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Author Virginia Davis Shares How She Healed From Past Relationships in Her New Book

1. Tell readers about your new book?

My newest book, The Mending,  is a compilation of poems that capture my turbulent, poignant, and triumphant journey from heartache to continuous healing. It depicts my personal experience of grappling with the complexity of emotions that come from withstanding breakups and breakdowns in relationships. I wrote most of the poems in The Mending after experiencing  a vastly tragic ending of a courtship that reopened a multitude of old wounds from which I thought I had recovered. While battling the heartache, grief, and anger I felt from the demise of the relationship, I began to think that I was broken and felt perpetually defeated, so I did what comes naturally to me while dealing with any tragedy or hardship — I wrote. I wrote when I was angry; I wrote when I was sad; I wrote when I was confused. I kept writing until I was able to find perspective and peace around what was happening. And, after some time, I realized that I had written myself from that depleted, painful place to a new, enlightened, and liberated version of myself. This version of me loves herself unconditionally and celebrates the fact she was able to find joy and hope in such an unfortunate and calamitous situation. For me, The Mending is the epitome of choosing to take my broken pieces and transforming them into something beautiful — art, and in its most honest and glorious form.

2. What do you hope readers will take away from your story?

I hope that readers, especially anyone dealing with heartbreak, find that it is okay to embrace and honor your emotions, no matter how intense or gut-wrenching they are. In The Mending, my poems shed light on every single feeling I experienced while traveling down the tumultuous road of heartache — from sorrow, anger, hopelessness, jealousy, acceptance, peace, etc. I allowed every emotion that presented itself  to flow through me, and I didn’t reject any of them or try to shun them away until I knew that they have run their course. I didn’t allow myself to live in a permanent place of defeat and heartache, but I accepted my emotions for what they were and worked  through them accordingly and responsibly, and  I still practice doing that today. I think a huge aspect of healing is granting yourself permission to feel, no matter how uncomfortable the process is. I think it’s important to remember that regardless of  how devastating your feelings or thoughts are while dealing with something traumatic or extremely painful, those thoughts and feelings are an intricate part of your healing journey. You owe it to yourself to feel what you feel and do so unapologetically. You also owe it to yourself to know what those less than cozy feelings are and do the necessary work to heal from them.  I hope that my readers acknowledge that  just like it is okay to have happy and joyous emotions, it’s perfectly fine to own those draining, toxic ones, too. And once you do, true healing can begin to commence.

3. What do you feel separates your books from others?

I don’t want to say that it separates my books from others, but I try to write in a way that is extroverted and transparent. I strive to make sure that my readers are fully let into my world and truly experience what I am thinking  and feeling while I am writing. Even in my fictional novels, I often write about a sensitive topic (like racism, discrimination, homelessness, rejection of family members, etc.) , and I try to be as honest and forthcoming as possible and get my readers to understand my thoughts and perspective on the matter through the actions, thoughts, and dialogue of the characters in my story. I see my writing and my books as limitless avenues to express myself and the courage to say what is sometimes unsaid or lost in translation. I love being able to give the people who read my work front row seats to that.

4. What part of writing do you personally find most satisfying and most challenging?

The part of writing that is most satisfying to me is, well, writing itself. I LOVE to write and have since I was a child and first started journaling and writing poetry. Writing is therapeutic for me, and there’s nothing more liberating than witnessing my words, thoughts, and creativity live and thrive on paper. Whenever I finish a poem, a journal entry, blog post, or even an outline, I feel a divine sense of accomplishment and power even.

The most challenging part of writing to me is worrying about what people  may think of my content. I believe in sharing my gifts with the world, which is why I choose to publish my work when it’s ready for that. However, it is not easy.  I try to put on a brave face, but sometimes after I publish my work, I find myself plagued by anxiety and fear of what someone will say, think, or criticize about my work; sometimes to the point that I fear reading my own reviews, but I am shedding myself some grace and remembering that as an artist, it’s normal to be sensitive about your work. I also believe that the more I publish, the easier it’ll be to overcome those troublesome fears and anxiety.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My advice to aspiring authors is to write and do so authentically. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in comparison or trying to emulate someone else’s style or ideas, which can be tempting because there are so many amazing writers with some pretty awesome imaginations out there in the world! I would say, do YOU, and most importantly, BE YOU. Your readers and fans will appreciate you and your gift for its authenticity and so will you.

I also advise other writers to read and as often as they can.  For me, reading is eye-opening and an inspiring experience. Whenever I find myself dealing with writer’s block, I pick up a book by someone whose words move me to my own creativity — usually a Toni Morrison or Jacqueline Woodson novel. In my opinion, a  writer should read just as often as a writer should write. So, my  main advice to aspiring authors — read and write.

6. What is your favorite album?

My favorite album is “A Seat at The Table” by Solange, hands down. I got a lot of writing done to that album, including some of poems in The Mending.

7. What would millennials be shocked by if they were transported back to the 80’s?

Great question! As a millennial, I think if I were transported back to the eighties, I  would be shocked and made uncomfortable by having to live in a pre-heavy technology era. I can’t fathom leaving the house without the convenience of having my  iPhone and having unlimited access to anything I want to listen to, anyone I want to call/text, pretty much anything I want to buy, and anything I want to look up on Google, lol. I also think living in a world without social media would be hard for us, though I don’t  think being without it would be all bad. But, for millennials, we’ve lived through such a vast variety of social media and conversational platforms — AIM, MySpace, Black Planet,  Instagram, and Facebook; I think the transition to life without having those type of systems would be a challenge at first for many of us.

8. If 2020 was a book, what would its title be?

Whew! I am going to try to keep this answer short! If the year 2020 was a book, I think it would be titled The Year of Eye-Opening. From beginning to now, 2020 has done a true number on us and has thrust tragedy after tragedy upon humankind. I remember on my birthday of last year, I prayed for 2020 to be  great and  prosperous and as naïve as it may sound, I find myself wondering if I should’ve prayed a little harder that day and the days leading up to 2020. I mean, seriously, a lot of us probably think we should’ve prayed longer and more fervently; not that anything that has happened this year is completely in our control. Who would’ve thought that three months into the year, the world would suddenly shut down, and life as we knew it would be no more and for an indefinite amount of time? Who would’ve thought that something as simple and ordinary as going to buy groceries would now be life-threatening if we don’t exercise the necessary precautions; who would’ve thought that our graduating seniors would not get to experience a regular graduation or prom even? The pandemic literally robbed us of  the opportunities to do so many precious  things that I think we sometimes take for granted — going to visit and spend time with loved ones, hanging out with our friends, having and attending a baby shower or a birthday party, a hug from someone you love who doesn’t live with you. I think that 2020 has really opened our eyes and helped us realize how much the small things like the ones I mentioned mean and should be valued.  

The other aspect of the eye-opening, has been the senseless and heinous murders of Black people that have taken place — from Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others, I’m sure. We all knew that racism and extreme and murderous hatred towards Black people exists; we didn’t forget about the murders of Trayvon Martin and the countless others, but 2020 has really shook us to the core and has unearthed just how much of a stronghold unadulterated contempt towards Black people has on this country.

9. Name one thing that you changed in your life since the pandemic started?

One thing I’ve changed in my life since the pandemic is being intentional about exercising gratitude and doing so on a regular basis. The pandemic drastically and negatively impacted the lives of so many; unfortunately, some people lost their jobs and some lost their lives and family members. I am grateful and blessed to be here surviving and healthy and still doing what I love — writing and educating. When I find myself stressed out about something minute or grand, I redirect my thoughts on everything I have to be grateful for. That’s a practice that I will keep for a lifetime.

10. What is one thing that you kept putting off and finally got done?

One thing I’ve finally got done over the course of the past few months is finishing my first draft of my next book. I started this novel back in the fall of 2017, but life happened; I had a baby and started and finished another book, so I am proud that I went back to finish this one, and I can’t wait for my readers to check it out!

11. If you could go back to one historical event to witness it, what would it be and why?

A historical event that I wish I could go back and witness is the Harlem Renaissance era because I love how it was essentially activism through art.  Some of my favorite writers were involved in the movement (Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston). The Harlem Renaissance was a freedom of expression; a freedom of culture, dance, music, dress, poetry, and words in general for Black people who were in search of liberation at that time. It was their chance to be and embrace themselves, and they did so fearlessly. I don’t think it’s often discussed, but though the writers, artists, singers, etc… of the Harlem Renaissance didn’t protest or plan marches, etc., they  laid the foundation for all of the other movements against racism and the stifling of Black culture, including the Civil Rights Movement, and I wish I had been there to live and protest creatively through poetry and music in those times.

12. How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

I can be contacted on social media  via Facebook: Author Virginia A. Davis

and on Instagram: @locs_ and _lit

Meet Rachelle Lawson, Author of the Self Help Book Girl Get Yo’ Life

Give us a little bit of your background and what inspired you to write your story.

I am a Motivational Teacher, Speaker, Author and Relationship Coach to young women.  My life mission is to motivate abundant life in young women.  The book as well as my life’s work is inspired by the outcry that I perceive from the hearts of women, as well as my own.  As a young woman, I set out to understand myself more intimately to answer my life’s most burning questions, “Who am I and why am I here?” I learned that the best place for that answer is the creator. The answer key is in the mind and heart of any creator. As a college instructor, I saw that young women were struggling in life, school, careers, and relationships. They would come to class broken and in tears about their lives.  They didn’t know what they did not know. I decided to write so that I could give this tool or resource guide to support them on the journey.  I realized that I could reach far more young women with a message in a book, than I ever could in a classroom.

What is your book Girl, Get Yo’ Life! A Young Woman’s Guide to Life and Relationships That Win all about? And what can readers expect from reading it?

This book is about 3 foundational concepts to a win in life: identity, purpose, and healthy relationships. We are not often taught the meaning of life and our role in it.  We are taught to go to school, be a good citizen, be nice to friends and strangers, etc.  When do we learn the meaning of life, the purpose of friendships and marriage or why we should speak life to the spirits of children?  One of the primary goals of our lives is to discover ourselves authentically and be complete individuals.  As complete and whole individuals, our goal is to pursue our life purpose and live fulfilling lives together in harmony with others.  The challenge becomes that we don’t know enough about ourselves and are unfulfilled in life, thus our relationships suffer, as a result. Readers can expect to get clarity of the meaning of life and that they have a unique role to play, for which they are responsible.  They will see learn that to have good success in relationships, it begins with us, not others.  Good relationships do not just exist, they have to be cultivated and nurtured.  Ultimately, we can choose well in every area of our lives when we know and embrace ourselves authentically and live with intention.  

What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?

One of the most challenging aspects of my writing process was determining when to stop adding content.  There is such a vast array of information to share with my “little sisters” that I did not know when to stop.  So, in this first edition, I included topics that I believe are most significant. Keeping the audience in the forefront of mind, helps to maintain topic focus. As I write, I keep an image of my nieces, great nieces, and goddaughters in mind and talk to them.  

Who are some of your literary inspirations and why?

Bishop TD Jakes is one of my favorite authors.  I enjoy the way that he paints pictures with word choice.  He is a magnificent storyteller.  The details really bring visual clarity to a written work.  Michelle McKinney Hammond is another favorite writer of mine.  She is a girlfriend of all girlfriends. As you read her books, you feel as though you are just chatting in the room right where you are.  

What other projects are you working on along with your book?

I am excited to announce that I am developing and launching an online course entitled Journey to You: Pathway to a Thriving Life. It is an extension of the book and a deeper dive into the work of self-discovery. Additionally, I have created a workbook to accompany the book.  The pair would be great for individual study, small groups, or workshop sessions.

Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors.

Everything that you need to be your best self and thrive in life is INSIDE you. God made no accidents. Don’t go about life blindly. Get on the journey to self-discovery and WIN in life.  You can live a free and fulfilling life, authentically. Your best life is calling. Will you answer?

I want to encourage aspiring authors to be selfless and write the books and stories in your heart.  It is how we grow, transform, overcome, inspire, learn, and release healing to others as well as ourselves.  Your life will not be the same and your legacy will serve far beyond you!  

Learning the Power of Your Influence with Nedra Buckmire

Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story

I have been an administrator for many years and still function in this capacity. I am also a speaker, mentor, certified life coach and author. My passion is helping others unleash dormant dreams by teaching them how to release their inherent excellence. When an individual can see with eyes of renewed hope and ultimately realize what they’ve desired brings me great joy. One of the central reasons that inspired me to write Harness The Power of Your Influence was to let every reader know influence is a force, yet it’s not forceful. Being able to intentionally channel one’s force to effect change in a person’s behavior, character, development, or overall outlook is immensely rewarding. The impact of shaping, empowering or lifting someone’s life because of deliberate interactions can certainly rewrite a person’s future.

What is your book Harness The Power of Your Influence all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?

The book’s central focus communicates the significance of comprehending the power one’s influence can wield. When a person is keenly aware they are influencing even when they are not being intentional, it brings a heightened awareness in this area. Readers can expect to understand at the basic level what is influence, their sphere of influence, how to embrace their influence and ultimately how to harness the power of their influence. When influence occurs, the impact should produce measurable results in the lives of those touched.

What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?

One of the most challenging things experienced within my writing process, which I am still in, has been replenishing my creative energy once I completed my master’s degree. I felt depleted and mentally exhausted from the countless research, papers and writing. Thankfully, I’ve completed my degree, a Master of Science in Psychology, and am working towards completing the book.

Who are some of your literary inspirations and why?

When I look at my library, I have tons of books on leadership several of which are written by John C. Maxwell, Dr. Samuel R. Chand among other others. As a leader in a nonprofit organization, I endeavor to stay connected and grow while remaining relevant in the field of leadership.  These books provide guidance and knowledge which can be utilized as resources to aid me as I impart to those I lead. Other literary works within my library are books that deal with the total person—spirit, soul and body. Some of those authors relating to those areas are Dr. Myles Munroe and Dr. Cindy Trimm. These books deal with aspects of life as we seek to become or remain whole in our spirit, soul and body. Understanding these areas that commonly hinder people’s ability to release dormant dreams and desires, can help me help others find resolve. These literary works have educated as I help lift others that may be stuck with unrealized expectations.

What other projects are you working on along with your book?

Right now, I’m finalizing a mentoring program for the Ravens Hope International organization. Ravens Hope International is teaching and training organization founded by Karen Robinson. I am part of this organization. The program was founded in Houston and is based in Cambodia. It exists to provide spiritual growth, leadership development, life skills, internships and mission opportunities to women ages 18-30. The mentoring program is entitled Maximizing Excellence. Many of the women in Cambodia lack education due to a myriad of factors.  The mentoring program provides further development in specified areas requested by the graduates of the Ravens Hope International instructional program. In addition to this program, I am continually creating content for my empowerment encounters and coaching programs.

Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors

The journey of writing can be laborious and yet immensely satisfying. No matter where you currently are in your journey, keep going. The vision of your book has a story to tell, a truth to reveal and an answer to someone’s dilemma hidden within your words—make sure you tell them.  Your literary work can influence masses but it must first be released. I encourage you to inspire hope, ignite passions and rewrite futures as you impact others with your literary excellence. Harness your power and release your greatness! 

Follow Nedra on social media @ladybuckmire

Author Ashley Pittman Is Helping Women Deal With Pregnancy Loss with Her New Book

Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story 
I am a 3X Best Selling Author, Speaker, Pregnancy Loss and Writing Mentor.  I help women who have experienced pregnancy loss get through the heartache of loss with my method of S.P.E.A.K. I decided to write my own story because I lost twin babies at almost 7 months of pregnancy. I was pregnant with a little boy and girl. Once I started to become intentional with my healing journey, everything opened up for me and that is when I decided it was time to tell my story. 

What is your book all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?
The collaboration that I published, Don’t Struggle in Silence – I am a V.I.C.T.O.R,  released in May 2020. In this book, several women share their stories of pregnancy loss and their healing journey. 

What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?
The most challenging things during the writing process was deciding on what to share in the book and the meeting phase. We wanted to give the reader what we thought was helpful without overwhelming the reader with too much information. The editing phase is very tedious. It is a lot of back and forth. It is worth it to ensure you deliver a well-polished product. 


Who are some of your literary inspirations and why? 

My favorite writer is Maya Angelou. Ahhhh, I love her! Her words are so powerful and relatable. 

What other projects are you working on along with your book?

I actually just wrapped up a virtual book tour for the collaboration June 2020. I am hosting my first online event called, Fill your Empty Arms with H.O.P.E. It will go LIVE July 11. More information can be found on my social media starting June 29,2020.


Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors 
If you have a story to tell, tell it! Someone is waiting on you. If you are in the midst of getting your story out there, don’t stop! Challenges and hiccups can very easily pop up but NEVER be discouraged. Keep your mind on the end goal and it will come into fruition. 

Author Tiffany Love Wrote a Journal Helping Others on Their Spiritual Journey

Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story

I have always been a journaler and I love shopping for pretty journals. I have a ton of them most all written in.  I usually wake up and write down my dreams, my goals, and I’ll journal during my devotional time.  When I find it hard to pray I’ll sit before God and worship and will write out my prayers and he’ll give me strategies on what to do or whether or not I shouldn’t do it. So I created the journals to share my love for journals and my experience with others. 

Tell us about your journal and what can readers expect from reading it ? This journal was created to write your goals that align with the word of God. Also, you can keep track of your monthly prayers and the outcome.  It’s a way of keeping in contact with the Lord and creating that intimate relationship with the father and making personal.

What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process ?

Throughout this process of creating this project, one of the challenges I faced was finding the time to work on it.

Who are some of your literary inspirations and why ?

Some of my literary inspirations are:

 Tony Morrison

Maya Angelou

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Mary Monroe

These women are my inspiration because they all have their own creativity in telling the stories of African Americans through the eyes of African American women.  

What other projects are you working on along with your book?
Some of my next projects are to get back to working on writing more fiction books and I also want to create more journals. I love them and I think by journaling every day it will help you get clarity about your life.

Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors 

I would encourage my readers and inspiring authors to share their stories. Everyone has a story to tell and our stories help heal others.  Aspiring authors should stop procrastinating and go for it. Treat your writing project like it’s your baby and nurture it. Stay disciplined and consistent and always show up for yourself before anything else!

Tiffany Love

Purchase your copy of Tiffanys journey here: https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Dreams-Destinys-Collide-Journal/dp/1734780800?fbclid=IwAR1FDP9_47o-Q8jXwFsTzv-7v1qAs5PBr_XK0DARWSQhIUn-cs0Af-u2wSg

Follow her on social media @tifflove2

How Author Tanisha Mackin Turned Her Tragedy into Purpose

Award Winning and 5x Best Selling Author, Tanisha D. Mackin was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Tanisha is an Author, Philanthropist and Publisher. Tanisha used her tragedies to help and motivate others through their pain. Tanisha knows all too well about violence and how it can affect the lives of family members. Tanisha was inspired to not focus on the negative and focus on the positive of her heartaches. She started the Mackin Miracles, formally known as the Mackin Project to assist widows and children who’ve recently lost a spouse or parent to violence.

When asked what inspired this colon cancer survivor to work hard, Tanisha has to look no further than her two beautiful children. A recipient of the 2013 Utopian Euphoria Making A Difference, 2016 Metro Phenomenal Women, 2016 Black Women Are Award for survivorship, the 2016 IALA award for Memoir of the year for her book, My Testimony, I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through, the 2016 Rising Star Award, the 2018 Best of McDonough, 2019 Business Hall of Fame (Best of McDonough) and the ACHI Magazine Award for 2019 Author of the Year. As well as gracing the cover of several magazines (Writer’s Life, Glambitious & BlaQVersity). Her experiences led Tanisha to write several books, write for several magazines, appear on radio and television shows. It also led Tanisha to help others share their stories through writing by becoming a writing coach and publisher. She has worked on several books and book tours including a book tour for Pastor Rhonda Henderson and 4x grammy award winning and reality star Stevie J. Tanisha became a #1 Best Selling Author with her eBook, What’s Next, Sis? that she released unexpectedly in September 2019 and she became #1 Best Selling Author with her book collaboration with Kim Cole (Open Your G.I.F.T.S). Tanisha became a Brand Ambassador for SwagHer Magazine in 2018. July 2018, Tanisha had the opportunity to share her testimony at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. In 2019, Tanisha founded Rebuilding After Bullsh*t, an outlet where women can get together during brunch or dinner and talk about how they are rebuilding their lives after going through bull. 

Tanisha is here to be an encouragement to others who may be going through the hardships of life. Like a butterfly, Tanisha represents the never ending cycle of life.

Interview by Abner Jackson

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A: On Average it takes me a week to write a book.

Give us an interesting fun fact about one of your books?

A: The photoshoot for my 2nd book (Still Standing – A Widow’s Journey) was funny because my youngest was small at the time and we were in high grass, so besides me being scared of snakes, we had to hold her because we didn’t want to lose her in the grass. It was a mess…LOL

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: Write and do not worry about judgement. Most aspiring authors are afraid to share their stories because of judgement. But I’m here to encourage all my aspiring authors to share their stories because you never know who you are helping with your testimony.

What’s one of your proudest moments in your career?

A: One of the proudest moments of my career is when I won 2019 Author of the Year and 2016 Memoir of the Year.

What’s a random hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never have?

A: Art (painting). I have tried it but I’m nervous to showcase my work.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

 A: Maya Angelou because of her passion for writing. I would have loved to sit with her and learn. 

What’s your best childhood memory?

A: So many, but the best times is when all my cousins and I would stay at my grandmother’s house. We miss those times.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

A: That I am a big baby….lol

Please let everyone know how you can be reached (twitter, IG, FB, websites, etc)?

Website: www.tanishamackin.com

IG: @TanishaMackin & @TanishaMackinPublishing

Twitter: @TanishaMackin

Facebook: Tanisha D. Mackin

Best Selling Author, Desiree Lee, Host Virtual Business and Book Expo for Authors

The Virtual Book Expo | Authors In Business™

Authors In Business have brought together the best publishers, marketing consultants, bestselling authors, and industry experts to give you hands-on practical business tips, knowledge, and experience to launch, scale, and grow as an author in business.

When: Friday, June 26th & Saturday, June 27th
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Where: Worldwide Online via http://bit.ly/AIBLIVE

TICKETS
GENERAL ACCESS: FREE to the First 100 registrations (thank you to our sponsors)

VIP ACCESS: $47 per registration + includes 2-week recording and welcome box.

About Authors In Business

Authors In Business Co. is an online community group, created by Desiree Lee, designed to provide extended solutions for aspiring and self-published authors. We have members from all over the world and host events in the areas of publishing, book marketing and advertising, media, networking, and more. We are taking our events digital providing you all with the same quality of speakers, experience, and knowledgable guests.

You will find it very rewarding to connect with readers, experts, and authors in your respected industries. A one of a kind online experience for authors to learn new ways to reach more individuals, while connecting and fostering real relationships with like-minded authors.

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About Desiree Lee

Desiree Lee shows authors how to quit the job they hate and build a business they LOVE, with just a book. AIBNATION (Authors In Business Co.) was created after Desiree realized the necessity of consistent book marketing, motivation, and training for authors who are building an online empire while still juggling a full-time job.

As an Award-Winning 5x Published Author, Online Publishing Consultant, International Speaker, and Founder of Authors In Business Co.™, Desiree teaches author entrepreneurs worldwide how to get it done, monetize themselves, and build their brand, so that they can ultimately transform their stories into a successful business.

Desiree knows the challenges of being an author-entrepreneur. After 3 years of side hustlin’ with her own online business, publishing the Bestselling Book, “Inmate 1142980: The Desiree Lee Story”, selling over 20,000 units within the first year release. All though, having the courage to share her story, it made room for her to grow financially and now showing others how to do the same.

Author Adrian Carter Challenges the Tradional Societal Relationship Norms in His New Book

Author of the must-have leadership development book, Emerging as the Right Person in the Right Place at the Right Time: Leadership in the 21st Century Using The Ellison Model, and founder of the EmpowerMEN Conference, a male empowerment initiative focused on redefining the identity of men in the 21st century, Adrian N. Carter is a sought-after keynote speaker, conflict resolution practitioner, and leadership development trainer who has been impacting corporations and educational institutions for over 20 years with his dynamic and progressive ability to lead and help others build solutions using the character and economic development engine of The Ellison Model.

1) Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story .

I’m a  father of three who found the world extremely perplexing while going through my divorce proceedings after nine years of marriage. I saw the world around me regarding the expectations of me as a man and husband as lopsided. It began to take its toll on me. In that process I felt a deep need to not be quieted. It was important for my story and a man’s story of love, relationship, marriage, and the impact of social norms to be told.

2)What is your book all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?

The book uses my personal story as a foundation to engage in a deeper deconstruction of social norms in our society that guides how many people view relationships as it relates to headship, leadership, provision and protection. The book challenges traditional patriarchal views, which negatively impacts both men and women attempting to meet these unnatural expectations, to offer a revolutionary perspective on oneness. The book is pivotal for everyone, but for Black men and women especially. Our financial progress rests in our ability to first establish our family unit on a unified front. This book will help Black families put aside Eurocentric ideals for relationships, which in fact work against our nature for community and economic development. 

3)What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?

The looming question has been is the book well-written enough publication yet? Have I made my point clear enough for others to understand. It was important to present a complete, well-rounded, consistent and concise presentation of information so that readers can follow my thought process. As a conflict resolution practitioner, understanding is central to our work. 

4)Who are some of your literary inspirations and why? 

My mentor, Dr. Deryl G. Hunt, was a sociologist and professor who did a lot in the field of leadership development and conflict resolution. His work in developing The Ellison Model, a social development framework, is an important tool for building inclusive community. The Ellison Model principles are care, share, love, trust, respect, and honor. My book and my life follows the same ethos. Overall, I enjoy the work of many authors and theorists. 

5)What other projects are you working on along with your book? 

This book will be later accompanied by a guided journal and family planning book to assist men with self-management and financial planning. 

6)Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors. 

Our voice is the most important element of our human experience. We speak loudly and boldly with our money, entertainment choice, political decisions, and with our silence. Use your voice and say something great in everything you do. 

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