Since we (my family) were poor and could not afford much material things, I took advantage of whatever was around and available in order to express myself creatively. Back then it was through music. At this stage writing is my way of creative expression. Today I could just as easily express myself in a musical composition or through writing an essay or a book. In a way I am not the one doing something but instead allowing something to come through me.
Once I got a taste of being a writer I decided that was what I would do for now. Whatever in me is finding a way to come through me. It decided for me that for in the current moment I would be a writer. As an entrepreneur for most of my adult life I have always acted upon what inspired me. If I had to think about how to do some of the things that I have done, I could not do them. I just dipped my toes in the water and allowed the experience to be whatever it wanted to become. For the moment I am a writer, who knows what I will be in the future? Were you an avid reader as a child?
No! I did not learn to appreciate reading until my late 40s. All throughout my school years I only read when it was assigned to me. Throughout college I read just to pass my test or complete my assignments. I did not discover the love of reading until I started searching for knowledge. Now great books seem to find me. I love spiritual and even metaphysical books. I love to challenge what I think and believe. I love to write in that same way. I want people to stretch themselves and challenge what they believe until they find their own truth, not the truth that someone told them to believe or accept. If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?
“Out of the Cotton Fields into the Universal Playing Fields”. From where I came into this world to where I am now, it is a miracle the distance that I’ve traveled. I know what it means to be poor with very little material substance. I was born in the Deep South in a segregated society in 1949. What I have seen through my eyes would be a great book within itself. It was a movie. I have seen evil in people but I can also see the good in them. I even see the good in evil people because they know not what they do. They only follow what they have learned. What are you working on right now? Could you give us a taste/teaser (aka excerpt) from your current WIP?