Our last interview for 2014 on The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast is with author and editor, Maurice Gray, Jr. I had the opportunity to teach for the first time this past summer at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. Maurice has been on the faculty for a decade and graciously showed me the ropes. Maurice is definitely a veteran to the world of independent publishing and also one of the few African American males who write under the Christian Fiction genre.
- How he started his business for one purpose and then discovered a new service
- The benefits of being a contributing author in an anthology project
- The types of editing an author should be looking for from an editor
- Follow him online at writethevision.biz, https://twitter.com/MauriceMGrayJr
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About Our Guest
Maurice M. Gray, Jr. is an author, an editor, a speaker and a comedian.
Maurice is the owner/operator of Write The Vision, through which he edits for other authors, publishes his books and conducts writing workshops. He currently serves on the faculty of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, where he evaluates manuscripts for conferees and teaches workshops as needed. He is a skilled copy and developmental editor; he works with independent authors as well as those who aspire to publish traditionally. One of his clients is Lighthouse Publishing Of The Carolinas, a small traditional Christian publisher.
Maurice has also authored two novels, To Whom Much Is Given (2000) and the sequel, All Things Work Together (2006). He co-authored one nonfiction book, I Really Didn’t Mean To Get HIV (as the “as told to” author for Livingston Lee in 2001) and has contributed short stories to four anthologies. He wrote “Traveling Mercies” for the Blessed Assurance anthology (2003- Literally Speaking Publishing), “Long Term” for The Soul Of A Man (2009- Peace In The Storm Publishing), “Family Matters” for Home Again: Stories Of Restored Relationships (2010- Micah 6:8 Books, LLC) and “Called Outside The Lines” for Soldiers Of The Cross (2014- Solomon Waterwine LLC).
As a Christian comedian, Maurice has worked with the likes of James “The Storyteller” Ford and Pat “Sister Betty” G’orge-Walker. His unique sense of humor is evident in all of his writings.
Maurice is a Delaware state certified HIV/AIDS Prevention Counselor; he works part-time at the Beautiful Gate Outreach Center in Wilmington, Delaware helping to educate the community about HIV/AIDS and to encourage people to get tested and know their HIV status.
He is a member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE, where he is active in many ministries (including the Singles Ministry and the Men’s Chorus). He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and of the Greater Newark Area Toastmasters club. He lives in New Castle, DE with his family. You can learn more about him at www.writethevision.biz.