Turning Point Enrichment Inc. was birth out of my inner resources of helping solve the problems of others. I served in outreach in various communities for many years alongside my husband and family. We served over 4,000 people per week through the various channels we designed.
After years of helping individuals and families with the bare necessities, I felt that this approach had come to an end. What we were doing was just applying bandages to deep-seated infections.
I began to design workshops, seminars, conferences, write books and other products that would change the mindset, so people could embrace a higher level of thinking.
Through my hands-on approach, I helped my clients achieve success, by overcoming their struggles, appreciate their uniqueness and embrace their self-worth.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read books that give me more insight on subjects I am teaching.
I also take pleasure in reading inspirational books of people who have overcome the odds and are going forth telling their stories to bring hope to others.
I search by author or by topic. I like certain authors and I also like certain topics. Occasionally, I read samplings from best sellers in various topics, just to see what's popular.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in the 7th grade. It was called: Me and My Daisy BB Gun. It was based on a true experience. No, I did not shoot my eye out. It was a two-page weekend homework assignment and it made it into a national middle-school publication called: Who's Who.
Writing a book was more about taking a journey of self-discovery. I was in a very negative space in my life and decided to take time away from the 'energy-vampires' and focus on myself. Black Lilies is the product of that time off.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided a platform for readers and authors to be able to come together. Authors can post their work without requiring a 'middle man' and readers get an opportunity to experience different genres at a mush more cost-effective level. Bargain-reading (bargain shopping for readers).
What inspired you to write a story about ending violence against women?
There was a time in my life where I was being abusive and recognising that I have abused my wife was the first step of accepting my problem. I also congratulate myself for taking other measures for wanting to correct my behavior. I have control over myself and the way I choose to behave is to be a REAL man, husband and good father to my children and that is the whole reason why I wrote about ending violence against women.
Your lifetime spans both sides of apartheid. Do you see an appreciable difference in South African society since apartheid was abolished?
Not much has changed for most blacks – slow progress, overall improvements at the start but beginning to slide now. There is freedom of movement – live where you like if you can afford to.
Hazardous Traffic, A Circle Of Iniquity Story - a full length novel or novelette. This novel started as a short story in a compilation about the characters in a specific environment, a brothel. The excitement and volatility of some of the stories were overwhelming for a short story and I felt compelled to extend this particular one into a full length novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Any author of a good story is my favorite. As a child and young man I used to read by authors but realized that strategy results in missing many good stories.
College. Before college I thought writing was some sort of punishment. I was never that good at it. During my one disastrous semester at ASU, I got a tutor, assigned to me because of my failing essays in an English101 class. The tutor turned my thinking around and made me love writing. After that I wrote my way through college, and became a professional writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current project is quantitative dream content analysis. It will be some years before it becomes a book, but for now it's an exciting academic research project. I have transcribed the first ten years of my dream journal and the transcript is 1,223 pages; this is made up of 1,978 daytime notations and 1,315 dreams. I'm tagging the main characters to find out if the same people appear in my dreams and waking concerns. The object is to find statistical proof of continuity between dreams and waking life. They have theories and anecdotal evidence, but statistics are the only thing to convince the world of research psychology about the relevance of dreams. At this time there is no consensus on anything having to do with dreams, and most research psychologists dismiss dreams. This will probably eventually turn into a book, but for now I'm transcribing journals and looking for trends.
Truthfully, I feel back in grammar school. I think a lot of us go through that phase. You be in school. You see a girl that you like. You write a poem and ask your peers to pass it to her. It just so happens that I came across someone who was not only nice, but also nice looking. She told me she enjoyed my poem. So, I continually wrote. (Laughing a little). Though I never got paid for it, I’ve had seven of my poems published in eight different publications. One that extended to a publishing company in the U.K. who started to work on publications in conjunction with some U.S. publishers.
Are you saying that it was your childhood sweetheart who got you into to writing?
(Smiling) Well——. I’ve got to answer that question on two fronts. 1) I started to write just to keep in the trend of my peers, and 2) To some degree, I would prob—ably— have to say yes. She told me it was something that she liked. I guess that I was kind of alright with writing. Back in the six grade there was this poem that I wrote. I showed it to my grandmother. She told me why don’t you try to get it published? She must have been right on Q about something. I didn’t get paid for it, but it got published. I think about that now. I wish that I had kept it and treasure it. It would be just so that I could now look back on it. You know how it is when you’re young and active. Most of the times, your mind is not objectively sound on focusing on what could be inspiring and futuristic endeavors. You just want to be out there having fun.
Oh—. And yeah——. I probably have to say that me not thinking about treasuring things like that could have in part happened because some of my friends and relatives knowing and unknowingly were jealous and envious of me achieving that height. Sometimes, I get flash backs about things like that. In part, I guess because some of them are older than me.
The first Story that I wrote is a 698 page book - titled House on the Hill and I plan to publish it in January of 2019
Describe your desk
I do not have a writing desk, I go to a restaurant and have supper everyday, my desk is the restaurants table, I order a meal and write while customers provide noise and distraction allowing me to think, take breaks, and come up with ideas for the story that i am writing and for the other stories that I am formulating at the time. I have five favorite restaurants and spend up to six hours writing at each one.
Yes, I was very young. I think in 2nd or 3rd grade. It was a story about a family of eagles who lived in a tall tree. One of the younger eagles was scrawny and didn't know how to fly yet and therefore teased by his siblings. One day he fell from the nest and the family was sure he had died. They didn't know because the tree they lived in was so tall that you could not see the ground. Anyway, months pasts and for some reason, they were to the group and found that the scrawny baby eagle was not only alive but had become king over the animals on the ground surrounding the tree.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process per se but I can say I start with an idea. After my idea, I decide how I want to convey it whether fiction or non-fiction; creatively or directly. This decision is based on if my aim is to simply teach or envoke a feeling or emotion. Which ever way I choose based on my initial idea, I jot down my basic thoughts and then "sense" any and everything I can that is connected to that feeling or idea. When I do this I get pictures, feelings, and even more ideas that I then try my very best to put into words. I know this "sensing thing" might sound confusing and I actually have a hard time explaining it. The best way I can explain it is by asking you to imagine the center or bulb of an onion. Now, imagine that bulb as my idea or feeling. Then, imagine me observing the onion like a puzzle and adding the outer pieces or layers as I figure out where they fit around the bulb. Those pieces are what I attempt to put into words. I hope my explanation makes some kind of sense.