Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town named Newman, CA. It didn't influence me much, but one of the roads I was taking to the nearby town, Turlock, CA, called Hills Ferry RD, is where I had my car accident. The accident is when my testimony happened, and I saw an opportunity to tell everyone what I saw, and I took an opportunity to show everyone the lord that saved me. I wanted to do his work because he deserved it for giving me life in the first place, and he saved my life.
When did you first start writing?
I just started writing one day and I liked what I wrote so my conscious told me to write more. Along with everyone who heard my first poem.
What's the story behind your book?
The story behind my book; I was in a lot of debt for a while, so I was really sad. I started thinking, maybe my survival wasn't a blessing like I thought it was. I prayed to be out of debt a lot. I even started asking friends and family members to pray for me. I did that, hoping The lord would get on my case faster. Then my dad came to me and asked me, "Do you think The Lord heard you? He won't hear anyone else any more than he hears you. You don't have to ask for prayers. Just believe he hears you, and everything will work out." When he told that to me, I was happy and hopeful. And that's where my first poem began. Then I decided to write another, and another. Then my parents went to the bank, talked to them, and got my debt completely removed. Ever since that day, I was so thankful. I looked back at my life, and I was just thinking, what would I do without him? That's when I started to write more and more poems. Then I'd read them back, and come up with the name. I feel like this is just showing my praise to the Lord. And I love showing the Lord praise. For his forgiveness, his blessings, everything in his being.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The pleasure of writing is me expressing how, for what, when, where and why I love Christ. Expressing my love for him in an artistic way is what keeps me going.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thing that inspires me to get out of bed each morning, is, being available to the Lord. I always wonder how he will use me; to help others certain ways, or maybe to change 1 life. I may help someone just by smiling at them and saying "God bless you." or being patient with myself and spending time trying to find a way to help anyone and everyone. Hopefully I do this with my book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On my alone time, I'm usually spending a lot of time resting my brain. The doctors tell me that my brain needs rest. I find that the more rest I get, the better I can interact with the world and use better literacy within my poems. I also exercise in my time. Exercise is a good way to get oxygen to the brain and promote healing. I would love the book to go really far. I really want to go across the lands worldwide, to help people see the Lord that saved me from death and eternal death (refer to my testimony). I shared my testimony with a few in my neighborhood and in the state of California, and all are astonished. They've even said they really need to get back into church. If my testimony is what it takes to get people to learn about the Lord, I'll be glad to be his tool.
What is your writing process?
My writing process; I feel The Lord saying, "Let's write another poem. I'll be your inspiration." And then I start writing. I like to find and use rhyming words, mainly so people can stop stressing about the Lord so much. Actually a lot of the time, I would write a poem, and I would read it back to myself, and say, 'complete'. Then the next day, I would read it, and I'd think, "Wow, that's a really creative poem. It doesn't even feel like I wrote it. There's only one other it could possibly be." Then I would look up to the sky, and then I'd think, "God, you really are amazing. Thank you for using me as your tool."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read, I believe was a story called Holes, by Louis Sachar. It impacted me like a movie would. Just without the pictures in front of my eyes. The pictures were in my head.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read much anymore since the car accident. I guess you could say I read the bible for pleasure now. I prefer reading from the new testament. The Old Testament is B.C. The New Testament is A.D. That's what I think. I may be wrong, but I doubt it.
What are you working on next?
Next, I want to work on making my testimony into a play of some sort that will get turned into a worldwide movie. These also show how much Christ loves us. My pastor, Benjamin Brown III, used to tell us little stories or jokes before he began preaching, but one of them stuck with me. It goes; There were prayers of the lord being announced by 2 people at a big stadium. The first one goes, says his prayer, and then, everyone cheered & applauded loudly. The next person goes, says the same exact prayer, but there was silence after. Instead of applauding, everyone was crying tears of happiness.The difference between these two people were, the first person knew the prayer of the lord, but the second person knew the lord of the prayer.
I would like to stop everyone's thinking that they HAVE to know the bible to get into the works of Christ (no pun intended). They just have to believe, love and be available.
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