Contrenia C. Fann, writing as CC Fann, a retired correctional officer, has done again. She has written another bestseller, Her Shoes (Volume Book 1). CC Fann is a self-published author, consultant and motivational speaker. She is the owner of JABS Publications, where she published all of her books.
CC Fann is a native of Wrightsville, GA. She currently resides in Dublin, GA. She is a member of Buckeye Baptist Church of Dublin GA, Southern States Correction Association, Peace Officers Association, and Phi Beta Lambda. Currently, she is majoring in pre-law and a minor in Criminal Justice at Middle Georgia College. She is retired from the Department of Corrections with 16 years of service. During her tour of duty she was a Field Training Officer and Sergeant. She was employed at the following institutions: Washington and Johnson State Prison.
She has presented workshops for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice in Orlando FLA and The International Association of Training Correctional Personnel in Tempe Arizona on her book Common Sense Do Not Play The Game With An Inmate.
CC has appeared in the following major newspapers, radios and television stations -Atlanta Journal Constitution, Soperton News, Dublin Courier Herald, Sandersville Progress, Baldwin Bulletin, Union Recorder, Macon Telegraph, Johnson Journal, and The Wrightsville Headlight.
The following television stations are TV35 of Dublin GA, WMAZ Channel 13 CBS, 103.7 Irwinton, GA. Power 107.1 (The Sam Silk Morning Show) out of Philadelphia PA., V-103 (Pooch and Lala Show)Philadelphia, PA. and Channel 2 of Sparta GA.
BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
Like some writers, writing was not on my list to do. It was not that I did not want to be a writer. It was not on my menu of Life. I believe that God birthed this gift of writing 14 years ago. I was an avid reader. I was thirsty for knowledge. I read the greats such as Terry McMillian, Micheal Baisden and John Grisham and many others. They were all so instrumental in painting images in my mind with their words. I remember being in middle school reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I even read my mother’s Harlequin Romances and True Essence Magazines. I feel that this thirst for reading, transformed into my writing. I had stories to tell too.
BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
Writing and publishing my various books has been a dream come true! The dream is not over just like Odysseus’ Epic Journey. I have fought a lot of monsters, witches and had a lot of help from my savior God. What really was difficult was having to accept that some people will never understand what it truly means to be a writer. Stereotypically, people that are close to you, judge you by what you write not by whether your stories are good or not. I am truly appreciative of being in the writing game and to write in three different genres. I am truly grateful for taking this journey.
BPM: Do you view writing as a spiritual practice?
Writing is a spiritual practice for me. It was so hard sitting down just to work on these questions. I have to fight just to stay focused and write. I have survived through my writing. I fight daily to stay in the race. Oppositions comes and goes. You have to climb mountains and hills even when it is not your climb. In order for me to write about my journey, I had to walk it like I talk about it, even when I come up short. I know that I am here to be example. I am able to share stories and poems about real life experiences and give someone and myself hope. This practice has given me Faith to know that one day everyone will want to read a CC Fann book if I keep working, have faith, stay focused, and fighting.
BPM: Tell us about your new book, Her Shoes.
“Her Shoes is my personal walk in addressing how I struggled internally and people viewed me as this person that had it going on. I am a giver. I gave of myself because I wanted to feel needed and just to the Christian thing. I was hoping that people will do right by me. I was thinking that I was doing the right thing. I was content with my life until I inferred that I was repeating this cycle with all the traumatic ups and downs.
I had become a slave unbeknownst to me. I was a slave! I was a walking zombie. Ultimately I was not satisfied. Her Shoes detailed how I addressed the enemy in me and my mind. It also addresses the enemy that hated and loved me. Finally, it addressed the enemy that used my gifts and talent for the wrong reasons. I used my gifts for everything except helping me to move forward in life. The reality that’s detailed in the book is how I faced the fact it was totally my fault!
The book, Her Shoes, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Walmart, and on my website www.ccfann.com
BPM: What topics are discussed in Her Shoes and what are you sharing with readers?
Her Shoes is an up-close, personal and intimate look of my fight with darkness; the fight in which Ephesians 6 address in the Holy Bible. We will and/or are fighting against principalities, devil schemes, rulers, against authorities, against the powers of the world’s darkness and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This battle will continue within ourselves internally and externally. The fight will never be over unless God says it is over. This fight is a series of battles. The battle of one in with that we know, the one that we knew, the one that is unknown, the one we cannot believe, the one we do not believe, and the one we have to believe. ( Job, David, and Elijah and Jeremiah) who all possessed something magnificent which are examples of these battles. We all possessed something magnificent. While I was tempted, tried and tested I held onto his hands just like Job, David and Elijah to keep my seed, my gift, my talent.
BPM: What inspired you to write this book, Her Shoes?
As you see through the summary, it was God’s timing. He kept at me to fight. To fight with my gift and give my testimony. I do know that when people, friends, colleagues, and family, who are familiar with me read my book, they will be in awe, puzzle, and confused because I am sharing the real me. I am sharing my deepest feelings about pain, love, and still trying to be a good person and live righteousness.
BPM: If you could pick one song to describe your book, Her Shoes, what would it be?
He Know My Name by Tosha Cobb Leonard because God knew my name and he help me and my children, he held my hand and commune with me through this Journey.
BPM: What was the hardest scene/chapter to write, the opening or the close?
The hardest part of the book was to write the letter from the author. It was my explanation of accepting responsibility for not operating like the woman God positioned me to be. It was giving the readers the first look inside of CC Fann. Reader will see the real Contrenia C. Fann as they read my work.
I have a poem titled “You Could Not Break Me.” This poem discussed the relationship that I did not have with my father. It was very difficult. My children cried when they read it. They did not know that I suffered with this part of my life because I have constantly made life look easy.
In my previous book, Can’t Let Go Part One and Part Two, I allowed my characters which are fictional to lead the story. I did not like the characters but I agreed with them and the outcome of the actual book. It was their story to tell, right? Right.
BPM: What was the most surprising thing you learned from this project?
The misinterpretation of the Bible. Pastors, Reverends, and anyone that knows Ephesian 6 can quote it. You hardly hear anyone discuss in detail what you are fighting and why. Her Shoes had me doing, reading, and studying different research about evilness. This knowledge allowed me to open my eyes to friends, family and foes.
BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
God kept me safe. He kept me inspired. He kept me sane. It was like I was Job in the Bible but my name was Jobesha. (Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1 KJV)
Even as I complete the questions today, I can feel him. I can hear him. “That’s right don’t give up” Someone needs to read your words. They have suffered just like you and don’t know how to get out of the bed, they don’t know how to fight, they don’t know how to come to me the Savior.” This scripture popped up on my phone as I completed these questions.
BPM: Have you written any novels as well? If not, would you and what genre?
Yes, I have written two of five of the Can’t Let Go Series; The Trial and Tribulations and the Hidden Agenda. I am currently working on Part Three: The Saint Turns Into An Aint.
BPM: Is there a specific place/space that you find inspiration in?
My current residence has a window that looks over the pool. I love the view when the sun reflects off of the water. It gives me a high. I know at that moment that God is creating something special just like he created me to be special. Then I become inspired to create something special in my writing.
BPM: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes and exhausts me. The energy that it gives me is electrifying. I can sit back and say “While I created this with my gift” I am beyond ecstatic. Then exhaustion hits because of the emotions, feelings and thoughts that I put in it. It is like a roller coaster ride.
BPM: What are the top three things that make you feel happy and fulfilled?
When I look over or back at my life I am like the poem “Lucinda Matlock” I can’t complain. God has really and continue to keep me safe, secure and sane in order to be me “CC Fann.”
Secondly, my children and grand-children make me smile. We have overcome a lot and remain as a unit. Thirdly, I can talk about my joys and regrets and not be ashamed, I am completely happy with myself and my accomplishments.
BPM: What other projects are you working on at the present?
This book “Her Shoes” is part of a trilogy. The second volume “Her Dress, Her Mirror, Her Handkerchief, and Herself.”
“Her Dress” reflects on what people saw on the outside and how I wanted to be recognized, validated and admired. Her Mirror reflects on how I had look in the mirror and talk to myself on how to get through the day.
“Her Handkerchief” talks about the tears I cried. “Herself” speaks on no matter how I felt and how I kept on fighting. Sometimes, I didn’t know or understood why I was fighting, but faith lead me.
The Third Volume “Her Pocketbook” discussed the financial aspect of walking with God. You say you have faith, hope and love but do you trust in the Lord enough to give him 10 percent of everything like Abraham in the Bible. Will you allow God to fight your battle?
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
My books can be found on Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, Walmart and www.ccfann.com
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Her Shoes (Volume Book 1) by CC Fann
Her Shoes is an up close, personal and intimate look of my fight with darkness; the fight in which the scripture Ephesians 6 addresses in the Holy Bible. We will and/or are fighting against principalities, devil schemes, rulers, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
This battle will continue within ourselves internally and externally. The fight will never over unless God says it is over. This fight is a series of battles. The battle of one in which that we know, the one that we knew, the one that is unknown, the one we cannot believe, the one we do not believe, and the one we have to believe. (Job, David, Elijah, and Jeremiah) men who are in the Bible all possessed something magnificent.
While I was tempted, tried and tested, I held onto his hands just like they did to keep my seed, my gift and my talent.
Book Reviews for Her Shoes by CC Fann
“It has been a long time since I have read such a moving and powerful testimony. After reading the Boo Her Shoes, the next day I woke up feeling refreshed and empowered”
Mary Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author of “God Don’t Like Ugly, The Upper Room, Deliver Me and many more.
“Holy the writer’s insistent and inevitable approach to treat and examine all the experiences which have touched and affected her by creating this body of poetry. In the reality of doing this, healing comes. And, it lays out a spiritual map.
Frenchie J. Hodges Author of Piece De Way Home, Poems UBUNTU, The Story of the Mathis Family Reunion SANKOFA (Go back and Get It), and The Legacy Readers Theatre Story, For My People.
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