Author of Taste of Insanity
Welcome to Literary Marie's Precision Reviews. Today we have a special guest post from Morenike', author of Taste of Insanity.
Life has taught me that your word is your bond and daily I create bonds with avid readers who take heed to the messages and entertainment of my poetry and short stories. I have been writing stories and poems since the second grade. My passion for reading and writing stemmed from my early introduction to reading by my parents. Reading was essential in my home, my parents' relationship started at a washateria discussing a book; reading and a love for literature created my family.
Although reading was encouraged in my home, my dreams to become a writer took a lot of campaigning to gain the support of my family. As a young girl I wrote about my observations and coupled them with my wild and vivid imagination. My writing abilities were far beyond what an average girl my age could even think of creating. My parents wanted to make sure I had a realistic mindset about my future, they weren't comfortable with their daughter saying, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." Eventually, they began to see my many capabilites and started to support me more, I've been fighting for the support of this gift since the second grade. It is still a struggle today but this journey has made me realize that I would never let anyone take away or halt my gift unless God told me to stop. I have become a vessel for God through my writing. The best feeling of accomplishment is to be able to help others with your gift and I am truly touched when others appreciate and are positively affected by my work.
My goal is to become a world renowned novelist, English Professor, social activist, and one day have my own radio show. I want to focus on African American poems, novels, and short stories that reflect the African American experience and community. I reach out to my audience and peers via Twitter, magazine publications, my novels, Facebook, and via blogging on Tumblr. My first push into the literary world was converting one of my poems, "Shoe-icide," into a mini short film. I wanted to bring "Shoe-icide" to life because it is about materialism, domestic abuse, and HIV awareness in the African American community. I have discovered that my purpose is to elaborate on sexual and domestic abuse, our ability to love, self worth, insecurities, motherhood and fatherhood, and how we are viewed by society. Every time I write a story I feel liberated, any time my work is published I feel inspired and motivated, and whenever someone tells me my words spoke to them I know my word is my bond. Every morning as I listen to Goapele's song, I look forward to the changes I plan to make to my community, word by word, bond by bond, I'm getting "Closer to My Dreams."
"My name is Nija Morenike` Matory and I want to be a writer when I grow up... "
Egypt Roberts is privileged, spoiled, and living the good life afforded to her by her parents and fiancée. Still living with her mother and father at the age of 24, Egypt wants for nothing and is cared for by her childhood nanny and her father's wealth. But after the death of her nanny, the lies that crafted her perfect life unravel and cause Egypt's mental and emotional breakdown.
Meet Andrea Atkins, a young girl with a bright future; although her life is a living hell thanks to a mother with substance abuse issues she has hopes of escaping her life after her high school graduation. But before she can make her escape, Andrea's world comes crashing down after a business transaction gone wrong is interrupted by her mother. Andrea's life is flipped upside down and she retreats into silence; protecting the secret of the night her mother was killed.
Blakely Hammond is a lost and confused soul with no knowledge of her past or who she is due to suppressed memories. A graduate student with dreams of becoming an author and college professor, she is never able to stay on the straight and narrow because of her best friends' schemes. After a scheme gone wrong Blakely is landed in jail for a crime she doesn't remember committing and a best friend that has gone M.I.A.
Tragic events lead Egypt, Andrea, and Blakely to the Rose Program at the Rosa Lee Institution for Women and Children where they discover things about themselves and their lives that they never knew were possible. Through individual and group sessions in the Rose Ward, Egypt, Andrea, and Blakely create bonds with one another and the staff while getting a sample of what crazy tastes like.
"I sometimes wonder [if] I hide my emotions? I do my best to bury my feelings deep within but the older I get the more I realize how toxic that is. Everybody is due for a cry in life but I'm long overdue."
About the Author:For more information on Morenike', please visit her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter and Tumblr. Click here to order or add Taste of Insanity to your reading wish list. Stay tuned for my review in late fall.