J.L. Forbes is one of those authors who writes from the heart and speaks to the soul. Her insight about the human experience is enriching and empowering. For anyone suffering in their life, whether it be from addiction or simply from lack of enthusiasm, J. L. Forbes will inspire the reader to seek beyond the physical realm into the emotional experience. Her philosophy is that the material world is a reflection of the inner human being and that each human encounter is an opportunity for self-awareness and personal growth. She teaches that we are all one conscious awareness and each of us is a dynamic expression of that awareness. J.L. Forbes guides her readers into an rich understanding of individual wholeness to those who are hopeless and broken.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My grandmother would read the same books to me over and over. The first one I recall was "Scuffy the Tugboat," which was a Little Golden Book. We have a river island where I spent much of my childhood, so the book was interesting to me because the little tugboat went down a river to a big city. I knew that our river ended up in San Francisco. I was fond of the story because I related to it and the river was always so interesting to me. I knew at age eight that I wanted to write stories because books brought magic into my life.
How do you approach cover design?
You've got to have a vision about the book and what stands out for you in the message of the story. Because I do judge books by their covers, I typically choose covers that would be interesting enough for me to open if I were a consumer.