Makasha Dorsey Interviews Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress

Virtual Book Tour for No Condemnation, July 5, 2013

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?

Actually, I often joke that I’m a writer by suggestion, almost like a dare; a co-worker one day walked up and told me I should write a book. She went on to explain there were a lot of hurting folks in the world and then indicated that I—me, of all people—could be a catalyst for inspiration. I prayed about it, began writing and never looked back. It was never an aspiration to write but a beautiful, purposeful accident.

Why is the theme of this project important?

The books in this series are inspirational, sharing a theme of living with ourselves and one another, flaws and all. There’s humor and a lot of “real” in each one and I feel it’s important to express God’s love and forgiveness to those who are hurting, doubting and detached from a real relationship with God; to experience the freedom that comes with knowing no matter what you’ve done, whatever your failings and offenses—former, present or future—they’ve been justified through Christ. And where there is forgiveness, there’s NO CONDEMNATION (John 5:24, Romans 8: 1-2).

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

I typically write non-fiction, self-help inspirational type books, so writing a novel was somewhat of a stretch of both skill and imagination. It’s fairly easy to write a book that encourages others but to weave encouragement and motivation into a novel that also entertained, now that was a challenge. And the challenge taught me, that it was okay to not allow myself to become comfortable or mentally locked into any one thing.

How do you find time to write?

What I’ve learned is not to force writing; I’m a firm believer that it bleeds through to my work. I don’t try to write from a “false” place but from one of authenticity. So, if I’m in a moment (good or bad), I use that energy through a character and so far, it’s worked. In short, I write when it hits me though I jot all day.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?

J. California Cooper or Sidney Sheldon (now deceased). These legends have spun words that have entertained, captivated and transported me to another place and time. I was probably in my 20’s when I came to know of Mr. Sheldon’s body of works and I ravished them all! Fast forward and I’m doing the same with Ms. Cooper’s. To collaborate with either would only serve to elevate my writing consciousness and deepen my appreciation for the craft and my gift.


How to Handle Pressure Under Deadlines

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For the longest time, I’d wanted an old-fashioned whistling tea kettle. Whenever I’d see them in the store or in a movie, my response was always, “one day.” Now, a whistling tea kettle is not some fancy, expensive undertaking, not like saving every paycheck for some exotic get-a-way. But, I was lazy … let’s just call it what it was… I was lazy and I just didn’t want it bad enough.

This year I finally got a beautiful silver, loud-as-all-get-out whistling tea kettle; it was given to me by a woman who no longer had any use for it. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I got home filled it with water and vinegar (figured I might as well clean it as I played with it), placed it squarely on a stove eye set to high, and then waited. The peal of that kettle, once it reached boiling point, was exhilarating and worth the wait.

As much as I love the functionality of this kitchen gadget, it also served to prove an invaluable point regarding deadlines and the pressure that come with them; most things aren’t instant. The kettle doesn’t whistle the moment it comes in contact with a heating element; there’s a build to making that baby sound off—there is a process.

Planning, preparing and pacing are our friends, don’t take their value for granted. Make time to chart out a daily PLAN, perhaps 30-60 minutes each sitting, to work on your project and if time allows, go for more. Plan according to your deadline (date) and then balance that plan with your other life obligations.

PREPARE by having the necessary tools at your fingertips and by closing yourself off to distractions to avoid wasting one of life’s most precious commodities, time.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

And, be sure to PACE yourself; there may only be 24 hours in a day but that only reminds me of the question, “What’s the best way to eat an elephant?” The answer is simple; “One bite at a time”. Biting off more than you can chew almost never works, plus you run the risk of choking in the end and who needs that, right?

By planning, preparing and pacing, deadline pressure can become a thing of the past. Might be a good idea to invest in a whistling kettle and treat yourself to a lavender/chamomile blended tea—just because.

Doc V

Summer Reading List 2013

The Literary Lady, Author Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant, has a phenomenal reading list to share! Grab a book and a hammock and let your mind travel 🙂


30 Books in 90 Days Reading Challenge List

  • One Sunday – Carrie Gerlach Cecil
  • Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? – Thompson Square
  • Brandenburg – Glenn Meade
  • Marriage 101 for Men: Why Taking Out the Trash is a Turn On – Sherri Mills
  • Choosing the Road Less Traveled
  • Waking Up in Heaven – Crystal McVea
  • Burden of Truth – Terri Nolan
  • Miss Scandalous – Nicole Dunlap
  • Can’t Keep a Bad Bride Down – Miranda Parker
  • The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box – Valerie Lewis Coleman
  • The Mounds Anomaly – Phyllis Gunderson
  • Dante’s Wood – Lynne Raimondo
  • Deep Fried Trouble – Tyora Moody
  • The Sanctuary – Paulette Harper
  • Life – Diana Strickland
  • Who I Be – Annie Brown
  • No Condemnation – Vivi Congress
  • Living in the In-Between Time – Dr. Ralph West
  • Minus One – Norwood Holland
  • The Moon is Broken – Monique B. Martin
  • Raising a Lady in Waiting: Parents Guide to Helping Your Daughter Avoid a Bozo – Jackie Kendall
  • Sasha McCoy Freelancer – John Wooden
  • The Ides of March – Gregory Townes
  • Living a Life of Gratitude – Sara Wiseman
  • The Essentials of Business Etiquette – Barbara Pachter
  • Shut Up, You’re Welcome – Annie Choi
  • Quincy Jones – Clarence Bernard Henry
  • Eat, Move, Sleep – Tom Rath
  • The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison
  • Zane – Brenda Jackson

Virtual Book Tour for No Condemnation!

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Guess who’s excited about her first Virtual Book tour for her first novel?? That’s right … ME!!! 🙂

Join me for the fun:  Radio interviews, Blogs, Give-a-ways and MORE. I’ll be discussing NO CONDEMNATION (Book One in the Just NO! Series) and would love  to have you stop through.

So, mark your calendars, and hang out with me 1 day or the entire 2 weeks …  I’ll be serving Virtual Iced Coffees (thought that might get your attention, LOL)

Peace & Blessings, Love & Light

Doc V