Meet the Author: Interview with C. P. Henderson

C.P. Henderson graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. While on active duty, in the United States Air Force, she earned a Master’s in Forensic Science. She was inspired to write Fed Up! after years of working with characters even Hollywood couldn’t dream up. C.P. and her husband currently reside in Austin, Texas, with their charismatic Cavachon, Steve.

Get to know Carol:

What made me decide to sit down and actually write a book? 

I had just quit the third job I’d had in two years. I couldn’t help but think there was a reason I’d encountered so many ‘interesting’ people in my career. While enjoying my new free time, shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation also contributed to my desire to write about my life. I saw the characters on those shows and thought I’ve worked with and for people way more ‘colourful’ or unbelievable than them. I also felt like it would be therapeutic to sit down and write about my experiences.

How long did it take to write the Fed Up!? 

I wrote the book backward, meaning I wrote the last chapter first. All of the characters’ personalities and emotions were still fresh and very raw. I was able to write the last chapter of the book in about a week and a half. So much emotion poured out of me as I typed away I could feel my anxiety creep up when certain memories were relived. So much so, I decided to take a few weeks off and let my emotions settle down. Once I got past the feelings of hurt and anger I was able to complete the first draft of the book in six weeks.

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters? 

A round of drinks. Just kidding. Most of the characters in my book I hope to never encounter again, but if I were to run into them, I’d thank them. Thank them for giving me the stories to tell others and make people laugh. Also, for helping me develop a tough skin. As I was working with these people I couldn’t believe some of the things that were said and done to be me on a daily basis, but when I look back I can’t help but laugh.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Whenever I get an idea of interest I start writing. I have about four or five short story/novels in the works ranging from modern Biblically based short stories to romance fiction (experiences taken from my own life, yet fiction).

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 

Being a self-published author has given me a new appreciation for the entire writing process. Writers who are blessed to have agents and marketing teams really only have to concentrate on the writing itself. Self-publishing authors have to be and do everything for themselves. It took a lot of guts to put my story out there, to begin with, but having to talk and pretty much ‘brag’ about writing a novel was very overwhelming but rewarding. When I saw how people react to my work it motivated me to put myself out there even more.

Where do your ideas come from? 

Most, if not all of, my ideas come from my life experiences. When I wrote my second novel, Illusion A Love Story, I took bits and pieces of things I’d experienced in previous romantic relationships and tied them together in a fictional story.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Staying focused. I have to set weekly goals for myself in order to stay on track. It’s easy to get sidetracked when you don’t have anyone breathing down your neck to meet a deadline.

Find the book and the author:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Realitywrites30
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cphenderson11/
Website: https://cphenderson11.wixsite.com/theauthor
Email: cphenderson11@gmail.com

About the Book

Fed Up chronicles the daily trials and tribulations of a young African American woman as she navigates the ins-and-outs of working for the United States Federal Government. Carol’s journey begins when she decides to the join the Air Force at the ripe young age of twenty-three. Three excruciating years later, she realizes the military wasn’t her cup of tea and decides to become a civil servant. Over the course of twelve years, Carol works for three federal agencies in several states. Her countless encounters with controlling, tomfoolery, and downright manipulative people turn her once perfect dream of rising to the top of her game as a federal employee to a recurring nightmare. When her frustrations reach a fever pitch, she finally decides enough is enough.

Excerpt

“Ok ladies. The best piece of advice I can give you is get out there and get involved. Don’t ever let a man tell you that a woman can’t do something. If they do, that’s when you prove him wrong by doing it. It’ll be like a kick in the nuts when he sees you excel.” Ok. She’s a bit of a feminist. Colonel Nolan continued to tell us how, as women, we need to strive for perfection and not to get bogged down by a society that’s controlled by men. This is too much for me! I just want to come to work and get paid.

Thirty minutes later, she finally changed the subject. “I have a really important event happening this weekend that I would love for both of you to participate in,” Colonel Nolan sounded like she was going to explode. Umm, I don’t know about this. My weekends are mine.

“Sure what is it?” Althea asked with a little too much enthusiasm.

“One of my many passions is participating in Civil War re-enactments. I have an authentic Confederate soldier uniform I purchased off eBay a few years back that fits me amazingly. I would need the two of you to help with the setup of the field.” Did she really just say she does Civil War reenactments as a Confederate soldier and wants two black women to participate in this mess? You’ve got to be kidding me?

“That sounds like fun. Count me in.” Althea exclaimed. Girl, you’re taking brown-nosing to a whole other level right now.

“I won’t be able to attend. I have plans this weekend,” I quickly said.

“I do them twice a year. Next time you can participate, Carol.” Ummm, that’s not a no, but a hell no. Guess what, Colonel Nolan? THE SOUTH LOST! How many times do you need to reenact that?

“What time do you need me there?” Althea asked.

“Well, I’m going to set up mid-morning on Friday. Come to my office around ten-thirty in some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.” She’s doing this mess during duty hours? Rank does have its privileges.

They continued talking for a few more minutes before Althea said she needed to get back to her office.

“Nice meeting you, Carol,” she said as left the office.

“Ditto.”

“Carol, I would like to discuss what your duties are going to be. As a new lab officer, you should be familiar with what everyone does in the lab. With that being said I would like for you to do a rotation through each section of the lab.”

“Ok. I worked as a generalist in a small regional hospital before joining the military for about six months.”

“Ok. That’s good. It shouldn’t take you long to get through the sections.” Is she expecting me to run patient samples? No way, officers don’t do that. They shuffle papers all day.

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Meet the Author: Interview with Asetta Ramsey

“I am a pusher. I was always pushing but never satisfied or happy. I was always searching for something more because my heart desired and believed that there was more. My mind couldn’t see or understand what my heart wanted because I was operating and maneuvering through life with thoughts that were not mine, labels that did not belong to me. I suffered tremendously because of this.  It’s okay though, because the beauty of suffering and pain is that I am not alone. Pain and suffering is relatable, the common ground for uncommon people.”
– The Bindings in the Bondage

Hello there, my name, is Asetta Ramsey and I am on a journey to become the best Asetta God has called me to be. I am a true Inspirer, poet, aspiring author and publisher of SOBronX Books LLC, a house that takes the focal point of pain in one’s life, turns it into passion, and creates a purpose that serves to heal you and help others throughout the process.

Born and raised in the mean streets of the Bronx, New York, my neighborhood built in me character, spunk, but most importantly an everlasting love for a borough full of broken people. In 2015 feeling limited, helpless, and deprived of a way-out of poverty and happiness, I planned to commit suicide one-week shy of my twenty-fifth birthday. I was sent to the Zucker hill Behavioral center, where I was diagnosed with bipolar depression. In that center God reunited me with my true love passion for writing again. Finding faith, strength, and forgiveness within myself, I regained the will to live purposely and passionately again by following my lost and forgotten dreams of becoming a great writer. I wrote and completed by January 2017 my first non- fiction self-published book titled The Bindings in the Bondage where I hope to instill positive words of encouragement, motivation, and self-awareness to people to wake up, give back negative thoughts and labels that hinder you from becoming the person you l you want to be. I also wrote this book to help people change their perspective on how they operate in their own lives.

I boldly believe that bipolar depression does not define me. I don’t suffer from a chemical imbalance in my brain, but a generational curse of negative thoughts and feelings, a poverty and broken mindset that God allowed me to break so that I can help others get set free from. My purpose is to help others by encouraging healing to hearts through my story. I share my story fearlessly because while I went through my trials and tribulations physically, mentally, emotionally, God allowed me to evolve spiritually. I personally know what it feels like to lose your mind and go insane trying to move to the ways of the world, hitting nothing but rock bottoms multiple times over.  I also know that once you hit those rock bottom’s, there’s nowhere else to go but up. My purpose is greater than me. I am a blue print designed and created by God to intercede into people’s lives. I started with no formula or strategy but a vision.  To uplift, motivate, and urge people to wake up who’ve been dead, sleeping, and lost for too long. To fire up people to make conscious decisions through teaching and speaking engagements, and to push them to take authority over their own lives. To declare to live and come out of agreement with everything people, your friends or family have ever said you were, are, or ever will be.

Get to know Asetta:

WHO ARE YOU?
I am a 27-year-old black woman who refuses to accept that because of the limitations of my upbringing, my environment, life circumstances or because of any struggles mentally, physically, and emotionally I will fail at achieving happiness. I will not settle and I will not give up on myself. I will not compromise my dreams, my happiness, the woman I want to be in the future because of the place or position I am in right now. I was once searching for my definition of happiness. God showed me that all I had to do to be free to happiness, was to free my heart by following what I had been hiding in it despite who it pleased, satisfied, or displeased.

I no longer am afraid to embrace the real me. I dream big, far, wide, and outrageous. I will keep my head in the clouds and my eyes to the sky. I was born to shine, to be great, and to enjoy the success that comes with pursuing my happiness. I was born to be more than my situations, hardships, and circumstances. I repeat, I was born to shine lol. I knew from 8-years-old that I was destined for greatness. I am smart, courageous, and beautiful. I am a fighter, a pusher, I persevere. I am diligent, funny, serious, messy, and I like order all at the same time. I am a boss in the making. I am a daughter, a princess to the highest. I am authentic, unapologetically me and I could not have been made any more perfect than who I am today.

WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK?
I wrote this book because I know that I am not the only person who has suffered with some form of depression, negative aspect about life, or themselves. I wrote this book because I took back my power back once I embraced and overcame my weaknesses. I don’t wish what happened to me for anyone to go through and if I could save someone who was at the point of giving up on themselves, considering death maybe, I believe this book would help speak life and hope into them.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION?
I hope to encourage, inspire, and motivate women especially of color like me to wake up and fight for their dreams. To strive to be that awesome woman the inner girl in them once aspired to be. It doesn’t matter that you come from a struggling background. You are more than the obstacles that limit you. Give back those labels from people, places, and experiences that have branded you to fall short of self-fulfilling exuberance and the characteristics of who God called you to be. Happiness is real and attainable. If you change your perspective and step out of your own personal view point of it, you can change your life.

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
The Bindings in the Bondage is a true story about me and my experience with death and life. It’s a story about a Bronx girl who planned to commit suicide because I was feeling bound to a lifestyle mentally, physically, emotionally, that I did not want. I could not come to grips with my life amounting to nothing, to just existing in a world that I once thought I could fly in. I was searching for freedom in happiness, but my surroundings, my circumstances, the thoughts in my mind were enslaving me. I ended up being admitted to a mental institution for college students. In there I realized that what I thought about myself in there and what I actually saw didn’t 100% add up to me. I thought according to race Indian and Asians were the smartest kids, and they are  brilliant to me still, don’t get me wrong, but I was now amongst these brilliant people. There were no barriers. I questioned what that meant about who I was and the third day of my stay I ended up getting saved in there.  God reunited me with him and my passion. Writing saved my life. God taught me a lesson and that was to give back labels, thoughts, ideas, and negative names because they did not belong to me. Anything that spoke against my character, God told me to give it back because I was not born crazy, not good enough, a failure, ugly, immature, depressed, etc. Those things were taught to me by people I either feared, loved, or respected. I was also an enabler of my own self-sabotage. God helped me realize that anything worth fighting for that is good for me, is worth unlearning what is bad for me. The moment I declared to change my perspective and take back power over my life, was the day that I decided to pursue a writing career. When I got out God was like

“Okay beloved what do you want to do now that your free?” I was like

“Lord I don’t want anyone to go through what I just went through and since you out here showing me the real you, I want to teach and help people and be the real me, so I’m going to write a book.”  Two years later we are here!!!!

WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?
The hardest scene for me to write was chapter 1 the breaking point in my life and chapter two titled dreams vs. reality where I talk about the birth of writing in me and the pain that it was extracted from. Writing about the moments that lead up to me wanting to die and the passing away of my aunt was really hard to get through because I literally had to relive those moments so that I could write about it in perfect detail. It took me months, about five to be exact, just to finish it. It took about a whole month just to read it because I kept crying. I realized in that month that the more I kept reading it over and over again, I became stronger until I was able to read it not in sadness but in joy. It didn’t hurt to read those two chapters like it used to.

DID YOU EVER CONSIDER WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM?
Yes, lol. I originally was fearful to tell my story because I was acknowledging that I was in a mental institution. No one knew that I was there except for five people and even out of those five, one knew because I needed her to help me secure my job. Overall, being in a mental institution was a shameful thing to talk about because I knew that I was going to be automatically associated with crazy. As I began to write and by the time I finished the book, I realized that the word crazy and the root of what it meant I did not identify with. I wasn’t mad, insane, lunatic, or deranged. I was just lost and broken. I was different when it came to handling stressors in my life. Some people can handle stress well, others like me get overwhelmed in it, but that does not take away or add to the essence of who Asetta Shakurah Ramsey is at the end of the day. So, I realized that if I was going to tell my story and help other women like me I had to embrace my weaknesses. Nobody is always strong 24 hours a day, 365 days in the year. It’s impossible. We all have weaknesses, and instead of hiding it, I chose to showcase it. It was in shining the light on my insecurities, fears, the things I was ashamed of, that I began to turn those weaknesses into strength. I stopped thinking about what people would say, I just thought about how coming clean felt.

DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
My Madre and my Grandmama on my father’s side have been my biggest supporters of my career as a writer, since day 1. My mom always encouraged me to be a teacher. To teach through writing. My grandmother always declared me a poet or speaker period, she calls me her Maya Angelou. The two of them never stop giving me words of encouragement even when I no longer seen my dreams as attainable. My mom would always try to steer me in the direction of my dreams. For example, when I decided to go to school for nursing, my mom would say that it was good that I picked this career because I love to help people.

She would then add in:
“And who knows, in your free time you can still write books on the side.”
My grandmother would just flat out ask me,
“what’s going on with the writing, you stopped and I know that’s why you don’t come around here no more, cause you know I’m gon ask you, so what’s up?”

I laugh because my grandmother wouldn’t take no for answer. My immediate family supports me, a couple in my extended family but to be honest, the real support comes from within. My dad and my ex- boyfriend helped me get to a conference that I knew I had to be at in Chicago called the Millions Conference sponsored by Tiffany Montgomery. Chicago changed my life and catapulted me into finishing my book. After Chicago, it was all God and me. I placed my last dollars into investing into my career, my future and when I didn’t know where my next dollar was coming from, God took care of me.  I had money in my account that when I did the calculations it should have been gone. People came up to me with money that they said they owed me, that I had not thought of. Checks that I had forgotten about. I have people and know that they support my vision, but no has supported me like God myself when putting effort and hard work into the process.

Find the author:
Facebook/Periscope: AsettaRamsey
Instagram: AsettaRamsey_

Email address for readers to contact me:
Asettashewrites@gmail.com

Severely depressed, emotionally tired, and physically drained from fighting the struggles of living and surviving in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the Bronx, Asetta feeling limited, helpless, and hopeless of a way out, plans to commit suicide after dropping her classes at community college one-week shy of her twenty-fifth birthday. It is there her advisor suggests she speak to the school counselor where she reveals her motives and is sent the same day to the Zucker hill Behavioral center. There in the confinements of the walls in her room Asetta experiences a spiritual epiphany that ignites her true love passion for writing again. finding faith, strength, and forgiveness within self, Asetta regains the will to live purposely and passionately again by following her forgotten dreams of becoming a great writer. Asetta instills positive words of encouragement, motivation, and self-awareness to wake up, give back negative thoughts and ideas that have hindered you, and fight for your goals, dreams, and aspirations.

EXCERPT:

“Hello.” The specialist said as she pulled out her paper work.

I searched the floor again, that overwhelming feeling returning as I twirled my fingers and crossed my feet.

I am being judged, were the thoughts that were filling up the hallways in my mind. Clipboards and paper work meant trapping and tracking my thoughts, emotions, behaviors in her certified files. I was leaving paper trails, and paper trails meant I signed a binding contract to names and conditions that labeled and categorized me into bondage I could never escape from. Into bondage that I did not want to define me.  This experience would stick and follow me no matter where I went. – The Bindings in the Bondage

Meet the Author: Interview with the Glenn Twins

THE GLENN TWINS     Joyce & Debra Glenn are models, actors, TV Hosts and entrepreneurs.  Their career in the entertainment industry began when they started modeling at age 16.   The twins’ modeling assignments consisted of cosmetic contracts, hair ads, editorial spreads and catalogue work.  Their appearances together in major music videos made them popular “video vixens” and tremendously increased their familiarity which inspired the twins to begin branding themselves as “The Glenn Twins.”  They had notable featured appearances in popular videos for major artists such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, Jim Jones and R.Kelly.  The twins eventually transitioned into acting and TV hosting as well.  While working both together and individually, they landed roles in films, television and commercials.  They had a major cameo in the feature film Fast And Furious 5 (Fast Five) and appeared in hit television shows such as The Rickey Smiley Show, Single Ladies and The Game.

Aside from their pursuits in the entertainment industry, the twins are passionate business women with BBAs in accounting (graduating Magna Cum and Suma Cum Laude) and are members of the prestigious business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma.  The twins have always had a desire to use their influence to empower women and bring awareness to social issues that will initiate positive change within the black community.  To keep up with their latest endeavors, visit http://www.GlennTwins.com.

Let’s get to know The Twins:

Who Are “The Glenn Twins?”
We are published models and working actors & TV hosts.  We begin branding ourselves as “The Glenn Twins” when we gained popularity as “video vixens” when that era was popular.  We have since become entrepreneurs and published authors as well.  We are also advocates of education (holding BBAs in accounting) and black consciousness.

What motivated you to write this book?
We have always been driven by the need to advance Black America.  We take great pride in our heritage and have always understood the power black women hold in motivating men and children.  We know that in order for black people to become successful, black women must have a positive mind-set to enrich our community.

What do you want women to take away from this book?
We want black women to treat themselves with a higher regard.  We want to remind them that we are queens and we must make life choices that reflect greatness.  We want women to love themselves and eradicate the single-motherhood epidemic in our communities.  Black children deserve committed fathers and black women must make building strong black families a priority.

In Section 1 “Managing Our Love Lives” you encourage black women to consider interracial dating…why?
Black women deserve to be loved properly.  Unfortunately the black male psyche has been damage to some degree.  When black men grow up without fathers or good examples that encourage them to be good men, husbands and fathers, they lack the understanding of how to perform these responsibilities.  We encourage black women to date and/or marry men who understand how to perform these responsibilities, even if they are not black men.

In Section 2 “Understanding Men” Why do you stress the importance of letting men pursue women? Isn’t this process a bit old-fashioned?
Courtship is old-fashioned but it isn’t obsolete.  When women understand a man’s innate desire to pursue women she will understand that it is not her place to try to convince a man to love her.  Men like what they like and it is impossible to influence a man to develop feelings for you.

In Section 3 “Managing How We Treat Each Other” you encourage women to pay attention to their “internal dialogue” when engaging with other women…what is “internal dialogue” and why should women be concerned about these thoughts?
Internal dialogue is the judgments and thoughts women harness when interacting with other women.  It is important to analyze these thoughts because they will reveal if you are harnessing insecurities or if you are self-assured.  Understanding and mastering self-love and self-acceptance is necessary to be a successful woman and a respectful and supportive sister to other black women.

In Section 4 “Changing Our Views on Single Motherhood” you discuss the double standard that negatively affects women but not necessarily men when having children out of wedlock.  What are these double standards?
It is always disadvantageous for women to be a man’s baby momma.  Women usually have primary custody which forces them to live as a parent while men can often live as bachelors.  This makes dating and finding love while being a single mother much more restricted than it is for men.  Also, women have to deal with post-partum bodies and possible psychological effects after child birth.

In Section 4 “Changing Our Views on Single Motherhood” you identify 3 possible attitudes a woman’s baby daddy harvests for her.  Why is it helpful to analyze how a woman’s baby daddy feels about her?
The decision to give a man a child is the most important decision a woman will ever make.  Analyzing how the man you appointed as “worthy” of this gift will indicate a woman’s decision making abilities, maturity, intellect and level of self-esteem.

In Section 4 “Changing Our Views on Single Motherhood” you discuss how single-motherhood affects children’s dating patterns in adulthood. How so?
The quality of the relationship between a child’s mother and father is immensely influential on how the child will interact in relationships in the future.  Children will subconsciously mimic the relationship they have witnessed from their parents.  Children will often seek-out a partner that mirrors their opposite sex parent. If the relationship was positive, children will more likely seek out positive, loving relationships.  If the example was negative, abusive or toxic, they will likely seek out negative, abusive or toxic relationships.

In Section 4 “Changing Our Views on Single Motherhood” you discuss how single-motherhood is cyclical.  How can single-mothers break the cycle?
Individual therapy and family therapy can correct and heal emotional damage and mental dysfunctions that caused the mother to choose an unfit father.  Family discussions about how to properly structure a family can correct a child’s mindset.  Receiving postsecondary education is proven to lessen the likelihood of a person having a child out of wedlock so single mothers should stress the importance of education and goal setting.

Find the author:

Email: booking@glenntwins.com
Official Website: http://www.GlennTwins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Glenntwins/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/glenntwins
Joyce Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glenntwin_joyce/
Debra Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glenntwin_debra/
Glenn Twins’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theglenntwins

Keeping Your Crown: The Black Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Greatness is a call to action to challenge black women to live up to their full potential. Black women are strong, beautiful, astute and invaluable leaders worthy of the title “Queen.” This book insists that black women raise their personal standards and lead lives reflective of greatness. In particular, there are five specific areas black women should improve upon to advance their own lives and the state of Black America. These five areas include: managing our love lives, understanding men, strengthening our sisterhood, changing our views on single motherhood, and improving our self-image. Keeping Your Crown is an eye-opening book that forces black women to realize, they hold the power and potential of the black community in their hands. Keeping Your Crown encourages black women to live with purpose and intention and serve as positive agents of change within the black community.

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Meet the Author: Interview with Terrell Williams

Terrell Williams began life as the 2nd eldest son of 9 children (4 girls and 5 boys) and was reared in less than affluent circumstances. The second in his immediate family to graduate from college, he went on to marry a wonderful woman, and who eventually became the proud parents of 4 children (3 girls and 1 son who is also his namesake).

Mr. Williams enjoys reading and writing poetry, and he has written several plays that have been performed and were well received in Texas. The idea for his debut novel, But my Soul Is Black, lay dormant for many years until Mr. Williams finally finished the novel upon his retirement, fulfilling his dream of becoming a published author. His romantic tale tackles controversial topics such as interracial relationships, generational differences of conceptual thinking about life and love. This novel seeks to remind the readers of the interconnectedness we share as humans, as well as showing that truly, love transcends all!

Let’s get to know Terrell Williams

Tell us about your publishing journey.
My publishing journey began when I neared completion of my novel, I actually had no idea as to how to publish a book or who would publish it. I would look at the publishers of books in my genre at bookstores or wherever they sold books and wrote down the names of some of the publishers. However, everything changed when one day my sister came over to my home, and she had just finished a book that she had written. When she told me that she had finished her book and was going through Amazon to publish it, I was excited for her and inquired further. She told me that Amazon used a company called Create Space to publish her book. She said that going through them was the most wonderful experience she could have asked for in terms of how helpful they were in the process. I was so very relieved because I loved that I would be published by a known publisher, which I felt would give my book more credibility and visibility.

The experience was as my sister had suggested. They were a bit pricey, but I felt it was needful that I make the financial sacrifice. Create Space was thorough and very helpful. I paid for 3 readings, to make sure that everything was taken care of correctly. They even took care of my cover after I told them what I had envisioned. They also provided a website so that I would know when my book was published, what my royalties would be and they send my royalties via direct deposit. I can also order books for personal signings at a reasonable cost.

Upon retirement, you decided to start your writing career why did you feel it was the right time?
I was glad to be retired because I had a quiet house, free of distractions and I could freely think.

Do you have a writing process, please share it.
I contemplated my whole book, and then I sequentially segmented it in my head, then broke it down further by outlining it. This also assisted me in breaking it down into chapters. I then just started writing and the thoughts freely flowed until completion.

Do you believe that every writer should be a reader?
I don’t think it is mandatory for a writer to be a reader, although I think it would be helpful because it gives one an expansive knowledge of a variety of writing styles.

But My Soul Is Black focuses on interracial romance. Why was this topic important to discuss in your book?
My book does focus on interracial romance, but the actual focal points are, there is a wonderful Black woman who loved her man and was good to him but was taken for granted by him. Also, it shows that the Black woman is desired by more than just the Black man, but by men of other ethnic origins. It was meant to serve as a wake- up call to all men, to treat their lady right, even though it may appear that they are hopelessly in love with them, because there is someone, somewhere who may find that person to be the treasure that you deem trash. The Black woman, in my opinion, should be held in high esteem.

Tell us about the concept of your book cover.
The concept of the cover is meant to convey a Caucasian guy who inwardly desires to be Black. The name of the book was originally, “I’m White, But My Soul is Black”. I decided that it was obvious that he was White, so I just named it “But My soul Is Black”. It was to depict the head of a White man and the soul or heart of a Black man.

Controversial topics seem second nature to you, will this be the only topic covered in future books?
No. I believe I have a good sequel coming, but there is another book I want to write, that will probably be more controversial than this particular one.

Will you write in other genres?
There is a high probability that I will.

What is your favorite quote or scripture?
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”.
My favorite poem and one that I live by is “IF”, by Rudyard Kipling.

Where can readers reach you?

Readers may reach me via email at mrtwillie06@gmail.com., or call or text me at 832-876-7905.

Connect Socially
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bobby_selinski
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butmysoulisblack/

 

But My Soul is Black, takes a candid look at interracial romance and the human experience. The book reveals the cultural misperceptions that harm us, and the love that heals us.

Purchase Link
Amazon: http://a.co/fWBzP17

Excerpt

Bobby has high hopes for his new life in Detroit, and he will not, under any circumstances, blow his chances by messing up a prime job opportunity at his uncle’s construction company. But his first meeting with his mentor, African American foreman Jimbo, turns out even worse than expected when it becomes apparent that Bobby is learning the ropes to become Jimbo’s boss.
As Bobby tries to navigate Jimbo’s understandable resentment, he must also wrestle with the misperceptions of Black culture that his Caucasian family has passed on to him. Eventually, the two men become friends as Jimbo recognizes that Bobby doesn’t hold the prejudices of his uncle.

But just as things start to smooth out, Jimbo introduces Bobby to the kind, clever, and stunning Karen—Jimbo’s favorite woman to string along. Confused by his strong feelings for this intriguing woman and frustrated with Jimbo’s flippant treatment of her, Bobby struggles with whether to pursue Karen…at the cost of ending his newfound friendship with Jimbo and sabotaging his future.

Taking a candid look at interracial romance and the human experience, …But My Soul is Black reveals the cultural misperceptions that harm us—and the love that heals us.