MALE AUTHOR MONDAYS – CaNon Harper

Please welcome Author CaNon Harper to my channel.  I really appreciate you stopping by today.
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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a 44 year old father of two boys and a girl. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. For the majority of my adult life I lived an anti-social lifestyle. I’ve done three prison stints for crimes that range from bank robbery to drug dealing. In 2018, I came home after serving 10 years of a 40 do 20 year prison sentence.

 

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing I’m spending time with my youngest son, and always trying to figure out the best way to get my message out.

 

  1. Do you have a day job as well?

I recently quit my day job. I needed to give myself time to give Grown Man Enterprise, LLC my all.

 

  1. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing in 2004 and completed the book in 2005.

 

  1. How did you choose the genre you write in?

While I was in federal prison a few of my friends and I used to read a lot. When hip-hop fiction (as it was known) became popular we started reading a lot of those books. So once I started writing it was the genre that fit the content of my stories.

 

  1. Where do you get your ideas?

I get my ideas from an event that may have happened in my life, a message that I want to express, or even a title that comes to mind.

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  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Thus far, I’ve been fortunate that I’ve not had to deal with writer’s block.

 

  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I don’t use an outline. I’m able to just write.

 

  1. Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

There’s a few authors that have influenced me, i.e., Sidney Sheldon, Eric Jerome Dickey, and John Grisham to name a few.

 

  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

The challenges of getting my first book published came because I was learning the business. I didn’t try to shop my book. I came home and started to learn how to do it myself. I didn’t want someone to pay me a percentage of my work so I started Grown Man Publishing, LLC.

 

  1. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

In my first book I’d change the way I spelled some of the words. I wouldn’t write it with so much slang. I’d also add more substance to the story. I kinda glorified the lifestyle and I don’t like that I did that.

 

  1. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Right now I’m trying to have a strong social media presence. I utilize marketing tools that cater to urban drama (my name for the genre). So far the thing that has been most effective is word of mouth.

 

  1. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

No, since I’m a self-published author I get to drop what I want, when I want.

 

  1. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My latest book is about a single father that made the choice to get out of the street life so that he could take care of his daughter after her mother left them.

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  1.     Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

All of my books have things in them that are based on situations and/or circumstances that I’ve experienced and dealt with personally.

 

  1. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The part that I enjoyed writing the most is the ending, because I was able to pay respect to a man that helped to raise me into the man that I am now. He wasn’t my biological father but I don’t think if he was that he would’ve loved me more.

 

  1. How did you come up with the title?

I was thinking about my life and how I didn’t make the sacrifices needed to remain a constant in my kids life and wanted to paint a black father in a positive light, and the way to do that is to make the necessary sacrifices.

 

  1. What project are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on The Science to Re-Entry. It’s me giving my take on what it takes for men and women to change so they don’t go back to prison once they’re released.

 

  1. Will you have a new book coming out soon?

The Science to Re-Entry will be coming out real soon, and I’ll be dropping Diary of Detroit’s Underworld shortly after that. It’s finished.

 

  1. How can readers find you?

Readers can find me on Facebook at Grown Man Enterprise, LLC; @grownmanent_ on IG; and @CaNonHarper & @GrownManEnt_ on twitter. They can also look for CaNon Harper on GOODREADS.

 

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WORD OF THE DAY – ACCEPTANCE

Acceptance

Acceptance

Acceptance is part of Love. Accept others for who they are, as they are. Accept yourself the same way.  Acceptance is without judgment.

Love is:

Trust+empathy=understanding+knowledge=accepting+embracing all life=Love

All of the above, must be present, in order to sustain your own happiness daily. Anything else…is not love. Acceptance is a choice.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH NORMA JARRETT

Author Norma Jarrett loves to inspire and encourage others to pursue purposeful passion. She’s an award-winning bestselling author with over nine titles and twenty years experience in the writing industry. Welcome Norma to my blog today.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I write women’s’ fiction that incorporates faith themes.  I host a podcast Grown Women Brunch, inspired by my first novel series Sunday Brunch.  I love to encourage women through my creative gifts and speaking. I’ve been walking in this gift for over 20 years.  My books have been featured in Essence, Ebony, USA Today, Southern Living and other media. I’m married, reside in Houston, Texas and attend Lakewood Church. I’m a proud graduate of North Carolina A & T State University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. 

What do you do when you are not writing? 

I love watching movies, concerts, brunch with friends and traveling. Spending time with my husband and hanging with my pups Lexi and Mylo. 

Do you have a day job as well? 

When I first started writing straight out of law school I wrote and promoted full time.  I currently work in the contracts and procurement area for a local government. I love my job and the people I work with.  

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? 

I’ve been writing poetry since I was in grade school. I wrote my first novel in my last year of law school in 1999 and published it in 2000.  I eventually signed my first book deal a few years later with a division of Random House. 

How did you choose the genre you write in? 

I think the genre chose me.  Initially I wanted to write stories about women who looked like me.  I wanted to tell stories as a gift to the women I spent time around. These women were educated, smart, beautiful, faith-filled and accomplished women. They were my friends, family, sorority sisters and fellow professionals. I wanted the world to know how awesome they were.  The faith-based component naturally flowed from my spirit.  

Where do you get your ideas? 

My ideas come from life experience, the Holy Spirit and circumstances.  My mantra is “Writing books allows you to be whomever you want and go wherever you wish.”  

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Yes. 

Do you work with an outline, or just write? 

A little of both. Most of the time I just write and flush out the storyline (outline) somewhere along the way. 

Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Terry McMillan, Susan Taylor, Dorothy West, John Grisham. Many, I love a variety of books, not necessarily authors. 

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Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Self-publishing was just finding knowledge. At that time, I didn’t have many people to consult so I researched.  I wasn’t searching for a book deal, it somewhat landed in my lap because of all the hard work I put in as a self-published author.  It was a part of God’s plan.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? 

No. 

How do you market your work?

Social media, book clubs, collaborations, radio/TV interviews, brand partnerships conferences, speaking engagements, magazine events. 

What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Social media, events, speaking, radio interviews. 

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? 

No.  If I want it published I do it myself.  However, I have started books and haven’t finished them. I tuck them away for later.   

Can you tell us about your upcoming book? 

Ivy’s Soul is a novel and what I’d describe as, “The Notebook meets A Different World.”  Ivy, the main character had plans to attend an Ivy League university. However, she escaped to the HBCU campus her parents attended, after a tragedy all but destroyed their idyllic family.  Ivy struggles to find purpose, friendship and even love while her parents find their way back to each other through retracing their courtship. It is a story of timeless romance, healing and forgiveness, rooted in the power of faith.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 

There is a small part of my life in every book. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The epilogue and the first chapter. I needed to take the reader to an emotional place quickly.  I had to use some harsh words. I had to imagine, what would be some of the worst words a mother in pain would say to their child. 

How did you come up with the title? 

I always loved the name Ivy.  And it is symbolic. 

What project are you working on now? 

I’m only working on Ivy’s Soul.  

Will you have a new book coming out soon? 

Ivy’s Soul will be out in 2020.  It is a complicated story with layers, so I didn’t want to rush it. 

How can your readers find you? 

Contact Information: 

http://www.normajarrett.com

IG: @authornormajarrett

e-mail: norma@normajarrett.com

FB Page :  https://www.facebook.com/normajarrettwrites/  (Norma L. Jarrett)