Thursday, September 29, 2016

Author Interview with Imani Wisdom

Today I have the honor of sitting down and talking with my sister and mentor Imani Wisdom.  Imani is the founder of Pink Noire Publications.  Based in Indianapolis, IN, Pink Noire is a groundbreaking company with an unpredictable brand of literary storytelling.   Imani is also the creator of Pink Noire Blog which hosts inspirational posts for the soul, along with social commentary.  Born and raised in “Indy,” Wisdom spends her days overseeing a family of five, writing short stories and books, cooking vegan dishes, running 5Ks and mini-marathons, and enjoying quality time with her friends and family.

Imani Wisdom is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College, earning a degree in Paralegal Studies. She is a prolific storyteller whose works depict an honest portrayal of societal issues. As a blogger and author, she has received numerous honors including 2012 nominee for Poet of the Year (AAMBC Book Club), March 2012 Up and Coming Author (The Writer’s POV Magazine), September 2011 Blog of the Month (The Writer’s POV Magazine), and February 2011 Editor’s Pick ( for her short story, The Shattered Mogul. Her works include Zion’s Road: A Love Story about Faith and Redemption, and her upcoming debut novel, The Journey of Ruthie Belle.

Can you tell us more about Imani the author?

The author? I'm a Women's and Contemporary writer. I also love to play with the Paranormal and Erotica genres. I'm unorthodox -- I don't follow the status quo when it comes to writing. I write just without outlines; I go with the flow.

You were a lot of hats. an you introduce us to Imani Wisdom CEO of Pink Noire? Tell us how it was founded and your mission?

Pink Noire was initially "Wickedly Sweet Ink". I had to amend the name because of how it was pronounced by a man from the bank, and my kids thought it was suggestive; such as, I write porn. Thus, the "pink and black" brand was born -- Pink Noire.

My mission, besides using the name and logo on my books, it's also an open-door for authors to have their platforms. I have big plans for Pink Noire, but I can't say what they are. Trust me, you won't be surprised.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years personally/professionally?

To be have my own practice as an Intellectual Property Attorney, as well as having seeing my dream Pink Noire come to life.

As a published author what have you learned about yourself since you started your career? Is there anything you would change?

I discovered since being on this journey that I have amazing strength, and patience. I mean, really, ten years is long freakin' time to publish anything. I could've said "forget this" and threw my hands up and returned to mediocrity. But no, I continued to fight and write, and cried some, but kept writing until I made it here -- this discussion.

As for what I would change? I would go back and look for a mentor and save my money, because what we're doing is a business. And you can't start a business broke and with bad credit. If anything, whomever is starting their dream as a writer or author, please do research and make sure you have a true business mind. As my daughter says all the time, business is math!

What inspires you to keep writing and when did you pen your first book?

My inspiration comes from disappointments, anger, and the need to express myself when there is injustice. More importantly, I get inspired from everyday people and things; they are a major source of my material. As for my book, I penned my first ten years with Zion's Road.

When did you first discover your gift for writing?

At eight years old. I wrote my first song lyrics, and thought it was so good, I submitted to a company I've never heard of and did not copywrite a word. But, they did send me a contract to record them. Unfortunately, my uncle who happens to be a lawyer, told my mom it was scam. So, that was my disappointment as writer. lol

Do you have a playlist that you listened when writing The Journey to Ruthie Belle? If so can you share it?

Mary J. Blige - No More Drama:

Mary Mary: Yesterday

Erica Campbell - A Little More Jesus

If you were asked to write a short story based on your journey as an author, what would it be?

The name of it? "The Woman Who Finally Got it Right". The context of the story will be the same as Ruthie's: perseverance and determination, and all with a happy ending.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Stephen King, Sapphire, and Sistah Souljah, just to name a few.

When you are not writing, what do you like to read?

I love reading nonfiction, because I enjoy reading strong point of view on the certain issues. Right now, I'm reading Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow'.

Who are your creative influences?

Surprisingly, my influences stretches beyond authors, but strong figures of our lifetime. There's Oprah, of course, Maya Angelou, Alicia Keys, and Mary J. Blige, just to name a few.

Do you have an anticipate release date for The Journey to Ruthie Belle's?

No, particular date. I hate making promises. I'll just say in two weeks.

How long did it take for you to develop Ruthie Belle's character?

One minute. LOL! She was Harold love's grandmother, and added her in. However, in her story, it didn't take long to develop Ruthie's background. I'm character-driven, so wherever a character goes, I go.

For those that have not read Zion's Road can you please share the inspiration behind the story?

There was enough inspiration to share with another author. I found it from the Sean Bell case in New York, my aunt, who passed away in 2003, and years of racial injustice. But, this story has been on my heart since I was young girl. I've always wanted to write about love story of overcoming impossible challenging -- and think Harold's fits that category.

Do you have any future projects that you would like to share with us?

Well, I'm hoping to have this play produced soon, since I've written three manuscripts that proceeds it. If not, I have other manuscripts in my library. But I really prefer to have this play come to life, it has an amazing story.

Connect with Imani Wisdom

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When l hear the name Imani Wisdom I think of strength, compassion, mentor, and encourager.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Sandhills’ Open House Event

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Sandhills’ Open House Event 
Saturday, Sept. 17th 10am-2pm 
195 Sandy Avenue 
Southern Pines, NC 28387 

Did You Know That September is Hunger Action Month? 

Join us at the Food Bank September 17th to learn about our organization and the services we offer in the community to help those who are food insecure. We will have live entertainment, free food, games and activities for all ages.

In the Sandhills area there are more than 43,000 people who are at risk of hunger. Come to our Open House event to learn, fellowship and support the Food Bank in our mission to ensure that No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina. 

Thank you for all of your past, present and future support. We hope to see you there. 

This event is open to the public. Feel free to invite staff, volunteers or family members. Please check the accompanying flyer for additional info. If you would like to see how you can help support this event, please contact Jessica Ledbetter, Outreach Coordinator at 910.692.5959 ext. 2404 or Visit 

 For every $1 donated to the Food Bank we can provide 5 meals or $10 worth of food.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Author Interview with Sylvia hubbard

LaToya: Hi Sylvia, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Sylvia:  Born and raised in Detroit, I am a happily divorced mother of three children. I’ve been writing since I was six and I stepped out to the Indie Book Market in 2000. In that same year, I also started my online /offline writing and reading network,, which helps writers to their literary goal and connect readers to Michigan authors.

LaToya: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Sylvia:  To just write stories that millions of readers wouldn’t find anywhere else and have the reader walk away with the lesson, be careful what you wish for and there is love out there for everyone.

LaToya: Which writers inspire you?
Sylvia: My shero of all time is Beverly Jenkins. Others that gave me inspiration is Johanna Lindsey, Virginia Henley and Octavia Butler.

LaToya: What are you working on at the minute?
Sylvia: I’m currently working on a blogged story on my site, Three Ways To Pleasure and coming up in October, I’ll be doing a blogged book called The Murderer’s Lover.

LaToya: What genre are your books and why?
Sylvia: They are categorized in Suspense and Romance. Why? Because I like to kill people and hide a lot of things, but in the end I like a good love story. A better name would be Sensual Noir, but that’s just my opinion.

LaToya: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Sylvia: What’s Zane and James Patterson mixed together? Sylvia Hubbard

LaToya: When did you decide to become a writer?
Sylvia: According to my mother, I’ve been a writer since I was six when I used to lie to her and after my butt whooping she would make me write my lie down. I saw that writing the “story” down was so much better than telling it, I began to write more of my “tall tales” in journals and in notebooks. When I was seventeen, I skipped school to go out to a free woman’s expo and I saw Beverly Jenkins surrounded by her books. I spoke with her for an hour and when I walked away, I knew then I wanted to be a writer.

LaToya: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Sylvia: It feels like full time, but I actually write part-time. I’ve produced over 35 books in fifteen years and I have about seven more to come in this year alone.

LaToya: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Sylvia:  I don’t have a special time to write. Due to a 40 hour a week mind draining job, a single mom of three and head of my household, plus running an organization, marketing for myself and others, I rarely have a moment of sleep, so I get in where I fit in to my writing schedule. I keep paper pencils, pens, and even a Bluetooth keyboard in my purse to attach to my phone so I have no excuse not to write.
LaToya: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Sylvia:  I try to write at least 2500 to 10,000 words a day.

LaToya: Where do your ideas come from?
Sylvia:  EVERYWHERE! I Literally suck up life and mold it around a story. I’m a virgo so I remember details – lots of details and I love to put those characteristics, situations into my story weaving these elements around each other to bring out the best or the worst.

LaToya: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Sylvia:  I’m an insane pantser. I hate to outline unless I have a story that has to do with a time table and I want to get it right for me and the readers.

LaToya: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Sylvia: I’m always a work in progress and I still get scared every time I start a story; even after 35 books, but I believe I’ve evolved into a great writing machine.

LaToya: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sylvia: Finishing.      

LaToya: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Sylvia:   Justifying lust. I know that sounds weird, but there was a lot of lust going on in this book and I wanted my main character to come out smelling like a rose. Whew!

LaToya: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Sylvia:  The setting. Most times it’s in Detroit and it’s a city I love and know so well.

LaToya: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Sylvia:  About three to four months when I put my butt in a chair and write daily.

LaToya: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Sylvia:  At least doing web series or even getting that sweet publishing deal that works for me, and not for them.

LaToya: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Sylvia:  Don’t stop, no matter what life throws at you.

LaToya: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Sylvia:  Mary Magdalene. I think her story really needs to be put out in the open so people can stop bad mouthing her.

LaToya: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Sylvia: Pride and Prejudice. To know I wrote the ultimate guide to How to Write a great love story would be an honor.

LaToya: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Sylvia: Your mess is your message. Put it out there and don’t worry about other people judging you.

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