MKeyes Disclaimer

Okay, get this - everything here - is about me, what I'm feeling and thinking at the time I write it. I may not always be right, but if I wrote it here, it was heavy on my mind and well, there you go! So - because I'm 47, -(4 years later - 51)- growing, changing, living, learning, I may look back a year or two from now and feel differently about what I wrote, so - if I make it to the big time, end up on a talk show, Oprah's or Larry King, don't be pulling from this blog, because I'm going through menopause right now, ain't no telling what I might say, okay? Cool... ciao!

Monday, March 31, 2014

My Blog Tour

Mercedes Keyes

Latest release: 
Beauty of Man and Woman – Volume 13, Amazon for Kindle & Paperback!

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

First, thanks and proper props to my girl T-sis, Ryter Rong, her blog many thanks, see you on the bestsellers list!

1.)        What am I working on?
I’m working on back works and a current new project. One of the back works is one of my historicals, my first in fact. Princess Ces’alena. You can find it at Amazon on my authors page. - Princess Ces’alena is getting a new cover as well a final clean up with a launch in Amazon’s KDP Select program! Plus – I have a drama series, Bomaw – 13 volumes that I’m updating and they too will get new covers and released as second editions.

And finally – my new current work-in-progress – Saoirse. Historical drama surrounding America’s first trial slaves – the Irish! Cromwell started it all, what a monster! Anyway, everyone speculates on why we – African-Americans are so mixed with Irish and Indian. For too long – African-American women have believed the mix came from the master of the plantation and rape! No, sorry – that is not everyone’s story, not all light skinned black women are the product of that ancestry and Saoirse will tell why!

2.)        How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My specialty is the interracial genre. How my novels or stories differ from other interracial story writers is that I’m writing to teach and inform. My primary directive is to help as few or as many as I can with this world’s dirty history of lies on racism. My aim is to tell at least one version of truth concerning our divisions. How a love between man and woman of any color was and is a beautiful thing, but the world made it ugly. I’m telling! Mixing – black women with white men or all other “non” black, and black men and white women is NOT a new thing, nor a taboo thing as it was deliberately concocted to be. There’s a world filled with rich stories and truth out there surrounding the wonders of love over the color lines. Stories that are not based on perversions, rape, erotica and taboo sex! But deep, lasting, heart-wrenching, life changing, to-die-for kinds of love – those are my stories. Way back when in history and now! As long as I can, I will be telling them.

3.)        Why do I write what I do?
It’s what I am. I’m a mix. I have a heritage based on love and sacrifice over the color lines. My Irish great-grandfather passed me something precious and with it – I write what I do.

4.)        How does your writing process work?
Well, when I’m inspired by something, the story is born in my mind instantaneously. I immediately know how it will start and the longer I ponder it – I come to how it ends. I also get flashes of what takes place within. Quickly I open MS Word and write the beginning out. I end up usually with about 25 pages or so. Then I grab my favorite pen, a fine writer with a nice grip and black ink. A fresh new paper notebook and as I write that way, the story unfolds. I write until there is nothing more coming from me. I sleep on it and then the next day – I prop my paper tablet up and open the story in MS Word that I started and begin transcribing what I’ve written to add to it.

In my transferring it, I end up with something better than what I wrote - more of it, much fatter, a richer story. I can write no other way. If I try and write fresh directly into MS Word, I get writers block. I’m going nowhere! However the moment I grab the ink pen and paper – away I go. So to avoid writer’s block the story grows on paper first and then to MS Word in the transfer. Once I run out of what I’ve hand written, I save it in MS Word, close it and turn back to writing more in the paper tablet. This process is repeated until the book is done. I rarely get writers block doing it this way.

Next Authors up Monday - April 7th…

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker is a passionate believer in second chances! It is because of that belief and passion that she’s been dubbed as the Diva of Second chance! She has since discovered that second chances are her specialty. If you're a lover of second chances, her books are for you! Nikki fits her writing in around being a full time wife and mother. You’ll find her at Facebook and @ Google+ - and her second chance works at Amazon.

Author Latrivia Nelson

Latrivia S. Nelson is the national bestselling interracial romance author of The Medlov Crime Family Series, The Agosto Family Series and the Lonely Heart Series. She had penned 15 novels under her name and currently has over 50,000 fans in 124 countries. Along with being the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing, LLC in Memphis, TN, she is the proud of mother of two children and the quintessential supermom.

LaShawn Vasser
Vasser is an author of contemporary romance.  She developed a love of books and a passion for writing at a very young age.  However, it wasn't until 2013 that she published her first romance novella "Out of Nowhere".  She's a dedicated wife and mother of three. In her spare time, she loves trying new recipes and cooking big family dinners with her sisters.  Those dinners always tend to be crazy, loud, and the perfect place for juicy plot ideas!  LaShawn's mantra for life is always good food, good wine, and good friends.  That's the best recipe for a happy life.

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