The greatest joy in writing is the revelation it becomes to myself and to others, because of the purpose it serves. My writing is my dharma - it is my duty - as I write the thoughts I generate from my consciousness, after reflecting and observing experiences. I observe the unfolding and meaning of life in the physical and metaphysical domains, and write my observations, to share the concepts and contexts for others to contemplate and form their own learnings - because that is what the purpose of life is - to learn, apply and develop, while always heading to a higher form of consciousness. I strongly believe in amelioration and its involvement of all beings, all consciousness becoming one for such cause, and I write inspirational and contemplative poetry and prose to manifest what I hold, and what should be shared with others. 'Tis my greatest joy to do so!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having an entrepreneurial, do-it-yourself spirit, I jumped at the opportunity to develop my own career, at my own pace, using resources that I have seen some well-known writers like Joanna Penn successfully apply. The competition and politics within the publisher-agent world, and the waiting times to even get recognized or signed, were much too discouraging, especially for a poet as myself, since poetry is not key for most publishers, based on my research. Independent work is also what I am used to, from my previous corporate experiences, so I was pleased to know I could continue in such a manner, in my creative career.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers, or fans mean the world over and then some - for they are the reason I write. The fans generate the winds which carry messages of their needs, and which uplift my thoughts to higher realms, where I can develop greater concepts and contexts to offer more reliability and relevance to their lives - to match that which they hold in mine. I write for my readers, because I read a lot about what they are going through, and endeavor to provide both what they need, and what they don't know they need. The purpose of writing is to develop words that are to be read. Hence, those who will read mean a great deal to me as a writer. The fans are the wind beneath my wings!
What are you working on next?
I am working on my second book of poetry: A Portrait of Consciousness, Poems of Contemplation & Insight, my third book of poetry, 2 books of essays on leadership and spirituality, and a novella. I write everyday, especially since thoughts and concepts are always being generated in my consciousness; and that is why I am grateful for my poetic nature, so I can create concise, creative paragraphs that portray the focused and particular meanings and messages that will take up just the right amount of time for my readers. I prefer short bursts of writing that are direct and straight to the point, hence my chosen designs of poetry and essays.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include (but not limited to) Dan Brown, Deepak Chopra, O.G Mandino, Napoleon Hill, L.S Matthews, Simon Winchester, Ben Carson, Marcus Garvey, Tupac Shakur, The Bronte Sisters, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Woodrow Wilson, H.D Thoreau, Samuel Selvon, Derrick Walcott - as the most memorable names I can generate. I am currently reading from Khalil Gibran, Ayn Rand, Osho and will soon be reading the novels from Joanna Penn. I love my reading list - past, present and future.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thoughts I meditate on, and which come to me instinctively, so I can write! I love to write and research how to get better at it! Being able to write full-time is a choice I made and blessing I accepted! Knowing that there are people out there who need, and who will find worth, in my words - is my reason for being - and my reason to arise everyday!
How do you approach cover design?
I KISS - I keep it simply sentimental. I reflect on the theme of my work and procure the right picture and do simple graphic designs to highlight what I think would be attractive to readers, and run the design by a few friends, to see if they see the relevance of it, in terms of its visual appeal, and it reflecting the theme of the book. The cover design and title must go hand-in-hand, in a simple, sentimental and sensible kind of way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica - a relatively small and volatile area, which used to be the capital of Jamaica in the 18th century. Being surrounded by poverty, crime, and politics; and seeing so many people spend their time having some of the worst perspectives and impressions about life and themselves, motivated me to strive for better. So I worked hard at school, to better my mind, and hence life; while developing a philosophy that I will be better than my environment and not be a product of it, and kept that principle to this day. Now, I use that principle as my driving force to write to uplift others, and remind them of the greater potential there is to life and to living. This has influenced my writing to be more about inspirations and motivations - to express the meliorism belief I hold. I have to be the change I want to see in the world.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at 14, for English Literature classes in high school, where I learnt of my poetic talent and the joy I found in expressing myself - especially to girls. So, between 14 and 25, I mostly wrote romantic poems, and few domestic ones (for my mother, or about my home, or any situations I experienced at home). Thereafter, I started writing poetry and essays in reflection on various situations I experienced or witnessed. After completing my degree in Medical Technology, and spending more time around sick people and persons who have been depressed or even given up on life, by doing nothing to improve their conditions, or even by taking their own lives - i realized how important words are to people's perspectives and outlooks - to the conditions of everyone's life. From thence, I started writing to uplift other souls - and the Conscious Universe has helped so much with this duty.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Inspiration. Just inspiring others with meaningful, creative words that bring smiles, contemplation, understanding, realizations. I myself have used my own words, and most definitely the words of great sages and philosophers, to uplift spirit, mood and mind, and found greater joy in learning, living and exploring my place and purpose in this world. Thus, I took as much of that story line and put it into a compilation of poetry and quotes which could engage, enrich and enlighten other souls.
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