SLS Intimate Conversations: Linda Mayfield-Hayes

AFROETRY

Afrocentric Poetry that

Educates & Motivates

 Linda Mayfield-Hayes

Afrocentric Poetry that Educates & Motivates by Linda Mayfield-Hayes (Book) in Poetry

SLS Intimate Conversations Showcase

Recently Ella Curry, CEO of EDC Creations (www.edc-creations.com) and founder of the Sankofa Literary Society (www.sankofaliterarysociety.org)  had the opportunity to talk with the author of book Afroetry, Linda Mayfield-Hayes.

 

SLS Intimate Conversations Interview Questions

Tell us your latest news?
I haven’t been very active lately, but this past summer, I was invited to be the featured guest at a poetry event held in Greenville, South Carolina. After the event, the church pastor asked me to read a few of my poems at his church, and set up a table and chair for me to sell a few books. Not only did I sell all 50 copies I had carried with me, but I received several more orders through the mail. This was very exciting experience, and I met so many wonderful people.

 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My father died of a brain tumor when I was 14 years old. Shortly after, I retreated into my own little world. There, the only thing that comforted me was writing poetry. I found it to be very therapeutic.

 
What inspired you to pen your first novel?
I haven’t written a novel yet, but I have published three books of poetry. I was inspired by a group of co-workers. My place of employment was celebrating Black History Month, and various employees were being asked to participate by reading the poems of famous black poets. When I was asked, I said that I would rather write a poem of my own for the occassion. That’s when I wrote a poem entitled, “Freedom Torch”. After reading this poem for the group, they encouraged be to continue writing and I eventually was encouraged me to publish my poems in the form of a chapbook. That’s when I wrote my first book, “Life is a Roller Coaster”.

 
Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
I used to love listening to the poetry of Nikki Giovanni on the radio years ago, but my writing style is my own. I enjoy wrting acrostics and rhyming poems. I especially like the challenge of writing acrostics that rhyme.

 
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
Well, my first book. “Life is a Roller Coaster” is about various situations that I have personally lived through in one way or another. My last book, “Afroetry” is basically about the black experience.

 
What are your current projects?
I’m not working on any new projects at the moment, but I have been knocking around the idea of publishing a children’s book.

 
Do you feel that the explosion in African-AmerDo you feel that the explosion  in African-American writers is a fad or another renaissance?
Fad? No. The African-American writer is here to stay!

 

Do you feel more African-Americans are reading? If not, how can we help increase this?

I think African-Americans have always been reading, only now more African-Americans are writing thanks to the internet and self-publishing.

Linda Mayfield-Hayes (Salter)
Poet/Author
AFROETRY:
Afrocentric Poetry that Educates & Motivates
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AFROETRY: Afrocentric Poetry that Educates & Motivates

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Is it self defense or excessive force when you kill someone breaking into your neighbors home?

by: Cheryl Lacey Donovan
Joe Horn, a 61 year old caucasian resident of Pasadena, Texas, killed what he perceived to be two African American males that were breaking into his neighbors’ home.IT turneed out that the suspects were Columbian.
The problem, he was on the phone with 911 at the time. The dispatcher told him to stay away from the crime scene. The dispatcher repeatedly warned Mr. Horn to stay inside. Horn told the dispatcher that he was going to kill the two would be thieves and all of this was caught on tape.

Now, there are some who would have us believe that he was acting in self defense, even though there was no sign of any weapons and the suspects were shot in the back. There was also no indication that Mr. Horn or his property was in immediate danger.

Self defense or excessive force, what do you think?

Caught Between Two Worlds

MismatchedIn the midst of that first literary milestone, my book cover is out, my first round of edits are in and it’s time to update my promotional web sites. My personal site was easy, just tweak the color and add the book cover, but my Myspace page proved to be more of a challenge.

Previous to being offered a contract, I went with the pizazz of a black, white and gray color scheme plus lots of glitzy glitter hearts and stars. What my site was about was a little ambiguous until you read the content.

Now with my book cover exhibiting interracial love, it was time that my promotional page reflected my writing niche. When I was done, I didn’t just have a ode to interracial love, but more specifically, an tribute to the love between a black woman and a white man.

By writing in this area, am I turning my back on the pride of my race? Am I getting in bed with the devil? I’ve often pondered these same questions in the few interracial relationships I’ve had. They are few because of the struggles they tend to carry, but my same race romantic relationships are even fewer. I have no objections to my beautiful brothers. People just tend to date what and who they know, in my case I grew up in predominantly white neighborhoods and went to white schools.  It was not unusual for me to be the only black child in the classroom.

As I promote my interracial romance, I realize more and more how many couples resonate with the experiences of my characters.

Just the other day, a bi-racial co-worker (Mexican and Caucasian) who is an avid romance reader, remarked how until she read the rough draft of my newly contracted novel, she didn’t notice how few interracial romances were on the bookshelves. She claimed to never notice the race of the characters she enjoyed reading about. After reading my book, she was compelled to search for more books that reflect her experience only to come up short.

So I ask again, am I turning my back on my heritage? No, we love who we love and we deserve to enjoy stories that reflect the uniqueness of that experience.

I look forward to fulfilling that need and also the need to write positive African American literature that reflects our strengths and how we overcome our weaknesses.

My goal isn’t to join one world and reject the other, but to create stories that will be enjoyed by both worlds and hopefully create a bridge where each world’s inhabitants can share and respect each other’s experiences.

Black History is Important to Author Daphne Clarke

 Finding Peace Through Faith

 

Why Black History is Important to Author Daphne Clarke

Do you yearn for peace? Hope and reality for peace can be attained through your faith. If you desire to have peace, prepare yourself for a journey that shows the Holy Spirit directing the author of Finding Peace Through Faith – A Personal Experience, in the midst of daunting challenges.

Through the power of the supernatural, peace prevailed, which inspired and motivated Daphne Clarke to communicate that, indeed, God is a Master of the impossible. Ms. Clarke uses examples of individuals in the Bible who walked closely with God, and received breakthrough to promises by having the impossible become reality.

Vivid portrayal of divine intervention persists throughout the book and peace permeates as a force. Prepare to see your faith energized when reading this book. You can discover that peace is possible even though contrary forces battle to prove otherwise; you can see that the teachings of Christ have great impact on manifesting His promises.

Brace yourself for the ride-it is one of faith and you too can receive peace, even when the woes of this world whistles whirlwinds on your horizon. Daphne Clarke is committed to exhorting, encouraging and motivating individuals to achieve their God-given destiny. She is the author of The Triumph of Louise Laurel & Successful Parenting/Nurturing: By the Hand of God.

Waking Up and Meeting the Day with Courage- (Column: Motivation Extends My Soul)

How important is it to reflect on our hero’s and people we look up to?

Very important. Sometimes we do have to look in the past for answers to our future. And we have to learn to ask for help when we need it.

How important is it to stop and smell the roses and look up into the sky to see what image you can make out, while breathing in the air; maybe hug someone and smile as we’re walking into the world to begin our day and just feel truly blessed? 

Gratitude is everything, and if we don’t stop and take a break and recognize what is going on before our very eyes, we could be lost and find ourselves not even knowing what direction in life we are even going.  

 Maya Angelou said, “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.  Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.  We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” 

Wow, how amazing and true those words are from Maya Angelou. Yes courage is what it takes to be different, to strive and achieve what you’ve always wanted. Just step out and take a chance. You can either live a life that you will regret or take some chances and at least be able to say, “You tried.”

 Earl Nightingale who was a great thinker, inspirational speaker and some called a ‘great philosopher’ said, “…if you’re not standing on the edge, you’re liking taking up too much room.” 

Great things comes to people who take calculated risks, who step out of there comfort zone, who believe in themselves and who persist till the end regardless of how current situations may appear.

Written by author, Tinisha N. Johnson
Visit her website:  www.tinishanicolejohnson.com