As a writer and author, I feel that it is very important for me to establish a good relationship with as many readers as possible. Why? Simply put, most readers want to know the person behind the written story and not just the characters in the book itself. It is quite natural (in my opinion) to want to know the face behind a published story and their reasons for writing it. Now I will be the first to admit that I want readers to be totally engrossed in my storytelling, but at the same time I want them to also get to know me as a person. I personally love hearing from readers because it makes my enthusiasm for writing even more rewarding. Yes, I enjoy inflicting joy, pain, love and laughter on readers, but what I enjoy even more is being able to openly communicate with readers from all walks of life. Anytime I hear from a reader, it makes my pursuit of writing worth my while.
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In less than 24 hours Spurned, an emotional story about bullying, peer pressure and low self-esteem will be available to readers on Kindle and Nook. As I anticipate its release, I can’t help but to wonder how other people would feel about this gut-wrenching story. Would they be able to relate? And most importantly, would they feel motivated and inspired to not only speak out against bullying but to also help put a stop to bullying? Bullying is not just physical taunts; it can be emotional and mental as well. As an adult that was once bullied as a child, I can tell you that this story is very personal to me because I know firsthand how the effects of bullying can affect a person. It can impinge on one’s self-esteem, their sense of worth and unfortunately, as in some cases, it can damage a person so much so that it can lead to suicide. If you or someone you know has ever been bullied, I invite you to read and share this story with others. I want people to know that you can overcome bullying if you maintain an indomitable spirit and a heart of steel and gold. It is my hope that Spurned will ignite waves of inspiration and a sea of hope.
I have been asked numerous times why do I write? Those closest to me really want to know why I am so passionate about writing. Some are puzzled, others are curious and then there are those who seemed to be genuinely interested. Truth be told, I love it when I am asked that question because it opens up the opportunity for me to express and share my enthusiasm for writing. Writing to me is one of the best pass times because I am given the freedom to express myself freely in the stories that I write. What I enjoy the most about being a writer (above everything else) is hearing from readers; that to me makes writing worth my while. I love hearing from readers and reading their reviews. That is the whole point of writing! Writers want to hear from their readers and I most certainly welcome their opinions and views. If I can touch a reader’s core in a positive way, whether big or small, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in my writing.
It was never my intention to become rich or famous, but it was my intention to entertain readers whether that reader base is big or small. Money is not the heart of the matter to me, inspiring others is. That is why I am so excited that my short story about bullying entitled Spurned is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Bullying has grown to epic proportions and as a person who was once bullied as a child, I feel motivated to share my story with others. Writing is a great avenue for sharing your imagination with others and what better way to do that than with an entertaining story. After all, sharing is caring.
I am thrilled to announce that in a few more weeks Spurned: A Short Story will be released! As I sit here anticipating its debut, I can’t help but to wonder how readers will react to it. After all, it is a story that touches on bullying, peer pressure and low self-esteem. You may have already guessed that this is not your average cookie cutter short story, but it does have its “sweet spots.” Although it is a fictional story, there are elements in this story that I pulled from my own life. I was once bullied, struggled with low self-esteem and of course I had to deal with peer pressure, something that we have all experienced at least once in our lives. Seeing how bullying has quickly become an epidemic in schools, not just here in the United States but all across the world, I found it necessary to share some of my own experiences in this story. Make no mistake, bullying is not just physical harassment; it can be verbal, mental, and even emotional.
It is my hope that readers, especially those who are being bullied, will draw inspiration from this story because I know just how painful bullying can be. I want those who are currently being bullied to be determined to rise above their bullies and to keep on succeeding because in the end, after all has been said and done, they will be on the winning end. For those of you who are being bullied, I added a special encouraging segment just for you at the very end of this story, but you’ll have to read the story to find out what it is.
Bullying is a serious problem that is affecting more and more children every single day. It has become so widespread that I am tempted to say that bullying has become an epidemic. Children are being targeted in the worst way by school bullies and it seems like nothing is being done to stop such ravenous behavior. It breaks my heart when I hear reports about children taking their own lives because they were being bullied mercilessly day in and day out in school. It also makes me angry when I hear how bullies mock or make fun of the fact that the child they once bullied committed suicide. The effects of a child committing suicide reaches far beyond what any of us can imagine and the pain it causes is hard to bear. Bullying is no laughing matter and it is definitely not something that should be ignored or mocked.
As a child that was once bullied, I can tell you that bullying takes a toll on just about every part of your body and a lot of that is due to the stress of bullying. You wake up with knots in your stomach because you don’t know what to expect from your tormenters each and every day. Some days it may consist of name calling, other days it may consist of knocking you against the wall, the ground or even worse. I can remember times when I would be too nervous to eat because my nerves were in a bundle. Why? Because my body was racked with fear. Bullying is not only physical torture but it is also psychological torture.
In my blunt opinion, if a child commits suicide due to being bullied in school, there are two parties to blame. The first one being the parents of these bullies and the second being the members of the school board. If you know your child is a bully, why allow them to continue such despicable behavior? What if you were the parent of that other child being bullied? Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you saw your child coming home from school with bumps and bruises every day? There are millions of parents who feel powerless because they can’t protect their own child from being attacked at school which is why I blame members of the school board as well. Yes, we know you are “overwhelmed” and “under-staffed” but when you took your job, you knew that your job consisted of not only educating children but also protecting children.
If it sounds like I am ranting, that is because I am. This is by far one of the longest posts I have ever written on my blog and that is because I am passionate about stomping out bullying in our schools. My next piece of written work entitled Spurned: A Short Story talks about bullying and its effects. For those of you who have been bullied, I would like for you to read this story because it is a story inspired by events that have taken place in my life. I know how you feel and I completely understand what you are going through, but trust me when I say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. All you have to do is just hang in there and stay strong. For you bullies, you are nothing but a waste of air and space so change up your act because most of the people you are now bullying will soon get the last laugh.
Whether you enjoy reading as a source of entertainment or watching your favorite TV show, drama or movie for leisure, the one common thread that links them all together is the act of writing. If you really take the time to sit down and think about it, the power of writing affects us each and every day. Take your favorite journal or magazine for instance. Your favorite journal or magazine would have never come into fruition if that very someone didn’t take the time out to sit down and write it. What about your favorite book, TV show, drama or movie? What do you think it took to make your favorite book, TV show, drama or movie into something so captivating, breathtaking and engaging? It took someone’s wild imagination, brainstorming and of course the skill of writing. Let us not forget the documentaries (which are my favorite) since most documentaries involve ambition and above all else the courage to make. That too involves the power of writing. Not to get off subject, but documentaries in my opinion hold a special place in our society because they take aim at important issues and subject matters that are generally shied away from or barely discussed as a whole. It takes gusto to write about something that most people are afraid to discuss let alone turn it into a groundbreaking film.
Without writers simply put, the world as a whole would be pretty bland and boring. There wouldn’t be anything entertaining to read and there most certainly wouldn’t be anything interesting to watch. Are we not grateful to have a world full of amazing writers? Those well-known and those soon to be known. So the next time you are waiting in line at the supermarket or waiting at a doctor’s office and you unknowingly pick up a magazine or book to read just to pass the time, thank a writer because without them your wait would be just plain dull.
I have been working on something special since my debut novel Poka City Blues was published six months ago and now I am willing and ready to share it with the world. Are you ready? Here it goes: I have been painstakingly working on a short story inspired by my life and I am happy to say that I am almost finished! Seriously though, I thought I was never going to finish with everything I had going on, but needless to say, I stuck with it and now I am almost through. For the readers who appreciated the sass and brazen honesty I delivered in Poka City Blues, you are really going to like this short story. I hold nothing back because I believe in telling it like it is afterall, that is the only way I know how. Just like Poka City Blues, you will laugh and in some parts of the story you may cry, but despite all of that, it is a short story that I am sure you will enjoy reading. For the readers who haven’t read Poka City Blues, log on to Amazon or Barnes and Noble Nook and check it out. See what other readers have been calling “an original take on fiction”; don’t just take my word for it. Until then, happy reading and for you writers out there, happy writing.