Monthly Archives: November 2013

Denisia J. Hockley: Your Child the Little Scientist

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If you understood the way in which your child thinks, would that make you a better parent? Author Denisia J. Hockley believes she has the answer to that question in her new book, “Your Child the Little Scientist” She took time out of her busy schedule to speak with us and we’re about to find out the meaning of her title and what’s inside to convince that there is a little scientist inside all of our children.

Hello Denisia, thanks for your time. Please introduce yourself to our reading audience.

I’m Denisia J. Hockley and I’ve been a Clinical Psychologist for 17 years based in Australia but the majority of my time is spent in the United States. In my practice, I work with all types of clients from victims of trauma and abuse to ordinary families struggling with typical life issues. I also have treated clients with psychiatric disorders. My style is laidback, informal and solution-focused.

As a therapist, I worked in the outback, Aboriginal settlements, men’s correctional facilities, addiction programs and private practice. I’m also an ex-policewoman with a colorful and diverse career.

I’m also the Mother of a daughter named Amanda who is in law school in Australia.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for many years including professional manuals and psychology articles. I later I started writing programs and articles for clinical depression groups and this resulted into me writing and editing a manual covering depression, anxiety and living.

What inspired you to write your book Your Child the Little Scientist?

I was working with a family in 2011 and the husband made a remarkable shift in his approach interacting with his 2 year old. The family inquired if there was a book or manual where all this stuff was written.” More and more my patients kept telling me I need to put my theories in a book. I began in my work with clients writing elements of my theories and practice down and giving it to people as handouts in therapy. From there it grew into my book “Your Child The Little Scientist.”

My book stresses that parenting is not just about what is happening right now as it is about what is being programmed into your child’s hard drive(mind) and how that impacts the rest of their life. “Your Child The Little Scientist” takes you into a child’s mind, perceptions and reasoning. My book shows the reader how to interpret the world of children and how this impacts not only on their behavior but how they determine their own self-worth.

I’m big on using humor, cartoons. I think people learn better if it’s short, entertaining and gets to the point!


What steps did you take to publish your book?

Late 2011, I started a new practice and developed my own website: I created my cover and began writing my manuscript from my experiences from working with my clients. I then researched if I was going to completely self-publish or work with a Publisher on Demand (POD) company. I researched several companies and decided to work with Tate Publishing. The company handled all aspects of my book from editing the manuscript to the final printing of my book.

What’s your favorite part?

My book is small but powerful read and each chapter is informative but also a very easy read. If I had to narrow down my favorite aspect of my book it would be that I love my babies on the cover as they are all so adorable. I want just to cuddle them and protect them all. Inside the book the pictures I selected and the captions are entertaining and each one has a powerful message.

Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?

I have recorded 13 CD on various Therapies including hypnosis, meditation, sleep, anxiety and relationships. My book is the first in a series of “Your Little Scientists.”

Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?

I’m working on identifying book fairs that I will be attending in the upcoming season. In the meantime, I’m working on getting my name and book into the public by participating on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I also plan on future interviews in various forms of media.

How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?

Website: http://www.littlebookseries.us
Email: littlebooks2013@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denisia.hockley.3

My book is also available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble website.

What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?

Follow your passion as an Author. Seek help for areas that you’re unsure about especially if being an Author is a new industry. Be prepared to be patient getting your name and book out the public especially if you’re a Self-Published Author. It is a lot of work but in the end, it is very rewarding.

Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?

Firstly thank you so much for giving me this interview. To my readers: My book will almost definitely push some buttons, hit a nerve or to, but read the book right through, (twice if necessary) with an open mind, and remember it is never about ‘blame’. Every parent (including me) screws up: pretty much every parent does (or did) the best they can with the resources they have/had, what they know, their own ‘tapestry’ , what they have learned and the programs on their own hard drive. Your parents were also once Little Scientists doing the best they could to make their world work.

Note: You may find a copy of Ms. Hockley’s book here

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PaPa Sak; Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law: The Controversy on Florence

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Known as the “Kingpin of the Inkpen”, PaPa Sak is an author who’s from the streets of L.A. His novels reflect the harsh realities of living in the hood along with the lessons readers can learn from them. Active in the literary community, Sak took some time out to share his latest release with us along with his future plans.

Who is PaPa Sak for some of our readers who may not know you?

PaPa Sak is my pen name. I write urban fiction novels based in Los Angeles or Southern California. As of now I have eleven self published novels under my multimedia company Etched N Stone Books & Entertainment, Inc. I’m a writer, poet and researcher and the father of one son.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I have been able to write. I used to write comic books when I was in middle school and a friend of mine would draw the art. I seriously started writing to published around 2004. I was going through a divorce and needed to make a change in my life and prioritize what was most important. Writing was at the top of the list.

What inspires you to write?

Life inspires me to write all of my books. I’m a strong believer in character delineation and character driven stories. My latest release is: ‘Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law: The Controversy on Florence’. It is a story about a crooked cop being killed on Florence Blvd. and it causing a ruckus throughout the city of Los Angeles. Many people in particular the Black and Brown community see the Police as another gang so when they lose one of their ‘homies’ it gets real bad on the streets. In the story it causes such a controversy that all kinds of people get in trouble and many end up dead. It is the first book of a series. The inspiration behind the story was me thinking if street justice was applied to police officers as well what would happen.

What steps did you take to publish your books, including your latest one?

I wrote the book, had someone proofread it then had someone edit it. I decided to self-publish the book even though I had a small book deal on the table at the time.

What’s your favorite part? Would you like to share it with us?

SKIDROW TO THE STREETS

Eerie sounds bounce off the walls when you walk the street
A glimpse of brutal murder as you step in a puddle of blood he leaks
At eighteen mama said get a job or get out
So baking soda and weight scales is what he’s all about
Ya see morality is false when ya starving and ya bummy
And Delilah gives you what you want when you know how to flash money
So miss me with the righteous shit, I’m living for today
Surrounded by decay stepping over bodies laying under the freeway
From Skidrow to the streets it’s the forgotten population
A slow decimation, a human slaughter for wolves
Hyenas is at the gate and vampires is at the door
No armor for war so capitalism is rotten to the core
Which means martyrs got to fall, while blood suckers stand tall
And slain soldiers only get acknowledged with graffiti on the walls
Life is not valuable so we destined for doom
Because the one that could have cured AIDS was aborted in the womb
These are the children but we forgot to raise to grow
So they find love on the streets and shelter on skid row
A destitute existence and all the above
Not because of lack of money but because of lack of love
A dark ambiance riddles the atmosphere
No real safety net because our bodies radiate with fear
From Skidrow to the streets poverty prevails
Two different types of hell from the gutters to the county jails
Hidden tears are displayed through violent acts of anger
Because hunger pangs is a danger and justice is a stranger
So pardon my expression if I say fuck the world
Forced to be a fighter not a lover because pops didn’t slide on a rubber
First to fertilize the egg the concrete is my bed
The first of many babies born with a gun to his head
Well that’s the sentiment so hard knocks and myself has become intimate
In an embrace of bellowed pain so my soul is sensing it
Where money is worshipped so you’re called weak when you’re sensible
Because manhood is judged by paper not principle
So look at my rags, the warrior poet still got fire in his belly
Aimed at my environment my spirit won’t be silent
I’m crying in the dark but fear is not an option
Where equality is a fantasy and true freedom is a concoction
The permanent underclass or rebellious criminal class
Where civilian military and street soldiers will clash
And the homeless are doomed and guilt is presumed
Left out in the cold where abomination is sold
And concentration camps is the alternative
Nightmares are an affirmative so morale is in disarray
Two sides of the same coin from the kick it spots to the sleepless gutter way
These are my untold stories for it’s the bitter taste of my agony
Clutching for the prize because both sides is in my family

Outside of writing Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?

I wrote a screenplay for a movie entitled ‘Dollars Ova Everything’ Directed by Proverb C. Wisdom. I’m working with a poetry group and I’m expanding into different facets of multimedia. I’m preparing to work on a short film as well.

Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?

I have a few shows to be announced soon but nothing with a calendar date.


How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?

Yes my website is www.ensbooks.com and my social network is www.ensbooks.ning.com and they can contact me at papasak71@yahoo.com


What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?

Study your craft, develop your discipline, network and learn the business as much as possible.


Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?

I hope the best for all authors that are committed to the craft. Watch out for PaPa Sak because I’m coming with new material soon. You can order my books amazon.com in paperback and ebooks in Kindle & Nook.

Jair, The Literary Masturbator Interview

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Here at Authors N Focus Extra, we like to expose the readers to a wide spectrum of authors from diverse backgrounds who have unique perspectives on life as it shows in their written works. One such person is known as Jair, The Literary Masturbator. He is a well-known spoken word artist from the Los Angeles area turned author who has produced two new books which we’ll discuss in the interview. For now, let’s get to know Jair, his works and what advice he has for new and aspiring authors.

How long have you been writing?

There’s a part of me that’s always been writing but as far as writing for people to read or for Spoken Word performances it’s been about 15 years.

What inspired you to write your books?

I have 2 books to highlight. The first is, “Touch….Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, and Sensuality.” I wanted to publish this book as a celebration of love and erotica especially as it pertains to Same Gender Loving African-American men. I feel it’s a community that hasn’t been represented as much as others. I know for me when I’ve been able to recognize myself in books or other media it’s always rewarding.

My upcoming book is titled, “Collage: An Assemblage of Divergent Poetry, Juxtoposed” and is definitely more personal. It covers a variety of topics and poetry forms but I feel like all the work represents me.

What steps did you take to publish “Touch….” and “Collage” ?

With, “Touch…” it was a very “in-house” process. I self-published, had a colleague edit the book, and a friend who is a graphic designer create the covers. I was very pleased with what was produced. This time around with, “Collage” I am going outside my circle. I’ve found that having had the experience of working with people I know it would be a different approach to actually be involved in the business of publishing and keeping things more professional.


What’s your favorite part in either book?

From, “Touch….” my favorite piece would be my signature poem/spoken word piece which is called, “Confessions of a Literary Masturbator” from, “Collage” my favorite piece is dedicated to my mother Flora Fudge and is titled, “The Times of the Jingle Jangle Colors of Mama’s Muumuu.”

Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?

I’m also published in the anthologies, “Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing”, “Tapestries of Faith: SGLBT African American Stories of Faith, Love, & Family” and upcoming, ‘Black Gay Genius: Answering Jospeh Beam’s Call” I also have articles and essays published in print publications as well as on line. You can also see me reading/performing at Spoken Word Events and local Open Mics.


Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?

I definitely plan to attend and hopefully plan events. It’s something I’ve done to promote not only myself but other writers and performers. Currently there is nothing scheduled since I am working on getting my second book published. Honestly I had to take a break to get writing and publishing done but I’m ready to get involved again.

How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?

Books can be purchased through on line booksellers. For contact info you can reach me by email theliterarymasturbator@gmail.com, connect on social networks Facebook: facebook.com/jair.trice, Google +: plus.google.com/+JairTheLiteraryMasturbator, Twitter: @litmasturbator

What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?

Believe in yourself. We face so much self-doubt and no matter what your personal goals are believe that you have a voice, something to say, and there is an audience to hear it.

Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?

Thanks for this opportunity!!!

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Marcia Dawkins: Clearly Invisible and Eminem: The Real Slim Shady

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Question: Who is the real Slim Shady? Marcia Dawkins has the answer. The author of “Clearly Invisible” which has received critical acclaim and even praise from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President. Ms. Dawkins, who holds a Ph D, is the writer of “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady”, a “fresh way of looking at Eminem that will excite those who already love the artist and inform those who want to understand him.”

For now, let’s discover what Ms. Dawkins has to say about her two books and future plans.

Our readers would like to know, who is Marcia Dawkins?

I am Marcia Alesan Dawkins. An award-winning author, speaker, and disruptive educator from New York City, now also a communication professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, CA. I’m a Google Glass Explorer too and having lots of fun with creating new possibilities for communication and writing with it.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing my whole life. But I’ve been writing seriously and honing my craft for 10 years. Recently, I released two books in two years – “Clearly Invisible” in 2012 and “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady” in 2013.

What was your inspiration for writing both books?

My Grandfather’s books of poetry, especially “A Los Cuatro Vientros.” (Translation: “To The Four Winds”).

What steps did you take to publish Clearly Invisible and Eminem: The Real Slim Shady?

1. Had well formed ideas that were ready to present to selected editors.
2. Got interest from targeted editors.
3. Submitted prepared proposals quickly to prospective publishers.
4. Received and negotiated book contracts.
5. Researched and wrote manuscripts
6. Edited manuscripts with professional editors, copy editors.
7. Prepared marketing plan to promote books and author.

What’s your favorite part of either book?

My favorite part of the new book is the “Prelude” where I explain how my Grandfather’s out-of-the-box thinking made we want to learn more about Eminem. A link to that excerpt is here – http://www.RealSlimShadyBook.com (just scroll down).

I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing them with us?

Sure, I also wrote “Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity” (http://www.ClearlyInvisibleBook.com) and am currently co-editing a book about mixed race identities, technology and creative storytelling called “Mixed Race 3.0.”

Also, I am available for talks and webinars on how diversity, technology and creative storytelling are changing everything. I’ve speak on ground and online at Universities, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, religious organizations and professional conferences.

Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?

I just got back from a talk on Eminem in Thailand so I’m taking a breather through the holidays. After that I will be speaking at CUNY and UCLA in January and at USC next year. More events are coming up after that so listeners should keep up with my latest events and projects at http://www.MarciaDawkins.com

How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?

Yes. Readers can reach out to me at www.MarciaDawkins.com

What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?

I would offer the 5 following pieces of advice to any new author:
1. Success often involves spectacular errors and failures, so don’t be afraid if things don’t always work out.
2. Opportunity is a set of circumstances that can be manufactured so pay attention to your social environment and networks while making sure you develop your skills to the best potential.
3. Creativity is a renewable resource, so don’t be afraid to unplug sometimes.
4. Emotional investment is the key to achieving your goals, so write about what you love.
5. There is compound interest in altruism so whatever you do with your writing must help to make the world a better place.


Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?

Thank you for inviting me to participate in “Authors N Focus.” It’s been a real pleasure.

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The Cheryl Dorsey Interview: The Creation of a Manifesto, Black and Blue

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Earlier this year, ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner created a buzz throughout the nation with many of his actions well recorded and documented via media. One of the items mentioned was a manifesto detailing his history with injustices inside the department and the challenges he faced. It led to a number of ex-LAPD personnel voicing similar claims against the department in public. Cheryl Dorsey is a former sergeant who has now written a book entitled, “The Creation of a Manifesto, Black and Blue”. We invite you to read what she has to say in her own words.

Who is Cheryl Dorsey? Please tell us your background.

Cheryl Dorsey was raised in South Central Los Angeles. After attending Catholic school at an early age, she embarked on a career in law enforcement, beginning with the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Investigations, and Narcotic Enforcement, shortly after graduating high school.

She later joined the LAPD in 1980, a time when the department was under a consent decree to hire more women and minorities. Cheryl spent twenty years on the LAPD working patrol, narcotics, and vice assignments for all four bureaus of operation: South, Central, West, and Valley. She is most proud of having spent her entire twenty years working assignments in field operations; which included patrol, traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as the Community Resources against Street Hoodlums, or CRASH.

During her tenure, Sergeant Dorsey received numerous commendations and accolades from her command staff and the public she served. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her four sons, being a grandmother, and living life like she means it!

How long have you been writing?

I am a first time author. I have often thought of telling my story; however, I never before thought there would be a real interest; after-all, it’s just me. This is part one of a series of books that I intend to write that chronicle my life before and after the Los Angeles Police Department.

What inspired you to write The Creation of a Manifesto, Black and Blue?

The Creation of a Manifesto, Black and Blue is the title of my autobiography. I felt compelled to write about my journey on the heels of the senseless murders committed by fired LAPD police officer Christopher Dorner in February 2013 in southern California. I listened intently to the media and the LAPD (Department) portray this young man as “crazy”, not suited for police work and a liar. I knew first hand that the things alleged by Dorner in his Manifesto as the reasons which caused him to do the unthinkable were in fact true. Every allegation made by Dorner against the Department had a very similar tone to my own experiences; however fifteen years earlier. I knew during the hunt for Dorner that he would be killed; as did he. I knew that the story would end there. I felt compelled to set the record straight.

During my time as a police officer on the LAPD, I knew that my experiences were not unique; however, my position was. I am an honorably retired veteran sergeant. I am not angry with the Department, I am not disgruntled and I am not crazy. I was, however, I victim of a two tiered system of discipline within the LAPD, a victim of repeated and unrelenting harassing; racial and sexual. I am in a very special place because I can truthfully and without restraint speak first hand in a way that has never been done by ANYONE on the LAPD and possibly nationwide on a police department about what REALLY goes on behind the scene. I have pulled the covers off the LAPD and exposed the Department and the Command Staff that run that agency for exactly what and who they are. I have no fear of retaliation, loss of income or the inability to promote within that orginzation because I am RETIRED. For those who joined the LAPD after I was hired – many are still on the Department and can’t speak and those that left for a myriad of reasons; termination or forced resignation, I am their voice. My experiences, on the LAPD, as a little 110lb, 5’9 African-American girl from South Central Los Angeles between 1980 and 2000 are very unique. There is no one more qualified or credible to speak on the policies and practices of the Los Angeles Police Department than I am; having spent my entire twenty year career working patrol related assignments. I know exactly how the street cop thinks and why. I wanted to educate people who may have an interest in law enforcement as a career choice as well as enlighten anyone who feels helpless and hopeless in their employment situation; after having taken on a super power. I understand intimately what is like to be just one person going against an entity with deep financial pockets and resources. I have experienced injustice, mal-treatment and corruption at the hands of the LAPD muck like Christopher Dorner. I did not create a manifesto – I chose a different path.

What inspired you to write and publish this book ?

I was so outraged by the way the LAPD’s Police Chief handled the post-Dorner murders and the Chief’s attempt to portray the LAPD as some sort of Utopia free from racial animus by its’ officers that I sat down at my laptop computer and began to tell my story. I finished writing eight days later. I was possessed. I was obsessed with getting the truth out to the masses. I initially thought of self-publishing and contacted CreateSpace through Amazon. I nearly completed the editing and cover design process when I was approached by an indie-publisher who heard me speak at a meeting for journalists and expressed an interest in publishing my book. Being a first time author I welcomed the help and insight; as my publisher is also an award winning author. The process became very seamless.

What’s your favorite part?

My favorite part of my book is the chapter that introduces the world to LAPD Sergeant Fred Nichols. The chapter is titled, “You killed my brother.” For obvious reasons, I will not tell you the whole story of Sgt. Nichols, but what I will tell you is that he “was Christopher Dorner – before Christopher Dorner.” Fred Nichols “bled blue”; something I NEVER did. He bought into the LAPD system and believed that as an African American who promoted quickly through the ranks and given a coveted position in a high profile unit (SWAT) and the Training Academy that the Department would not do – what the Department did to him. Read my book to find out what can happen when you buy into the LAPD system, forget that you are African American and then have the Department remind you in a “not so subtle” way that you are in FACT – Black.

Outside of writing this book, are you involved in other projects right now?. If you are, would you mind sharing what those are with us?

My other projects are marketing and promoting this book. That is my main focus. My story is compelling and one that the LAPD cannot credibly deny nor refute; however, I know the Department does not want this story to get out to the mainstream. Once, this book becomes the number one seller that it is destined to become – I will work on Part 2 in the series; The Creation of a Manifesto.

Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?

Most immediately, I will be promoting my book at various venues; upcoming is the Give Love Tour featuring Maze, The Whispers and Howard Hewett in San Diego California, November 10, 2013.

I have also been invited to appear on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss racial profiling and the police due to the many recent arrests of African Americans in the news at Macys and Barney’s department stores in New York as well as other racially charged incidents involving African Americans and police officers nationwide. The Dr. Phil Show tapes November 11, 2013; date to air is unknown at this time.

How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?

My website is www.cheryldorsey.net please follow me on Twitter @retlapdsgt or on FaceBook: Cheryl Dorsey

What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?

I would say don’t second guess your decision, don’t procrastinate – just start writing.

Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?

I would like to thank everyone who reads this and supports me on this journey. It is not easy putting yourself out there for scrutiny, criticism possible retribution in the way that I have but someone needed to do it. I believe that everything we do and go through in life is preparing us for the next phase. We don’t always know what at the time – but I am a believer that what others mean for bad (in your life) – God will make it good. Pray with me and for me…

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We would like to thank Ms. Dorsey for her participation with this interview. We encourage everyone to purchase “The Creation of a Manifesto, Black and Blue”. On her website, http://www.cheryldorsey.net, there is a video interview by a local Fox affiliate featuring Ms. Dorsey. Please support her when you can.