In the tradition of the original pioneers of urban fiction, Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim, local authors Renita Walker and Monica Jones are continuing the traditions set by their predecessors.

Walker and Jones are seasoned authors who have several novels to their credit. They spoke to a crowd of two dozen authors at the June 2010, meetup of the Motown Writer’s Network (MWN). The pair shared tips on getting started, book structure, editing, traditional versus self-publishing, promotion and several other useful tips.

Author Renita Walker
Renita Walker

Renita Walker is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. She also holds two masters degrees in Business Administration and Liberal Studies.  Walker is the owner of Rocky D Publishing and has edited novels for major publishers.  Her latest novel, “Murder Mitten,” is the story of a wayward girl from Detroit, Bonita, who is struggling to pull herself free of the cities murderous grip.

Author Monica Jones
Monica Jones

Monica Jones began her writing career by following one basic premise. Study those whom you would most like to emulate. She chose to study Sylvia Hubbard, founder of MWN, an accomplished author in her own right. Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.  Her latest work of urban fiction, “Swag,” is the story of Noelle, a young lady struggling to discover herself, only to find out what the world around her already knew.

Established in 2000, the MWN draws together writers, authors, poets and journalist with those who love to read good literary work. The networks’ mission is to educate and connect writers from every discipline to meaningful resources and provide events for them to showcase their talents.

The MWN meets every second Saturday at Barnes & Noble on the campus of Wayne State University. It’s the place for new and established authors to connect with others in the Michigan Literary Community.