Kori, Jerard, Darius, Jay, Layla, Karina, and Coco have something in common; they all have abandonment issues. Even though their issues of abandonment stem from some of the same situations, how they play out is different in nature. Whether it’s guilt and shame, a revolving door of relationships, daddy issues, attention seeking, insecurities and self-doubt, fear of being abandoned, or trust issues; they all allow their issues to manifest negatively in all of their relationships. Are they doomed to repeat some of the same cycles of physical or emotional abandonment like being cast aside, deserted, discarded, neglected, shunned, and even rejected? Or will they go to the extreme opposite to ensure that the cycle ends with them?
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Her writing is both positive and purposeful. Her keen ability to provoke thought, trigger change and enlighten the lives of others has catapulted her to a literary success. Whether it’s in the form of a blog post or article, Facebook status or tweet, Kai Mann strives to empower and educate followers around the world about the nature of love, the importance of relationships and how these two play a vital role in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community.
While her passion for writing was birthed at a young age, her literary experience did not fully blossom until 2009, when she started writing her first novel. In addition, Mann also became a writer for Examiner.com, holding the title of Detroit’s Best Friend Examiner. Through her articles for the Examiner, she offers an innovative perspective on the topic on friendship.
In 2011, she published her debut novel, 30 Day Notice under her own publishing company, Scriblical Vibez Publishing, LLC. Through Scriblical Vibez, she not only scribes biblically while creating a powerful message with a unique vibe, but she helps publish and market other authors’ content that creates vibrational change across the nation and even the world. Her sophomore literary project, Abandoned Property, released in 2013, the same year that Mann helped produce a document series, Out Loud in the D. The documentary highlights the daily lives of African-Americans in the LGBT community.
As a proud member of the Motown Writers Network, she currently serves as Media Content Publisher, often assisting with conferences, monthly meetings and web content updates. Mann also hosts her own internet talk radio show, LGBT Radio Nation, where she educates listeners on the LGBT community and those who are making great strides and contributions toward change in and around it. Although the weekly topics may change, the message does not—the LGBT community is no different than any other community.
Her literary works are best described as colorful, insightful and concise. Provoking deeper thought and greater understanding of individuality across racial and social barriers, Mann leaves readers pondering her words long after the final page has been turned. As part of the Pen to Paper series, her third project, Pen to Paper: A Walk Into Destiny is set to release in October of 2014. The two previous books in the series were published in March and June of 2014. Living on Lafayette Street, a collection of poetic prose, will be released in the spring of 2015. All of the pieces speak to spiritual transformation into a higher level of self.
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Read on for an excerpt of Abandoned Property…
I was two years old when I heard the sound of a balled-up fist make contact with flesh and bone as I walked into the living room from playing in my bed-room. Just as I turned the corner, I saw my mother fly across the room holding her bloody mouth while trying not to cry or make a noise. As fast as my little legs could go, I ran to her. As soon as she saw me, she jumped up off of the floor, scooping me up with the hand she held her keys in while still holding her mouth with the other hand.
As we did many times before, we sought refuge at my maternal grandmother’s house. When we walked into my grandmother’s house, my older cousin saw my mother’s face and like a whirlwind walked passed us both with focus and drive without so much as a hi or hello. That day my mother would lose an incisor, a cuspid, and a molar. Later she would gain a bridge that would replace the teeth missing from her beautiful smile.
Neither my mother nor I knew that my father was approaching fast behind us, but my twenty-four-year-old cousin did. When he got close to my father, his huge fist from his six-foot-four frame connected to my father’s jaw. My father was a little guy, standing five foot five with a big attitude but nothing else to match. That day his attitude got readjusted as well as a couple of other things. I loved my father like nobody’s business, and when I saw him fall to the ground, I forgot what had transpired earlier with my mother and tried to wiggle out of my mother’s arms, but my aunt caught me just before I could run to my father’s aid. My mother, my grandmother, and my aunt hid me under the bed in my grandmother’s spare bedroom. They knew that my father was on his way in to try to get me. He never allowed my mother to take me when they got in-to an argument or a fight. My cousin, however, had other plans and that day was the last day I ever saw my father until I was 25.
I never remembered the actual events from this incident, but I was told this story for most of my life. It was almost like it was fed to me religiously as a testament to the beginning of the journey that was my life. The latter part of the story was mainly told to me with-out the part about my mother getting beat until I was old enough to understand what had really transpired. I always heard how my father loved me though. As I got older, I began to wonder if he never wanted my mother to take me because he truly loved me that much or was it his way of keeping my mother in line. Men knew that women didn’t usually leave their babies.
Years later, that would be the same trick that would be done to me, but I wouldn’t fall for it.
“You can keep them. I believe that boys should be with their father anyway. You won’t hurt them. You’ll make sure that they have food in the refrigerator, lights on, and I’ll be sure they have clothes.”
That was what I said before I left.