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Author, Singer, Songwriter Talks about Upcoming New Book ‘Guide Me Home’

 

Ana Gibson is a Professional singer, songwriter and the 2018 Award- Winning Fiction Author.  She has published already two books and is about to release her third book “Guide Me Home,” that will be published in October.  

 

“As I learn myself more, I’m also being intentional about bringing others along with me to begin to understand what it means to recognize ourselves—flaws and all—and to grasp a hold of the version we desire to be.”

 

Tell us about your journey as an author

AG: I started writing fiction at the age of 14. I didn’t get serious about self-publishing until I turned twenty-five. That’s when I released both books, My Brother’s Secret 1 & 2. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me since I could remember. I believe one of the first books I’ve ever read was “The Skin I’m In,” by Sharon Flake. And from there, I was fascinated with story-telling. Over time, I challenged myself to learn how to write and write better—the formatting, plots, character arcs, scenery, deep point of views, etc, which gives me all the confidence today to put out Guide Me Home. This is my BEST work to date, and it’s completely different from any other story I’ve written. It’s an Inspirational Romance—borderline, Christian Fiction (Got too much cursing in it to be officially qualified as that LOL) Looking back on all of the stories I’ve done, reminds me of how much I’ve grown as a writer and the evolution shows, even from my previous two books that I have out.

My journey is still writing itself, but I can say that right now, where I am, I couldn’t be happier. I’m definitely not where I used to be and I’m certainly looking forward to where I’m going.

 

So, you have written other books in the past. What genre are they?

AG: The other two novels are considered Urban Dramas.

The title is really catchy. How did you come up with the title?

AG: Guide Me Home came about when I was watching Tyler Perry’s, “Temptation: Confession of a Marriage Counselor.” The end credits were scrolling by and for once, I was actually paying attention to them. One of the songs listed was called “Guide Me Home” and that’s when it hit me. I was like, ‘that’s the name of the book.’ It makes all the sense in the world.

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When writing this book, what were your inspirations behind it?

AG: The book started off with me just wanting to write something similar to what Tyler Perry did when he released Good Deeds. So, it was originally going to be talking about homelessness and helping those in need, but after three years of revisiting the manuscript and the need to feel connected to it, it shifted into something more than just homelessness. Its theme is on the topic of Childhood Emotional Trauma and its effects of it into adulthood. I think many of us, on some level, will and can find ourselves in the storyline. When I did my research on what Childhood Emotional Trauma was, it blew my mind away. The things I found, had me nodding in agreement because I could see myself or someone else. This helped me to also write my character’s, Devin and Faith, better because they suffered greatly behind this particular issue. It’s a subject that’s rarely discussed and if you were to ask someone if they knew what it was, 9 times out of 10, they would not know unless you went down the list of symptoms.

 

It’s a great mental health piece, especially advocating for emotional health in African-American men. So that’s where the biggest inspiration came from—just learning about what that looks like amongst many other things and being able to put it into story form.

 

As a published author, what challenges do you find? (If any)

AG: In the beginning, when I first considered publishing my stories, I didn’t understand how much work I needed to put behind it, like focusing on your target market, making necessary edits, saving money to be able to take care of the small stuff, marketing and promotion etc. So, the first two novels didn’t work out so well, but with Guide Me Home, I’m revisiting those lessons and applying them to this particular project which seems to be helping. A lot of preparation has gone into making this book a potential bestseller. With God, all things are possible. I’m claiming it.

 

Let’s talk about your Book Launch event for next month. How long did it take for you to plan the event?

AG: I started planning for the book launch sometime in December of 2017. Everything I do has to make sense and be done with quality and with order. So far, it has been a solid nine months of planning for the big day. I have quite a few things happening that I don’t think has really ever been done for a book launch party. I’m excited about it.

 

What makes this event stand out than any other book launch events?

AG: I think the biggest thing that stands out for this event is the fact that I’m including a one act play; where I have a few people acting out a scene from a chapter from the book to give people a visual of what they’re about to read. I have not heard or seen that done before. Also, most authors are not singers. I am. I have written a song for the book, (soundtrack single) which I will be performing on that day as well. It’s called ‘Thankful.’ It’ll be available when the pre-order drops.

 

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I find it amazing that you are having the event on your birthday! How amazing!

AG: Yes! My birthday is actually the 26th of October but it falls on a Friday, so I chose the 27th because you know most people are available on weekends. LOL But I’m including my birthday because this is a major thing for me. I’ll be turning 31. When I turned 30, I told myself that I have to make this decade count, and doing this book and launch is a part of that declaration. So yes, I get a two for one deal.

 

What do you want readers to take away when reading your book?

AG: This is kind of a loaded question. Hmm. I want people to take away that no matter the adversities, the situations or circumstances standing against you, that there is a power within that is ready and willing to help you overcome. I want people to know that in life, it’s important to have the right people around you, especially when facing difficult and dark times and to understand how important Faith, Grace, and Forgiveness is to one’s healing.

 

I was looking on your website and I see that you have a book launch team for your new book. Tell us more about that.

AG: My Launch team is pretty cool. It’s about fifteen of us total. I decided to create a launch team for this book because I understand that I cannot do all of this by myself. It can get pretty stressful. It takes a village to really make something successful. Ooo that rhymed. But anyway, I can post and shout to the mountains all day long about the book, however, people get tired of hearing it from just one person, right? So why not include others who equally believe in what I’m doing to help push the product to the masses? And that’s what the team is all about. They’re helping me to succeed because they believe in the story just as much as I do.

Do you have any goals for the book? Media appearances? Interviews? Book tours?

AG: Yes. I definitely have plans to market and promote to local news stations, do podcasts interviews, blog interviews and hopefully reach two national TV shows like The Real and Sister Circle. Book tour is definitely in the works all along the east coast. And if things go right, maybe a stage a play or movie deal.

 

Being an author can have its ups and downs. What do you believe is the best way to remain humble as an author when things can be challenging?

AG: Best way to stay humble is to always know you have more growing and learning to do. You’re never done evolving or expanding in your writing. Something or someone new always comes along and can easily take your spot. In the words of Kendrick Lamar “Sit down, be Humble.” Reality is, things can go either way.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years from now?

AG: Five years from now, I see myself growing and being able to build an empire from this book alone. Ten years, maybe be on the same caliber of Oprah or somebody.

 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

AG: I don’t have many, but I would say Eric Jerome Dickey and Devon Franklin. That could change later, though.

 

How can readers connect with you? How can they pre-order your new book?

AG: Readers can connect with me by visiting my website at www.officialanagibson.com. All of my social media buttons are available on there. Guide Me Home pre-orders will be available September 12, 2018 wherever books are sold. Official release date is October 22, 2018.

 

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Its a New Era; DJ The New Era Mixes up Style and Flava!

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Describe DJ New Era in three words

God Fearing Man

How did you get into the entertainment industry of becoming a DJ? Did it come natural to you?                 

I started off as the bootleg Cd guy in high school. When i went to college it was brought to someone’s attention I was the guy who had all the music and the rest feel into place!

What is usually playing on your playlist currently?

On my playlist i usually keep 3 Dj Drama mixtapes and J Cole is a must!

Since you are in the entertainment industry with up and coming artists; new and old, what are some of your favorite songs and artists right now?

My favorite new artist and song would have to be Jaden Smith – Icon. I am also feeling Juice Wrld.

I’m curious on how you came up with the name “New Era” Inquiring minds want to know. Lol

My name came about from wearing hats. I own over 300 Fitted Caps. Every time i Dj i would always have on a different Fitted Cap, so a buddy of mine said my name should be Dj New Era. I had the name Dj Fitted Cap, which someone said was very corny. LOL I changed it up to Dj New Era because of the New Era hats.

When and where was your first gig as a DJ?

My first gig took place in Huntsville, AL. A homie of mine from college had a house party. It was a trainwreck as far as me Djin goes lol.

What type of events do you DJ at?

I Dj Clubs, College events, Private events hell any kid of event that will help me grow as a Dj

Now for mixing and scratching, do you prefer to mix the old school with the new school for flava or the new school with the new school and the old with the old?

                 I prefer to mix the old school with the new school because the old school is what paved the way for the new school. As a Dj its my job to create a story for you while on the dance floor. You never know to a certain the age of the crowd until you drop records.

Who are some of your favorite influencers?

 Dj Jazzy Jeff, Dj Drama & Funk Master Flex

What keeps you motivated and inspired to continue your love for what you are doing?

My family, most definitely.

If you had to battle at a competition for Djing, who would you want to go up against and why?

I would want to go up against Funk Master Flex. His style is similar to mine. The way he brings records in and his voice is what makes him stand out as Dj. Plus I believe my Serato Crates can compete with his.

Does beats and rhythm come to you naturally or did you have to study sounds when mixing?

 It comes to me naturally. Once you get a fill of the crowd an what tempo they moving to, It because easier to create your set for the night

How can readers connect with you?

IG @TheDjNewEra  Facebook @TheDjNewEra

      WWW.FITTEDCAPLOW.COM

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Don’t Be Insecure!

When I tell you that watching Insecure was the best thing that happened to me, I was definitely telling the truth!  Everyone always kept talking about it but I never really payed it any mind.  Then I took it upon myself to get HBO and catch up on the first two seasons which took me exactly two days to watch!I was addicted after that and I definitely was looking forward to the new season!

 

Issa Rae, writer and executive director of the hit comedy series “Insecure” was first aired in 2016.  Since the show has taken off, she has won two Global Globe awards and been nominated for an Emmy Award.  Issa created her first you tube series called “Awkward Black Girl” which got the attention from people and media.  Season 3 of “Insecure” was renewed last year and it’s on it’s second episode of the new season.  This comedy series is not just any regular TV series you would normally watch on TV, but it’s about a black girl who is still trying to find herself even in insecure situations; relationships preferably.   Sometimes you may feel awkward at times and question yourself if the risk is even worth it.  Issa is the main star and I can say she definitely has a way with works and acting ability because she can make you laugh in a heartbeat!  The theme for this season is “Know Better! Do Better!”

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If you aren’t woke on this show, then I need you to not sleep on it.  Missed the first two seasons? Don’t worry, you can watch them on the HBO app or on Demand.  Insecure comes on every Sunday at 10:30 pm on HBO.

 

 

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A New Rap Artist Sparking in the Hip Hop Era: Deetranada Tells it All

She is no stranger to the music world when it comes to getting her hands dirty.  Deetranada is from Baltimore and is already changing the game with her live activism through her music.  Her face might look familiar because she has been on Jermaine Dupri’s show, season three of The Rap Game, which is the most popular show on Lifetime.  The passion to started rapping was due to the fact that she used to get bullied a lot at a young age.  That motivated her even more when she was also was introduced to the poetry game where she used her words to talk about hardships and things she went through.

Deetranada has big dreams and big goals and being in the music industry was one of them. The opportunity of being on the Rap Game went smoothly being that she was already claiming that in the atmosphere before it actually happened.  Doing freestyles every Friday on Instagram, tagging became her best friend; tagging Jermaine Dupri and the Rap Game in her posts.  When JD started following her and the producer from the show reaching out to Deetranada asking her to be apart of the show paved other opportunities for the world knowing what she was really all about.  The only difference between her and the other kids on the show was that they had more experience with being in the studio and performing on the stage with celebrities, but that didn’t stop Deetranada from doing what she love the most.  She had the confidence to make things happen and through her music, she was doing actually what she was called to do and that was to make a difference through her rap.

The one thing that sets her apart from other rappers is the fact in her music she doesn’t cuss, but the biggest thing is talking about the things that are happening in the world right now.  She is a young activist living her dream and wanting to make a difference in her community and to the world.

“It’s kids dying, black-on-black crimes.  Most kid and adult rappers won’t speak on that,” says Deetranada during the interview.

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Five years from now Deetranada sees herself as being a millionaire and winning awards for the best female rapper for making a difference.  It’s all about speaking things into existence.   The latest project that she is working on is called “Dee vs. everybody which is set to be released this year.  Other projects she released was “A Bunch of Nada” that was released this past February and “Adolescence Swim” last June.  You can find all her music on You Tube, Spotify, iTunes on her website at www.deetranada.com

 

Follow her on IG @deetranada

 

Guest Post from I Am Queen Magazine: Interview

I had the pleasure to interview Actress and singer Daniela Torchia about her career and journey as both an actress and singer.  You can read more on I Am Queen Magazine Blog!

 

https://iamqueenmagazine.com/2018/08/08/actress-and-singer-daniela-torchia-talks-about-music-and-new-film-projects/

 

 

 

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Waffle House Killer is now in Police Custody

In this photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department, Travis Reinking sits in a police car after being arrested in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, April 23, 2018. Police said Reinking opened fire at a Waffle House early Sunday, killing at least four people. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)

Photo Courtesy of The Daily News http://www.dailynews.com 

 

Nashville-TN- The man that killed four people at a Waffle House is now in custody.  29-year old Travis Reinking opened fire and killed four people.  Police are unsure on why Reinking opened fire in the first place.  They think it may be due to mental issues.  More than 100 police troopers have been going door-to-door and looking in wooded areas for the suspect.  Days before the incident, Reinking stole a BMW; police found the stolen vehicle, but it didn’t link him to the suspect. 

The four people that were killed were of different races; three were African-American and the other was Hispanic. Reinking was involved in other incidents such as in May of 2016, he told Illonois police that singer Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone.  He agreed to check into a local hospital for an evaluation.  Then last June, Reinking jumped into a community pool wearing a pink woman’s coat over his underwear.  Then last July, Secret Service arrested him for trespassing and entered the White House.  He said that he wanted to meet President Donald Trump.  

“There’s certainly evidence that there’s some sort of mental health issues involved,” Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said.

 

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