A Candid Interview With Author Brittany Lewis

Tell us about who you are and where you’re from.

I’m a Marine wife and mother of two young children. We currently live in North Carolina, but my husband and I are both originally from Massachusetts.

 Did you always want to be an author and what inspired you?

 I’ve been writing since I was in Middle School. I wrote my first book, a collection of poetry entitled Shine Through the Darkness, when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I published that book last year. I have always had a difficult time talking about my feelings, and I express myself better through writing.

 Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. It depends on what I’m writing about. While I was writing Finding Freedom, the first novel in The Zion Series, writing usually exhausted me because I put so much emotion into that book.

Can you tell me a little about your writing process?

Sure! After I’ve thought of an idea for a novel I write out the general summary, usually only a paragraph. Then I expand it, making it three paragraphs. This gives me the summary of the entire plot, beginning, middle and end.

Since I write Young Adult, my books are usually between 40,000-60,000 words and normally have 20-25 chapters. I estimate that I want around 20 chapters in my book with each chapter being 2,000-3,000 words. After that, I break the chapter down into scenes. I only use a few words to summarize a scene and I do this in list format. This way if I know I’ll be somewhere where I’m waiting for something, I can jot down those few words on what the scene is about and write it while I’m out. I’ve actually written a lot of my work by texting it to myself while I’m out and then typing it later.

When I’ve gotten about half of my first draft done I send it out chapter by chapter to my first beta reader. She reads each chapter and makes corrections. After those corrections are made I send it to my editor. Then the third draft goes to another proofreader. I normally start writing another book the day after I finish my rough draft.

When do you write?

I’m a stay at home mom of two young kinds (seven and two) so right now I write whenever I have the time. I try to spend a total of 2-3 hours per week writing, sometimes more. Honestly, I spend the most of my time marketing.

Where do you write?

My desk is set up in the sitting area of our house, right next to the living room, so when I’m home I usually write there.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Right now I am building connections. I’m currently working on a YA series and a children’s series.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

Yes and I am very thankful for that. Many authors don’t have family support.

What is your latest book about and are you working on anything new?

I am currently writing the third book in The Zion Series, Reunited, and I am actively pitching my children’s series to agents and publishers. My children’s series was created to help teach self-help and daily living skills to children with special needs and to help promote Autism awareness and acceptance. You can keep up with new releases by following me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLewis2008 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BLewis2008

 Any advice for aspiring writers?

Learn to both accept and expect rejection. You will get a lot of rejections. Develop thick skin and keep going. Perseverance is the key to success. 

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St. EVE West African Fashion Week Expected To Gain Attention Globally!

St. EVE West African Fashion Week Expected To Gain Attention Globally!
St. EVE Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses mainly on Health, Beauty, and Fashion. It is in the class of other international publications in terms of quality, editorial content and picture clarity. St EVE Magazine is also notable for their involvement in the promotion and organization of various Fashion Events.

In 2013, St. EVE organized the first ever fashion show tagged “ST. EVE MAGAZINE FASHION ON THE TERRACE” which held atIntercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island; the first of its kind “Outdoor Roof – Top Event”. This fashion show provided a platform for creative designers to display their art and designs.

With the success of “Fashion on the Terrance”, they put together another fashion show in 2014 called “ST EVE WEST AFRICAN FASHION WEEK” with the theme “FASHION IN THE SAVANNAH” which took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island Lagos. This event was also a resounding success with various fashion designers on the runway.

This year they are putting together another glamorous fashion show called “ST EVE WEST AFRICAN FASHION WEEK”. The theme for the fashion show is “FASHION IS ART”. They decided to take this event a notch higher with a classy fusion of Fashion & Art. The highlight of this fashion show will be the use of Artistic Fashion Prints, Art Exhibitions, Live Portrait Drawings and the presence of top international designers from Nigeria and Africa. This event will also be packed with exhibitions, auction sales, and elegant models on the Runway. The brain behind ST. EVE WEST AFRICAN FASHION WEEK is Evelyn Okere, the publisher of St. EVE Magazine and Creative Director of Rose Di Omimi Couture, whose got a knack for the extraordinary and has made a choice of pursuing what she enjoys. Evelyn is multi-talented, outspoken, driven, committed, hardworking and diligent woman. Her focus and passion for the world of fashion makes her a force to be reckoned with!

She has worked her way up various ladders in life and has accomplished so much in her life time yet she strives to accomplish much more. An astute entrepreneur and a career driven person, she passionately strives for success and excellence in any field she steps her foot into. Ms. Okere strives to bring opportunities to the many talented people in Nigeria that would otherwise be overlooked. She would like to put Nigeria on the international stage in the fashion world! In addition to the fashion week Ms. Odere holds educational classes to help those aspiring to have a career in the world of fashion.

The event is September 8th-10th, 2017 Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria. There is a competition to find the next big star in the fashion industry in the following categories; modeling, hairstylist, makeup artistry, fashion designer and photography. The prize winners in each category will be given global exposure in their respective fields. Ms. Okere’s dream is to bring international fashion icons like Karl Lagerfeld to Nigeria.

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One of Atlantas finest, Mr. Flamboyant drops teaser for hot new video!

Mr. Flamboyant is an artist of many talents. He is an accomplished entertainer, his talent and passion for music and entertainment make it clear that the “music gene” is strong in his biological roots. His latest video featuring The Legend Kilo Ali and produced by the Legend DJ Taz is titled “Flam Boy Ant” is going to make noise nationwide.
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