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Indie author interview: Ey Wade and the growth of America

Posted by Matt Posner on August 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM

What's your name, where are you from, where do you live?

Well, if I told you the name my mom gave me at birth, I would have to gag, so let’s stick to Ey Wade. I was born, reared, and have spent the majority of my life in Texas. That is, if you don’t count the year or so I lived in Alaska as a child.

 

What do you write and why do you write it?

I write to free my mind and to share things I ‘think’ I know. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, mystery, romance, or children books, my hope is to entertain while educating and getting the reader to think.

 

Recommend to readers a book you have written.

 

If I could recommend only one of my books it would be Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History. This book is the only one of its kind because it includes the biography of people from every race and ethnicity which contributed to the growth of America. The book also boasts of links and videos and can be purchased from all major online book stores.

Here is Ey's book trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue2E17lfBdM&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Ey modestly did not mention her other books, such as the suspense novel The Fishing Trip and the family saga The Women of the Hill. Actually she has eight books for sale. Here's a complete list at amazon.com:  http://tinyurl.com/3n9vpf3

Recommend to readers a book by someone else.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This is a very haunting book. I haven’t been able to get over how it makes me go through the emotions of anger, hurt, and regret. The history of the mistreatment of the African-American race even when it comes to health care, is disheartening.

 

(via Amazon) Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio.

 

Tell an interesting experience from your life as a writer.

A few years ago I did get two books published and felt very proud of myself. I had my book signing and sold 27 books on that very day inside the Books-a-Million and 10 more at BN the next weekend. I had an article in Essence magazine, and many great reviews. But then I stopped and really READ the final product. It was terrible. Not the story or the premise, but the product and I cried foul. I felt horrible. The company (Publish America) I had chosen to publish the books(through the advice of a horrible agent) had botched up the job. In the contract they promised editing and such, but pages were left out and no editing done. I was heartbroken. I was really torn up when I found out an editor from Ballantine books had been interested in the novel and the agent chose not to go with him. How could he have directed me to such an author-mill. I recommend reading Victoria Strauss' blog-Writers Beware if you want to stay ahead of the game.

 

The publishing game is full of creeps, crooks, and incompetents. I join you in giving the advice that writers need to know how to protect themselves from mismanagement and exploitation.

It is awesome to have a book published and people congratulating you. You feel as if you have finally done something good and right in the world. It's like being a parent. How proud you are of your accomplishment. And like your child you only want them (it) to be seen in the best light. I told myself I wouldn't want my child ridiculed, mistreated, and put out in ignorance so how could I do it to words from my heart? Especially when they are subjects I believe in? I shot my ego to hell and fought for the return of my contract. I'm mad at myself because now I have doubt in my abilities. Sometimes we just have to take ourselves out of the limelight and start over.

 

I have learned a lot. Write, rewrite and learn for yourself. Don't run on your ego or you will shoot your own self to hell. My time for redemption is near.

 

Tell an interesting experience from a non-writing job you've had.

 

I work in the childcare profession, owned a home-based center and I can remember the first time I taught a child sign language. The baby was six months old and we had been working on the sign ‘eat’ forever. One day, he woke from a nap and successfully showed me the movement he was hungry. What’s so great about this? The elimination of crying.

 

Give me a link to a funny youtube video

This may not be funny, but it’s original, clean, cute, and makes you smile. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE5QKxpWRVM

 

What an adorable child!

How about some more links for telling us about you?

Some of Ey's many Interviews: 

http://kindle-author.blogspot.com/2011/05/kindle-author-interview-ey-wade.html 

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com/2011/06/interview-with-author-ey-wade-for.html

 

Links to Ey's work:

Nook:  http://tinyurl.com/3pk39e3

ipad/itunes:  http://tinyurl.com/3vzmsng

Amazon UK:  http://tinyurl.com/3v893pu

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/3bbech9

Sony:  http://tinyurl.com/434flq4

Goodreads (reviews and reactions):  http://www.goodreads.com/search?query=ey+wade

Also at Kobo and Scribed

 

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5 Comments

Reply Stuart Land
3:16 AM on August 12, 2011 
Interesting interview, Ey. I really like the part about teaching the baby signing. I too, was held hostage by PA, and just got the rights to one of my books back in July after seven years. They are a lying, cheating company, and nothing ever happens to them because of it. I'm not sure what you have to redeem yourself from. But good luck with that.

Best always,

Stuart
Reply Ey Wade
6:39 AM on August 12, 2011 
Stuart Land says...
Interesting interview, Ey. I really like the part about teaching the baby signing. I too, was held hostage by PA, and just got the rights to one of my books back in July after seven years. They are a lying, cheating company, and nothing ever happens to them because of it. I'm not sure what you have to redeem yourself from. But good luck with that.

Best always,

Stuart

Thanks for commenting Stuart. I love teaching kids. I guess, I considered myself to be the main fault in the situation because I was so easily led. I have control, now,
Reply Ey Wade
6:40 AM on August 12, 2011 
Thanks a lot for the interview, Matt. It was fun.
Reply DJ Weaver
10:12 AM on August 12, 2011 
Lovely interview and good advice, Ey!
DJ
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