I am 36 years of age, and I was born raised in St. Paul, MN. I have three children. A daughter who is in college and two boys who are in high school. All my life I have been struggling to discover my true Identity. Through the course of almost nine years I have finally discovered who I am. I am a man with a purpose. A man who has learned the importance of life and the role I need to play in it. Each day I strive to learn more about myself, life, love, and how I can be of assistance to others. Regardless of my situation I stand firm while looking toward the future.
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
For years I was always told that I had a way with words. While it was just me being me, others seen something in me that I didn't see in myself. And that was my ability to get people to listen and to believe what I was saying to be truth. After my incarceration I evaluated everything about my life and began writing. I had met a man by the name of Mr. Blackstone. He had come across something that I wrote and told me that I was a good writer. So with that statement coming from who it came from, I believed in myself enough to control my destiny as a writer. That was 2008.
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
A broken heart. It was combination of two things. I had just lost my mother and the only woman that I ever gave my heart to at that time. Losing both of them around the same time had me at my lowest point, that I thought about suicide. But then the light came on and I stood straight up. From that moment I understood that I had an opportunity to be a blessing to others by sharing my true story. Allowing myself to be an example for the youth, of where not to end up.
4. What books have influenced your life most?
The Bible, Bible, Bible, and Bible
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
6. What book are you reading now?
Law of Attraction by Michael J. Losier
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing I enjoy reading, working out and communicating with those I love through email and by phone.
8. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
My life experiences and the reality around me. I am an observer. So there for, I sit and observe things around me and write about the reality of them.
9. What new author has grasped your interest?
Steve Harvey, now he may not be new author to you all, but to me he is. While he gives women a better understanding about men, he also gives men something to look at. Themselves!! At least that's what he did for me with "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
10. If you couldn't be an author, what would your ideal career be?
To own and operate a Production Company.
11. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Chapter Four. I enjoyed writing this chapter because I understand that I am not the only person that has ever felt like they were in an enclosed cage screaming out for help, feeling like no one hears you. I knew that I had an opportunity to connect with those who once felt the same way that I did and could encourage them to seek help. Making sure that people understood there was nothing wrong with asking for help. Something I failed to understand years ago.
12. Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
I felt that I had to tell my story because I learned that I had an obligation to right my wrongs. I have children who look up to their father and I ran the risk of them admiring the wrong man. The man that walked into prison over 8 years ago, instead of the better man that prison helped create. I told myself that I had to create a different legacy for my children to build on and hopefully mimic one day. I wanted other children to understand the importance of discovering their true identity and their ability to be able demonstrate their power regardless of the situation or circumstances.
13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Demonstrate Your Power Part 2, is another part of my story and how the many different Criminal Thinking Errors played a part in my incarceration, and my ways of improving that.
14. How do you market your book(s)?
Via social media, press kits, promo kits, contests, and word of mouth.
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Yes! Believe in yourself and control your own writing destiny.
Book SynopsisOn April 7, 2006, you had a man who was sentenced to serve ''20 Life Sentences''. Faced with one of the longest sentences in Federal history this man became determined to right his wrong by inspiring, encouraging and motivating those that may be struggling with their identity. Through his true story he began writing about being strong, capable and his ability to perform despite his situation. It was also through his own understanding that he didn't design his tragedy, but needed to work hard to make sure negativity didn't win over positivity. He began to look at how his distorted thinking play a part in his incarceration and what he had to do to change his thought process. He has giving a glimpse of a man who thought about giving up but instead decided that his work is not done, or that his life was not over. You have a man who shares how he demonstrates his power from a prison cell. In his eyes, that is a step toward the right direction.
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