The debut novel by Alabama Author Joi Miner Page Count: 320 Genre: Erotic Drama Publisher: Nayberry Publications Release date: October 31, 2014 Preorders available: September 24, 2014 Paperback Preorder Link: Coming Soon Digital Preorder Link: http://www.nayberrypublications.com/apps/webstore/products/show/5260316
When did you know that you were destined to be a writer?
I have always loved to write, but I think I realized I was meant to do more with my writing when I started to get paid to write poems for my classmates in middle school and high school.
When I was a Senior at Jefferson Davis High School, in Montgomery, my creative writing teacher tried to get me suspended for plagiarism, because she said my writing was too good to have been written by a high school senior.
I figured that could have gone one of two ways, I could have taken it as an insult and never written again or I could have, as I did, take it as a compliment and use it as motivation. I dedicated my first poetry collection to her.
Tell us a little about Vices?
Vices is an erotic drama. The main character, Bonnie Jones, takes you along on her journey to rediscovering herself after leaving an abusive marriage. You get to see her get into some very interesting fixes, get her heart broken, and find herself massaging away the pain and case of the lonelies with her vice of choice, sex.
Vices is what I like to call “autobiographical fiction.” It’s my life with a little bit extra thrown into it. It’s a very raw story, but I feel like it’s relatable. We all have been where Bonnie is or know someone who has.
It’s my first novel and was picked up for publication by Nayberry Publications. It’s set to be released on October 31st of this year, my 33rd birthday. *Gasp I just told you my age*
What was the best advice you have received as a writer?
The best writing advice that I have ever received was to never take writing advice. Lol. Everyone is different. No one can tell you how to be your most original self. There are even debates about the basic writing techniques, so you need to find and do what works best for you.
Find Joi Miner on her personal website: www.joiminer.com
And on Social Media:
- Instagram @joihen
- Twitter @joiminer
- Facebook Fanpage:www.facebook.com/joiminer2
- Personal Facebook page:www.facebook.com/joiminer
Is Your Dream Too Big?
Has your dream ever seemed to big to come true?
Have you created your Vision Timeline and it still doesn’t seem right?
Has this caused you to doubt or maybe even defer your dream?
Let’s look at how to avoid this.
First you must ask is your Vision Timeline reasonable?
You must at all times be SMART about your goals and dreams.
Let’s be clear, we here at MMBBTM believe that, goals are the stops on the way to your dream.
Once you embrace that concept you may be well on your way to the “right-sized” dream.
Let’s look at a basic breakdown:
You have determined that you can attain your dream in 5 years, but have only set one goal, which is to attain your dream. Sorry to say, that can’t work. You need small checkpoints to not only get you to your dream but to self-motivate.
Let’s try again:
You have determined that you can attain your dream in 5 years and you have set 5 solid goals to attain this dream. While this may work for some it won’t work for everyone. The more goals you set to attain your dream the quicker you will attain it. The original motivation won’t leave since you constantly have goals and are reaching them, letting you know that you are one step closer to your dream.
Plan. Prepare. Partake
My black is…
My black is struggling
Struggling for air
Claustrophobia setting in
Enclosed by the boundaries put forth by my skin
It’s amazing how we can learn to turn on & turn off our “ethnic swag” only to be hindered by our “black”. But I’m not black
I’m more caramel like that which gets covered in chocolate
The same color chocolate that so many of my brothers and sisters are
I’m more the color of a dark Egyptian sand like that sand that rests in the shadows of the pyramids built by ancestors far removed but never forgotten
My black is smooth
My black is cool
Don’t forget it’s claustrophobic, I’m cloaked & covered in it
A constant non-removable identity that not only represents me but those of the same hue
Forever entwined and connected
My black is a brand
My black is promoting preconceived notions and battling biased boundaries & tearing down stereotypical standards at the same damn time.
My black is my warning
My black is dangerous.
-Arthur L. Woodson III