I started out writing poetry as a means of expressing pent up emotions that I didn't feel free to express otherwise.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The drive to succeed in my goals so I can take care of my son and my mother, as well as live a more carefree life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, I don't remember any from grade school, so if I wrote any then, I'm clueless. However, I do recall the first few stories I wrote, several about my cats, and one about a playground. However, I may have written stories prior to those, because poems often tell stories, and I have certainly written quite a few of those.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm an air force brat. We traveled around to different states and even overseas. I think that my point of view may be more well rounded, simply because I have been exposed to more than just my backyard in some small town. I've always been around a multitude of different people from different cultures, and have had no problem communicating with them.
What is your writing process?
I write whatever God shows me. I, personally don't have a specific process. I get inspiration, and it just flows.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I had a friend about two years ago, that was going through a rough patch. He wanted to see his son, but there were issues with the mother of the child, who refused to allow him to see the boy. He was very angry, upset, and despondent over the whole situation.
I was trying to think of a way to encourage him, especially because Father's Day was approaching and I knew he'd be really sad on that day of all days. In addition, my son and I were dealing with the discovery barely a year before, of the loss of my ex; my son's father, who had passed. Now, mind you, my son never had a real relationship with his dad, however, the Father's Day that followed the news of this loss would be especially hard on him.
In thinking about both my friend and my son, I realized that I had a fatherless son, and a sonless father. I wrote a poem for that situation, which of course I cannot find at the moment to put in here. Nevertheless, I made it into a card for my friend. Inside the card I wrote this letter of scriptural encouragement.
Basically, I started looking through scripture for anything encouraging. I collected all the applicable scripture I found and arranged it into a letter of love and encouragement from God to the receiver, in this case, my friend. So the letter sounded like God himself wrote it to encourage my friend.
Since I was unsure how this would go over, I took it first to a girlfriend to check for reactions. She loved it, and immediately insisted that I must publish it. Then I figured, 'okay, but girls are mushy that way; lemme see how a guy would react.' So I had another male friend read it. He started crying on the first few paragraphs, and said, "I need this!"
And there it is. I was surprised at their reactions. I mean I've been writing for a while now, and actually wanted to get published, but it took five years from the inception of the idea about getting published, until I finally had the nerve to get out here and get my feet wet. I hope all readers of my book find it beneficial and are lifted in their spirits by it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorites because his books are always about the journey. There is always a transformation of the mindset in his books. Max Lucado, because he is always able to point out the heart of God in all of his books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a massage therapist that specializes in muscle release. I have a God given gift that enables me to see the body in a way that, so far, to my knowledge, no one else does; and because of this, I can discern pain patterns in the body through the feet, and subsequently, given sufficient time to work, I can release the body from the head to the toes.
What are you working on next?
Going viral. Video marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm always thinking that I'm some sort of oddball, and that maybe I'm the only one thinking the way I do. So I am always surprised when someone comments on one of my sites and lets me know how much they liked what I said, or how something I talked about gave them clarity in an area that they were struggling with. I love that there might be a thought I express, or something I say that affects and helps even just one person. That makes it all worth it.
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