Thursday, May 7, 2015

Author Chat: Beyond the Lights with M.C. Walker

Bestselling Author, Publisher, Poet, and Advocate for Female Empowerment offers an enlightening exploration of the depths and damage domestic violence affects a young woman in debut novel Before The Lights Go Out.

My Interview with M.C. Walker

Who are you? I'm a mom of two boys from Atlanta. Atlanta is home and I don't think that will ever change. I'm currently in college pursuing my Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management at Herzing University. When I'm not writing, reading, or studying I enjoy mindless TV, being with friends, and sleeping.

What made you choose a career in writing? I've always been a very quiet person even in childhood. Nowadays that's called people! I wasn't the most popular girl or the teacher's pet. I was the pretty quiet girl with her head buried in a romance novel waiting for prince charming. Still waiting!! I just naturally gravitated towards the library and my love of books turned into a passion for wanting to write.

What's your novel about? My novel Before The Lights Go Out deals with domestic violence, faith, marriage, womanhood, and love. The idea behind the novel is to explore the harsh realities of when life and love don't go as planned. Do we leave or start over?  How do we piece together the broken pieces of our life? I want to take readers and more specifically women on a spiritual and emotional journey of finding their voice and learning to love them before loving someone else. I think we are often times pressured into what we assume a marriage should be and look like. But, we're not really prepared for the unexpected. In the end I not only want the character to fall in love but restore her faith and identify the true meaning of living a fulfilled life on every level.

You've written poems, short stories, and your novel. Which best defines your artistic spirit? I like to think of myself as multi layered like a banana. I wouldn't consider myself a poet like Nikki Giovanni or the other greats because I'm not trained. When I write poems I'm usually writing from my heart. I really don't have control over what comes unto the page because I'm free falling and expressing my truth. However, when I'm writing I kind of mute my heart a little bit to really get into who the character is and what she's trying to tell me. So, I guess I'm a little bit of both at the end of the day. I'm learning and growing and I love the journey.

Worst and best advice you've received so far as a writer?
Best advice: Focus and pursue your passion with all your heart. Never give up and you'll win.
Worst advice: Go to school to write. It wasn't bad advice necessarily. But, after talking about going to school to become a writer with a few people that were already in the program. They all regretted it. Don't get me wrong you get to learn the mechanics of writing. But, I've been told the program silences your inner voice. I've always been an individual thinker. So, I decided I wanted to become a writer. I worked at it , followed this link, read this book, and practiced. As a result, I'm learning to trust my writer voice.

Available April 2015

Go behinds the scenes and meet the leading lady of Before The Lights Go Out, Naomi George in the short story Being Naomi. Discover Naomi's childhood, finding love, and losing her in the ideal perfect marriage. Come inside and discover what's it like....Being Naomi.

Available May 31, 2015

Before The Lights Go Out is the story of Naomi George, a thirty year old devoted wife and loving mother who appears to have it all. Wealth, a gorgeous home in the plush suburbs of Atlanta, and an elite group of friends. In Atlanta, appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. What happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors, forever. For the past five years Naomi has endured her husband Bishop's abuse and rage. Forced to hide the bruises and the ugly truth Naomi will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to not only save her own life...but the lives of her two children.

On the run with no money and no plan, Naomi escapes vowing to never return. With Bishop in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children. With the abusive Bishop hot on her trail, will Naomi escape? Or will she continue to run and fight for her future? A heart-pounding and suspenseful page turner that will leave you breathless on each page.

Before The Lights Go Out is chilling tale of one woman’s testimony and difficult journey of discovering her voice, restoring her faith in God, and finding freedom while in the pursuit of healing from her past. 

About the Author

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Abuse occurs in same sex couples and heterosexual relationships. More often than not people ignore the signs of abuse by a partner for many reasons. Domestic violence is a cycle and the longer it is silenced the cycle will continue. Before The Lights Go Out is a fictionalized depiction of the author experience with domestic violence. It is through her spiritual relationship with Christ that the author has felt compelled to inspire, motivate, and transform the lives of those around her through her work. It is the hope of the author that the novel keeps the conversation going and inspires someone in need to seek the help they need.
M.C. Walker is an Advocate for Female Empowerment and bringing awareness to Domestic Violence. M.C. Walker is a proud supporter of Partnership of Domestic Violence Awareness. Proceeds from Before The Lights Go Out will be donated to charity. M.C. Walker resides in her hometown of Atlanta, GA with her two boys.

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