Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am 34 years old, and life has taken me on some interesting journeys. I am far from a saint, I am indeed a sinner. I think I’ve done any and everything one can do to achieve success. Be it legal, or illegal. I’ve written three books, the first was published in December 2012. That book is titled “Job 32:18” and it’s a practical look at the Bible. It’s very important that people see the Scriptures alive and active in their everyday life. There is a whole generation just waiting to be fed, to have their souls watered. I feel as though I have been called to do just that. In addition to the writing I’ll be launching an online ministry, as well as a Christ-centered clothing line. In my own church I am a Teen Leader/Minister.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is “Job 32:18”. It was inspired by the trials and tribulations one faces during incarceration. The realization that incarceration occurs within before you ever have handcuffs on is sobering. Through a lot of devotion and meditation the Scriptures began to take on new meaning to me. I really wanted to share all that He was placing in me, yet their was no venue. I was transferred to another facility, and there was a computer. This book began as a letter to the young woman I was involved with at the time. A friend wanted to read it, and said I should continue writing. I actually stumbled upon this gift.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say unusual. My approach is pretty conventional. The style is definitely unique, and meant to relate to common everyday people.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
WOW! I don’t know how much space is here. As far as authors; Max Lucado, Alex Haley, C.S. Lewis, William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, Iceberg Slim, Jim Cymbala, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and James Patterson just to name a few. I’ve definitely been influenced by a multitude of books. “Mere Christianity”, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, “Roots”…..it would take a lifetime to list them all. Because I’ve been a lifelong reader. I was always the kid with a book in his hands, always.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the 2 follow-ups to “Job 32:18”, as well as a Christian fiction novel entitled “Fear and Guilt”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m soooooo new to this. I couldn’t even begin to speculate. I use any and all resources at hand. Awesomegang seems to be one of the best!!!!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Stay true to yourself. To touch a heart, your words must come from the heart. Remember that what you write has the potential to change the trajectory of another’s life. This is not a shallow calling, not for the faint of heart. Don’t write for money. Write for love of the art, love of others, and the opportunity to influence change.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Obey God, love those around you, put others first.
What are you reading now?
“God Is My CEO”
What’s next for you as a writer?
The publishing of my new projects, the expansion of my blog site. The writing is an extension of me, truthfully. So what’s next for me as a person is getting this clothing company, this online ministry site, and these youth empowerment centers started. The writing is just a vehicle to give others insight to me.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, The Autobiography Of Malcolm X, Mere Christianity, and another Bible. LOL