Behind the Scenes with Authors A.M. Coffee and BlackRose

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An Interview with A. M. Coffee

A. M. Coffee

A. M. Coffee

Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project?

I so enjoyed the opportunity to participate in such a project with my fellow NaNoWriMoers for the first time in 2012. After working with them for so many years on our own individual novels every November, I felt it would be a great experience to put our heads together once again and create a new world of imaginative writing in unity. It was great to see how one author could elaborate on the previous chapters of other authors and write from their mind-field of imagination to bring about a completed novel.

 What do you like about the premise and characters of this year’s Community Novel Project Speak Easy? What challenges you about them?

Actually when I first received the premise I snarled because of the unknown about Speakeasies and the Prohibition era but after researching (abundantly) I found it to be more interesting to attempt although it became my downfall because I became so interested in the research/resources that I struggled with time for writing my chapter. Every character sparked appeal with me whether they were positive or negative; they were well-written.

 What was your first reaction when you saw the chapter before yours?

My first reaction to the chapter(s) before me was exhilarating. I found myself wanting to continue on—curious as to what would happen next after reading each. I thought, “This one is going to be awesome!!!”

What is your favorite and least favorite addition that you contributed to this novel in your chapter?

My favorite addition was having the opportunity to begin telling Julia’s story (begin her secrets) yet at the same time it was a challenge to search, divide, and conquer the many directions being explored that tangled in my head. My least favorite but achieved addition was writing in particular “Point of View” – since the novel is being written this year in the third person limited to Ronni’s perspective

What do you hope happens or doesn’t happen in the chapters that come after yours?

My hope is that Pete & Ronni fall in love in the most romantic way. Charles is literally, “kicked to the curb” and discovered to be the villain. Most of all I hope that the relationship between Julia & Ronni creates growth & increase in wisdom for Julia along with restoration from guilt on Julia’s part somehow.

How did you write your chapter – in a burst of inspiration or carefully outlined?

Bursting all over the place is how I wrote this chapter. Outlines are challenges for me. Besides I enjoy letting my mind-field pop-up with variance which I’m allowed to do so without outlines.

Any memorable stories to share about your writing experience?

What will be memorable to me is the opportunity to co-write this chapter with my sister, Talisha Harden-Mallory who is a self-published author. I truly loved how we worked together to bring about this chapter. Because of my research, I had to incorporate her assistance. I read aloud the chapters prior in about 2 ½ – 3 hours while my sister and I wrote out our thoughts, which were many.

What have you learned about writing fiction from participating in this project?

Fiction is not always less challenging because it is creative writing. Although the writing is made up from your own imaginations you can come to some temporary critical stopping points to figure out your next step. I do love the battles in the mind of each character that steps forward and yells as if they want to be the center of attention…LOL!

What is your writing background? What do you usually write? How was this project different?

I started writing poetry at the age of 13. At age 15, my poem “Heartbroken” was published in a book after winning a contest. I then only wrote in my dairy and later journals about my life. They would be so detailed yet healing. It has been my dream to write and become a best-selling author since taking a creative writing class in early years of 2000 where I was informed by my instructor of my talent. I have made attempts at writing inspirational, spiritual/humorous, adventure, autobiographical/biographical, and dabbled in realistic fiction novel. In 2004 I then joined and attempted (50,000 words in 30 days) in 2005 where I have become a winner in 2011 & 2012.

Antonette Coffee has resided in Topeka for 23 years; married for 18 year to Don. Together they have six children and four grandchildren. Beginning her writing at the age of 14, inspired by her life experiences and faith, she won a poetry contest for “Heartbroken” at the age of 15 which gave her more inspiration. She has led teenage book reads at her local library; takes the opportunity to mentor to young people by volunteering at local community centers coaching volleyball; and teaches Youth Adult Sunday School at the church she attends. Antonette has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2005–winning in 2011 & 2012. Antonette also coauthored & participated in the 2012 Community Novel Project.

An Interview with BlackRose



Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project?

That answer is simple–I joined this year’s Community Novel Project because my sister A.M. Coffee participated last year. It was fun working together, our first sister girl project.

 What is your writing background? What do you usually write? How was this project different?

So, what is my writing background?So far I have published seven books under the BlackRose Presents: label. God is awesome if you ask me.

What do I usually write?  That is a doozy because I started off writing poetry, of course, and then I slowly but surely moved on to short stories. Before you knew it, my friends and family were pushing me to complete a book. I had started years ago when I entered NaNoWriMo, I just never completed the book in those thirty days, so I sat on it. Some years later I pulled it out of the notebook and completed it. That was the first book I published.  My genre is normaly urban fiction but I also write erotica. One thing I learned how to do while writing that I found to be awesome and that was writing emotion.

How was this project different?  This project for me was different in a way because I’ve never written anything as far back as the 1920’s. With doing research and learning new things it was fun, plus I got to do it with my sister. 

Writing I look at as a gift and like I tell everyone I run across “GOD Gave Us Gifts & How We Use Them Is Entirely Up 2 Us” –something I live by…

 BlackRose Have you ever felt like you were born to accomplish at least one goal in your life…? Have you ever felt like life was taking you nowhere fast…? Well, I’ve felt that way time and time again but God blessed me with a gift and that gift was to create images with a pen. Some people do it on canvases, some do it with scrap metal but I have been blessed to do it by pen. I thank God for my gift daily. With my gift I have created masterpieces…*Deception*, *Deception: The Other Side*, *Lesbian: Come Walk With Me* and *Sextasies*. Now I bring to you a different side to things with *Thug’s Intuition*. I enjoy writing because this is what I do best. I’ve even showcased some of my poetry in *The Poetic Lounge Volume 3* and just recently me and a friend attacked a huge project together *Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places* this one is brilliant I must say. Last but not least I just got a ban of friends together for my last release *Friends Of A Feather* which was released Dec. 25th of 2012. I spend all my leisure time either with my children and or spilling ink and when I’m not spilling ink I enjoy helping out family and friends. This is just a little something about me and if you wanna know more please visit my website at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

One thought on “Behind the Scenes with Authors A.M. Coffee and BlackRose

  1. Getting better acquainted with more Topeka Wrimos is such a great benefit of the Community Novel Project!

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