Laura Johnson is a first time author with her new novel titled “Where Would I Be”. She resides in Memphis, TN, where she attends college pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social & Criminal Justice with a minor in forensics. Laura was first bitten by the writing bug three years ago. While writing a journal she began to realize that her story could possibly help others who were going through the same thing.
In 2006, Laura was the victim of an abusive relationship that lasted for two and half years. The relationship was volatile from the beginning. While in this relationship, Laura contemplated suicide almost on a daily basis. If asked, she would immediately tell you that what kept from going through with suicide were her mother and younger brother. “I couldn’t leave them with that much pain, no matter what I was going through.”
By 2008, Laura had suffered many things at the hand of her abuser. Everything from verbal abuse to rape. She soon decided that she had to get out of the relationship before it was too late. Her last interaction with her abuser consisted of an argument and a fight, which lead to him being arrested. That day he promised he would get even.
In 2009, Laura began to write. She thought that, as her mother had told many times before, that she was not the only woman who had or will ever go through something like this. And this novel is the final product.
Taquila Thompson is a 22 year old single mother. At age fourteen she started to write poems as a hobby but after she gave birth to her first daughter at age seventeen she decided that she would pursue writing full time. She is now a mother of two with her first children’s series being released. It is entitled “Not Your Ordinary Family.” She was inspired to write the series from her own experience of growing up with a father in prison and by watching her daughter go through the same situation. So she decided to embrace it and let other families know that they are not alone. She’s overcome a lot in her life and she just wants to touch the world one person at a time.
N.S. Ugezene is the author of Pascal's Life and Pantaegeous. He is currently working on his third novel slated to be released in the summer of 2012. He started his journey into fatherhood in July and marriage, in May and welcomes life as a family man. Lastly, he is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Argosy University and is expecting to graduate in December of this year.
WHY I WROTE:
I would like to be part of this anthology to help to empower victims of domestic violence not to tolerate their situation any longer. I'd also want to be active in a cause that will affect change in a bad aspect of our world.
N.S. Ugezene, author http://stores.lulu.com/NSUgezene
Growing up in Memphis Tennessee, Joyce Oscar seems to have always had stories and rhymes in her head. Many days she would sit in her room writing song lyrics and later force her neighborhood friends to sing them. By the time she was in high school her love for reading and writing had become stronger. She attributes her love for words and expression to one of her literature instructors at Hillcrest High School.
“I remember sitting in my literature class one day and being given an assignment and we had to write a story. This was not a story of our choice so to speak.
Our teacher wrote a topic on the board, “She Was Old and Ugly”. This phrase was to be the very first sentence of our paper. I thought this was the craziest thing, she was always giving us strange writing projects. Well the point of the assignment was to get us to dig deep and pull out all of those literary terms that we had been learning. Each one needed to be reflected somehow in that paper. Well I received an “A” and it was the start of a whole new world for me.”
Throughout high school and beyond, Joyce has maintained many journals, but the journals that she wrote as an adult were the ones that gave her the inspiration for her first book of poetry, After Midnight: Love’s Journey. She feels that poetry had the power to re-create the human experiences like, falling in love, losing love, facing death and disease and finding God.
“Journaling was my escape from the daily stress. It was a secret between my pen and me. I never actually thought about writing as being anything other than something I did when
the rest of the world was asleep.”
In addition to being an author, Joyce is owner and CEO of Agaphe Publishing Group and CFO of Rever Entertainment. She hosts a monthly radio segment called the Lounge that airs on the LMB Network. A single mom, Joyce lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two kids. She is an alumnus of the University of Memphis and Mercer University and holds a degree in both Accounting and Information Technology. She is also an advocate of community service and volunteers with community organizations such as The Atlanta All-Stars Talent Network, The Pebblebrook Jr. Falcon Track Team, and the Pebblebrook Beta Phi Step Team.
WHY I WROTE:
"I write because if I cry, someone might see my pain...”
Smiling all the time was a hard but to me it was a necessity. However, there were so many times I was afraid that people would see beyond my smiles, beyond my stories of bliss. Of course, most of them were lies. I remember sitting on the edge of the bed watching him sleep. There was so much going on in my heart and head that I could hardly think straight. I HATED him! Even more, I hated myself for what I was allowing myself to go through. I wanted him out of my life, but as he so often told me, “only death would tear us apart”. I believed him and I was afraid. One day I decided that death was the only way, but it wouldn’t be mine. As I mixed the powdery substance and added it to his meal, a voice in the midst said “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” I believed the voice and I was no longer afraid.
I wanted to be a part of this anthology because just like me, so many are afraid to JUST LEAVE. I pray that my story and my poetry will touch on someone’s heart and help them to see that it’s definitely possible to just walk away.
Born in Springfield MA, Tamari leans on her faith in God, as her guiding light through life's many struggles. "Without Him, I would not be where I am today." Finally taking the first steps to fulfill her dream to release her inner story, Tamari wants hopes her passion will inspire others to follow their dreams.
She credits two people, who encouraged her to step out on faith and believe in her abilities, Kie Rodriguez and TonyWade. Today she has tapped into this amazing part of herself. The Poetess, who is so much a part of who she is. Her goal is to have a poetry book out sometime next year. Her debut introduction to the literary world will be a submission in the Anthology "Voices Behind the Tears," followed by a poetry book entitled, “Pen to Paper.” The anticipated date of release oh which is January 2012, followed by two more books later that year.
WHY I WROTE:
As a child in Haiti, my life was constantly touched by violence, though not domestic. The memories of death, destruction and pain still fill my heart with pain, and trepidation for those who still live under those circumstances.
At 12 years old my step father raised his hand to my mother, I coward in the corner with my baby sister and youngest brother,too afraid of a past I had left behind to move, as my other little brother went at his dad with all the might that his little 7 years old fist could muster. My mother being a woman of insurmountable mental strength quickly taught her husband that, that night would be the first and last time he would ever touch her like that in front of her children.
My mother was lucky, not so for to many other woman in the same circumstances. Today to many stories are heard and told each and everyday, hour, minute, that involve someone being hurt by somebody that they loved and trusted. To many woman feel like they do not have a way out, that they somehow deserve to be treated less then the divine creation of the Universe that they truly are. My hope is that I at least inspire one to take a step forward to a better tomorrow with my words.
Luna Charles Hardcastle
Author/ Men Are Not The Problem
Director/ Hardcastle Enterprises Corp
A force to be reckoned with in the urban literary world, Latisha N. Patterson comes onto the scene with years of writing under her belt. The author of Airing Out Dirty Laundry, Patterson pushes through the door of opportunity with her motto, “can’t stop, won’t stop”, and hasn’t ceased to impress with her no-nonsense writing style.
Patterson’s debut fictional novel, Airing Out Dirty Laundry, eases the reader in and out of erotica by intertwining real-life situations with love-hate characters who are forced to face skeletons in their closets. Inspired by events in her own life, Patterson’s Airing Out Dirty Laundry describes the effects of long-term relationships riddled with secrets.
Born, raised and living in Richmond, VA, Patterson began writing in high school, with a focus on poetry and short stories. A passion for turning her imagination into literature for the world to see, has led her to launching a career in 2007, which promises to earn her the title of “It Girl” among her novel-writing peers. She still makes time for formal education, having already earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management, and currently pursuing a bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Latisha is the doting mom of two daughters, Mikiya age12 and Tayanna age10.
WHY I WROTE:I think this is a great cause and I wanted to participate because I am a survivor of domestic violence. I was involved in a five year relationship that was abusive. I am proud to say that i am a survive and I made it out alive. I want to raise awareness and give hope to those going through a similar situation and l want to let them know that there is a way out. It is not something to be ashamed of because plenty of people are going through it or have been through it. I hope to be an inspiration for others.
My name is Mashawn Mickels and I was born in Ft. Benning, GA, yet raised around the world. My most recent stay was Columbus, GA, but I currently reside in Alexandria, VA. My passion is poetry. Because of that, I currently have two poetry books out titled “A Piece Of Me” and “Sexual Seduction”. I’m also working on a novel. I also provide personalized poems for weddings, birthdays and other various events. I’ve recently begun to add postcards to my line of products as well. In the near future I will finish up two more poetry books. One is titled “Road of Emotions”. The other, well, I’m still working on it.
WHY I WROTE:
This book is important to me because domestic violence happens all the time. Many people are so afraid to tell someone because they think no one will understand. I feel that it's very important for others to know and understand that others have been through that and many have come out on top. A lot of time, low self-esteem is involved and it just needs to be rebuilt.
OTHER INFO AND PROJECTS:
I have two books out as stated in my bio. I'm currently finishing up books three and four. I've also added some postcards to my line of products. I am the CO-Owner and President of SBS Book Club which is based out of Columbus, GA. I'm looking to expand the club so we are 'meeting' through conference calls now.
Ernestine Moore was born on 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio to Essie Moore and Harold Brook, whom she never met. Brook died before she was born but she considers her real father who she loves with all her heart to be Samuel Williams. Moore has been a resident of Detroit since she was two. She became a teen mother at the age of fifteen, dropping out of school and only receiving a seventh grade education. At the age of twenty-three, she already had six children and a daughter that she did not give birth to. Now, she is a grandmother of twelve beautiful kids and lives on the east side of Detroit with a disability caused by an accident while working on a transportation job. This is the first part of her book, which she considers a great fulfillment of her life. She is currently working on the second part of her autobiography.
WHY I WROTE