Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Two weeks ago I moved to Sharpsburg, GA from Jacksonville, FL to be closer to our kids, and only granddaughter. My husband and I are both from New York, but we met in Miami, FL. in 1965. We are married forty-three years and are both born again Christians. My first poem was written in Bellevue Hospital in 1964, when I had a nervous break down at age seventeen. I sliced my hands all the way up to my elbows. I was hospitalized for three months so writing poetry was a way for me to express my emotions. I only wrote a few poems and I then moved to Florida to live with my Aunt and Uncle, but once again I was hospitalized for depression and cutting my wrists.
What caused you to have depression?
The first book I wrote was “Eight Weeks” after my dad died from pancreatic cancer. It was about my life growing up with alcoholic parents. Their lives were far from easy and they had a lot of baggage. Before seven years old I remember being a happy kid, running on the streets of Manhattan. Back in day, you could let your kids wander the streets, go the parks, museums, ride bikes, play ball, or roller skate without any parent being present. My sister was three years older and she was the one who looked out for me. Then a tragic event happened and my family changed forever. One night when my Mom was coming home from working late at a pizza restaurant she called for a cab, but when the cab stopped, two men in the back got out and abducted her. She was taken into an alley and raped and sodomized. They left her there to die, but one of the shop owners found her. Life was never the same.
Did you try to publish your first book?
I only wrote the book for therapy and to understand everything that took place. Therapy was not an option back then, so no one ever spoke of my Mom’s attack. I never really entertained the notion of marketing the book because I was unable to cope with everything that went on in my family. I certainly didn’t want to make it public while my folks were still alive.
Tell us why you wrote “He Is The Word”.
I was inspired by the Lord to write poetry after praying for a gift to serve him. He led me to write my poetry in the style of adding scripture and verse as foot notes so anyone who read it would know these were not my words, but God’s Word. I was then led to write a book with my poetry and give a testimony of what God has done in my life.
Did you write any other books?
My second book was “Eight Months”, it was about the events that led me to become a born again Christian. It was a compilation of letters that took place during one of the most traumatic events in my life. My daughter’s childhood was wonderful, she was a happy child, but she was a people pleaser, so when she went away to college, she was not prepared for the real world. Events beyond her control led her down the road to depression. She had a series of tragic events occur in a short period of time. My mother tried to commit suicide and was put on a respirator and not expected to live. My daughter broke up with her boyfriend who she found out was taking drugs. Her favorite cousin and mentor took her own life from depression and her friend all through middle school drowned at the beach. Then the other shoe dropped. She was working her way through this when she got back together with a boyfriend from high school. His name was Chris and she thought the sun rose and set on him. But, Chris was killed. He tried to beat the train because he was late for work. I wish I could say all the tragic events ended here, but another major one would come. After changing college to get away she worked as a coach teaching gymnastics, and met Shane, and to make a long story short she eloped with him after knowing him for only three weeks, and within three months Shane had an accident at the gym and broke his neck leaving him a quadriplegic.
What was the inspiration behind the book?
After Shane’s accident I went to a Christian retreat to find God’s help. It was there where I had a divine encounter with him. I was in deep depression and had no one to help me. My husband and I were in such pain, that we couldn’t communicate. I opened the Bible to Rev. 3:15-16 and after reading “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” After I read the scripture I felt completely spell-bound and I heard a voice that encompassed my whole being. It was nothing like I ever heard before. I felt a peace spread throughout my body, and I heard “Do not be afraid.” I knew that God spoke to me and I needed to press forward and never give up trusting him.
What do you hope this book accomplishes?
I hope my testimony speaks to everyone’s heart whether they had storms in their lives or not. I want them to know where to turn and know who God is by his Word. The Bible is an amazing book of life. It’s history and can give all those who seek the answers.
Who is the book written for?
My book was written for any denomination, race, color, creed or religious affiliation. The purpose of the book is to answer biblical questions by using simplistic poetry that everyone can understand.
Do you have a “life verse” that you have claimed? If so what is it and why is that verse so meaningful to you?
Rev. 3:15-16 changed my life, but I claim Proverbs 3-5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding in all ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths.” I went through most of my life not trusting God and all it did was cause me pain.
Who (or what) is your greatest encourager when you write and why?
I am inspired with a sentence or an event and then I pray that the Lord blesses me to write what he wants me to say. When I sit down to write the words just come to me. Then I look up scriptures to add for verification of biblical scripture.
Is there anything else that you would like your readers to know?
Yes, my book, He Is The Word, is available on Kindle, Amazon, B&N and most on-line stores. In a Google search it can be found most anywhere. My publisher is Publish America. Any royalties I make from my publisher I give to the “American Bible Society” to help spread God’s Word. This is my ministry and I do not take any profit. If I buy books I sell them at cost. My website is Heistheword.com and my blog covers politics today and world events. I encourage everyone to look up my website because I know you will be blessed by it. My book contract is up in 2013 and then I am not sure what will happen.