It was a great run touring "The Color Purple" musical with Jennifer Holliday in Houston, Texas with sold out shows. We're back on the road in May in Tennessee, St. Louis and Ohio with Angie Stone.
See you soon.
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The award winning choreographer Winkk creates another masterpiece with Theater 47, choreographing the new hit Broadway play "Imitation of Life" at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (Chicago). Directed by John Ruffin / Theater 47. www.winkkatme.comwww.theater47.com
Join Winkk at the 4th Annual Midwest Book Festival in Milwaukee on Saturday, June 16th from 1pm- 4pm at Celebration, 4740 W. Bradley Road, Milwaukee, WI. Winkk will be signing her novels – Misleading, Tour Secrets and Tour Secrets 2
Winkk working with the dancers at The Color Purple stage play rehearsal, with Jonathan, DonDiego, Michael, Mark and Mike. The Color Purple play will be at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago, IL on July 27-29, 2012. Tickets are on sell now at www.johnruffin.com or you can purchase them at the Harold Washington Cultural Center box office. Winkk is one of the choreographers and it is directed by John Ruffin. Find out more about Winkk at www.winkkatme.com
Misleading by Winkk draws you into the glittery, but gritty realm of Jarvis Denttin, a self-absorbed club owner who gets on a first-name basis with betrayal while expanding his successful business in Chicago. Devastated by the shocking murder of his best friend, the womanizing Jarvis Denttin starts distrusting the people around him, and they prove that they are more conniving then he could imagine. With money dominating his life, he is unaware of the scheme being orchestrated to bring him down. He finds himself fending off power moves from a circle of business associates, including a vengeful lover and a longtime, once-trusted protégé. Oblivious of his acquaintance motives, he gets put in a deadly situation.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Misleading?
Winkk: I was inspired to write Misleading because sometimes you never really know the intentions of the individuals around you. Misleading is a story about karma. What goes around always comes back around.
JP: What sets Misleading apart from other books in the same genre?
Winkk: Because I love to keep readers guessing what is going to happen next and shocking them throughout the storyline, I think my style of writing sets my novels apart from others. I have lived an interesting life and have witnessed some things that most people might feel is unbelievabl. In my world, it’s reality, and it makes an interesting novel.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Misleading getting out to the public?
Winkk: My keys to success are always promoting, marketing, learning and willing to eat, sleep and breathe this industry. Never giving up on my dreams and always having faith keeps me pushing forward.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Misleading?
Winkk: My writing process is to visually create the story and book cover in my mind. Once I can see the story and cover, I’m ready to start typing. It usually takes a couple of months to finish the book. Then the work begins with the editing process.
JP: What’s next for Winkk?
Winkk: I’m currently working on my fourth novel. Since I like to stay busy, I hope everyone keeps in contact with me at http://www.winkkatme.com.
I would like to thank Joey Pinkney for providing a platform for authors to display their work. I would also like to thank the readers who have supported me with my first novels Tour Secrets 1 & 2, and who continues to support me with my latest novel Misleading. I thank everyone for supporting me.
Actor Steve Harris and Winkk at the Dreamgirls show in Chicago. Steve Harris took the time to stop by the last show of Dreamgirls and came backstage to visit the cast. Winkk is the choreographer for this broadway play.
"MISLEADING" by Winkk - Available on Nook, Kindle and Paperback. (Barnes and Noble, Amazon and bookstores).Misleading by Winkk draws you into the glittery, but gritty realm of Jarvis Denttin a self-absorbed club owner who gets on a first-name basis with betrayal while expanding his successful business in Chicago.Devastated by the shocking murder of his best friend, the womanizing Jarvis Denttin, starts distrusting the people around him, and they prove that they are more conniving then he could imagine.With money dominating his life, he is unaware of the scheme being orchestrated to bring him down.He finds himself fending off power moves from a circle of business associates, including a vengeful lover and a longtime, once-trusted protégé.Oblivious of his acquaintance motives, puts him in a deadly situation. www.winkkatme.com
The time I’ve spent as a dancer performing on stage was such an incredible time in my life. I was able to do something I enjoyed and loved. I met so many people and have traveled the world several times. Lights, camera, action is something that any dancer/performer can relate to, and love when that time comes to hit the stage. From Japan, Switzerland, Germany to London, I’ve traveled there. From dancing at the Olympic’s, Oprah, Soul Train Music awards to dancing for President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration Ball, I’ve experience that. I’m thankful and feel blessed to have been able to live my dreams.
I truly want others to experience what I’ve experience. To do what you love, is never work. My purpose is to help others succeed in their dreams. The good, the bad and the ugly, I still enjoyed my time traveling on the road as a dancer/choreographer. I’m a stronger person, a different person, a wiser person a more mature person and a happy person. My experience is priceless.
A dancer will always live inside me, choreographing is something I will always do. I’m moved by music and creativity. I’ll always work with others to help them experience their dreams and share my knowledge to help them succeed. Who knows, you just might see me on the stage again.
I’ve started a new chapter in my life, and as a published author, with three books and now working on my fourth, I’m still creating. From books, to video book trailers, to plays and movies, God continues to bless me and my dreams. I’m always moving forward with a positive attitude, positive energy and positive people around me. Lights, camera, action – welcome to chapter two of my life.
Winkk is one of the Choreographers for Dreamgirls Chicago coming March 2012 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (Chicago, IL)by John Ruffin Entertainment.
Dreamgirls Chicago Tickets go on SALE Wednesday, December 14, 2011 via Ticketmaster. Tickets are $20-$40. The $20 tickets are on a limited supply while they last (Special Promo Discount Code Needed) . Special promo discount code will be available. COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS AMAZING MUSICAL BROADWAY PLAY. Come see the talent in Chicago.
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Misleading by Winkk draws you into the glittery, but gritty realm of Jarvis Denttin a self-absorbed club owner who gets on a first-name basis with betrayal while expanding his successful business in Chicago. Devastated by the shocking murder of his best friend, the womanizing Jarvis Denttin, starts distrusting the people around him, and they prove that they are more conniving then he could imagine. With money dominating his life, he is unaware of the scheme being orchestrated to bring him down. He finds himself fending off power moves from a circle of business associates, including a vengeful lover and a longtime, once-trusted protégé. Oblivious of his acquaintance motives, puts him in a deadly situation. Misleading by Winkk is available on Amazon, Kindle and Nook.
Winkk interviews with Cream City Classica Blog Talk Radio
Winkk talks about how she started writing novels, how she transitioned from dancing to becoming an author and how her journey has been in the literary industry. Check out this interview and learn more about Winkk as she speaks to her Milwaukee fans.
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a wife, mother, entrepreneur and the author of the novels Misleading, Tour Secrets and Tour Secrets 2. I find writing to be exciting and very therapeutic. I write because it’s my passion and I want to entertain readers with words. Being a Pisces brings out the passionate and sensitive side of me. I’m a very creative person and my mind is always working 24 hours a day. I relax by skating. We call it JB skating in Chicago. Oh, we get down on the skates. LOL There are many different sides to me and I like to bake, laugh and have fun, but the things people know about me is that I’m very humble, helpful and love supporting and motivating people. Doing what I enjoy is priceless. I live to dream and dream to live.
In 140 words or less, tell us why Misleading would make a great addition to our personal library.Misleading is an intoxicating story that keeps the readers interested and would make a great addition to your personal library because it deals with real life issues that are relatable. Revenge, deceit, greed and karma are the ingredients for “Misleading” storyline. The cover will grab your attention, and then the video book trailer will take you over the edge. Never judge a person by their outer exterior, and be careful of the people you keep around you, are the motto for the book.
How did you come up with the premise for Misleading?
I have met some devious, dirty people and some were undetected. People that smile in your face and stab you in the back; gave me the idea to write Misleading. Hearing so many people having the same issues, I couldn’t resist the urge to write this story and give some insight on the background of these types of people and why they do the things they do. There’s a reason for everything.
What are some of the main themes portrayed in Misleading?
Some of the main themes are retribution, gluttony and karma. What goes around always comes back around. Not being aware of the people surrounding you can sometimes put you in a bad situation. Just because the package is beautiful on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s beautiful on the inside, which some of the characters in Misleading prove.
What makes Misleading different from other books in the marketplace?
I love to write realistic stories with tons of twists and turns, and give readers a shock. I feel my books will always produce these elements, therefore making Misleading and my other novels unique. Misleading proves that the people who are the closes to you are the usually the ones you can’t trust which keeps the story engaging.
What genre is Misleading and who’s the target audience?
The genre is fiction and is for an adult audience looking for juicy storylines with lots of drama. I always create characters that readers love or hate, which makes great book club discussions.
What’s the best advice that someone has given you about the publishing industry?
Writing the story is the easy part, promoting and marketing your book is where the hard work begins. Get ready to work!
What other books have you published and which book has been most favorably received by readers?
I’ve just re-released Tour Secrets and Tour Secrets 2 through my company Ailam Publishing. Since Tour Secrets is a series, both books have received great reviews. The Tour Secrets series is about two girls trying to make it in the music industry as dancers. They give you a chance to see through dancers eyes on what really happens while traveling the road with celebrities. Tour Secrets is not a tell-all but gives the readers an accurate behind the scenes look inside the music industry. The readers loved all the twists and turns and the juicy secrets. One of the main characters reveals that “she” is really a “he” and disguises himself as a female dancer in the music industry. This huge secret is revealed in the very beginning of the book and sets the pace for more secrets to be exposed.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I will continue writing novels and producing the video book trailers for them. I definitely look forward to turning my novels into movies. I have tons of things going on, so I would like the readers to stay connected with me at www.winkkatme.com.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
Sexy, wealthy and handsome is what best describes Jarvis Denttin, the owner of the exclusive popular Denttin nightclubs. His posh lifestyle has women flockingis love to him regularly, and they feed his strong appetite for sex. Having his choice of any woman, has created a selfish, deceiving, controlling man. Women are attracted to his alluring demeanor, until they are invited into his life and introduce to his devious side.
Expanding his company, Jarvis Denttin is excited to open a new nightclub in Chicago. He is devastated when his close friend is killed and his businesses become in jeopardy, that he is now reconsidering his move to the Windy City. Just as attractive and charming as Jarvis, his friend and employee Antonio Flink, is being well trained to become a duplicate of him, but Antonio proves that he is more conniving then Jarvis could imagine.
Candace Mourton, the personal assistant to Jarvis Denttin is a smart opportunist and knows that he is capable of providing the lifestyle she deserves, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the money flowing. She enjoys her professional and sexual relationship with him, until she breaks her own rule and falls in love. Jarvis takes care of her financially, and she caters to him daily, but realizes that isn’t enough to keep him interested in her.
With money dominating Jarvis’s successful life, he is unaware of the scheme being orchestrated to bring him down and he gets caught up in a web of deception. Knowing all the wrong he has done to people, he’s ready for a fresh start, but karma gets to him first. Oblivious of his acquaintance motives, puts him in a deadly situation. Will his life crumble before he finds out that the people around him have been misleading him the entire time? Once you open one of Winkk’s novels, you won’t be able to stop until you’ve navigated every twist, turn and tragedy in the lives of her relatable and fascinating characters. Winkk’s deft storytelling and experience as a former model, actress and professional dancer for artists, including R. Kelly, Avant, and Ronald Isley made “Tour Secrets” and “Tour Secrets 2,” a rousing success.
The two novels–which follow the lives and torrid love affairs of dancers and best friends, Raven and Music–flew off virtual shelves when they were published in 2009 and 2010, netting acclaim from outlets including Rolling Out, Power 92.3 FM, Parle magazine and Raw TV. She is a “Breakout Author of the Year” nominee for the 2011 African American Literary Awards, an honor also bestowed upon fellow nominees and celebrity writers Iyanla Vanzant, Tavis Smiley and CNN anchor Don Lemon.
Winkk follows that credo in her own life. That is why, despite dancing for some of the biggest names in R&B and modeling for Ebony magazine among others, she opted not to go the tell-all route. Instead, Winkk focuses on fictionalized stories based on her experience and imagination, broaching topics from “down low” men to transsexual entertainers. Winkk also is building her brand beyond writing novels. In 2011, she founded Ailam Publishing. Though she is currently publishing her own projects, she wants to assist other authors in finding their voice. “When I first started writing, I wanted to tell the story of the tour experience from the dancer’s side…that’s a side that never got out,” Winkk said of the books and innovative video teasers she produced on her own. “Misleading” too will get the visual treatment, as part of Winkk’s holistic literary vision. “Now, I want to tell as many stories as I can as many ways as I can in print and eventually on the small and big screen.”
Get to Know Winkk: What inspired you to write the novels Tour Secrets and Tour Secrets 2?
I’m a former dancer/choreographer and have worked for artist including R. Kelly, Avant and Ronald Isley. Traveling on the road as a dancer inspired me to write the Tour Secrets series so the readers could get a glimpse of what dancers experienced. I felt it would be interesting to write some outrageous and sometimes unbelievable, but realistic things that dancers deal with. Tour Secrets is not a tell all, but will give you a heart-stopping, jaw-dropping inside look into the music industry. The novels have been re-released under Ailam Publishing, and are available in paperback an Ebooks.
What character did you enjoy writing about the most in the series Tour Secrets?
Raven and Que were the characters I enjoyed creating and writing about the most. Raven revealed a big secret in the book and her sassy, humorous personality was exciting to write. Que is scandalous and ruthless, and creating his character was fun.
Was it easy making the transition from a dancer to an author?
The literary industry is very similar to the entertainment business, so the transition was very easy. Since I’ve been writing for many years and used to write while traveling, I felt comfortable making the change. Tell us about your new novel Misleading?
My new novel Misleading is about a nightclub owner who is focused on money and being successful. He realizes that he can’t control the world with money and finds out that the people closes to him are more interested in bringing him down then helping him succeed. Revenge, deceit, sex, drama and scandal are all tied up in this novel. The novel will be available on September 30, 2011 and you can pre-order it now on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. It will be available in paperback an Ebooks.
What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
The part of the writing process I enjoy is creating the story and seeing all the elements come together. I usually create the cover in my mind first and everything else falls into place. I love creating so writing a novel is like choreographing a dance routine to me. I enjoy the process from the beginning to the end. Why did you decide to self-publish and what are your plans for your new publishing company?
I started Ailam Publishing to publish my novels and to keep the creative control over my projects. I will continue to publish my novels and would also like to publish other authors in the future.
What can we expect next from Winkk?
I will keep writing novels and producing video book trailer. I will turn my novels into movies and continue mentoring and sponsoring local artist. I’ve got a few things up my sleeves, so be on the lookout.
You can catch me at www.winkkatme.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also
facebook.com/winkkatme2, Twitter.com/winkkatme.com, Myspace.com/winkkatme and Youtube.com/winkktv.