Thursday, July 03, 2014
FEATURED AUTHOR: Irene Booker
Irene Booker is a real estate professional and the author of Feelings From Deep Within, Prey of Innocence, The Seed of a Slave, Don’t Be Ashamed Gabby, I’m Not, Dinner Table Conversations, The Legend of Mr. Have and Mr. Have Not, We Were Born For Greatness, A Young Mind, Knowledge and His Best Friend Wisdom, We Are A Reflection of Unity and The Voices of Hope and His Twin Change.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
We should never fear the person we were born to be. Know thyself; and know the person who lives behind the skin and the bones. Within each of us lies the potential for greatness. Do not be afraid of stepping out on faith and cultivating your dreams.
Which character did you have the most fun writing about?
I enjoyed writing about Mrs. Williams because of her undying love towards each of her students. We should all be so lucky to have a school teacher who saw only the best in us.
What was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock was trying to decide if I would make the teacher a female or a male. Children today are emotionally starved and are lacking love and affection. As a result of many different things, for example, the economy has taken parents out of the household; technology has replaced emotional connections within families. Therefore, I decided to choose a woman because of these maternal characteristics.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
I would say, “Continue to write and rewrite until you feel that you have written your number one best seller, but whatever you do, do not give up.” “Do not abandon the gift that God blessed you with.”
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
Writing is a passion, and to enjoy it, you must become one within it.
What was the last book to keep you up at night reading it?
A novel that I wrote ten years ago entitled, “The Hardships of a Black Family,” which I am in the process of finalizing.
What do you do to make time for yourself?
On occasions, I travel to my second home in Fort Lauderdale to escape the city life and to write as much as I can. When I am there, I find a place of solace where I become one with myself.
How can readers get in contact with you?
I can be reached at:
An elementary school teacher’s secret ingredient allows her students a chance to dream aloud, build character, and instill pride in who they are and their cultures. She strokes their egos while instilling in each of them that they were born from the seeds of greatness, and within each of them, lies the potential for excellence. The potential for greatness lies within each of us. She encourages each of her students to build upon their dreams, and actions will cement the foundation to cultivate all dreams. Her classroom exercise of reciting aloud at the beginning of class five times, “We Were Born For Greatness” inspired her students immensely.
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