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eSpot Author of the Week Kerry E Wagner

November 10, 2008

kerryewagner7 Questions with Kerry E. Wagner
By Shelia M. Goss

What is the main premise for your new book?
The unconditional love that can ONLY come from a mother and son. The pain of loving something or someone so much til it can kill you.

As a male author, do you find it hard writing female characters? Why or why not?
Not sure, I had never done it before. I attempted to experiment with it a bit in this book to add a twist for the readers. I basically fantasized about what and how I wouldn’t mind being perceived by a woman considering a situation or circumstance.

How does it feel to see one of your visions – Wagfest go worldwide? Tell readers about it and how they can attend the next one.
I don’t really see like that. It was simply something starting out as fun for us inevitably turning out to be something very neccesary. We just decided to make that a mainstay and focus of it…fun. Hence the name Wag FEST(for festive enviroment) We have taken quite a bit a slack for standing up for ourselves but it is so much fun doing so…we don’t see ourselves stopping. A bit about Wagfest is…

WagFest Litertainment is more than a literary conference and bazaar, it is a movement that promotes self suffiicency and resourcefulness. Although not exclusive, WagFest caters to independent and self published authors, poets, musicians, comedians, and artist. Starting in 2007 in New Jersey, a close knit group of authors got together in the spirit to sell books and have a good time. Since then, a second WagFest in March 2008 – this time in Seattle – proved to be a huge success with standing room only and a larger group of artists that traveled cross country to participate in this event. The saying at WagFest is “come as strangers but leave as family” and that has proven true time and time again.

Most artists know that building a successful career out of their art takes time, dedication, and support. Support is something that our familes are sometimes not willing to give readily. In linking up with WagFest, you have a community that will back you and as we grow so do YOU!

In March 2008, WagFest Seattle consisted of a bustling poetry party, book bazaar, Passion Party, and a night out on the town. Special guests, BET Comedian D Lamont Hall and CJ Johnson of Hiram Clarke Films were in attendance, and CJ taught a class at the conference on how to turn your book into a film. CJ has an impressive resume and has worked with some of the best in the film industry. He provided a plethora of valuable information on the movie industry along with offering his services to convert your book into a film or play.

Currently, the HOME city for WagFest is Seattle, WA. Therefore, every year in March our main event will take place in Seattle. However, WagFest does extend invitations to other cities to HOST WagFest, so if your city is interested contact us here on myspace and we will see what we can do to accommodate you. The event in Seattle for 2009 will be March 13-15th, so go ahead and start making plans to attend this lively event. Trust us when we say – YOU WILL NOT WALK AWAY THE SAME! So what are you waiting on? Go ahead and register for WagFest 2009 today.

READERS, FRIENDS, FANS, PEOPLE WHO LOVE A GOOD TIME: You do not have to be an author to participate in WagFest! The whole vibe of WagFest is having a good time. We believe in hard work and we believe in hard play, so if you want to experience a beautiful weekend in the beautiful Seattle, WA and relax, relate, release and then party with some really down to earth people. Join us!

No registration fee is required if you do not plan to vend during WagFest. However, reserving your hotel room ASAP is highly recommended if you plan to attend as last minute reservations may not be available.

What’s your favorite quote & why?
I have a few actually, not sure I can just pick one. Let’s see, one I often use is “same thing make you laugh, make you cry” Because we often tend to indict others for their misfortunes or flaws and over look our own, until someone else notices yours. As in the only reason you feel priceless is because you focusing on someone who you think is worthless…now who really is the worthless one. Another one is, “Don’t talk about it…BE ABOUT IT!” Meaning if you’re going to talk sh** , kick a**, take some names while you doing so. Have some proof of what you do. We love to talk about what we’re going to do and or what others should be doing, while we do nothing. We just love to hype ourselves up. Actions speak louder than words in essence. Besides I so hate not to be taken seriously. So when I say I’m gon do something. In my lil retarded mind it is already done. I don’t know I can’t do it. I don’t think about how hard, how daring, how insurmontable the task. It may look like a steep dangerous mountain to climb to you…but It looks like sitting on top of the world to me.

What is your most valued possession?
My peace of mind.

What does love mean to you?
Giving before you and more than you can take.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Self publish and just do it. Don’t be afraid to make the mistakes, as long as you are learning from them. And OWN everything you touch if you can.

Never Let Go Of My Hand Limited WagFest Edition:

Take a journey into the life of your bastard baby boy. With dreaming eyes, like dust he’ll rise into a troubled child and into a rebellious, betrayed teenager running desperate and wild. A fatherless son whose life seems to dead end before it ever begun. Your son runs…and he runs…and he runs from you and your mistakes that were so young, into the arms of the grief that you both will succumb and suffer from. This is the story of mothers and their undying love for their sons. Eric Payson came out of the woomb hardheaded with no intent on taking life seriously. Most say it was in his blood and the rest say it was in his hug. Mischievous and ornery Eric seems to pride himself on embarrassing his mama. Most say that was in his blood too…and in his thug. But ain’t nothing too sour to unsweeten a mama’s love. Not when it’s for her one and only son. “You gon be the death of me boy” constantly echoes as Eric struggles to find himself and his way though life to salvage what’s left of his mama’s soul for him. For his sake…he better hope it ain’t never too late. If you ever been a mother then you’d know…ain’t nothing like the bond between a mother and her son.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lady Mom permalink
    November 10, 2008 6:19 pm

    Greeeeeeaaat story Kerry!!!! My favorite of all time as of now. Thank you for helping me maybe save myself and savingmy son from my mistakes.

    Lady Mom (Cincinatti , Ohio)

  2. Beverly Grissom permalink
    November 10, 2008 8:57 pm

    I loved this novel by the author. I purchased a copy at Wagfest and I finished it by weekends end. I was impressed with his delivery at the Wagfest Gala. I am impressed with his interview here. Most of all I was impresse with his depth as not only an author, but as a man. Kudos to Kerry. Job very well done!

    Beverly Grissom – Covington , Kentucky

  3. Ingrid Jeudy permalink
    November 11, 2008 9:13 am

    As I was reading this book “Never Let Go of My Hand” I did not know what to expect. Kerry has a way with words. He can make you laugh and cry all at the same time. As I read the book I started to have an understanding as to what a young man goes through when it come to dealing with a single mother. I went through so many emotions just when you dont expect something funny you get it. When you least expect it Eric will bring you to tears. This story is about that unconditional love that never dies.

    Men don’t like to share their feelings at times. Eric gave me a glimpse of how a young man thinks and feels about his mother. By the time I finish reading this book I had a clear understanding as to why noone can break that bond between a mother and her son.

    Kerry E. Wagner necessary in this literary world.

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