Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for The Bennu Project by Tyrone Givens. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs November 23-December 6, 2017. Follow the tour here. Book your own tour here WNL
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi
About The Book
On a dangerous run to scavenge supplies from a remote excavation site in the Meza Ruins, Azubuike and his friends encounter a unique piece of technology left by their ancestors. Once exposed to the device, Azubuike’s reality is altered in ways that could unravel his mind. The team has no way of knowing the danger—or benefit—posed by this ancient technology which triggered a series of events forever changing Azubuike and his friends. Has he unlocked the secret to end the alien occupation of his world or will this device result in the extinction of his people?
The Bennu Project is a genre-defying novel with the suspense of mystery, metaphors of science fiction and accuracy of historical relevance depicting the rise-and-fall of several Nile Valley civilizations.
About The Author
Fed up with the stereotypical caricatures used to falsely portray the Black culture, Tyrone Givens is committed to creating heroes and heroines as positive images for our children. To reverse the less-than-flattering qualities that diminish self-esteem, self-worth and cultural value, this master storyteller entertains readers with science fiction plots infused with historical facts often omitted from school curriculums.
Givens, a homeschool educator whose high school-aged children are attending college, is a multi-lingual, federally-licensed airplane pilot. The Bennu Project is the culmination of his passions: empowering Black children, accurate depiction of our history and rebuilding our community.
A Word From the Author
Tell us about yourself.
Fed up with the embarrassingly stereotypical caricatures used to falsely portray the Black culture, I committed to creating heroes and heroines to provide positive images for our children. To reverse the less-than-flattering qualities that diminish self-esteem, self-worth and cultural value, I entertain readers with science fiction plots infused with historical facts often omitted from school curriculums.
I am a home-school educator whose high school-aged children are attending college. I am a multi-lingual, federally-licensed airplane pilot. The Bennu Project is the culmination of my passions: empowering Black children, accurate depiction of our history and flying.
What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?
I sub-contracted for many years because entrepreneurism is liberating. I have military experience and I am contemplating launching an air tour business.
Who are your favorite authors?
· Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, holds two Ph.Ds. including social ethics with a focus on the classical African ethics of ancient Egypt.
· Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, was a literary critic, linguist and anthropologist.
· Dr. Chancellor Williams, an African-American sociologist, historian and writer, is noted for his work on African civilizations prior to encounters with Europeans
· Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop was a historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician who studied the human race’s origins and pre-colonial African culture.
· Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was an American Afrocentrist psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism, offered her interpretation on the origins of what she described as white supremacy.
· Robert Bauval is a Belgian author, lecturer and Ancient Egypt researcher, perhaps best known for his Orion Correlation Theory regarding the Giza pyramid complex.
What are your favorite books?
· The Destruction of Black Civilization by Dr. Chancellor Williams
· Civilization or Barbarism by Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop
· The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
When did you realize that you wanted to write?
As I homeschooled my two teenage sons, finding books with historical African facts of interest to high school students was a challenge. I created a lesson plan ranging from pre-colonial Africa to current events. After completing the plan, I put the information in a book—The Bennu Project—to share with parents who struggle with teaching certain historical topics to their children.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
As a self-published author, I initially struggled with understanding the industry. Although I have lots more to learn in this ever-evolving industry, three of the lessons I learned on this journey are:
· Writing and publishing are much easier than marketing and promoting
· A detailed marketing plan is essential to sell beyond your warm market
· Before you get overwhelmed, hire a mentor. Valerie J. Lewis Coleman of Pen of the Writer (PenOfTheWriter.com) worked with me to build my virtual brand. She critiqued my manuscript, book cover and web presence to better present The Bennu Project.
My books are available on multiple online platforms including Amazon.com/author/aha-mena and prominently displayed at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2017, The Bennu Project won the Dayton Book Expo Top-Selling Fiction Award.
Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day?
I am not a full-time writer because my commitments as husband, father and provider are time-consuming priorities.Tour hosted by WNL Book Tours