All Authors Blog Blitz with Queen of Spades!
“If one were to use two words to describe me, the closest thing would be Life Writer. Although I mainly write poetry and prose, I don’t limit myself to a certain style nor a certain subject. I write about what I can relate to or if I can mirror someone else’s experiences.”–Queen of Spades
Hi Monica! I want to thank you for joining us here at Karen’s Different Corners, Tell us a little about yourself.
Monica F. Brown-Martinez began writing under the pseudonym Queen of Spades at the age of eleven. While in her creative writing class in high school, her teacher was very impressed with her writing prowess and encouraged her to be a writer and editor on Tiger Rags, the high school newspaper.
She made her Internet poetry debut in the mid to late 1990’s at Fireseek (later renamed Urban Poetic) where she served as a moderator and was later made into an administrator. In addition, she also branched out to participate in International House of Poets as well as ventured into spoken word with talents featured at Vocalized Ink, House of Ra, and Prysmatic Dreams.
Although some of the poetry organizations are no longer in existence, it didn’t stop Queen of Spades’ desire to promote herself and others. In 2005, she hosted the poetry collective: Soulful Branches-Simply Words as well as the accompanying CD, Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds. In that same year, Queen of Spades came out with her first book, Spaded Truths.
Almost a year later, Queen of Spades came out with her second book, Private Pain, which she deems her “rawest but most necessary work.” A combination of that catharsis and other life events caused her to take a hiatus, not from writing but from sharing her work with the world.
It was late in 2012 that she realized she still had things she wanted to share with the world. She still wanted her words to impact and touch others. After an almost seven year hiatus (May 2013) she has returned with her third poetry collection, Reflections of Soul, which almost didn’t make publication.
Currently, she is finishing up her fourth collection, Eclectic–the standard and deluxe version as well as second (she likes to say new and improved) editions of Spaded Truths and Private Pain. Late next year, she will be releasing her first collection of short stories, Continuous Drips (working title).
In her spare time, she serves as a hostess of two blogs: The Fame and The Shame and The Review Board. The Fame and The Shame is a blog which focuses on the best and the worst in products and services. The Review Board, which she co-hosts with Andrew Boyd (author of Wordplay), gives in-depth reviews on music, movies, and writings, with special emphasis on self-published and independent authors.
No Labels Unleashed on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nolabelsunleashed
Spoken Word Snippets: http://members.soundclick.com/miss+queen+of+spades
Her new book Reflections of Soul can be found at the following links!
Available in Paperback:
Amazon (direct): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Soul-Queen-Spades/dp/1483981304
Lulu edition: http://www.lulu.com/shop/queen-of-spades/reflections-of-soul/paperback/product-21030721.html
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reflections-of-soul-queen-of-spades/1115446972?ean=2940044547834
Inspiration is all around but what happens when inspiration from one impacts facets of another’s self? Reflections of Soul takes one on this poetic journey–a voyage coated in bittersweet waves: paying homage to the inspiration while gaining necessary closure on the impact after the bond met its’ death.
Disclaimer: Some of the poetry works do contain hints of dark intense imagery.
From I Cry (for My Child)
I cry for my child
who became an old soul too early.
She knew of betrayal, embarrassment, and responsibility
before she could even say them.
But by the time I knew
everything was moving too fast,
the world made her an adult.
Stop by her blog and you could
Queen of Spades is having a Lucky Souls contest, a giveaway which gives people the opportunity to win an autographed copy of her book. All of the details can be found by clicking the link: http://www.queenofspadesthepoet.blogspot.com/2013/05/introducing-lucky-souls-contest.html
In addition, She is hosting a sale on Reflections of Soul for those purchasing from CreateSpace directly. The details for that can be found here: http://www.queenofspadesthepoet.blogspot.com/2013/06/reflections-of-soul-paperback-sale.html
And remember to stop by here on Tuesday, June 18th when Queen of Spades shares her creative process of “Reflections of Soul” and how her cover came about!