I always had a love for writing, but to be honest I never thought I would write a book. I have several small blogs and articles that I have written over the years on different blogs and content platforms, but this book is the first published book I have created. The process in creating this book started around the end of 2014, when I was sitting at my desk at Amazon.com. I had just come out of a meeting with some of the top executives in the company and all I could think about is my journey to this point. Here's this kid from the hood, who was not a great student and by the worlds standards shouldn't even be successful, but yet I found myself steadily moving forward and bypassing some who should have left me in their dust! At that moment I found myself overwhelmed with emotion and I instantly knew what it all meant. My journey, though not easy was a training ground for me to write a blueprint for others to follow and avoid some of the pitfalls I consistently stumbled through. Thus the book of L.I.F.E. was born!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe that sometimes the best way to deliver content is raw. What I mean by this is we are a very politically correct society, but that is not always the best way to get through to people. As an indie author you have total creative control of your message and I wanted to make sure that my message came through loud and clear with no fillers or preservatives! I hope that it has the impact I was going for when I created it. Looking forward to everyone's reviews and their thoughts.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is leaving your mark. I often talk about this during my motivational speaking engagements. I tell the audience to look at their fingers and take a close look at their fingerprints. Why? Because I find it absolutely fascinating that NO ONE in the entire world has the same exact fingerprints, which means no one can leave the exact same mark. Think about that for a minute. Everyone leaves a mark that is completely custom. To me writing a book is a great way to get that message out to the world, whatever that may be. Fascinating isn't it?
What do your fans mean to you?
Those that follow my work, I don't really look at them as fans, I look at them as part of my tribe. Some people are connected spiritually and are kin spirits. They understand your message and believe that it aligns with their own purpose and that means EVERYTHING to me. Whether I touched one person or millions, it does not matter to me. What matters is that something I said or wrote activated a transformation in someone else. So those that follow my purpose work mean a whole lot, because they represent me walking out my God ordained call.
What are you working on next?
I am in the process of writing what will be my second published book and let me tell you; it's going to be mind blowing! I cant give too many details at this time, but this book is based on hours, months and years of studying the mind and how it can lead you toward ANYTHING you truly want as long as you take control of it. This book is going to be special.
I am also in the process of writing what will be maybe 1 of 2 non-fiction books in my portfolio that is sure to captivate and inspire you. So stay tuned im just getting warmed up!
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a personal development junkie and I love many different authors, but if I am to narrow it down to my top 5 authors I would have to say, (in no particular order):
1. Napoleon Hill 2. Bishop TD Jakes 3. Bob Proctor 4. Joel Olsteen 5. Pastor Rick Warren
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I believe when you know why your hear on this earth, getting up is easy. If you have a "why" your hear, a "why" you do what you do, not only are you inspired to wake up in the morning, but you fill a sense of responsibility to wake up and perform.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
One word, "FAMILY"! My wife and kids are my everything and I absolutely love spending time with them, whether at their sporting events, school events, family trips or just sitting around the house clowning around, I love it all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was a play actually called "Tomorrow"; which was based very gently around my life, but exaggerated for the effect. The ultimate meaning of the play was that tomorrow is not promised to anyone, so don't put off tomorrow what you can and should do today.
What is your writing process?
Michelangelo once said, "I see an angel in the stone and I chip away until I set it free." I would say my writing style is similar, in the fact that I write my vision and I try to be as creative in that process as possible so that the reader can not only grasp my concepts, but envision how to easily follow the suggestions given.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I can, but the first book that had a life changing impact on me would be Napoleon Hills, "Think And Grow Rich". I mean what an amazing book that truly lays the foundation on how to unpack your custom greatness! This book literally change my mind, which ultimately changed my life story.
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