I recently had the opportunity to interview author, Sonya McGirt. Sonya is new to the Cosby Media Productions family and I know you all will be ready to get your hands on her first book, “My Journey-Living Through Christ Victoriously.”
Keshawn Dodds: Hello, Sonya, tell us a little about yourself? Sonya McGirt: I am married with three daughters and two step-children. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work and my husband and I run a center that assist homeless and those less fortunate.
Keshawn: Wow! That is amazing, I can tell from the field that you are in. You are a very giving person. Thank you for your service to help the less fortunate. Can you tell us what inspired you to write your book?
Sonya: Years ago I felt in my spirit I was supposed to write a book, but every time I sat down to begin, I could not come up with anything. A year and a half ago I had been praying about it and felt the Holy Ghost speak to me about the direction I was to take. I was on Twitter and seen, Braxton Cosby and noticed he had a publishing company. I asked a few questions and a month or so later I was offered a two year contract.
Keshawn: That is so great to hear. I am happy that Braxton was able to bring you into the Cosby Media Productions, Family. Moving forward, is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sonya: Yes there is. The message that I hope my readers walk away with is we all have fallen in our life, but through God's grace and forgiveness we can come back stronger than ever.
Keshawn: God be the glory. Can you tell me how you come up with the title for the book?
Sonya: I wrote the whole manuscript not knowing the title of the book until a week or so later. I just knew it was perfect when it came to mind.
Keshawn: That’s sometimes the best way to come up with a title. Once the work is written, it comes to you like lightening. Now, what are some of your current projects?
Sonya: I am currently working on a book about how we allow our mind to be controlled by things other than the Holy Spirit and how those thoughts can actually destroy us if we allow them to. I am also working on a book on marriage.
Keshawn: That is amazing. It’s always nice to see another author so entrenched in their craft. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sonya: I used to love writing and reading as a kid. I would imagine myself in the stories I would read. I also wrote poems and short stories when I was younger.
Keshawn: So your love of writing stems from childhood. It’s important for our youth to be able to get lost in books then later become inspired as adults. I’m happy that was the path that you chose. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sonya: Staying focussed!
Keshawn: Isn’t that the truth and straight to the point. No need to explain, we can all understand that. Now, if you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Sonya: I can't say that I would. I am still on my third edits so it hasn't come out on the stands yet but hoping it won't be much longer.
Keshawn: I’ve been there with our editor, Tamar Hela. Trust me, she will give you the best product possible. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sonya: Yes I do, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything. If we allow ourselves to think negative then only negativity will proceed from us and we start listening to those around us. Just stay focused, sit down and make time to begin your story. The possibilities and endless!
Keshawn: Amen to that. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Sonya: I hope that once the book is available that each and every one that reads it, walks away with a positive experience.
Keshawn: Thank you, Sonya. I cannot wait to get my hands on your book. Good luck with your journey and once again, welcome to the Cosby Media Productions Family.
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Hello everyone, every so often, you get to meet someone who has the same dreams as you and holds the same amount of passion for their work, just like you. Cris Pasqueralle, is that person. He is a very passionate author of an up and coming Young Adult series and I have had the opportunity to interview him today. Below, you can get the answers to our discussion
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a retired NYC police officer, father of two beautiful daughters, and I live on Long Island NY with my wife Tricia, and my girls.
What inspired you to write your book?
I was inspired to write Destiny Revealed by my daughters. It was their love of fantasy fiction that drew me to the genre. As more and more books about vampires became popular, they urged me to write something about wizards and The Destiny Trilogy was born.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main message of Destiny Revealed is the importance of family and friends. A person can grow and learn who they are with help. Nothing has to be done alone. Relying on others, gaining strength and inspiration from them is important in making each or us a strong, caring person.
How did you come up with the title?
While writing Destiny Revealed I saw the story was about fulfilling ones life mission, or destiny. However, in order to do that we must first discover what that destiny is. I broke it down into three parts, and the first is revealing your destiny to yourself. So, Destiny Revealed seemed appropriate.
What are your current projects?
Book one of The Destiny Trilogy will be out this fall, and I am currently working on book three and I have some ideas for a couple of stand-alone novels, and an epic fantasy series that will require a great deal of research.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always had a fondness for reading, so I guess my desire to write was born from that and I began to jot down ideas, small stories, even screenplays while still in high school.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest part of writing The Destiny Trilogy was to keep it consistent and not to reveal too much. Planning for three books and writing one at a time can be difficult as you try to stretch and add things without giving away what's going to happen two books later.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I'm pretty happy with the way Destiny Revealed turned out so, I don't think I'd change anything.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to other writers would be to read everything, not just the genre you write in and to keep plugging along. Others will say give up, rejection notices will pile up, but just have faith and keep going. It took me thirty years to get published, so I'm proof the perseverance pays off.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
First off, I'd like to thank all those who purchased Destiny Revealed, your support truly means a lot. Second, because I write for a young audience I'd like to just encourage them to keep reading. Reading builds vocabulary, develops the imagination, and leads to success.
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