Author Feature~ Andrea Daniel

‘What’s In A Name’

There are some cultures that use rituals when naming a baby. I recently read the blog Just Genesis about African Naming Practices, which states:


Giving a child a meaningful name in Africa requires accepting that the child has a personal dignity right from the moment of conception that needs to be respected and protected. This respect for the dignity of the newly born is symbolized through practices associated with the naming ceremony. Among the Yorubas of Western Nigeria, water is dabbed on the child´s face during the ceremony to symbolize the child´s purity and the importance of having no enemies. In some other African countries, honey and bitter kolanuts represent the sweet and bitter dimensions of the life that the child is about to begin.

I’ve also heard of parents who waited seven days before naming their children. They watched to learn their baby’s attributes through facial expressions and little mannerisms, to determine what revealed itself, for the sake of their names.


When I as born, there was no ritual. I was the last of three children. My parents named my brother, the eldest, and my brother named my sister. My mother said she named me Andrea, (pronounced Ahn-dria) because it sounded soft and peaceful. She was very purposeful in the pronunciation – the beginning carries the “ah” sound at the back of the throat, rather than the nasal “an,” often used for the name. She said it sounded warmer.

It’s a name I didn’t particularly like as a little girl. It sounded stern, and oldish. Not at all fitting for a child who liked to play. I really wanted the name Carmen.

I believe this desire came after I saw the movie “Carmen Jones,” starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belefonte.

Carmen. The character was beautiful. She was sassy, sexy and feisty. She got her way. She didn’t take stuff from anybody. Though she was a bit of a troublemaker, I wanted those “Carmen” attributes, although I was skinny, and in elementary school.

I’ve since learned to appreciate my name, which is the feminine of Andre or Andrew. I‘ve looked up its meaning, which is “manly,” with its feminine counterpart “womanly,” a rather boring description. But through a friend, Reshounn who does name analyses through what she calls the NaMe Project, I’ve learned a great deal about my name. This is from a recent analysis she performed:


Of Latin, your name means “beloved one filled with grace”.

Ps 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.


The name of Andrea gives you a clever, quick, and analytical mind. Your idealistic and sensitive nature gives you a deep appreciation for the finer things of life and a strong desire to be of service to humanity. It is far easier for you to express your deeper thoughts and feelings through writing than verbally. As such, you find pleasure in literature, in poetry, and in your ideals and will turn to them when you feel you have been misunderstood. You are deeply moved by the beauties of life, especially nature.


I was touched by this analysis. Reshounn also suggested doing a word unscramble of my name. I got words like and, ear, dear, end, ran, near, read… just fun stuff. (I also did one of my middle and last names, which revealed even more words that relate to my life.)


Turns out, I’m glad I didn’t change my name to Carmen, though I badly wanted to. As I learned from Reshounn’s name research, we are, in essence, our names.


Andrea Daniel is a lifelong poet, with work in publications and as part of a visual poetry exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. When she’s not writing poetry, Andrea is a freelance writer for various publications. She also has freelanced for an internationally distributed arts and entertainment magazine. Andrea is co-owner/operator of Dakota Avenue West Publishing and copywriter, editor and voice over artist with her own small business, AND Communications. She is a member of the Motown Writer’s Network, and the Michigan Literary Network and is producer of the Michigan Literary Network’s Internet radio show on Additionally, she is a registered songwriter with BMI. She lives in Detroit, Michigan with her son and a sweet little Terrier-Poodle-mix named Dot.

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Like Gwendolyn, Andrea Daniel’s debut book of poetry, epitomizes nearly forty years of her life as a poet. The first chapter, “Life, death and stuff in between,” is about just that, as Andrea or someone else has experienced or she imagined it to be. “Love and such,” depicts love in its many forms. As a survivor of domestic violence, Andrea shares in “Abused Tales,” poems written in her years of recovery. And she wrote the poems in “Love for Jay,” the final chapter, during the frequent periods of separation from her (now adult) son in his early childhood years. It is the legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the beauty of her work that inspired the completion of this book.





Author Feature ~ Sylvia Hubbard

Are you scared to write that story?


Sylvia Hubbard Amazon PhotoThis week my Interracial Erotic,  A LITTLE BIT OF SIN, hit #1 on one of Amazon’s Bestsellers list. I was ecstatic because I had overshot an author shero of mine, Zane and her book Addicted.

A Little Bit of Sin didn’t start as an erotic. Matter of face none of my books never really plan on being erotic. It was just one scenario in A Little Bit of Sin which stood out in my mind and somehow sensuality found its way to weave into the story.

I was recently asked by colleagues am I ever scared of what ppl will think of me when they read one of my books

Before I answer that question I would like to talk a moment about fear. To me fear keeps us from doing a lot the things we want to do – a lot of simple challenges and from the most extraordinary adventures life has to offer..

Four Letters!!

Fear will keep a rich man poor

Fear will keep a smart man dumb

How can four letters do so much damage to the human spirit?

Fear is like a fly.

You know that fly that appears out of nowhere when you’ve decided to use a once in a lifetime opportunity to settle down and watch a good movie. Yet this fly keeps landing on the TV. You spend so much time trying to swat the fly and get it away you end up missing the movie.

I’ve learned before I do anything, lets squash the fly before we even start!


Kill it! Lay it flat! Murder the fear until there is no way and no how it can come back.

That fear is your fly! Handle it!

So to answer the question, do I get scared of what people will say when they read my books?

I had a fear about it, but I took my own advice and squash the fear long before I started writing the book.

I’m confident my story is good and readers will enjoy

Now I can’t guarantee that the fear will no longer come back or another version of the fear will return. There are a lot of flies in the world. Catch my drift?

…On to kill the next fly, so I can write some more.


The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard



We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. This is an awesome way to be exposed to some wonderful authors that you might not have otherwise been exposed to. Be sure to follow our blog hop and be introduced to some exciting reads as well as works in progress. Below you will be able to learn a little about myself and some authors who I’ve had the privilege of working with. Be sure to check them all out. Sylvia Hubbard, Phette Ogburn, and LaCharmine Jefferson are all awesome authors that I am delighted to brag about!! Special thanks to Madeline Sloane   for asking me to participate. Madeline Sloane has published several history books, she segued into fiction as an independent author. In addition to “Consequence,” her booklist includes “Distracted,” “East of Eaton” and “West Wind.” Her books are available in print and digital format at all major booksellers. Check Madeline out at

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

Q: What is the working title of your book?

A: Abandoned Property

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?

A: I came up with an idea to do a series of books that would consist of titles that reflect real estate terms. These were titles that most of us could relate to in one way or another. The concept was to  follow the lives of a group of people who would go through issues that reflect life as it is for many of us today. Stay tuned for future works in the Eviction Chronicles as it’ll all tie in together.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A: Lesbian Fiction

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: The Role of Kori Maitland would go to True Blood’s Rutina Wesley. Thandie Newton would act as Layla Bradford. Shawntae Harris ‘Da Brat’ would play Jay Winters. Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ would play Darius, Tasha Smith of Tyler Perry’s ‘Why did I get married’ would play Caren. Kerry Washington would play CoCo, and Carmen Ejogo of Sparkle would play Carina.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A: Abandoned and left to deal with their broken lives as if they were whole; Kori, Layla, Jay, and Darius continually destroy relationships and themselves because they never knew their worth.

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

A: Self-Published

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A: Abandoned Property is still a work in progress. The intricacy of the characters will differ from the appetizer that I gave in the first book in the Eviction Chronicles called 30 Day Notice. This book will give a lot more substance to the characters and should be completed by the beginning of the year 2013.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A: I am not sure that Abandoned Property could be compared to any other book in my genre. Once again I’ve gone through extreme lengths to make sure that there is something for every one to not only relate to, but to also look inside themselves.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A: The Characters in the first book were an inspiration, but mainly the readers. I wanted to give them something deeper; a deeper look into the lives of the characters from 30 Day Notice and an even deeper message within the pages of Abandoned Property.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: 30 Day Notice was the appetizer. All I can say is get ready for the entrée. Abandoned Property is like the meal that you’ve been waiting for.
Something you’ve been craving but wasn’t quite sure that you have room for but you’re going to eat it anyway because it’s just too good to pass up.

Here’s a list of my tagged blog hop authors for next week. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, October 31st, to read about their WIPs and New Releases:

Sylvia Hubbard: Sylvia Hubbard, a Native Detroiter, romance suspense author started independently publishing her work in 2000. An avid writer & reader, in the same year she started Motown Writers Network, an organization geared to connecting Michigan’s Literary Network and increasing literacy in Metro Detroit. Always grateful for her fans for her success as a top AA erotic author on Google and one of her books reaching #2 Bestsellers in Erotica on Amazon in 2012, she’s a constant work in progress as she completes her 32nd novel by the end of the year.


Phette Ogburn: is a wife, mother, and confidant who enjoys writing about real life issues that provoke thought and awareness. She’s a member of the Motown Writers Network and co-facilitator of the Motown Book Club. She published a book of short stories August 2011 and, her first novel, Innocence, GA, is due out December 2012. Her movie, Sext Messaging, started production June 2012 and the short film, The ID, is slated for production late November 2012 ~both are adaptations from her book It Can Happen To You.


L.A. Jefferson:  L.A. Jefferson is a natural hair enthusiast & blogger as well as a women’s contemporary fiction author. She’s active in the writing community as a member in Motown Writers Network and an adult literacy tutor.