Posted in DK Marie, indie author, Poetry, Uncategorized

Fairy Tale Lies (Opposites Attract) By: DK Marie

Johnny- Thank you for taking the time to talking to me today, I’m in love with your book Fairy Tale Lies,  I’m also a huge fan of your Twitter poetry and IG poetry reading, if you could only pick one to describe yourself, would you call yourself  a writer or a poet?

DK- A writer. I’ve been writing books for a few years now, whereas poetry is much newer to me. I’m more confident and comfortable as a writer. However, I find poetry very rewarding and inspiring. Mine focuses solely on emotions, and it allows me to either release pent-up feelings or to use them to motivate them to fuel my daily writing. In fact, each morning, I begin with poetry to get the creative juices flowing, then switch to my WIP. (Work in Process book).

Johnny- I’m currently reading Love Songs (not wanting to give any spoiler away) but, it about a rock and roll band and relationship between the singer and lead guitarist, your description of the members of the band and normal tension that exist in that element is pretty spot on, now when I read Fairy Tale Lies, your dealing in a corporate world, once again, spot on, my question is do you have past or current experience in the either of these or was it just well researched?

DK-Some are from experience, most from meticulous research and asking knowledgeable people. For example, in Love Songs, I had two musicians read it to help with mistakes. I also contacted a CPA to make sure those scenes in that book were accurate.

With Fairy Tale Lies, the research was less as their careers were more in the background of the story and also similar to my own. With FTL, my research focus was more on location accuracy. Petite Bois was fictional, but the rest of the places are real, located in Michigan, and I wanted everything to be accurate. That research was fun. Letting me revisit places I’ve been to, but focusing more on surrounding, small details.

Johnny- I’d like to talk poetry for a moment, I’ve read some of your poems that deal with human interaction and sexuality, I’ve also read some that are just as desirable dealing with nature and other thought-provoking notions, what inspires the Poet inside of you?

DK- Emotions and people inspire me. Sometimes the feelings and thoughts are my own; other times, I gather them from strangers, loved ones, music, and even places.

Johnny- How many books have you published?

Dk- Two, with another one coming out in July. (The third book of the Opposites Attract Series)

Johnny- Do you have any off-limit topics that you just refuse to write about?

DK- Nope. Stories allow us to explore any topic we wish. Either to be entertained, to live vicariously through them, or to learn about new and different experiences. I don’t want to be closed off to anything.  Also, for me, I never have an issue with any topic, but do in how it’s presented.

For example, in a few of my books, drug addiction plays a minor (and major one, in an upcoming book) role in the story. I’ve read books where it’s treated as a fun game without consequences, or worse that those who become addicts are weak and just need to “man-up.” See, as a topic, it should be explored. It is prevalent in our society, and many readers would relate or want to understand the struggles. As such, treating it like a simple bad habit or a conflict easy to overcome is a disservice to the reader. If an author is going to tackle a serious or taboo issue, they should make sure they understand their topic (and do their research first).

Johnny- At what age did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?

DK- It was recent, in the last five to seven years. I’ve always loved to read but didn’t think I’d be able to write a whole book from start to finish. I gave it a try and wrote a complete story in about a month (It was awful, drowning in adverbs and plot holes, but I could do it. From there, I immersed myself in writing and improving my craft, writing Fairy Tale Lies). 

Johnny – Where do you draw your inspiration from?

DK – Everywhere. However, my stories and music are the biggest ones. When I say my stories, I mean the characters in them. For example, as I wrote Fairy Tale Lies, the secondary characters became more alive and demanded their stories. Tanner’s quiet, internal struggle begged to be told, so I did and wrote Love Songs. 

As for music, songs help set the tone of my writing (both novels and poetry). I also hear stories in the lyrics and melodies. For instance, the idea for the third book was born when I was idly listening to music. Before then, I knew I wanted to write Will’s story (Jacob’s brother from Fairy Tale Lies), but hearing this particular song gave me a burst of inspiration and a rough idea on how to do it.

Johnny- What are you doing during this covid-19 era we are experiencing? Are you self-quarantining?

DK- Cases are rapidly on the rise in Michigan. I don’t want to become part of the problem, so, yes, I am self-quarantining. To keep the stress of uncertainty at bay, I’m doing lots of reading and writing. Both keep me very busy and stop me from going stir-crazy. I also have plenty of projects at home to keep me occupied and a camera by my side for walks around the neighborhood and parks within driving distance.

Johnny- What is your biggest take away from this corvid-19 situation we are in?

DK – Since we are still going through it, it’s hard to say. I guess, enjoy the simple moments. The joy of reading a good book, or watching spring bloom as we take solitary walks (or with our families). Also, and most importantly, plan for the long term, but don’t forget to enjoy today, because who-the-hell knows what tomorrow will bring. 

Johnny – What have you got planned for future projects? Anything in the works?

DK – I have a few things in the works. As mentioned above, I have the third book of the Opposites Attract series coming out in July. I’ve also finished the fourth story, and it releases sometime in the start of 2021. 

As for future projects, I’m writing a loose outline for a new series and have begun character development for the first book. Once I have most of that written, I would love to write a romantic suspense. I actually have most of the outline for it written. It was a fun experiment I’d tried on Twitter in 2019. Every day that year, I wrote a small flash-fiction piece of the story, each day moving it along, but at the end of December 31, 2019, I had my three main characters, most of the conflict, and eighty percent of the story. Now those characters are demanding center stage, and I can’t wait to give it to them.

MORE FROM THE POETESS DK MARIE

REVIEW

FAIRY TALE LIES

What a pleasant surprise this book had turned out to be.

If you like well written romance with a good story line and interesting characters then you need to look no further. DK Marie does everything right in her debut novel, Fairy Tale Lies. Having recently started reading romance this book would have been enough to get anyone addicted to the genre.

Filled with sexy people, relatable relationships, and real world connection her narrative never slips, when the steam is turned up the sex scenes are enough to leave a body aching for relief.

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

There was a moment when I had first started reading this book that I realized that this was as refreshing to me as my favorite television program, there was no effort absorbing the situation as the chapters opened up before my eyes, when an introduction was made I felt as though I have known the person already. It was just a pure joy to be living in the moment of this romantic adventure.

I’m giving Fairy Tale Lies 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars as well as 5 stars to this amazing author, DK Marie.

Highly recommend this book to anyone not afraid of a little heat, but desires to be left a little bothered and craving more. A debut novel from an amazing woman, poet, and writer who has a voice and is not afraid to use it. I loved it!

POP REVIEW

LOVE SONGS

Just finished book two of DK Marie’s Opposites Attract series and before I get started please let me say that I’m relatively new to reading romance novels and I was a little nervous starting Love Songs right after finishing Fairy Tale Lies. Well… shame on me.

What I carelessly forgot was DK Marie is an amazing writer and her story telling abilities greatly surpasses a single genre.

I’m in awe by her abilities…

Entering this world I felt the energy, tension, and passion of a rock and roll band. The descriptive narrative pulled me in while the chemistry penned out before my eyes silently stole my heart.❤ Desirable dialogue along with a well structured characters did everything right to sell me on this book, believable situations matched the day to day challenges facing a touring band and when the chemistry was right DK brought out the flame thrower with sex that is guaranteed to make you ache, (in all the good ways).

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I’m giving Love Songs 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars, it’s gritty, sexy and full of passion, most of all it was fun to read.

DK Marie is a total class act, her writing has made me a fan for life, I am so excited to see what the future holds from this amazing individual!

❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤

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BUY HER BOOKS

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Posted in Amberdawn, Poetry, Uncategorized

The Girl With the Blue Feathered Earring By: Curvy Red Gurl

It was about a year ago when I first came across Amberdawn on Twitter, I started following her and she eventually she followed me back.

What started then was a friendship that I treasure dearly. Amberdawn is a poetess, singer, model, photographer, and civil rights activist. She’s independent and works hard daily, not only in her community but also developing her online brand.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado allow me to present:

Amberdawn, The Curvy Red Gurl.

The Girl With The Blue Feathered Earring

Staring into racks of old dreams and new expectations
colorful things with hidden stains in places only speaking of pasta remains.
I turned the corner and came across,her I probably should not tell you this story
there I go doubting myself again but the way I saw her some might say was objectification.
To me she was the muse I had been missing the ebony skin of eternal galaxies starlight vision
To me she was the muse I had been missing the ebony skin of eternal galaxies starlight vision
she had a blue feathered earring, one hand on an orange summer dress
fingers hidden in a sily fabric, the other a delicately sculpted set of phalanges
bringing her palm past her perfectly aligned neck
her blue feathered earring fluttered.
Thick black hair braided into a rose on the top of her head
like a fairy she sparkled.
Who needs a painting of a girl with a pearl earring
here was a flawless Queen & a blue feathered earring fluttering gently.
She was midnight moon & morning sun
her voice a recovery tonic after to many drinks.
I was in AWE, I stood there silently listening to her speak
hypnotized by that blue feathered earring.
I surveyed her beauty like she was a map & I a TOPOGRAPHY STUDENT
each curve suggesting a destination & a CAUSE
she was beauty incarnate & I WANTED TO GET LOST!
Her lips heart shaped pink vibration slightly glossed with strawberry sedation
For the moment of pause I dared to think what it would be like to feel that braid
to move across my breasts as her lips discovered places only lovers touch
The moment was brief but oh so sweet
as that little Feminist would not shut up & kept SCREAMING STOP OBJECTIFYING HER!
To me she will always be The Girl With The Blue Feathered Earring.

-Amberdawn (Curvy Red Gurl)
The Missing-                                                                                                                                        
 
Rolling with the times they keep changing like rhymes
got a dictionary on the floor and a thesaurus by the door.
The wind blows you might get a little more
but stand to close and she'll run off leaving the chores.
Your socks on the floor where you threw them each night
she was tired of the fight, at least of feeling alone, right?
 
So one day she packed a cheap bag, upped & ran like a fright.
You came home strawberries in hand hoping to set things straight
it's the honeymoon cycle tonight.
Seeing her gone brought the usual rage
the only thing left, the smell of her shampoo
now what is a man supposed to do when he only knows how to be cruel?
The one that he wanted has run away & still he responds
his emotionless play.
Processing through pure fury & pain he'll never let her get away.
 
The wife he was knocking took her boots & went a walking,
the neighbors say it was the sound of the cocking
& to soon she was found in an unmarked grave.
When a young pup came upon her the very next spring
and it seemed her bones had weathered and been eaten away.
Gnaw marks of coyotes & possibly a bear.
When we come upon the scars of man we question the where,
the why and the when, the asking of is there a God?
Are you there, my friend?
 
Amberdawn, (Curvy Red Gurl)
Choices -
 
Life in the attic It’s where I live now.
Choices I have made this bed I now lay.
A consequence, or grave?
Reminders of love, who tells us how,
Is there an instruction book I missed?
Was it handed out while I daydreamed of being kissed?
These answers escape me,
I might be having a sad day.
In this attic, where I live now.
 
-Amberdawn (Curvy Red Gurl)
To Love or Not to Love-

We come from every corner, we travel across the globe.
We are united in our needs but separated by our beliefs.
We want to connect and many of us do
but we still hold back from loving the way we were meant too.

-Amberdawn (Curvy Red Gurl)



The Cure-
 
Got a brand-new grind
making time to get what's mine
not gonna stand behind
any gas-lighting narcissistic kinds.
Been around longer than they said I would
doing my thing and looking good.
It's my happy time
time to show some minds
more to me than meets the eye
express some gratitude for sure
dive deep to share the cure.
 
-Amberdawn (Curvy Red Gurl)

Poetry Reading: The Girl With the Blue Feather Earring

Review

I have no words that can come close to describing my admiration to Amberdawn. I knew from the first time I seen her read her poetry and heard her sing on YouTube that she was special.

❤❤❤❤❤

After a few communications online my respect and admiration for her Independence, her spirit, and her talent grew. Such energy, such enthusiasm, she is the embodiment of Iggy Pops Lust for life. Although she hasn’t published a book (yet) her music can be purchased and downloaded on most online streaming services.

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

If her body of work was in print, resting between two book covers she would be getting a 5 star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me on Goodreads and Amazon. As of now it is not, hopefully one day it will happen because she has so many amazing talents that the world needs right now!

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

I can’t stop singing her praises, I am a fan!!

If you haven’t checked her out you should. Please see the links below.

You can follow Amberdawn on her variety of social media outlets. She is a hard working lady and you will not be disappointed.

instagram.com/thepueblopoetess

instagram.com/curvyredhead27/

poshmark.com/closet/curvyredgurl

www.viewbug.com/member/CurvyRedGurlphotos

facebook.com/curvyredgurl

youtube.com

onlyfans.com/acurvyredhead

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Posted in book review, indie author, Luna Walters, Uncategorized

What Would God Think: Connected by: Luna Walter

Johnny– Having read your book, I know where this idea came from, but, if you don’t mind give us the elevator pitch about your book and where the idea came from.

Luna- I never meant to write a novel and that is the absolute truth! The first and major part of this dream came to me one very warm night in May, just before my birthday and it traumatized me! I became completely obsessed with the story and in trying to work out what it all meant. Why had I dreamed about genetically modified human clones, who were in some wired three-way relationship with a woman who looked a bit like me?

Most of all though I was obsessed with the feeling of absolute love I had experienced all night long. I felt a sudden emptiness and awareness that I was very unhappy, lonely and above all not in love and I wanted what Zak, Joe and Bella had.

This new desire the dream had given me for absolute love, was mixed up with a lot of sexual feelings and a new curiosity for this bazaar three-way love affair and the connection that the three main characters had with each other. I wanted to feel connected and I wanted to feel loved and I wanted passion. I started my novel by making clay models, quite erotic threesome poses of people entwined, and I started drawing pictures.

I spent a whole year drawing images to record my dream, and the story started to make sense to me. Drawing the pictures helped me to sort out a lot of my own issues, it gave me a kind of ‘awakening’.

Then I went back into the dream one night almost a year later and it became a reoccurring nightmare for a while. It was only at the point when I knew I had come to the end of the story that I decided to ‘pin’ words to my pictures, and it began to develop into the novel it is today.

I will be giving a more detailed explanation of how writing Zak and Joe’s life, relates to my own life, as I post it along with the drawings on Patreon every few weeks.

Johnny– I’m amazed at the fact that you say you are not a writer, what made you decide to step past your painting and start writing?

Luna- I had to write, as to print pictures is very expensive and to finish pictures to a standard good enough for printing, incredibly time consuming! I think my story would make a better film than a book and may be someone will see all the drawings one day and use them like a ‘story board’ to turn it into a movie or a series. I stepped past my painting because words were necessary in the end and once I started writing I loved it, and I couldn’t stop.

Johnny– Do you consider yourself a writer now?

Luna- No, but I have learned so much by writing this novel and my writing has really improved. As someone who has always struggled with sever dyslexia it has been great to go through the process of producing two books, but I would not do it again! It is way too expensive and I could not afford too. I have written a lot of poems in my life which I enjoyed, and I made some illustrated children’s books. I still consider myself to be an artist and not a writer though.

Johnny– This book is (in my opinion) controversial, what kind of feed back have you received from people who have read this?

Luna- I know it is very controversial and I warn people about this regularly when I post on social media. Luckily, I have only had really good feedback so far. I think that this is because I regularly post drawings which give away the controversial aspects of the story. People who do not like the sexual /violent, element of the story probable will not be tempted to buy it as they can tell clearly from the illustrations that the story will be alternative. My novel is also £10 to buy, so I imagine anyone who is considering reading it will check that they are going to enjoy the content before buying. There are so many free options to read out there as an alternative. Anyway, life is controversial, and I think that people are more open minded in general these days.

I was mostly worried about the violence shown towards Bella, the ‘heroin’ of the novel. The fact that she stays with her abusers and keeps loving them, doesn’t make her a great role model. I was concerned this might be giving the wrong message, along with the ‘people can change’, message when in truth they rarely do. This concern is one of the reasons it took me so many years to publish the books, but in the end, I just felt I had to, even though it still makes me feel uncomfortable.

Johnny– I know this came to you in an (for lack of a better term) continual dream, I’m wondering, do you think this was some sort of psychic communication? If so, from where? Or do you think this was just a dream?

Luna- The dream really helped me as did writing it, so it was like a gift to me, and I do have a belief that there is more to life than just flesh and bone and chemical reactions, so maybe there was some sort of psychic communication. I am a little shy to go into this too deeply though, religion is a tricky subject. I called the book “What Would God Think?” and that has confused people into thinking the book will have a strong religious content, which it really doesn’t. It poses questions, but there is no real answer.

Johnny– Personally, this book made me think. The more I thought about it the more I admire you for writing it. There had to be some turmoil, some internal conflict, how hard was this book to write?

Luna- It was incredibly hard to write, and I cried when I had my first five-star review from a stranger in America, who had read and loved my story.

There has been a lot of turmoil in my life and I have asked some of my friends and family never to read my novel. I know they will recognize aspects of the story that relate to real life issues and this could upset them. No one in my place of work knows that I have written a book, and my name is not Luna Walter.

The mind is a fascinating thing, and dreams are even more fascinating. I am glad I decided to record my dream and share my story with the world. With every person who has read and understood my novel, I feel like I step a little closer to fixing my soul.

review

I can’t say enough about this book, let me start by saying wow!

First this book is beautiful written and the illustrations are perfection. What a beautiful work of art this book turned out to be.

This is open minded fiction at its best.

What I really enjoyed most about this book was how smoothly the story progresses, it is written in a style that is seamless and easy to follow. As controversial as the topic of human cloning is Luna has penned a book that has set my mind to musing about the subject on a daily basis.

I also find it hard to believe that Luna does not consider herself to be a writer, I have to disagree with her on this topic because SHE IS a writer, a GREAT WRITER!

This book and it’s author gets a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me!

There are some parts that might trigger some reader but for me the whole story worked out in the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the second in the series.

Highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading really good fiction, totally suitable for YA fiction fans as well as mystery, romance, and drama lovers alike.

follow luna on social media, her talent will amaze you.

facebook.com/luna.walter.125

instagram.com/luna__walter

patreon.com/lunawalter11

whatsapp.com

By her books

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Posted in book review, Crystal Kirkham, pop review

Road to Redemption by: Crystal Kirkham

POP REVIEW

Stepping back to 2016 to review this debut novel by Crystal Kirkham because it will always hold a special place in my heart. Road to Redemption was the first INDIE book I ever owned and read.

There is a good possibility that if I hadn’t come across @canuckclick on Twitter back in December 2016 this blog wouldn’t be happening.

Thank you Crystal!

YOU just know that you have a good book in your hands when opening scene does everything right, Road to Redemption does just that, just enough of a mystery by page two to peak my curiosity then by page four, I was hooked.

Road to Redemption has everything you could want a book to have. Interesting characters and a plot that is worthy of the big screen. The narrative description is spot on, details so clear that I could see the story playing in my head like a movie. In her debut novel Crystal has done everything right.

I first reviewed this book about three years ago, it’s worthy of a rehash. It’s that damn good!

The chemistry between Michel and Paige is PURE magic. Paige notices Michel while she’s stuck on a boring blind date, little does she know that a deal Michel made centuries ago would have such an effect on her life when she decided to pursue him and put a little adventure in her world.

This book will take you to hell and back.

🔥🔥Literally🔥🔥

I consider this a must read! I gave it⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on Goodreads and Amazon and I will forever by a fan of Crystal L Kirkham.

definitely a page turner pardon the pun…

My one and only disappointment was that it had to end. Thank God for sequels because she wrote one!! 🎉

I loved this book as much now as I did when I first time i read it. Three times and each time is better than the last.

BUY ROAD TO REDEMPTION

DEPTHS OF DARKNESS made my TOP 10 Book List for 2019, it came in at number six, it is book 2 of the series. You will hear more about this in the near future.

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Posted in book review, pop review, Uncategorized

Daisy Jones & The Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

pop review

This book is a prime example of Hollywood pushing garbage into our faces and telling us it’s pumpkin pie.

Okay, maybe garbage is the wrong word, but lord have mercy…

When I first heard that Reese Witherspoon and Amazon Prime was interested in this book I thought I’d give it a try.

that was a mistake!

Or as Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman: “big mistake. big. huge!”

At best, this book held my attention for the first couple of chapters due to the 70’s references seemed to be time period accurate and appropriate, another draw for me was the fact that this is loosely based off the 1975 merger of Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

After that not so much.

To be fair to Taylor Jenkins Reid this book was well written, definitely well researched which caused me to raise the rating to ⭐⭐⭐ instead of the two I had originally given it.

I don’t want to go so far as to say that this BOOK is a waste of time or money, but it just wasn’t for me.

This is my problem with Daisy Jones and The Six:

Everything in this book was easy, becoming a rock star, touring, recording an album, not to mention the rehab. ***kicking drug and alcohol addiction is not easy, anyone who has suffered through this living hell will almost be insulted at the thoughtlessness that went into this part of the story.

If you want to skip the book I’m sure it will be airing on Amazon soon, if you would like to read it there is a link to buy below.

Thanks for reading!

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Posted in Barbara Avon, book review

Postscript by: Barbara Avon

pop review

After reading a couple of books by Barbara I’ve come to the realization that I will never know what to expect when I begin but when I finish I feel satisfied and wanting more…

I can’t say enough about this book or the characters that she has created in this world that she has invited us into, it’s hauntingly beautiful, noit’s hauntingly sexy.

SPOILER ALERT:

The sexual tension between James and Lina is addictive. The story of them is a total “Avon classic” tragedy in a sense that I am faced with this warning: be careful not to believe everything you read, things are not what they appear to be when Barbara is in control.

Barbara does this thing where she weaves the characters of her story to your heart then she intensifies the moment before ripping it away. It’s an art and it’s a thing of beauty!

I love her style, I love the sexiness of her writing, the way she can create a moment so hot 🔥 without going into explicit detail numbs my brain.

💥💥💥💥💥

The mistress of storytelling has created a tale that has captured my heart then shocked my senses into submission.

This is a really good book!

I’M GIVE IT FIVE STARS ON AMAZON AND GOODREADS

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BUY POSTSCRIPT HERE

Congratulations Barbara on a job well done. I love this book! It is beautiful!!

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Posted in Jennifer Irwin, Uncategorized

A Dress the Color of the Sky

By: Jennifer Irwin

“We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn is.  We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we’re able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.” – Angelina Jolie

Johnny– Hi Jennifer! Thank you for taking the time to visit with me, when I first finished this book, I must admit I was a little taken back. Honestly, I finished this almost a week ago and I still am having a problem trying to classify it by genre, at first, I thought it might be chick-lit, suspense, adventure, romance, self-help, self-discovery, truth is, it’s all of them and more. It’s a great book, and it blew me away, however, when you first set out to write this book what genre did you have in mind? Or did you?

Jennifer– I originally set out to place the book in the contemporary fiction category but it has crossed over a few genres including YA because the story moves back and forth in time.

Johnny– Why did you write A Dress the Color of the Sky?

Jennifer– I have had this story in my head for a long time. The original idea spring boarded from a screenplay I wrote in college but I never felt I had the time or motivation to write the book. After my divorce, I wanted to dig deep into my past and try to heal from my childhood trauma. The process of writing this book helped me to better understand myself, come to grips with my past and tell a universal story of a woman’s journey to find self-love.

Johnny– Tell me about your researching for the rehab center, there is a lot of structure in your narrative, to what extent did you go about to collect this information?

Jennifer– I conducted a tremendous amount of research before writing this book. It was important to me that I depicted a realistic rehab milieu for my readers to better understand the recovery process. For research I read books on sex addiction, attended AA meetings, attended a retreat, and interviewed many recovering addicts.

Johnny– When you attended meetings, did the other people know you were there for research? If so, were they helpful?

Jennifer– No one knew I was there for research. I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable so I tried to blend in with the group.

Johnny– Having done the research then written this book how would you define a sex addict?

Jennifer– I would define a sex addict the same way I would any other addiction. When a person had an addiction it takes a toll on every aspect of their life. If what you’re doing is negatively affecting your job, relationships, and family then you have an addiction problem. There is a series of questions that you can find on the Alcoholics Anonymous website which can be applied to any substance abuse including sex addiction.

Johnny– Sadly, sexual assault being such a huge topic in the media, how difficult were some of these scenes to write? Especially when Prudence was a little girl, being gang-groped by the twins in the closet and later on sexually assaulted by Richard, as hard as it was to read, I’m guessing that it must have been hell to write.

Jennifer– It was difficult to write and there are many scenes in the book that I can’t read without crying. There was a balance I had to find when writing about such horrors in order to not turn off my readers while also keeping things as real as possible. I felt it was better to hint at things rather than spell them out blatantly. No one wants to read about such horrors but the general message was very important.

Johnny– You did a fantastic job, as hard as it was to read your narrative was quick and complete, I feel that that made it tolerable to digest as a reader. Let’s talk about some of your characters for a minute, what hole did those annoying twins of Marilyn’s crawl out of? lol

Jennifer– I’m glad to know my characters made you feel so deeply! Some of the characters were based on people I have known and things I have heard combined with a creative mind.

Johnny– Pat is such a dreadful person, great job btw, how did you come up with this character?

Jennifer– I actually had a step-sister who was a lot like Pat.

Johnny– Did you have a real-life muse when you created Richard?

Jennifer– Yes, I loosely based Richard on one of my step-fathers.

Johnny– After I read the book, I found it on Audible and decided to give it a listen during my daily commute, through the narration it appears that Prue’s mom is really a self-serving, self-indulgent individual. Is that fair to say?

Jennifer–  Yes, I believe that a great deal of Prudence’s issues stem from her relationship with her mother. I’d say you nailed it with your description of Prue’s mother.

JohnnyMarnye Young narrated your book on Audible (and did a fantastic job BTW) did you have to give her any special direction? She seemed so in sync with the book.

Jennifer– Marnye is an incredibly seasoned and talented narrator. I was honored to have her be the voice for the audiobook version of Dress. She truly loved the story and found it both relatable and important. She had a clear grasp of the nuances of the story and characters so I only had to do some minor tweaking during final edits.

Johnny– In chapter 7 the is a moment that happens to Prudence while she’s with Alister:

“This can’t happen,” I said, pulling away. “I have no clue what I’m doing or how I will survive. I’m scared of losing my husband and terrified to stay. What about your girlfriend? You live in London.” The laundry list of excuses. “This is a fantasy. Nothing more.” My body shifted farther from him. I craved space, but a powerful force pulled me back.

Was this Prue’s “moment of clarity”?

Jennifer– I’d say it was a huge moment of clarity for Prue. She faced her weakness for male attention and was coming to grips with a dysfunctional marriage and the trail of destruction her addiction left behind.

Johnny– Tell me a little bit about Dr. Mike. One of my favorite lines from him is:

“You live on love crumbs. A nibble drops, you gobble up the morsel. The crumb sustains you until he gives you another. Don’t you believe you deserve the whole loaf?”

How do you go about writing dialog for Mike?

Jennifer– I absolutely adore Mike. He’s the one person who doesn’t sexualize Prue and supports her with understanding and tough love. As far as writing dialogue, I had a literary agent tell me I am gifted at writing dialogue which was a huge compliment! I try to put myself in the room and picture what is happening in that moment. The research I did helped me to write realistic therapy dialogue but I’m not a therapist so I’m sure it’s not perfect but I definitely gave it my all.

Johnny– I totally agree with the literary agent, your writing of dialog is incredible! Have you had any feedback from actual therapist or medical professionals since you written this book?

Jennifer– Thank you! And, yes, there have been several psychiatrists and therapists who have written reviews. They have all stated that my novel depicts a realistic therapeutic milieu.

Johnny– Tell me about your writing process, how did you go about creating and structuring A Dress the Color of the Sky? Do you journal?

Jennifer– There are two kinds of writers, those who outline the entire story and know where they are headed, and writers like myself who fly by the seat of their pants. Both work, both are correct but I don’t know how a story is going to end until I get there. I made a lot of mistakes while writing Dress and had no clue what I was doing. I’m still a neophyte in the writing world but definitely know more now than I did when I was writing Dress. A few things about my writing process – my brain is more creative in the afternoon, I need total silence, my house has to be tidy, I sit on an exercise ball at my dining room table which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, I light a Himalayan salt lamp, scented candle, and a diffuser with peppermint oil.

Johnny– How long did it take you to write this book?

Jennifer– From beginning to end it took me five years but the last two were when I really focused and did the most writing.

Johnny– Are you planning a sequel?

Jennifer– I’m working on the final draft of the stand-alone sequel, A Dress the Color of the Moon. It is my hope that Moon is worthy of being picked up by a big publisher.

Johnny– Can you give me a quick elevator pitch for A Dress the Color of the Moon?

Jennifer– The story will follow Prue in her post rehab journey and learn how she fares in the world after five weeks in Serenity Hills. There will be several characters continuing on with her to Los Angeles where they will gather for the funeral of Gloria who committed suicide in the first book. Prue and her comrades with face many trials, tribulations, and temptations in the real world.

Johnny– There seems to be a lot of healing taking place in this book, was this book therapeutic to write or tragic?

Jennifer– Definitely therapeutic.

Johnny– Reading through the reviews on Amazon, it seems like this touched a lot of people, how does that make you feel as a writer?

Jennifer– The reviews have been one of the most beautiful parts of my writing journey. I have been especially surprised by the number of men who have written reviews. The reviews have deeply touched my heart and been incredibly motivating for me to continue on as a writer.

Johnny– If you were casting this book for a movie, who would you pick as your cast?

Jennifer– I think Jessica Chastain or Jennifer Lawrence would make a great Prudence, Liev Schreiber or Colin Farrell would play Mike the therapist, Bradley Cooper to play Nick, Ryan Reynolds would make a fabulous Alistair.

Johnny– Wrapping up, what do you want your reading audience to take away from reading, A Dress the Color of the Sky?

Jennifer– It is possible to heal from childhood trauma, what it’s like in an inpatient rehab facility, the experience of following one woman’s journey to find self-love, to not live in the past and it’s never too late to make a change in your life.

Johnny– Jennifer I can not thank you enough for taking the time to talk with me. I think you’re awesome! You are remarkably talented and a phenomenal writer. Thank you! 🙏

REVIEW

My original review: I’m sitting here at 4am on a Saturday morning. I had just finished A Dress the Color of the Sky by Jennifer Irwin and I’m in awe.
There is nothing I can say that will come close to giving this book the review that it deserves.

To think that this is the first novel that Jennifer has written Blows my mind.

I’m giving her 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐stars because this is quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read. Without a doubt A Dress the Color of the Sky is the best debut novel I had ever had the privilege of reviewing. Jennifer has done what few writers have ever done, she surprised me, she is an amazing and talented writer who has only begun to shine.

My original review STANDS: READ THIS BOOK!

It’s a smart, sexy, and captivating book to read. WARNING: once started this book is hard to put down.

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If you only read one book in 2020 it needs to be A Dress the Color of the Sky by: Jennifer Irwin.

I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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