aren’t free – lol – but are VERY reasonable!).

This blog site will offer information regarding my editorial and story development services as well as showcase the interviews, features, articles, and other things I’m doing to help writers.

If you’re a writer looking to connect with someone like me, then get to it! 🙂

 

Why Do You Love CHICK LIT Contest – 7 More Days! October 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shon @ 12:40 pm

ChickLitGurrl™ and author Brenda Janowitz are asking you, “Why do you love Chick Lit?”

From October 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008, you have the opportunity to answer this question in 250 words or less! Be funny. Be heartfelt. Be creative. Be engaging. Take the question and develop a response that truly shows YOUR love for the genre.

On November 7,2008, ChickLitGurrl will announce the three best responses, and winners will receive an autographed copy of Brenda Janowitz’s latest novel, JACK WITH A TWIST!

About JACK WITH A TWIST:  Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.

But that was yesterday.

Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong! Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.

**********

Contest submissions must be e-mailed to sdb6812@hotmail.com and be received no later than 11:59 p.m., October 31, 2008. Only ONE submission per participant.

Looking forward to reading why YOU love CHICK LIT!

 

Check Out WomenPR Wire! October 22, 2008

Filed under: publicity — Shon @ 7:43 pm

WomenPR Wire [http://www.womenpr.com] was created to help entrepreneurs and small business owners distribute their company news to women’s media, customers and prospects.

WomenPR Wire offers press release distribution to women focused newspapers, magazines, web based publications, and radio and television stations.

The company’s database holds a comprehensive listing of women focused media outlets. It delivers its clients’ press releases and electronic newsletters on a nationwide and international level.

Created by a self-published author, WomenPR Wire began as a do-it-yourself promotional service for self-published authors seeking to promote their literary work to perspective media outlets. Today the company has distributed press releases for clients from various industries.

Our services are designed to save our clients time and money while delivering results.

Check out WomenPR Wire [http://www.womenpr.com] today!