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William Gonzalez on Escaping Negativity and Writing Award-Winning Pieces

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Salvadoran American writer William A. Gonzalez is a true testament to the fact that written art can be created out of any life circumstance, no matter how dire or unfortunate.

His self-published book, Black Bubblegum, is filled with authentic ghetto literary pieces—short stories, memoirs, and poetry pieces—that effectively depict inner city life from the perspective of “black bubblegum” splattered across a concrete sidewalk. This unique approach and inspirational soulfulness has recently earned him a first-place finish in the Wild Card category of the New England Book Festival.

William was born in the inner city, and his teenage years were spent “dipping in and dipping out” of liquor stores in his community. He has been exposed to gangs, drugs, and other forms of crime.

Instead of indulging in negativity, he uses these vivid memories to paint pictures of reality that are sure to inspire other people living in struggling communities across America and the world.

Source: Xlibris Author Spotlight


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Starting Young: A Self-Published Author Headed for Something Great

I got my first cat when I was 7, so Cat-Boy kind of grew up from that love I’ve always had for cats.

Xlibris author Michael MorganAt 20, self-published author Jim Compton—more commonly known by his pen name Michael Morgan—already has a lot of things going for him.

Aside from publishing his first book at the young age of 16, he has acted in live stage plays, been a contributing author to The Santa Claus Project, published his first article in 2009, and has four self-published books (and more to come) to his name.

This month, Xlibris sits down with Michael to talk about his self-published books, all of which constitute the Cat-Boy series. When asked about his literary inspirations, he mentions his affinity for felines. He also draws inspiration from people that he knows, basing several of his characters on such people: General Joe is based on the popular Sheriff Arpaio, and Leopard Girl is based on his mother. Real venues are also used as settings for his stories like the Pizza Old Roma in downtown Glendale.

Michael has high hopes for his books, dreaming that they will become so popular to that even The Simpsons will make fun of them.

Read the full feature on the Xlibris Blog.

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Original source here: Xlibris Author Spotlight Michael Morgan