How did you become a writer?
Writing is something I have always done. When I was younger, I enjoyed writing short stories. But my skills as a writer really developed when I began college. I majored in English, which we all know requires a lot of writing; and over the years, I continued to perfect that craft.
Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
My inspiration for writing comes from my own experiences.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
From this first book, I hope that readers will understand more about the problems that plague public school teachers. In addition, I want the educators who read the book to feel as though they are not alone in their experiences.
If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
This book is controversial. My story is something that people will either believe or not believe. I have already received skeptical criticism from people who argue that teachers are never victimized; yet they have never walked a day in my shoes or even researched to see if what I present in the book is actually true. I even had a Christian Blogger tell me that she refused to publicize my book on her website because she did not believe what I had told her about my heinous experience, arguing that what media publicized about me caused her to look at me differently. Isn't that ironic that a fellow Christian would be more apt to believe secular media over the testimony of another Sister in Christ, and refuse to help that Sister simply because she was afraid of what others would say?
Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
At times, I can only write when something is stirred up in my spirit. I am very adamant about putting out work that will minister in some way to the hurting. And I don't want my message to do anything else but bring hope to those in dire situations. I want my readers to say, "If this girl could go through all that with the Lord's help, then so can I."
What is your favorite genre of books?
Are you an avid or occasional reader?
I love reading, mostly the Bible.
What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
That I love the Lord, and that I am committed to serving Him by serving others.
If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Toni Morrison. Her work is so complex and intriguing, and not very many people appreciate that kind of literature. But I love it.
What is or was your dream job?
My dream job was to be a teacher. I fulfilled that dream, and now I want to expand my borders and become an entrepreneur of several organizations. I have started that mission already by founding my own self-publishing company. My second venture is to create a non-profit organization that works with teenage girls who are caught up in the sex trade industry in my community.
What new projects are you working on?
I am finishing two other books that will be released this July. They are a continuation of my first book.
Please share with readers the ministries you are involved with.
As I mentioned, I will be creating a ministry that will work with young ladies. They are my heart.
Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me at http://fearfaithpatience.weebly.com/ to learn more about the book. They can also visit http://powerfaithloveministries.weebly.com/ to learn more about what God has give me to accomplish over the next few years.
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We often wonder what it is like to be a teacher in today’s time. With so much happening in the public schools, it seems any wonder how it is able to function given all the atrocities that go on in the system. But this is the story about a young, beautiful teacher named Felecia Killings. As a child, she dreamt of the opportunity to be what many call one of the most admirable professions in society: an educator. And when her father witnessed this aspiration in her, he did everything in his power to protect it and to ensure that she fulfilled her mission. Yet, like so many countless individuals who enter the public school system, Ms. Killings was met with tragedies and struggles. But through it all, she allowed her faith to keep her strong, even in the midst of hell. This book is one to be commended, for it takes what we think we know about the public school system and brings to light another side that is never talked about. Through this text, you will learn about the power of unconditional love and personal sacrifice. For every teacher who chooses to stand up for what’s right, even when everyone is against you, this book will minister to you in ways that even you could not imagine. You WILL be inspired.
Thanks Teresa for hosting Felecia on her tour.ReplyDelete