Welcome to The Literary Box!
Azaria Hawkins, Author of Welcome to My Life
Published January 15, 2020
"Welcome to My Life" is a sweet short story that introduces you to the life of Dazlyn Harris. She takes you on her journey as a preteen experiencing 7th grade, home life, friendships, and her first love, Mason.
Youth author Azaria Hawkins debuted her short story inside of Enjoy
Life Magazine's "Creatively Written" column in 2020.
"Azaria is a talented storyteller. I'm certain she will have a promising career as a writer." - Lakesha Woods, editor-in-chief at Enjoy Life Magazine and author of "I Love You Sweetheart". Read the story inside "Creatively Written" for a limited time!
La Tasha Mason, Author of Zana the Brave
Published February 20, 2019
Chermean, The Sensuous Author
Published July 17, 2018
Chermean, “The Sensuous Author” joined us for a podcast interview to talk about her books, weight loss journey, and the brands she represents as a brand ambassador. During the interview, she was bubbling over with laughs and positive energy. Just about everything we talked about seemed to tickle her funny bone; what a pleasure to have her on our line. She is the author of “Perfectly Addicted” and “Entangled Affairs.” She recently wrapped up the final phases of Perfectly Addicted II and the sequel is scheduled to be released early 2019.
She accredits her motivation for writing to her desire to do something for herself. She also made sure to note that she’s a Gemini. So, Gemini’s you have somebody on the home team representing creatively. She went on to explain that she was pretty much the child that did everything the right way. Her mother went through a lot when she was growing up, so Chermean moved out early and raised two of her sisters. She said, “I was always the one to make sure that everybody was on the right path and once I got them out on there own, I’m like well you know what let me just do something that I think I would enjoy.” She went on to say, “So, I started writing and I found that writing gave me the ability to live vicariously through all these different characters and do all these things and it doesn’t have to be me!”
She girlishly laughed and said that her books are filled with drama, sensuality and erotic passages. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you lingering on words Chermean is the author for you.
Chermean quietly giggled again when she expressed how her friends and family reacted to her books after reading them. Let’s just say they were shocked! When I asked Chermean if she was giving us a piece of herself through each character, she compared herself to the character Pam and insisted that she is not like any of the other women in her books and would not do any of the things that they have done. We both laughed as she made her declarations of virtue. I didn’t want to get her in trouble, so I gave her pass and assured her that I would let her keep that as her final answer because we all know that Auntie So and So is somewhere listening to this podcast or reading this article.
Aside from being “The Sensuous Author” Chermean is also a woman striving to maintain a healthy life. Over the last three years, she’s lost 81 lbs. Her weight lost was prompted by her declining health. She developed arthritis around 29 years old and high blood pressure and members of her family, unfortunately, her dad’s mom died at 41 years old due to high blood pressure. Those factors were enough to warrant a change in her life and the way she was eating.
Chermean encourages those who are struggling with their weight, to begin with, a realistic goal. She said you must set realistic goals and then have cheat days. Stick to it, and if you fall off one day, you can start over.
After the weight loss, Chermean says it was easy for her to strut her new body, new look, and feel. She shared her transformation with her followers on social media and brands like Dior Brooks (a cosmetics line), began to reach out to her. She also represents Devine Concepts and describes their product to be similar to a soufflé. She was selected by the owner who discovered her on social media. He reached out to her with a compliment (regarding her skin) and expressed his desire for her to become a brand ambassador for Devine Concepts.
Chermean is on the go! She said, “I want everyone to know that I’m just a ball of energy.” When describing herself and her future, she went on to say, “I’ve been through so many things in my life I can’t let anybody make me feel any certain type of way about the decision I make. “… I’m happy with life – I’m happy with me.” You can purchase books by Chermean on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Her website address is www.addicted2chermean.com, and you can also follow her on Instagram @thesensuous_author.
Matthew Carter - WAR Angel, The Awakening
Matthew breaks down in tears as he shares what led him to write his book "War Angel The Awakening". He reveals his battle with discrimination in what he called the black church and from religious people once they would find out that he is bisexual. Matthew said, "The church told me I was going to hell."
also shares his motivation with much conviction and explains why he
continues to pursue his dreams even after he found out that he is HIV positive.
Carter is a professional model, actor, and author. He's been seen in
fashion shows across the country and on television shows such as Nurse
Jackie. You can find Matthew's non profit A REAL DESIRE at www.arealdesire.com and on social media at the following links:
“The Conversation about Celibacy” & review of
The Chronicles: Elevator Silence by Latise M. Howie
The Chronicles: Elevator Silence by Latise M. Howie
Latise: Hi, how are you?
Lakesha: I’m doing well. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me, and to share information about your book, and what you have going on in your career as an author. But, more than anything I’d really like to get into the book. What prompt you to write a book with the concept of waiting and being celibate and the different aspects of relationships?
Latise: That’s easy I was prompted to do this by my own life honestly. And, by other people that I know that are living or trying to live a celibate lifestyle. Not necessarily a celibate lifestyle, but you know we are people of faith, but we’re also single people. And you know living in the world that we live in it is really easy to kinda’ get sucked into the desires of the flesh and that sort of thing. For me the choice was easy, I’m divorced I have three children and you know I’ve tried it every way (laughs) and I wanted to try it God’s way, and to just kind of walk in that particular faith. I can be discipline for him in that, but I can tell you the focus that you receive is the biggest motivator. It’s a struggle I will say that I’m a woman; a relatively young woman … dating and that sort of thing can be a struggle. But, for the last three years that’s something that I’ve been trying to practice and, just trying to walk the best that I can in that way. So with writing the book there were scenarios that may have happened in my life or other peoples’ lives that I know and I just wanted to touch on some of those things and kind of expound on them. What’s beautiful about being an author is that you can take bit of something and just fly in a whole different direction because it’s the use of your imagination if that’s what you choose to do. So that was the motivation, and just to be able to help women and single people in general know that we do have a
Lakesha: Wow! It definitely rings true for a lot of people, the walk - just the effort that it takes to condition your mind to say hey I’m going to do this. But, then there is the motive behind why you are doing it. As I’ve been reading the book … without giving away the story line, ‘cause I do want our readers to pick up a copy for themselves and read it. But, I was reading how one character in particular was continuing to tell her-self that: I’m doing this for God; I’m doing it for God - trying to convince her-self that basically I’m doing this so I can be faithful to my commitment to God, my vow to God. But, in essence she was truly really not reserving herself because she was still trying to find other ways to satisfy her sexual desires. And, I think a lot of us get that confused. In your opinion is there truly only one way to remain celibate? Do you have to cut off all other aspects of sex to in order to really say I’m practicing celibacy?
Latise: Well, I can tell you that the first year (we laugh) was probably hardest and honestly for every individual that I know when we have these conversations with regards to celibacy - that particular discipline. I was very much into the toys and that sort of thing, but I had to get rid of that stuff because I felt that I was still kind of not focus on what I felt like I needed to be focused on. I think that you have to define that for yourself. Do you see what I mean? So I don’t believe that is
for me to say to an individual. Your celibacy and your commitment and your walk have to be specific to what you would have it to be and for whatever the reason. That same character had to look at her life and figure out why am I doing this: Am I doing this for show and fashion? Am I doing this because I really truly want to be disciplined? Do I need and want to be focus?
And, that’s something that a couple of my
I don’t want to just say that I’m celibate for the sake of saying it. I need to be walking and practicing and living that way because it’s something that I truly want to do. But, not because it’s something that people at this point expected me, because I’m a human being I fall. You know what I mean?
Lakesha: Right …
Latise: I will openly admit that, but I think it’s a situation where you have to rededicate yourself and define what it is for you. I say that I live in a judgment free zone in my life.
Lakesha: That’s great …
Latise: If someone talks to me about their particular situation – you know that you can talk to me and I’m never gonna judge you because I feel like therefore the grace of God go any of us – right? We have no idea what situation we will find ourselves in. But, I think that is a personal decision. Read more ...
Love Story Here - Heartbreak & Pain!
Review written by Lakesha Woods
Published October 16, 2013
Monica Little touches subjects of love, heart break, domestic violence, molestation and superficial realities in her new poetry book titled Enter the Inkwell.
If you're expecting la-dee-da types of poems filled with "I love You's" and rhymes this is not the book for you! Brace yourself because this book of poems is filled with a dose of harsh realities.
Monica speaks of being short-changed on love's return in poems like "Men and Me" and being in love under false pretense in poems like "I love You", where the woman thought it was love and ended up being controlled and physically abused.
The poems tell a story of a woman who has endured much suffering and heart ache at the hands of men. Starting from a very young age and being molested; the poem "Forbidden Touch" vividly describes how this young girl felt compelled to keep the touches a secret because she thought is was a sign of love and for love she was willing to remain silent.
The poem goes on to describe how she would like her perpetrator to be punished. While Monica doesn't offer lovey-dubby poems that will make you fall in love, she does include poems that show signs of a woman who has realized her worth. 'LIKE' Monica on Facebook!