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May 19, 2015 1:54 PM ET

Archived: Tiptoe and Whisper – It is a dialogue between my past and my present, a tangled dance with memory, and often, a confessional

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2015

Tiptoe and Whisper



Page Length:
50 – 100 Pages
Book Status:
Working Draft

I have always dreamed of publishing a book.  For years I waited around thinking I would be “discovered” (though I’m an introvert and don’t frequently share my work) and when that didn’t happen I thought it was a sign to give up the dream.

The thing about writing though, it doesn’t let up.  If I don’t write, I don’t function. Writing has saved my life.  I hope reading my work has the same effect on others.  I want people to feel a little less alone, find ways to make it through.  

Tiptoe and Whisper delves into womanhood, love, loss, relationships and survival.  


In Search of my Mother’s Smile

In search of my mother’s smile,

I stumbled upon my own

fashioned out of longing and


yellowed and gummy

lacking a statement

as if my face and mouth

knew my story before


could say the words

before I

could write it down

in pencil

and erase

the parts that scared me:





So, how did I get here?  I read an article in the Women’s Press about Wise Ink, sent them an inquiry about two weeks ago, talked with their editor and now here I am ready to jump all in.  

However, jumping in requires money.  Enter sterotype: starving artist. Self-publishing requires upfront costs that, while expected, are not completely possible for me to cover alone.  My goal is to raise the full amount to see this book to the finish line.  

If you are willing and able to contribute monetarily, I am so grateful, however, please know that is not the only way to help.  Something as simple as sharing this campaign – getting the word out to people who may be interested in contributing – can have an amazing impact.

I thank you in advance for your kindness and support.


Interview with Janaya Martin

What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?

Every dollar raised will go directly toward making this book become a reality. I am working with Wise Ink from start to finish, funds raised will cover consulting, editing and proofreading, cover design and printing.

Who are your favorite authors?

Charles Bukowski – I prefer the raw style of his work. He often writes about the forgotten people and the ugly things no one wants to admit. I believe he helped shape me as a poet.

Louise Erdrich – Amazing storyteller – The Master Butcher’s Singing Club is one of my all time favorite books.

Contact Information:

Janaya Martin

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