Contributing Writers

Editor: Joy Farrington

Joy Farrington is CEO of Lit Diva, Inc. a non-profit organization that supports, promotes, and empowers African-American book clubs and authors. In 2010, Joy Farrington published A Literary Diva’s Guide to Hosting a Fab Book Club Meeting which is being hailed as “the blueprint for book clubs.”  She is also the host of Between the Sheets, a weekly online radio show which features top name African-American authors.  Her most noted interview to date was with acclaimed author, poet, and activist, Nikki Giovanni.

Currently, Joy Farrington is working on the next book in the A Literary Diva’s Guide series. She continuously offers local workshops and teleseminars on how to host meetings, literary events, inviting authors to their meeting and how to turn their passion for books into a business. She lives in Miami, Fl. Websites: http://thebookclubexpert.com, http://litdiva.com

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Contributing Writer

Voted Most Outstanding Journalist of the Decade by the Disilgold Soul Literary Review in 2008, Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications around the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee and Rotten Tomatoes.In addition to a BA in Black Studies from Cornell, he has an MA in English from Brown, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from Boston University. Kam lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and son.
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Guest Bloggers:

Carleen Brice

Carleen Brice is author of the novels Orange Mint and Honey and Children of the Waters. Orange Mint and Honey appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network as Sins of the Mother, starring Jill Scott. It was LMN’s second-highest rated original movie ever. Carleen is currently at work on her third novel. Website: www.carleenbrice.com

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Jurena Burgess

Jurena Burgess

Jurena Burgess is a native of Virginia.  Born in Newport News and raised in Hampton. At an early age she developed a love for reading, knowledge, and poetry.  Some of her favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Terri McMillan, and E. Lynn Harris.

She’s in the process of finishing a memoir based on her life in the foster care system.  Through her writing she hopes to inspire others who have gone through or are going through some the same issues or may feel that going on is not an option.   It is!  It is the only option.  Motivating others about life itself is a main goal of hers especially victims of abuse.  She’s a member of the Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA), is on the Board of Directors for Striving to Achieve Real Success  (S.T.A.R.S.), Charlotte African-American Writers Group and Mahogany Writer’s Group of Raleigh, NC.

Ms. Burgess is also the founder of Literally Speaking Book Club located in Charlotte, NC which is where she now resides.  Through her love of literary arts she has written several poems which are to be published late 2010.

Jurena Burgess is a contributing writer in From Foster Care to ANYWHERE. Visit the website for more information about the book.

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Pat G’ore Walker

Pat G'orge Walker

Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) – Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church and black church life, in particular, into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G’Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk. She does it without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.

Pat G’Orge-Walker has led a colorful life professionally, to say the least. She  is a former record industry veteran who has worked for several major labels including Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She also performed with the legendary 60′s girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels (“Maybe”) as well as with gospel groups.

In between writing books and spending time with her husband Rob in their Long Island, New York, home, Pat is busy touring the country performing her sold-out one-woman Sister Betty comedy show.

Websites:

www.sisterbetty.com

www.patgorgewalker.com

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Michelle Larks

Author, Michelle Larks

Michelle Larks is an Illinoisan native. She was born and raised in the Windy city, Chicago, and currently resides in a western suburb. Michelle was educated in the Chicago public school system and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michelle has penned eight books since 2003. The titles include A Myriad of Emotions, Crisis Mode, Mirrored Images in e-book format and Who’s Your Daddy. Michelle contributed to two anthologies, Blended Families and The Midnight Clear. Urban Christian Books released Keeping Misery Company in 2007, The Legacies in 2008, and Til Debt Do Us Part in 2009. Michelle’s latest book with Urban Christian is titled Faith and it was released in May of 2010. Michelle is married to her number #1 and supporter. She is the mother of two beautiful adult daughters.

Author’s Website: www.MichelleLarks.com

Email Address: michelle.larks@att.net

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Enrique Paschal

Enrique Paschal

Enrique Pascal was born in Panama and left his native land at the age of 5, to arrive in Brooklyn NY, where he was raised by his mother. He learned to speak English fluently, while attending the public schools in New York. “As long as I can remember, I always wanted more out of life. I can remember growing up in New York, wanting more than what the environment displayed to me.”Enrique started his quest for wisdom, at a very young age. Wisdom has and will always be the premiere thing he seeks. He states, “What you don’t know will hurt you, and what you know will save your life.” For this reason, he approaches all things as a student and not a teacher. Enrique loves learning something new daily. He believes there is a lesson in everything, the question is: are you willing to learn? Enrique loves sharing life changing principles with others. “Each one of us was created, to have a positive impact on the world.” As the life coach, it is his job, to get to the core of a person, and expose the gifts and talents that are within.In 1993, he began a successful promotion company called, “All or Nothing Productions.” The promotion company became one of the most sought after companies, in the entertainment business. He did promotional parties, for many in the world of Hip-Hop, such as: Ja Rule, Lil Kim, Ludacris, 50 Cent, R Kelly, etc. On a more regular basis, Enrique was a dedicated member, of the Roc a Fella family, a company started by Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Enrique was there at the conception of the company; he grew with the company, and became very famous around the world, as “Tone Capone” aka the “Party Promoter.” He was featured in several music videos on BET, MTV, and the movie, “Backstage.” In February of 1999, Enrique toured the entire country, with the history making tour, “The Hard Knock Life,” and he visited 55 cities in 10 weeks. “I have experienced and done a lot in my life, but nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing a person transformed, into the champion God created them to be.”Enrique is known as “Mr. Time Out.” He has taught these principles, to many with great success. “The time out principles are effective, because I live it. I apply these principles, to my life daily. My life was a total mess, until I sat down and faced the wall. Everyone should take a time out daily, because it helps us make sound decisions. The results are instantaneous, when these principles are applied. I look at it this way: My son is who I once was, and I am who he will become, therefore, if time out is good for him time out is good for me.”Enrique is a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, but just call him Mr. Time Out, “The transformational speaker.” His focus is to tap into your heart and mind, because he believes, the true essence of a person will be found, in their heart and mind. True change occurs internally. When a person is transformed they will have a different look and do things differently – like a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly.

Enrique is available for speaking engagements, if you are interested in having him speak, at your business, school, church, or organization contact him for more information at tuobookenrique@gmail.com.

Website: www.transformationuniversityonline.com

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Carla Thorpe

Carla Thorpe

Ms. Carla Thorpe has a passion for using her literary talent to motivate and help others. She has taken English and Creative Writing courses at Norfolk State University. Her talent for writing has gotten her works in renowned publications such as Stylistic News, Brown Gurl Magazine, The Examiner (online) & The Review Magazine. Taking this talent to another level she designed Persevere Newsletter to Inspire and Motivate The Masses.

Author’s Blog: http://creativecwrites.blogspot.com

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