ME, author of FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels, was raised in the dirty South: the inner-city neighborhood of Liberty City in Miami, Florida. He considers himself a classic old-school gangsta, a hustler, and a scholar. He is also a Vietnam-era veteran.
ME wrote and illustrated a comic strip book in the seventh grade, and in college, he penned articles for the newspaper of the University of the District of Columbia. But it was not until he spent time in a maximum-security federal prison that he had the time to focus on polishing his writing skills. Like a diamond formed in the wall of a volcano due to prolonged, intense heat, he gradually transformed into a poetic prophet of truth and love—a poetic Picasso from the hood.
BPM: Have you always been a writer and poet? Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, I have always been a writer and poet. It is what I was born to do. In the 7th grade, Me and my friend, John, wrote a comic strip book. While in Korea, the Army, I received a ‘Dear John’ letter; my engagement over. I was dumped and wrote an essay on Love. It was printed by the Miami Times along with the letter I wrote the editor and a picture. But my present preoccupation originated and took off while I was in prison.
BPM: What has influenced your writing the most?
The Spirit of Love, Life and You Woman. Whereby, upon such inspiration I get to share the Spirit Jeweled gifts of the Word of de-Light.
BPM: Tell us about your new book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels introduces an innovative creative writing style of Spiritually Intellectual Poetic Art that incorporates a mix of profound jeweled insights and wonders of Love, Life and Relativity.
Its central subject matter of Love is forged upon the FOUR ways we experience Life: Mind, Spirit, Body, and Soul. Whereby Spirit Jewels manifest as a creative masterpieces of Poetry, Prose, Short Stories and Propositions of ‘Plenty Game.’
This book is designed as a very place for the reader’s Mind, Spirit, Body, and Soul… as a retreat, refuge, a rendezvous with forever. To partake in a connection with a kindred ego of Spirit Jewels.
BPM: Give us an insight into your primary message for couples in Love.
That Love is Spiritual at its core by design of the Creator. So that the purer your Heart and Intelligence is, the greater your potential for Love and the Relationship will be to generate Spirit Jewels.
BPM: How do you find or make time to write? Are you a Plotter or Pantster?
I am both a Plotter and Pantster, but primarily a Pantster. Wherein the moment, inspiration strikes like thunder and lightning. Whereby, mostly at night, when it is quiet and there are less distractions, I write. Dreams awaken and those meaningful inspirations instilled in the moment of the day comes to Light.
BPM: What was your favorite chapter or poem to write and why?
My favorite chapter to write is the “Romance (MIND)” Chapter. Because it embodies why this book was written. Ahh yes, the Game of Love… the Chase, the Challenge, the Politiks, the give-and take of Love and Loving is the adventure of romancing thee. For in the game of Love, romance is how we intimately play ‘in’ Love since it’s the play ‘of’ Love, as I play ‘on’ you, to play ‘with’ you, hahaha, crazy huh!? Yes, about you and I Love it! I Love the chase, the pursuit of your divine feminine essence of winning your Soul, seducing your senses, your dreams, your very being.”
BPM: Talk us through your experiences as a self-published author. Why did you go down this route?
My experience as a self publisher are the same as the experiences into our journey of Life. You learn the hard way from your mistakes as you extract the good from the bad. Writing is the easy part, it is the business side of publishing that is the challenge. The business side shows how cynical people are about money. A dog eat dog world.
Being a self publisher is the only way to go. You have no submissions or rejections, you the boss – control over the book’s content, cover, marketing, and promotion. The best part is that all the money is yours.
BPM: Did publishing your first book change your thought on writing? Was it positive or negative experience?
Publishing my first book did not change my thought process on writing. It refined my creative skills and techniques in the process of writing. For -Me- writing is a work in progress, a masterpiece in motion. Like fine wine and cheese, the thought process of writing only gets better with time.
BPM: What is the most rewarding part of your artistic process?
The Challenge of Creativity. The process of combining a spiritual intelligence dynamically with the reader. So as to feed, awaken and connect with the reader on the highest and deepest levels of their being.
BPM: Was there an early experience where you learned that the written word had power?
In elementary school I read my first novel,”The Cricket In Times Square.” I was hooked on the power of the Imagination of the Word. Ever since, I was hooked on the adventure of reading. The places it can take you: past, present, future. The ideas, images and concepts of the mind, fictional and non-fictional.
BPM: What is one of the things you are thankful as a writer?
Being blessed with the gift of the power of the Word that you can share with the world. Sharing knowledge, insights, and experiences I have acquired with that of the reader.
BPM: If you can pass on advice to authors out there reading this interview, what would it be?
That knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you can give, do and express as a writer. You can only write what you know, what you feel, what you experienced. The quality and level of writing is directly correlated with the quality and level of the writer’s character. It is like a computer programmer… garbage in, garbage out.
BPM: Share some of your writing goals. What projects are you working on present?
To use writing that can take you and humanity to the next level of Truth and Love Spirit Jewels upon the Word of non-fiction, poetry, science, reality and fiction. I have a novel project that mixes action, adventure, mystery, history, romance, with everything on the deepest levels. And I have a non-fiction science thesis on Metaphysics – A Philosophy Discourse on the Nature of Reality and Existence. When you put an Intellectual Thug in prison over 30 years, -Me- could only dig to the highest depths as a Spiritual Gangsta. With plenty shizzit to write.
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