Jedah Mayberry

SONY DSCHe began writing as a diversion on those late nights after his eldest daughter was born. He’s had his head down ever since, writing anytime he found a spare moment, steadily progressing.

Jedah explains his struggles as a writer and how he feels about feedback, “I find operating in a vacuum completely miserable. So few opportunities exist for critical feedback. It’s difficult to know whether you’re on the right track. Eventually, a rejection letter will include a bit of encouragement, some mention of something that resonated with the reviewer. An acquisition editor returned an early copy of a manuscript I submitted completely marked in red. It showed that she thought enough of my work to take the time to give the piece a thorough read. Ultimately, she passed on the project. But that encouragement lit a fire under me to work in greater earnest on improving my writing.”

His latest book is a story about brothers. “I have an older sister. Growing up, we pursued individual interests, maintained separate groups of friends. I was interested to see how boys relate, how they come to depend on one another, what might happen to one if he were left without the other. I read “I Know this Much is True” by Wally Lamb. The book is set in southeastern CT, near to where I grew up. It also tells a story of brothers. Lamb introduces “a person of color”, uses his circumstance to establish bounds across which his main characters would be best served to not venture. My story picks up where his left off, my protagonists falling in age some years behind this ancillary character of Lamb’s. I visit some of the same places that appeared in his book, explore similar themes only told from the perspective of the person of color, the persons left on the fringe in his story taking center stage in The King of PPM.”

With publishing and writing being new to the writer, I asked how he got into publishing this book. “The book is based on my second completed manuscript. After years shopping another piece I’d been working, I took an extended writing workshop, again in the interest of continuous improvement. I had the kernel of an idea for a new story in my head, but wasn’t sure where it might lead. The first couple chapters of the book grew out of weekly workshop exercises. Shortly after completing the workshop, I attended a local book festival. I sat in on a panel discussion on pitching to prospective agents and editors. One of the panel members seemed to take an individualized approach to each person’s query. Soon after, I submitted my newly completed manuscript to the book group he represented (along with the flood of other places to which I had been submitting) and things took hold from there.

Jedah explains his writing method, “I’m constantly writing. I keep a folder of potential titles, story fragments, passing thoughts. The folder is linked to my phone, tablet, computer. Whatever’s close at hand. Once a story reaches critical mass, I transfer it to a more structured document. As far as content goes, I use place to a large degree to frame a piece I’m developing. Like a main character, I believe the region in which a story takes place sets the tone for the direction the narrative can take. I set out to create a world in this place, fill it with people then dig into the intricacies of their lives. I generally have some idea where I want to take the story. I create little story islands working a scene at a time to propel the storyline, quite often surprised myself by the twists and turns that work themselves in. From there, I go back and fill in the gaps between islands, layering in detail. I repeat this process several times before I deem the story ready to share, with an editor or beta reader, even a close friend.”

With the literary field being so wide and the goals endless, I asked Jedah about his personal goals for his literary career. “To establish a literary voice grounded in the world I know. I include elements, hip hop, jazz, blues, fishing, baseball, martial arts to anchor the story to a place I find relatable while staying mindful of literary intent, of quality storytelling.”

Jedah was a top ten finalist for Best New Author by the National Book Festival. I asked him about this accomplishment. “Though I didn’t win, the experience gave me a tremendous boost of confidence. Awarded based on something I’d written, it meant somebody dug my work, that my voice connected with someone.” He went on to say, “It prompted me to write more, to focus on refining my technique. Even with a published book in hand, the feeling of operating in a vacuum persists. This validated that an audience exists for my work. Those little boosts fuel the tank, give me energy to press on, to keep going.”

Jedah explains his plans for his next book and what his readers can expect in 2014. “I used the experience of getting a book through the editing process to resume work on the manuscript I started with originally. It’s also a coming of age story. Set in the south, it has a different vibe than KoPPM, but holds promise to be relatable in a similar way. It has undergone significant revision. I’m currently proofreading before resubmitting. I’ve begun pursuing online publishing opportunities (EtherBooks, The Snippet App) to raise visibility for my work. I’ve used them to give things I’d shelved new life as well as a venue to work out new content. I recently released a two part series, Would Be Twins and Iron Bones ( ), taken from what promises to be the next book.”

PEN’Ashe Magazine wishes Jedah much success with his literary career.

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JEDAH MAYBERRY is an emerging fiction writer, born in New York, raised in southeastern CT, the backdrop for his fiction debut. He was a top ten finalist for the 2013 Best New Author Award sponsored by the National Black Book Festival. He also garnered honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s April 2012 Family Matters Short Story Contest. He currently resides with his wife and teenage daughters in Austin, TX.

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Author Paulette Harper in the Spotlight

“I believe my struggle as a writer is being able to stay focused because of so many distractions in life. I know I need to write, but life tends to pull me away for what I really want to do,” Paulette says when I asked about her struggles as a writer. She’s written two Christian non-fiction, inspirational books, a Christian fiction novel, one novella, an author’s manual, and two anthologies.

With Paulette’s hectic schedule, she’s also a business owner and wears many hats. “Because I have a desire to see other aspiring writer’s dreams come to reality, I’ve created Write Now Literary workshops. These workshops are designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. God has given me a desire for writers, especially those who want to write for the Lord. Through these workshops, I provide tools, resources, and opportunities to help writers succeed in the industry. I am also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a company that organizes book tours for authors of Christian genre, authors of children’s book, and authors of clean books.”

Each writer that I’ve come in contact with has a different way of writing and producing quality work. I asked Paulette what her method of writing was. This is what she had to say, “Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow. I find that writing in the morning is the best time for me.  I live a very productive life with family, church, and juggling my businesses. Therefore, if I don’t start my day off in this fashion, everything else will pull from my time and attention.”

Being in the genre of Christian Fiction, Paulette says as an inspirational and fiction writer, she writes to inspire and empower readers. “I write because I feel I have a message to share with readers, not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real-life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations, and challenges in life in which the reader can identity. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character. When it comes to non-fiction, true stories, I always want to stir the heart of men.”

The literary business has changed a lot. One question I like to ask authors, writers and professionals who have been a part of this business for a while what their thoughts are on today’s industry. “As it relates to Indie Authors, the publishing industry has taken notice to some great Wordsmiths. At one time, the industry frowned upon Indie authors and did not take them seriously; but with the advancement of social media, Indie authors have risen to the platform and have made a name for themselves. I believe e-books have also helped Indie authors reach a wider audience of readers.”

“When it relates to writing fiction, I believe I must improve on developing my characters so that the readers can identify more with them.” Paulette give her advice and tips from her experience. “I would highly recommend to those who are aspiring to become authors to be patient with the process of becoming well-known. Connecting with your audience and branding yourself will take time. Especially for new writers, the market is flooded with books for readers to choose from; so by keeping this in mind, you must be able to patiently wait for your time to shine.”

With 2014 being a year of success, readers can expect growth and development as from Paulette. She’s also working on the sequel to Living Separate Lives.”

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Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

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Featuring The Greatest Poet Alive

Name: James Gordon

Poet/Stage name: G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive)

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G.P.A. Bio: G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive) is the author of four books of Poetry (The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub, and Revenge of the Orgasm), contributed to several anthologies, and has released one cd (The G.P.A. Experience), and his second is on the way, GPApocalypse Forever. He is the winner of the Moth Storytelling Slam, Poetry Pentathlon, and Black Essence Award, as well as having been nominate Poet of the Year for three years and Book of the Year twice. Currently, G.P.A. has added acting to his resume with two movies (Persian Version and Animals) and television shows (Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Mind Games). G.P.A. proudly claims Chicago as his home.

Name of latest publication: Revenge of the Orgasm

It is Spoken

A Poetic Flow from our March/April Featured Poet: G.P.A.

We are truly honored to have the opportunity to interview the most prolific, gifted and dynamic person in the world of poetry these days in James Gordon, better known as G.P.A., Greatest Poet Alive. Not only does he represent the top echelon in the poetry genre, but he also reps one of the most influential cities in the world: Chicago. The hustle and bustle of the city matches the persona of G.P.A. His new book, Revenge of the Orgasm (Book #2 of the Orgasm series) quantifies what is earned for everything that’s associated with hard work and a creative mind. Like a major city that creates ways of staying relevant to its people, G.P.A. does the same for his fans by creating relevant poems.

G.P.A., you are such a busy man – I don’t think I have ever interviewed an author who has a busier schedule. Please, tell us your secret for spreading your poetic love around in the time frame that is given.

“First, thank you for the interview. With a genre that some consider ‘dead’ like Poetry, you have to work a tad harder. Also, when you give yourself a moniker like ‘Greatest Poet Alive’, it is important to be very visible and show above average adeptness in the craft as well. I don’t sleep much and drink good beer and whiskey.”

What’s hot right now on the poetic tip is your latest masterpiece: Revenge of the Orgasm, the second book in the Orgasm series. Can you please tell us how the idea come about, and what, if any, differences there are between the two books?

“I saw Wynter Ramos’ book on the VH1 show, ‘Love and Hip Hop’, and I thought aloud, ‘Couldn’t that book have been written without names being mentioned?’ And I answered the affirmative, so I wrote it.”

G.P.A. is referring to the show’s Winter Ramos’ book Game Over, a tell-all memoir of her life in the world of Hip Hop. G.P.A. used that book’s forum to “tell all” in his own ways:

“The Book of 24 Orgasms was my initial jump into writing sensual Poetry. A lot of the poems were me visualizing things I wanted to do and with women sexually. Revenge of the Orgasm is those visualizations that came to life. That is why I believe this book has taken off so well is because the poems convey the true events that occurred.”

Like I mentioned, you stay busy. What is the rundown of the things you have going on right now (shows, books, social media, etc.)?

“I am going to tear the stage of the Harlem Book Fair down!!! Okay, my radio show ‘G.P.A. Talks Everything’ has taken off on BlaqRayn Radio. I host a live open mic ‘Poetry’s Love Letter’ in Chicago at Let Them Eat Chocolate (5306 N. Damen), as well as a variety show, ‘Café Cabaret’ that takes place at Café Ballou (939 N. Western). GPApocalypse Forever, my newest cd, will be out. And I am completing my first novel, Bobo’s Middle School Adventures. Whew! Woo!!!”

The enthusiasm is contagious and well deserved as G.P.A. spreads the good word of his work to the masses. That’s what it takes to stay on top. G.P.A. educates that poetry as alive and well, and that the genre will not sleep as long as he has can wake up the poets that need to recognize that G.P.A. has busted down all the doors.

What (or who) keeps your interest going in your continued success in writing poetry?

“To be in the conversation of one of the best and well known Poets ever is what drives me day and night to continue to get better and be more innovative. Plus, there are people rooting for me that I cannot let down.”

They say, “don’t let success go to your head”, how has success in the world of poetry benefitted G.P.A.?

“This may sound funny, but success has gone to my head. And it is those thoughts that make me go harder, write and perform better. You have people who dig and don’t dig your ascension, but you go, sow, and reap fruit. Once you taste fruit like I have, you don’t want to taste the bitter. I like winning.”

That’s #winning is the social media world, and SUCCESSFUL in G.P.A.’s world.


Take us into your musing session; what did it take in starting Revenge of the Orgasm on your pen-to-paper session to that serious poetic flow towards success?

Heineken, Jim Beam, music, the company of beautiful women all helped in writing Revenge of the Orgasm.

What reactions have you gotten from both men and women on the provocative, twisting of steamy erotic words that flow throughout the book?

“You know what? Men have really showed me love!! And they have been men from all over the world. Shocking right? A lot of men, especially male Poets, don’t typically show another male Poet love unless you’re in their clique or whatever, but this has been different. Now the ladies…Woo!!! Oh my Gosh. They are thrown off guard because of the verbiage used. It isn’t the typical what you might read or hear. Ladies love G.P.A. I did that to them!! Woo!!!”

Life experiences play a major role in writing. What do your experiences provide for Revenge of the Orgasm?

The many intimate and sexual experiences I have had women provided the beginning, middle, and ending for Revenge of the Orgasm. The greatest trick G.P.A. did was writing a book of about intimacy and sex without naming names and providing so much electric sizzle.

Last Words: G.P.A. gives us an exclusive from his brilliant and poetic mind.

Just wrote this…..

Face toward light at end of tunnel or heaven’s gate matters not to me…wait moisturize phallic stage and exit serving as entrance waist is handhold, spine my highway, and screams horns urging acceleration enter like DEA agents upon a suspicious house enter like famished fat men fondling themselves before opening doors of a gentlemen’s club enter as if no pain will come to you.

Loud grunt, a sound we both share spot with seventh letter on opposite other side; believe from here we can reach there. ignore please whether negative or urging machinations to rock Terra off its axis hard thrusts turn tumultuous tearing inhibitions from its skeletal frame somewhere between affirmations and negations, voice, yours, utters my name.

Knees buckle, again yours, while natural tightness closes around obelisk legs, torso, chest, brain, and soul quake in anticipation successful reaching mutuality in apex collapsing has duality, you upon hood of car of 15th floor of parking garage, me on you rhetorical query, did i exit entrance or exit…

“I wrote this poem inside of a group on Facebook while listening to Justin Beiber’s PYD. I dig all aspects of sexual pleasure. This poem indicates one of them.”

Hot New Release; Consequences and Repercussions

Consequences and Repercussions CoverTwo pregnancies may prove to be too much for one relationship…

Kyle and Avail have finally managed to become an exclusive couple while minding the important stipulation of reserving sex for a possible marriage and overcoming the distractions of an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, and others who have a vested interest in the both of them, but there are some things that are hard to ignore, like desire and babies.

Intensely attracted to one another, Kyle and Avail find themselves with the perfect opportunity to break their vow and experience one another in a more intimate way when fate steps in and changes their world forever.  Celeste, Kyle’s ex-girlfriend, promised that she would get Avail back for taking Kyle away from her, and Grey’s simmering affections prove to be the perfect place for Avail to seek refuge.  Between counseling sessions, an unexpected opportunity, a charm on a necklace, and diminishing communication, Kyle accepts the inevitable and makes decisions that help him further grow into the man he seeks to be.  Even so, Camden disregards the circumstances and continues to pursue Kyle more aggressively than before.  Raine and Shea continue to be the rock Avail needs to be stable, but Grey seeks to add a level of comfort to her stability by sharing a personal view they both have in common. A shared Intersession class and summer opportunities draw Avail and Grey closer than ever, but Kyle runs just enough interference to make his presence known.  Former distractions become major obstacles as each character deals with their own set of costs and penalties.

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Hot New Release; Inevitable Act I

03ebb98c2c60fc796422ab8367bbc773ec0115d4Angel McCloud is done with love after experiencing a broken heart by her deadbeat boyfriend. Vowing to take a break from relationships, now its all about her. Angel wants to have a little fun and cater to her sexual beast without commitment and drama and with the handsome, star wide receiver from the Detroit Lions, her delectable-bodied personal trainer from the past visiting town, and a coworker that’s been sniffing up behind her for a while now, it seems like she will get that chance. That is, if the sexy mystery man that keeps invading her life, thoughts and dreams, stops making her feel a craving that she never has before. Future Crowne used to be Mr. Nice guy and the hopeless romantic but it only seemed to get him overlooked and misused. What a difference 5 years can make. Future is now the epitome of a player and a ladies man and to protect his heart he has no problem giving women a dose of their own medicine. Now they get only sex and great sex at that. Unfortunately he may have met his match with the sultry sexy Kandi. The one thing that he didn’t plan for was what felt like fate in the form of an unknown woman, rearing its head into his plans. Follow these two seemingly different people through exciting and tantalizing paths, drama filled nights and sexual triangles as they find out their inevitable truth.

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Up Close and Personal with Diamond Cartel

  1. Interview Photo 2What prompted you to get into the writing game? ~ Writing was my way of release. While I have been writing for years I never became serious about it until after I left an abusive relationship. It was my way of expressing how I felt while also helping other women trapped in the same or similar situation. Once I realized just how much writing helped get me through that dark time I kept at it.
  2. What challenges have you overcome? ~ My biggest challenge so far is overcoming slander. I never thought I would be the target of defamation until it actually happened. Luckily, it only made me stronger – and it gave me something else to write about! Another challenge that I’m sure all new writers can relate to is the big “R” – rejection! It took me two years to receive my first rejection letter from a publishing company. What hurt even worse is that the rejection was written on a cut up slip of paper. It was horrifying and made me feel like I wasn’t even worth a formal letter. I almost gave up writing when that happened to me, but I knew my story had a purpose. So instead of letting a slip of paper kill my career I used it as motivation. Now I actually seek rejection. It sounds weird, I know, but it fuels me creatively.
  3. Name two relatively unknown authors that have inspired you and why. ~ The first writer would definitely be my literary mentor, Dread. His writing and storytelling skills are second to none. You definitely have a special skill when the son of Stephen King complements and admires you. I can’t think of anyone else off hand, but any author that’s willing to put their talent and reputation on the line, brave the elements in this industry we call publishing, and keep writing regardless of the outcome has my admiration and respect. It takes a strong mentality to be a writer and the one’s I’ve met thus far have all inspired me in one way or another.
  4. What are your favorite things about being an author? ~ Where do I begin?! I love creating stories that emulate reality, yet also allow readers to escape it. I love creating characters that I can relate to, especially the ones that live for debauchery. In all honesty, sometimes I live vicariously through them and do things I wouldn’t dare do in real life. Writing allows me to be adventurous while still remaining legal, moral, and ethical.
  5. What’s your opinion on the current battle between e-books and print books? ~ I honestly don’t believe there is a real battle between the two. While some people do enjoy e-books there will always be a need for physical books. We are an overly dependent technological society and computers, smart phones, and tablets run our daily lives. Sometimes people just want to go back to the basics and flip a page – or twenty – of a good book. Both e-books and print books will always be in high demand and neither will ever outshine the other.
  6. How do you keep from getting stagnant in writing? ~ By writing in spurts instead of forcing myself to stick to a writing schedule. Music always helps me get in the mood to write. I also try to switch up what I write about to help generate fresh ideas and concepts. Typecasting is my kryptonite, so instead of sticking with one genre I’ll write short stories in different genres such as romance, horror, motivation, or even comedy. I tend to keep these writing exercises to myself, but they help get my creative juices flowing.
  7. What’s been your best social media outlet/marketing tool? ~ I think Twitter has been my best social media marketing tool so far, with Facebook being a close second. I use them interchangeably though. I like using Twitter for short messages and Facebook for longer, more in-depth ones
  8. Where do you see your career in five years? ~ In five years I will have fully established Isys Publications which is my publishing company. I want to open doors for other unknown authors who have stories to tell, but struggle with the process of being signed by a big name publisher. My goal for Isys is to allow authors to be themselves, tell their stories how they see fit, and use their talents in ways that are otherwise stifled by some publishing companies. Of course, I’ll still have stories to tell of my own. I will always write; as long as there’s a story to tell there’s a reason for me to write.
  9. What mark do you hope to leave on the literary field? ~ I want to be the author that’s known for really connecting with people. My stories have to fulfill what I call the 3 E’s. They have to 1) entertain, 2) empower, and 3) encourage. To me, writing isn’t just about entertaining my readers. That’s only part of the equation. When a reader puts my book down I want them to feel better about their life than they did when they first picked it up. I also want them to take that same empowerment and pay it forward to someone else. I guess you can say I want to create a literary domino effect.
  10. Any advice for new authors? ~ The best advice I can give to new authors – and those who desire to be an author – is to never stop writing. No matter how silly, unkempt, or purposeless it may seem every story you have to tell needs to be heard by someone…even if that someone is yourself. Always have something with you to jot down ideas because there’s no guarantee it’ll come back. You know the saying, “If it’s important I’ll remember it later.”? Well, that doesn’t apply to authors! Finally, keep a close eye on your worst enemy. They will tell you it can’t be done…your writing sucks…no one will read or publish it…you’re wasting your time…anything to knock you off track. Do not listen to the negative nonsense. Instead, keep writing! Write as much as you can as often as you can. The more you write, the less the enemy can attack. Oh, and if you’re wondering where to find them you need to look no further than your reflection in the mirror.

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“Writing is not only my passion; it’s my purpose.” That is clearly evident in every novel, short story, article, and literary work produced by Diamond Cartel. Since the age of eight, writing has been a way for her to express what she’s feeling, thinking, and experiencing in life. With three novels, a compilation, and a motivational book all under her belt, Diamond utilizes her passion for words to tell a story to the hearts, minds, and spirits of everyone she comes in contact with. Adding her own twist to traditional storytelling, Diamond doesn’t just write to entertain, but also to empower and encourage. That is why she is the self-professed “novelist like no other.”


Outside her role as a novelist, Diamond also doubles as The Motivational Rockstarr. Under this persona, her goal is to motivate, inspire, and teach others the fundamentals of being successful and following your passion. Everyone has an artist within them. No matter if you’re a writer, painter, photographer, or entrepreneur The Motivational Rockstarr has something to fuel your drive, give you clarity, and provide you with the tools you need to progress along your path.


After all I said and done, Diamond loves to simply live and experience life. An avid explorer, she loves to travel. No distance is too great or too small for exploring. She also loves to spend quality time with her children, get lost in a night of music and dancing, and make others laugh like there’s no tomorrow. Diamond truly lives to love and loves to live.


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Book Trailer Promotion; My Life, My Rules

During the happiest time of her life, Selene’s past returns to haunt her.  She made some mistakes in her youth, but paid the price and spent seven years toeing the line and working hard to accomplish her goals when others would have given up.  Finally, she has everything she had ever wanted, a magical life with the perfect husband, adorable daughter, and successful career. All achieved by consciously developing her higher self and following the laws of the Universe.

Then one day an unexpected letter arrives–one that jeopardizes everything she has worked so hard to achieve, and which has the power to destroy it all.

Deportation. The United States plans to forcibly remove her from her family, her friends and her way of life.  Numb with shock and grief, she struggles to apply the principles of faith that have stood her in good stead over the years. Even though this problem seems implacable and insurmountable, she finds she is not alone.

Follow Selene’s gut-wrenching ordeal as she faces the heartache and devastation that millions of immigrants and their families suffer every year.

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