Interview with Novelist Felicia Nelson-Davis (My Pimped Out Marriage)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

The novel is about 2 people who were lovers and a couple since middle school! They vowed to graduate together and spend the rest of their lives together! But college happened, plans were in full force until they started discussing who’s career would be supported first! Hers or his? The things couples will do and how far they will go, when money and greed start to take a front seat to the relationship, has its pitfalls! The mistake was, James didn’t Dig deep enough to find out just what danger he was getting himself and his wife into, just to make partner early! It almost cost him her Love, trust, but mostly, her life.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Crime/Drama/Romance

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Marital Sacrifice

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shaft with Richard Roundtree

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

My favorite song is:
When You Need Me by Aaron Hall
( Was played at my wedding for our first dance!

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Not to be biased, but the novel I am working on now called: “The Kane’s Sweet Tooth! ( And we don’t mean food } ….It is going to be my favorite novel! First, because it’s written by me and promising to be a Best Seller! Second of all, It’s based on a true story and breaking generational curses!

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I did heavily researched for my Adult book line: Freaky Sensations! I actually joined a few swingers groups online, to find out how they flow and live! They had a lot of married couples willing to share their mates and honestly I had never seen such a thing of that magnitude before! Some were so open with the sharing of their wives and i thought it to be very disrespectful and a pitiful use of the word love! So even though I have 7 books in the Adult series, I decided to backtrack into my young adult book line and create this story for the younger generation!

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Ms. Maya Angelou! Wow! It was on my bucket list to meet her and just hug and thank her for being such a force in my life! We had so much in common! She was the reason I wanted to be a writer in the first place! Her spirit and mild tone of wisdom when she spoke, demanded attention, with a calmness! That was me and still is to this day! Also, something that happened to her in her childhood, touched my soul so deeply because the same thing happened to me! And I dealt with my event as she did for a long time! So of course, when she passed away I felt broken, but enlightened to keep pressing to come on up! As she would so often say! I am that Phenomenal Woman! To sit at the table and hold on to her smile and every word, would be a dream come true!

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family and they’re well being! Being a positive role model to my kids and grandkids and great-grandson! Letting them know that giving to each other the truest of love and charity to others, can enhance their lives and open doors to many blessings God has in store for them! Teaching them that a disability or age doesn’t have to define who you are! Always try and give it your best effort no matter what it is! If you can’t find a craft, invent one and be the best at it! Never letting your choices in live cause you or anyone else…PAIN! Just LOVE!

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

To make it a short reason, will be hard for me, lol! But I am such a diverse author and i have 19 books! The fact that I have been able to write, create, and learn all that I have these last 6 years has truly been an awesome journey! As I began to separate the age levels and the story Titles, I pretty much knew the audiences and the venues I wanted to use to reach each age group, that I also had to submit them in different ways to appeal to the world and get my stories recognized! So besides creating my books into paperback, e-books, and audibles, I am always looking for new ways to introduce my work! The dream that I have for this story is a stage , and eventually television or movie theatres! This story pitch platform is allowing me to progress on this journey of a possible movie deal and i am so grateful it was created! The thought of hearing and seeing others read my story aloud is just like breathing life into my work, coming full circle!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers ?

To my new writers especially, self-published! Your reasons for becoming a writer, be very clear to yourself! Make sure you know the difference between it being a hobby or a passion! If you want to do it for fun or you want to make a career out of it! When I figured out I wanted to seriously be an author, I was age 25! But my high profile marriage, and raising 4 children along with health issues, but my author dreams on hold! I never told anyone my dream, not even my family! But I use to love the Ebony and Jet magazines my mother kept on her coffee tables growing up and reading storybooks to my baby sister also, poetry and rhyming through books or music, seemed to soothe me and peeked my interests! Later on, I went on to be an English major! Just to sum it all up! Be passionate about your craft! If you are not rich and you want to pursue this just never be discouraged! If you’re not rich , you must decide if you believe in your talents enough to invest in its progression! It will and can be expensive depending on where you want to take your book or books! Make sure you are offering Titles that the people are craving for! I made up in my mind I wanted to be a voice for an entire family unit! Babies, kids,teens, and Adults! I wanted to write about issues that matter and that are going on today relatable things! And offer some solutions on how to maybe handle them! Realize that everybody won’t like what you write about, while others will be saying, ” What took you so long to show up? Either way! If you love writing, always research and whatever you do , keep writing! It gets better with time and practice!

Watch the Novel Reading: 

This story starts off sweet , and ends up grimey , and the message is all too real for a lot of couples , young or old! They graduate college, together, they get married, the Cashe’s, and then money and greed starts to take over the relationship! the husband wants to pimp out his wife to his boss in order to make partner, not knowing the frame of mind his boss is in , he plays for keeps ! Will the wife survive all of this ?? Get into his head , find out !

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

My take on “Bill Parcells – A Football Life” book

Coming in at 544 pages in medium print, the Parcells “I better get this all down before I die” book, that looks at his life and career as a football coach, goes down many fascinating roads in his life. From his childhood, to college, to coaching in various places in college, to his NFL stints for the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins….we journey through many relationships, triumphs and dilemas Parcells goes through.

What was most interesting about this book was the greatness he endoured as perhaps one of the greatest NFL coaches of all-time, while at the same time he failed in his personal life. He let down 4 women that loved him unconditionally – his ex-wife and their 3 daughters. He developed countless relationships and friendships with 100s of people in his life – but they all seemed to be men. From his fellow coaches, to the players he became a strong father figure to, to his relationships with media moguls and billionaires, all his amazing times and bonding sessions in his life were with other men. All the while he ignored his 3 girls and wife who he cheated on countless times until she had enough and eventually divorced him. Parcells regrets those relationships and you wonder what he would have changed again if he could.

That is what you usually see when you look into the life of a person who succeeded a great deal in their chosen path in their lives. Amazing accolades but at a cost to the people who loved them. You can’t do it alone as Parcells needed his wife to make him the man he became, but he only let her in when he needed that support. When he was at his strongest emotionally and intellectually, Parcells was working on football. He was there for countless players as a father-type as he helped them with their personal lives, but it really wasn’t done without his own agenda as the better players they were the more football games he could win.

Parcells has many great sayings on the tricks of the trade of being a successful person. My favorite one on the book is – Don’t confuse routine with commitment.

Now if I only read that saying a few years ago, perhaps my life would be so much better right now. In the past I have mistaken my routines for a committment on my career, but they really were just a way for me to keep working and convince myself that I was committed to the business at hand. But that wasn’t true.

I liked this book because it shows a man who loved something so much and was very organized and discplined on how to do a job well.

Review of Al Michaels Book: You Can’t Make This Up

While on my vacation, I quickly ready through Al Michaels book on his nostalgic viewpoints on the landscape of Sports. He’s had a front row seat to tons of events, including some of the greatest Super Bowls every played (including the one on Sunday where he called an almost perfect broadcasting game), and of course his iconic call of “Do you believe in miracles” when the USA hockey team beat the Soviets in the greatest sports upset of all-time in 1980.

What I personally remember about Michaels as a kid was him calling baseball, mainly the post-season games he covered. The 1986 ALCS is something I’ll always remember as a 10 year old kid who was beginning to fall in love with the sport. Game #5 of that series was as shocking as they come. It was Thanksgiving in Canada and the male grownups in my family didn’t want to start dinner until the game was over in the 9th when the Angels were up against the Red Sox 5-2. Well craziness happened that inning as the Red Sox tied it up and they went to extra innings. My uncled moved the television to the dining room and we actually watched the rest of the game while eating our holiday dinner, much to the anger of my mother and grandmother. For me, I loved it, and it was the birth of me loving the game and the broadcasters calling it like Michaels did that day.

He talks about that game in detail and many other games and moments in his life, including his friendship with OJ Simpson that turned sour after a double murder occurred. It was a fun read and for Michaels, he got his story down so his legacy stays intact whenever he passes away.

I really wished Michaels digged deeper with this book and talked about more about his personal life and the parallels of it in relation to his job. I really wanted to know who he was and what made him tic. But he wasn’t going there and I really don’t blame him. There’s really no reason for him to. His broadcasting persona and his real life persona could be the same person and that’s what he’s trying to say. I didn’t buy it but I still enjoyed reading his perspective on all the great games he called.

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Matthew Toffolo

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

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