October 7, 2011

Writers Feature 3

I'm introducing you to the members of my group of writers in the Platform-Building Campaign. Each Friday throughout the remainder of the campaign, I'll be featuring several writers from the nonfiction group. I hope you'll take the opportunity to get to know them:

A former newspaper writer and editor, I now work as executive editor of a travel media company in Miami Beach, Florida. I have spent my career developing a reputation as a creative writer and thoughtful editor who does what it takes to get the job done and get it done right.

I am a stickler for proper grammar, reject the tired and over-used, and am known for my ability to turn a smart phrase without stretching to impress.

I received a bachelor's degree in English at the University of New Hampshire, specializing in journalism. I spent more than 20 years in daily newspapers and finally moved into custom magazine publishing, where I supervise a staff of three editors and numerous freelance writers in producing finely crafted editorial products for our clients in the cruise and resort industries.

I am rushing headlong towards 50 and am determined to act as if I'm only 30! Shame the wrinkles give me away. I am a member of The Writing Mamas and am writing a memoir about how I married my first boyfriend (from when I was 13 and at boarding school in the UK) after a 30 year separation, called 'Right From The Start'. Please also go to www.scribd.com to read extracts from this and other short pieces.

Olumide Bisiriyu
Known as "The Enigmatic," Olumide a multi-gifted person who inspires people to discover and use their Talents/Gifts. Personally he has written over 64 songs, over 5 movie scripts, over 1000 Poems, and lost count in stories/drama scripts. His articles/poems have been published in some journals in western/northern Nigeria (especially those whose focus is student/religion).

He started utilizing his gifts at about six years when he used to read his father’s novels (James Hadley Chase and African writer series) and gathering his peers to tell them stories. His focus is to impact as many lives as possible with the gifts inside him and to make the list of those people history will talk about. His self published book is titled
Recovered Generation.

Jennifer Prescott
Writer, master of espionage, producer of feral boys, assailant of fearsome creatures of cryptozoology such as the Mngwa and the Dobhar-Chu. I am afraid of almost everything, but plan to recover from my panic disorder by this Sunday.

Jenny Lee Sulpizio, M.S., is a wife, business owner, and Christian mother of three fabulous kiddos residing in the beautiful state of Idaho. In her free time (*enter audible laughing*), she enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips and a whole lot of comic relief in the process.

When she isn't writing books, Jenny is usually blogging about her life as a mom and her attempts to raise her children right (as in respectful, manner-possessing little tikes). She's busy. As in slightly "koo-koo," full-plate, constant-state-of-chaos kind of busy. But through all of the ups and downs of motherhood, come plenty of stories, advice, and occasional soapbox "shout-outs," that all moms can relate to, benefit from and definitely appreciate. Whether it be discussing toddler tantrums at the mall, or the latest in totally un-hip "mom-jean fashions," there is something for every mother and plenty of comic relief to go around.

Jenny has authored two children’s picture books (Mommy Whispers, 2010 and There’s Just Something About a Boy, 2011), and has several Women’s Non-fiction WIP’s in her arsenal. Please join Jenny every Monday and Friday as she delves into yet another topic fresh from the trenches of motherhood. If her grammar is off, ignore it. If she rambles on and on and seems to be in a daze, leave a comment and let her know.

Dafeenah Jameel
I am working on my memoir. I've been working on it for some time now. I worry I'll never finish my WIP simply because I tend to be so critical of myself. I go over and over and over what I've written. Trying to make it "better" or "good enough", but it's never better and it's never good enough. At least not to me.

A part of me knows I have some raw talent and if I could just shake off the self doubt and allow my writing to just flow, then I'd be a much better writer. However, that's easier said than done. So for now I'm just trying to get the words on the paper or in my case the MS word page. In my head I know exactly what I want to say, but when I go to type suddenly it all gets jumbled together.

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