~Author M.J Kane~
Hello Everybody! Please join me in getting to know yet, another great author.
Meet Author M.J Kane and learn all about her and her writing history thus
far. As I always say, it takes no effort to learn a person, we all are striving to
make brand our name and work in this writing industry, by pulling together
as one, we will succeed. Take a look at what she had to say in her interview,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people.
Author’s Interview Questions
What is the title of you first published book? What was the release date?
A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of The Butterfly Memoirs was released September 20, 2012.
What inspired you to become a Writer? Why?
I have to say my husband was my biggest inspiration. He read a short story I had written a few years ago and suggested I continue to work on it and add more. He believed in me before I believed in myself. I am glad I followed his advice.
In the Writing Industry, is there anyone that you idolize? Why?
That’s a hard question to answer and name just one or two authors. Honestly, I would have to say I admire every author who’s published ahead of me, regardless of the genre. Readers never understand the amount of dedication, hard work, and time it takes to write a good story. It’s not a simple, ‘imagine this scene and add he said, she said’. It’s research, editing, rewrites, character and story development. It takes time, especially if there is a message your trying to share or emotion you really what your readers to pick up on.
Since you became a writer, what have you experienced as far as the negative side of it all? Positive Side?
My experiences have all been ones to learn from. It’s been a blessing to have several published authors as mentors to guide me along the way, helping me to take the ‘write’ steps and avoid the pit falls. But there is still a lot to learn, and always something else to do to continue to be successful in the publishing industry.
Is writing something you plan to do for a lifetime? .... Is it your passion?
Yes! I feel as though I have finally found something in my life that I can control completely. While I can’t control what reviewers or readers say, I can control the lives of my characters and the stories I tell. I research as much as I can and keep an ear out for reader’s suggestions or what it is they are or aren’t looking for in a good book. I try my best to tailor my stories to what they are looking for, but in the end, it’s still my decision of what I write. And I love it! Is it my passion, oh yeah! My Muse is with me 24/7! She isn’t going anywhere!
If you don’t see writing as a life-long project, what else sparks your interest?
I have ventured into several other projects before taking on writing. I also draw, (I’m no Picasso, but I can hold my own). I have studied floral design, run a small business doing it and loved it, but neither are what I feel best suites my full potential. Writing is it. I’ve found it and it has found me.
Have you traveled to different states to promote your work?
Only online! LOL! I have been blessed to have fans not only in the U.S., but Canada, and the U.K. They have been very supportive and happy to share my work with their friends and family. Word of mouth can be better than traveling! But when I have the opportunity to do so, and the timing is right, I would love to do face-to-face book signings and promotions. So far I have done one at my local library, two weeks after my books release. It was a lot of fun!
What are your marketing techniques? Why do these things work best for you?
Social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin), blogging, cross promotions with other writers, and most of all, interacting with readers both online and in person, have worked best for me.
Do you have a lot of family/friend support? How does that motivate you?
My family at home is behind me 100%. They keep me from getting lost in my characters worlds and keep me grounded in reality. They talk about my book and writing to their friends and so on. They sit down and talk with me to help strategize the next marketing steps to make sure the decisions I make make sense. We are a team.
What advice would you give to other Authors BESIDES doing research?
Know what it is that you’re getting into. Don’t be so anxious to sell your story that you don’t TELL your story. Don’t skip steps and think just because it sounds good to you, it will sound good to others. Find critique partners, join a writer’s group. Ask for HONEST feedback from friends and family. Grow THICK SKIN and take what they say to heart. If you can’t handle what they have to say, then you’ll be devastated by negative reviews. And if everything they say is positive, appreciate it, but demand the negative. Doing so is the only way to improve your story telling. And above all, DO NOT SKIP THE EDITING PROCESS!! If you can’t afford an editor, find someone you know who is good with the English language. Ask them for help. Have many people read your work. It takes more than just one or two eyes to see the mistakes. When editing, take a break, step away from your book for a week or two, then come back with fresh eyes. You’d be surprised with all the errors you find that you think you’ve corrected. For more detailed information, visit my blog and check out the articles I’ve written about my writing experiences and things I’ve learned over the years, Author M.J. Kane.wordpress.com.
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Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing
more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body.
What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t
take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.
When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative
reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career
are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams
spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.
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Blog: This Writer's Life
Blog: The Butterfly Memoirs