Authors on the Rise Digital Magazine May 2022 Issue

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Digital Magazine No. 4

May 2022 Issue


Meet #1 Amazon BestSelling Author & Visionary Dr. Vernessa Blackwell



Experiencing the Other Side of Grief: 89 Phenomenal Co-Authors Sharing Their Story

Mental Health Awareness Month


CONTENTS 3 Editor's Note 7 Interview with Visionary Dr. Vernessa Blackwell 10 Meet Featured CoAuthor, Pastor Marilyn Fenderdson Joy Comes In The Morning 11 Meet Featured CoAuthor, Ivy Caldwell Joy Comes In The Morning

Cover Author Dr. Vernessa Blackwell

13 From the Desk of Kiras Publishing Editor's writing process, Q&A, tips, & more 14 Mental Health Awareness Q&A 15 Shop Author's Boutique for 2022 planners, journals, & marketing tips & much more In This Issue Suuporting Detroit Business Owners -Velina's Beauty By Nature Hair Oil -JE SUIS Fashion

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Dr. Vernessa Blackwell

Visionary & Best-Selling Book Strategist

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I have had to overcome many adversities that I was faced in life. Even though I had my daughter at age 17, married at 18, separated at 19, and divorced at 20, I still managed to get three degrees including recently receiving my doctorate. I have loss both parents and all my siblings to include 3 sisters and a brother , which began my journey into coaching. When did your writing journey begin?

Who is Dr. Vernessa Blackwell? Vernessa Blackwell, I am a mother and grandmother of 7 Gi Gi of 1 I am a #1 Amazon Best Selling author of 19 books, award-winning international inspirational speaker, grief coach, and United States Army veteran. I am on a mission to help people to live the life they imagined. I have also helped over 300 authors become Amazon Best Selling Authors.

My journey as a writer didn't start last night. I have always been someone who loved to learn and express my ideas. Talking may not always been my strong suit, I resorted to writing my feelings and thoughts on paper. The first genre of writing I plowed into my tender years was creative writing, it started after I read a story that my friend wrote back in elementary school. MY WRITING GOT BETTER. As obvious as it sounds, writing did make me become a better writer. We all know the saying "practice makes perfect" and it's almost impossible to keep doing something repeatedly without getting better at it, so when I say writing has improved my writing skills, it truly has.

What is your inspiration to write the anthology Joy Comes in the Morning? I am a Joy Restoration Coach I love to help others to find Joy. My hope is for the readers to see that we have all faced adversities, trials, and tribulations, Our authors are sharing prayers, scriptures and devotionals to help you to restore your joy! If you just hold on. Joy will come in the morning. I also want the 89 co-authors to become inspired to start their own writer’s collective and create something outstanding. I believe that everyone has a story.

What publishing tips can you share for aspiring authors? If you are a new author, I would highly recommend you join a collaboration. You will learn that there is a lot more that goes into planning, writing, publishing, and promoting in an anthology.

In the meantime, if you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, You will discover effective ways to: • build your email list • gain colleagues • do something beneficial for the world • Have FUN! • It is a way to build creative and supportive relationships with other authors Writing is mostly a solitary job. As a full-time author, I can go weeks without talking to anyone, By working in a collaboration, I have new and long-term friends that I can Zoom with, call anytime, and share the writing journey. There is nothing more satisfying than hopping on a Zoom call with your fellow coauthor/s and talking about the collaboration. However, I have some advice. Be sure when you join a collaboration or anthology it is on a topic that resonates with you. You will meet other authors and if you want longevity, be sure to connect and collaborate and enjoy the journey.

What is one takeaway you want readers to gain from Reading Joy comes in the Morning? Joy Comes in the Morning is a devotional with 90 authors with a wide range of topics. With various purposes. Some focus on health parenting, grief, marriage etc. to inspire and encourage you through some of the difficult times that we face in life, my goal for the Joy Restoration Series is to create a resource for individuals struggling with grief and loss and help them to restore joy, To help them to learn how to apply scriptures to life situations and learn to study the word and any passage to life’s journey.

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MEET PHENOMAL CO-AUTHOR PASTOR MARILYN FENDERSON JOY COMES IN THE MORNING Why was it important for you to be apart of the Anthology Joy Comes In The Morning? It was important for me to be a part of the anthology because after the loss of my mother, I experienced depression that lasted for about six months. I am always able to coach others through their grief but I wasn’t able to pull myself out of my own. When I saw the vision for Joy Comes In The Morning, I knew it was important for me to write about my loss and how staying in the presence of God helped me to work through it. There is Pastor Marilyn healing in our testimonies, and it is cathartic Fenderson to share our stories so that others will know that there is life after death and that joy really Pastor Marilyn Fenderson is the does come in the morning. Founder of Marilyn Fenderson Ministries, Co-Pastor of One Flesh Connect Pastor Marilyn Fenderson Worldwide Ministries, Author, Website: Speaker, and Christian Counselor. She’s the Author/Coauthor of 10 books, Social Media Links writes blogs, magazine articles, forewords, consults aspiring authors on writing and publishing books. She’s featured in magazines Refuse To Lose, I Ascend, The Real Lifestyle, named one of 26 Top Authors of 2022 and one of 24 Triumphant Ascending Impact Leaders.





MEET PHENOMENAL CO-AUTHOR IVY CALDWELL JOY COMES IN THE MORNING Why was it important for you to be a part of the anthology Joy Comes In The Morning?

Ivy Caldwell Ivy Caldwell is a wife, mother, 12X author, transformation life coach. Founder of Footprint Enterprises which serves those who are ready to heal from emotional trauma through her coaching program “Stepping Into ANEW You”. If you are ready for ANEW You, she will show you how to gain your voice, authority and confidence back! Expose your truth so you can be free to embrace all of who you are through soul care.

Over the past two years the world has experienced loss in one way or another. I am honored to be a part of this anthology that will inspire and encourage others to find joy in their journey no matter what it is. There is always a silver lining if we look for it.

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Q&A: WINONA L. THOMAS Winona opens up about her writing process, writing tips, and more.

HER WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT? "Rule #1: Never Be; Rule #2: Never Stop, Rule #3 Never Settle; Finish Strong. You will get to the Published Finish Line!

KEY WORD FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS? Patience - Have patience with yourself and you will finish.

HER FAVORITE SPRING READ? The Power To Get Things Done {Whether you feel like it or Not}

SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WRITERS Meditate on God Create a Morning Routine Take Breaks Write in a Journal 9





What Is Mental Health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:


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Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse Family history of mental health problems

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Ways To Maintain Positive Mental Health Include: Getting professional help if you need it Connecting with others Staying positive Getting physically active Helping others Getting enough sleep Developing coping skills

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem: Eating or sleeping too much or too little Pulling away from people and usual activities Having low or no energy Feeling numb or like nothing matters Having unexplained aches and pains Feeling helpless or hopeless Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared Source: What is Mental Health? l Last Updated 02/28/2022

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