I must admit, as a debut novelist, I have a lot of hope and expectation for my novel Poka City Blues. This novel is very near and dear to me because of the strong connection I have with it. Even though it is a work of fiction, there are quite a few things in Poka City Blues that are very true. Some experiences I have taken from my own life, others I have taken from those closest to me. Poka City Blues is about making it through unimaginable adversities and being able to still smile in the end. We have all at some point in our lives experienced trials that at the time may have seem hard to get through, but with strength and determination we are able to look back and see just hard far we made it despite some of the adversities we have been through. What I hope for the most is not to gain fame, but a sense of satisfaction in knowing that my novel was able to help inspire those who have also experienced poverty, rape and or abuse.
I decided to write Poka City Blues for several reasons
1) I wanted to write a story that was unlike any other story that has ever been written or read. There are some things written in Poka City Blues that are so upfront and direct, it may cause some readers to be taken aback. It was not my intention to write a cookie cutter story. These are things that have taken place in my life and that of my family so I want my readers to not only imagine but to also feel some of the same things we as a family once felt.
2) Since this is a fictional story inspired by true life events, I wanted to inspire those who have also experienced rape, extreme poverty or abuse. Out of those three, I cannot say which one is the worst but what I can say is that each one of those unfortunate circumstances takes a part of you emotionally, mentally and physically.
3) It was a challenge. I have always enjoyed writing, but I never thought I had the talent to write a whole story. Here it is, almost seven months later and in just a few days I will be introducing the world to Poka City Blues.
4) I wanted to write something that would leave readers thinking about what they read long after they read it. If you are still discussing Poka City Blues days after you have read it, then I have done my job.
One of the best things about being a writer is that you are able to choose what you want to write about or talk about. As I am putting the final touches on my debut novel Poka City Blues, I am gearing up for my next exciting project. My next project is something that is very near and dear to my heart because it involves a disorder that one of my sisters has lived with and struggled with her whole life. What disorder am I referring to? Tourette’s Syndrome. Tourette’s Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is often misunderstood and made fun of. People who live with Tourette’s Syndrome have feelings and emotions just like the next person and I believe that if more awareness is made about this neurological disorder, the more understanding society will be as a whole when it comes to individuals living with Tourette’s Syndrome.
Poka City Blues is set to make its debut in just a few days. It has been a long time coming, but I am extremely excited to be able to offer this e-book online. There is a strong possibility that Poka City Blues will cause a stir, but I am absolutely fine with that notion. Poka City Blues is a fictional story that is inspired by true life events, with that being said, I had no intentions of watering down my work. Poka City Blues was born from the blood, sweat and tears of my family so the emotional triumphs of this story runs very deep.
I have been asked the question above quite a few times since I began writing my first novel and it may be a question you yourself might be interested in knowing. Every author has their own reason or reasons as to why they write. I write because I enjoy telling dramatic stories, but more than that I write because I like to challenge perspectives and views. Never one to tip toe around certain subjects, I enjoy writing stories that will spark a discussion or open up a cordial debate. What is the point of writing a book if no one is going to sit around and talk about it?
You may be asking yourself who is A.L. Gibson? Well, I am a number of things. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend, furthermore I am also a budding author. I have always enjoyed writing over the years, but it was never something I wanted to pursue fully until I took a chance last year to write my very first novel. At first, I was a little intimidated to take on the amount of work that goes into writing a novel, but as I started to delve into it I realized that I had a true passion for writing great stories. For me, I did not have to dig deep for a great story since I have so many people within my own family that I can draw inspiration from. However, I still wanted to come up with the perfect title, the perfect setting and the perfect character. After months of brainstorming, revising and editing I came up with the perfect debut novel Poka City Blues.
Poka City Blues is a novel that will pull and tug on just about every human emotion, but it is also a novel that will not disappoint. If you enjoy family sagas and drama then this is the book for you. Poka City Blues is about making the best out of a bad situation and overcoming insurmountable odds.
Stick around, Poka City Blues is coming soon.