Sunday, July 26, 2009
Conversations w/ Marie Antionette
1.TELL OUR READERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU
I’m the girl who, if you’ve know me since I were a kid you look at me today and say Wow… I’m proud of you! I say that because this is what people who’ve known me since I was a child say to me today. My name is Marie Antionette. I’m a native Jersey girl born and raised in Trenton, NJ a 39 year old mother of two boys (Day’Quan age 16 and Messiah age 8) full time government employee, and self-published author. I initially stepped onto the literary scene back in November 2006. That’s when I made the mistake of dealing with a subsidiary publisher, also known as a vanity press. A Girl Named Job went on sale on November 17th, but it didn’t do nearly as good as I had hoped. So I had to do some homework, homework that I should have done in the first place. I joined a literary networking group named ASA~ Authors Supporting Authors, and with the support form others, I learned I needed to know so that I could revise and re-publish my title, via my own company, Cauzing Elevation Publishing, LLC.
2.HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING
Ha, Ha.. I believe I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pencil. I use to watch my mother write all the time, in countless notebooks and pad. They were all over the house but I never knew what was in them. I later realized that I did the same thing. I wrote notes, and letters and stores constantly, but I always hid them from everyone. Afraid to let others see or read my thoughts…I began taking my writing serious once I inherited my grandfathers WWII journal. A keepsake he maintained while in the war. Once it was handed over to me, I realized my hobby, may have been more then just a phase…
3.WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION
Life! Life inspires me to write. Life with all of it’s ups and down, twist and turns, injustices and prejudices, laughs, giggles and smiles… Life is always the motivation behind my pen. I can write for hours about real life experiences. I can doctor them up to take the focus off of myself and use my story as a general lesson or I can give someone the raw truth and hopefully, scare some sense into the. In any event, life is always my inspiration…
4.TELL OUR READERS ABOUT YOUR LATEST NOVEL
My current title is actually a Memoir titled A Girl Named Job. (Job as in the biblical character not ones employment.) I revised it in 2008 and re-released it in March 2009 as a birthday present to myself. A Girl Named Job has 407 pages of reading, broken down into 22 chapters. Between the covers of the book I divulge common and un-common circumstances that any man, woman or young adult can understand and relate to. Each chapter of A Girl Named Job could be a book in itself. I reveal my uncertain fate and the irony of my failed adoption. The desire to know the identity of my father after being told so many times that I didn’t have one. I draw readers into the typical life of how beautiful young women grow up way too fast, and how learned behavior and fear can trap you in abusive cycles that repeat themselves in more ways then one. Then in part two, I try to provide readers with a different angle of the same picture. The miracle birth of my first born son caused me to willingly turn over a new leaf. Responsibility was no longer an option, it was a must, and that meant making wiser and smarter choices. However old habits die hard and my loyalty to others, cost me, my son, and my unborn child our lively hood, our home, our everything…I’d hit Rock Bottom, but was Saved By Grace and with a priceless Lesson Learned, Marie Antionette became, A Girl Named Job “Control your circumstances, never allow them to control you!”
5.HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR CHARACTERS
My characters are all real, but the fiction names I chose for them fit their real life character. Pharaoh at the time, reminded me of Pharaoh and Moses. Solomon was very wise, easy to be with, and reminded me of Solomon from the Bible. Generous was just that, a generous man and Nazi… Well, she was always so hateful towards me for no reason or not fault of my own, she reminded me of Hitler. So thus, I named that person Nazi.
6.WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MAIN STRUGGLE IN WRITING THIS NOVEL
My main struggle with my current release was to keep details in chronological order, and be sure to mention only tings that I felt could be a lesson to others. I’ve endured a lot, but not all of it was worth mentioning, or at least not in this book. So I had to maintain my focus on writing a piece that was encouraging and not lean towards the dramatics.
7.WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH YOUR WRITING
Short term, I want to encourage and inspire our youth the most and hopefully some adults as well, since we all com upon stumbling blocks every now and again. Long term, I want to leave a legacy behind once my time here on this earth is up.
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