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Meet John G. Briscoe, Author of the debut novel "Poetry Confessions"
 
 
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Poetry Confessions is a series of  poems describing a Gentleman’s point of view on falling in and out of love. The poems are from “The Other Man's” perspective and describe s a chronological story of a couples ups and downs in a relationship that was doomed for failure from the beginning.

Q&A with John G. Briscoe, Poet and Author of "Poetry Confessions"
 
 
 

FIRST, I like to say THANK YOU Ms. Cousar, for allowing me to do this interview. It’s actually my first one. I’m new to this so please bear with me.

 

Q:  When did you decide you wanted to write?

A:  I decided I wanted to write when I started thinking of occupations that would enable me to make money with out having to be there.

      

Q:  How many novels in all have you written?

A: Poetry Confessions is my first book. I am currently writing my second book titled “MAN to man” our key to success, which will be available Summer 2008.

Q:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?

A:  This particular project has taken approximately two years to come to life. I really didn’t realize how much time and energy goes into writing a good book. The book took a lot out of me, both mentally and emotionally

Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?

A:  Yes, I decided to self-publish because my book was so different then any other book out today. I have learned that a lot of Publishers don’t want to take a chance on something so out of the ordinary. I personally wanted to give my readers a reading experience that is unique and one of a kind. Plus, to be honest I like doing things my way.

Q:   If so, how was that experience?

A: I am still going through the experience. It’s requires a lot of time, hard work, dedication and determination. It also requires a lot of sale approaches, in which I hate. I even wonder some time if I am doing things the right way. But, if the experience was easy everybody would be doing it.

Q:  Tell us about your current release "Poetry Confessions"

A: Well, Poetry Confessions is a series of poems describing a Gentleman’s point of view  
on falling in and out of love
. The poems are from “The Other Man's” perspective and describe s a chronological story of a couples ups and downs in a relationship that was doomed for failure from the beginning. Poetry Confessions is a fiction love story which the character in the book, Jonathan Love gives his Heart and Soul, about a forbidden Love, from which he will never be the same. Also, I like to mention Poetry Confessions is a new form of poetry that I call Creative Art Poetry Story (CAPS). CAPS combine visual art and poetry to tell a story in a unique new way. This is my personal effort to bring forth a new form of poetry. And to inspire other poets, writers, and novelists that writing can be more than just boring text. Story telling can be visually creative, and enjoyed by all. I personally love stories that have meaning, and are straight to the point. So, you will find a lot of my poems are in your face life stories.

Q:  What feedback have you received from fans?

A:  I have received a lot of good feedback from my friends. I haven’t had the pleasure of having fans yet. Surprisingly, I have received a lot of good feedback from guys. I didn’t expect this at all. I am even thinking about changing the book cover. I suppose they can relate to the two male characters in the book (Jonathan Love and Mr. Don’t want to Do Right).

Q:  What authors do you admire?

A:  The author that I admire would Teri Woods the author of the book True to the Game. I admire her determination and entrepreneur spirit.

Q: Did one of them inspire you?

A: I guess you can say reading her biography motivated me. It also let me know that it can be done. You just have to stay focus and have faith that you have a product that is worth reading.

Q:  Is writing your only passion?

A: Unfortunately, writing is not my passion. But, I did put my Heart and Soul into writing it. I am still trying to find my passion, along with my niche in life. Right now my focus would be providing a better quality of life for my family. 

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 A:  I see myself in 5 years as a Ph.D. candidate, studying towards completing my Doctoral Management Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Q:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?

 A: The advice I will give aspiring authors is 1.) Write about topics that you feel passionate about. That way you are putting your best effort into your book.

2.) When things come to mind, write it down on paper. Always remember a great story will sell itself. Keep in mind that you want be able to please everyone with your work. But as long as you are happy with it, that’s all that matter

3.) Believe in your talents in telling a story. Ensure that the way you tell a good story is unique. That ensures that the reader can feel as if there are there mentally and emotionally in the story.

4.) Never give up on their Dreams. If that’s what you want to do, do it. When it’s all said and done. You don’t want to have any regrets. I should of, would of, stories died a long time ago. Your dreams start to come true the day you take control of your life and work towards it.

5.) I have learned that Life stories are the Best stories, because people can relate or can see it through the authors’ eyes through their writing.

6.) Try to Live, Learn and Cherish the special moments we call life through your words and stories.

7.) Always keep in mind that writing books is a business. The main objective is to make money. If that’s not your objective then writing is your hobby. Majority of the time people don’t want to read about hobbies.

Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?

A: I would like my readers to learn from my stories is the sincere feeling you have when you “Fall in Love”. I would also like to show people that with Faith in God anything and everything possible. You just have to believe.

Q:  Are you working on another novel?

A: Yes, I am working on another book titled “MAN to man” our key to success. What is it about? It’s about a Father providing wisdom to his Son on subjects like Life, Money and Women.

Q:  Where can people purchase your books?

A: My book can be purchase online at Buybooksontheweb.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com, Zawadibooks.com, Blackbookplus.com, Waldenbooks.com, Booksamillion.com, Allbookstores.com and Buy.com. It is will also be available inside bookstores. The problem is getting them to order it. It’s just a matter of time. I have faith that my book will sell itself.

Q:  Do you have a website?

 A:  Yes, of courses. In this day and age you have to have a website. I like to invite you and your members to my website at www.PoetryConfessions.com. I designed it myself.

Ms. Cousar, I would like to thank you again for taking the time to read and review my book. I am honored to have the opportunity to entertain you with my poetry. I truly appreciate your efforts in helping me to promote my first book.

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