Interview with Author, Michael Mcgrew

Los Angeles, California; tinsel town; a magical place sought by starry-eyed dreamers, where more fail than succeed – this is where self-published Author, Michael Mcgrew was born and now resides, but during his impressionable twenties he called Virginia home. “My Kinda Girl” is the current novel in circulation, which he self published. Future projects, he says, will be self-published under his very own publishing company, Legacy Publications, and confidently added that his publishing endeavors will revolutionize African American Literature.

His aspirations are inspiring, and a brawny spiritual sense of self is behind that vivacious ambition.  He wants his readers to know that he is a prime example of “if you think it then you can achieve it” – an optimistic attitude that he has carried from the inception to completion of “My Kinda Girl”.  He elaborated even further by saying that he had never completed anything, and the overwhelming sense of accomplishment that filled him with the success of this project fueled his imaginative flame.  The dazzling hue, he knows, might seem like a flicker to others, but his belief is that success is really in the state of a person’s mind – and as long as he feels accomplished, then it is enough for him to proceed onward on the path of his incredible literary journey.

Things began to fall into place once he visualized signing books and being interviewed; that’s when the frequency inside of his brain put everything into motion, because he could no longer confine his thoughts and dreams to the parameters of his own mind, so he did what came natural to him, he brought them into reality. His approach to writing usually begins during his interactions with the obvious of muses, people.  From these conversations he generally builds his story, because he finds himself being more creative and innovative when he explains his ideas to individuals, but only to those that he feels are trustworthy. The plot development is usually strengthened as a result of these encounters, and once he adds that special brew of “Mcgrew” magic, three-dimensional characters and a solid storyline materializes.  It’s an overall process that can take about a month or two to naturally come together, and sometimes four months to complete, depending on the other projects he might have stewing.

My Kinda Girl”, the whimsical title of the book, he feels, has that universal crossover appeal, which is something he considered long before he began writing it.  With a targeted audience being women from all cultures and backgrounds, ranging between the ages of twenty-three to forty, his reasoning is understandable; however, his favorite author, the infamously streetwise, Iceberg Slim, is almost a contradiction to the audience he wants to attract.  As shocking and gritty as Iceberg’s novels were, one can never assume that what one writer agrees, wholeheartedly, with the topic of another.  Often times, it’s in the realism and style or, perhaps, something that the reader identifies with from past experiences.

Case in point, literary expression allows readers escapism, so they can enter worlds that they find intriguing without encountering the harsh realities associated with actually being a part of them.  To further expand on this thought, the message that Michael wants to convey depends solely on the topic he chooses to write about.  Most of his work is derived from his personal desire to make certain points – especially those that relate to the African American community.  Even though he considers his novel to be “Urban” in nature, he made a conscientious decision not to exploit the disturbing occurrences affecting the pulse of the people adversely affected by them.

Writing is an influential art and gift that, in the right hands, has the potential to positively influence a reader.  It is a form of expression that allows a person to explore and work through things.  The origin of “My Kinda Girl” was derived out of a situation that involved a young lady he was smitten with, who was involved with a close friend and business partner. Eventually the feelings that he had for her became suppressed, as he allowed the “what if” factor to enter his frame of mind, but his moral principles began to take authority.  That is when he allowed his creativity to intervene, and that is where he could, safely, explore his desires for her.

The art of storytelling had always been a passion for this gifted writer, and if he had to choose one event that really sent his inspiration into orbit, it would be the experience he had when he read bedtime stories to son.  He thought of how awesome it would be if someone were reading something that he had written.

Readers, there are many instances that will inspire a writer, as you can see.  As far as that special niche; something that separates him from the rest, Michael says that his appeal to his target audience is what makes him the most viable.  He feels he thoroughly understands his descriptive product and how to market it.  He stated that he has been told that his writing is like a “movie on paper”.

Using the digital market as a promotional tool, he plans on utilizing social networking as a way of getting the word out about his literary work, and also plans on touring in the spring of 2011.  He knows that as a self-published author one must wear many hats so, for the remainder of this year, he will focus on learning the business-side of the literary game – building relationships with investors and other mainstream associates.  Branding his name is of the utmost importance to him, but he will eventually take a well needed rest at some point.

Again, book signing events won’t occur until after the first of the year and he is working on a six month marketing campaign and a re-release of “My Kinda Girl” and will also release a new novel entitled “Taking Losses”.  He plans on, with the help of his marketing team, selling 100,000 copies of his work.  He knows that it will be a “piece of cake” with the right marketing team in place.

For now, his current book can be purchased on Amazon at and also on his website at .  For additional information on how to make a fist-full of cash he wants self-published authors to visit .


My Kinda Girl” Book Trailer:


Wow, phenomenal man.  Keep pushing on.

Author G. D. Grace reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Author, G. D. Grace; Published © 2010 August


About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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7 Responses to Interview with Author, Michael Mcgrew

  1. Crystal Telfair says:

    Wow, well I really enjoyed reading this.. it certainly sounds like the guy I met.. aspirations and def a story to tell.. Well, I wish you the best and God will see that you are successful.. again, this paints a very nice picture of you Mike!

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  3. This write up is dead on Target. My Kinda Girl was am enjoyable writing. You could habe not described him any better 🙂

  4. This write up is dead on Target. My Kinda Girl is an enjoyable reading. You could have not described him any better. Thanks!

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