Inside the Literary Mind of… LaMont Anthony Wright, author of “The Art of Saying No: the memoir of a naive poet”

Joey Pinkney Exclusive Author Interview
Inside the Literary Mind of…
LaMont Anthony Wright, author of The Art of Saying No: the memoir of a naive poet
(Sunshine Solutions Publishing)

Inside the Literary Mind of... LaMont Anthony Wright, author of "The Art of Saying No"

 

Joey Pinkney: In your coming-of-age autobiography The Art of Saying No: the memoir of a naive poet, you are very careful to tell the truth about your vulnerability as a child and how that vulnerability was replaced with a hardened mindset. Loving yourself means giving yourself room to be vulnerable, but it also means being hardened enough to protect your vulnerability from parasitic distractions. Why was writing about this balance, in the context of your own life, important? And how will your readers most benefit from this aspect of your memoir – the balance between being vulnerable and hardened?

LaMont Anthony Wright: First off, that’s a great question. I have a theory, LOL… I was very curious coming up – as most kids are. Maybe more so, because I am a so-called “creative”. Unfortunately, there weren’t many mentors around when I was coming up. My youth was in the 70’s and 80’s. So between the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan’s “War on Drugs,” a lot of men who may have been leaders in the community were either dead or in jail.Continue reading

JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Behind The Seen” by Frederick K. Price Jr

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Title: “Behind The Seen: Angels, Demons, and the Battle for the Human Soul”

Author: Frederick K. Price Jr

Genres: adult christian education, christian, nonfiction

Description: Behind The Seen: Angels, Demons, and the Battle for the Human Soul is a bold, provocative peek behind the spiritual veil! Taking a user-friendly yet thoroughly-researched approach, Frederick K. Price, Jr. offers a startling glimpse of the invisible world, where the battle rages between Heaven and Earth.

Drawing directly from Scripture, Price dares to challenge age-old theories, dispel widely-held assumptions, and address longstanding theological debates in tackling some of life’s hardest, most perplexing questions . . . questions that are more relevant today than ever.

From tattoos to t-shirt art, films to fitness centers, and the cars we drive to the music we blast inside them — we are daily bombarded by signs, images, ideas and activities that have a spiritual significance we may know nothing about. Behind The Seen is not about forbidding or denying, but about informing and enlightening. It’s about giving a stronger foundation on which to stand when making godly choices in a broken world.

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JoeyTweets BookBlast – “A Sense of Place” by Tony Thompson

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Title: “A Sense of Place”

Author: Tony Thompson

Genres: humanities, philosophy

Description:

“Being sexually assaulted by my uncle at the age of eight, in what was then West Germany, was one of the significant issues in my life that deeply affected my sense of place and being. Spending the first fourteen years of my life in an orphanage was turbulent.” ~ Tony Thompson

A sense of place/belonging is what we all long and yearn for. Here is a story of one’s quest through philosophy, religion and psychology to find answers to life’s big questions. The author spent the first 14 years of his life in an orphanage. He then went home to live with his estranged mother and hostile stepfather in South London. From an early age to that quest of learning himself, where he is from and where he is going. Regardless of our upbringing, we all have those burning questions within us to know who are we.

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JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do (2nd Edition)” by Christine Walters

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Title: “Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do (2nd Edition)”

Author: Christine Walters

Genres: black, african american, literary criticism, parenting, relationships, family relationships, parent and adult child, spirituality, religion, inspirational, personal testimonies

Description: Abuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother’s mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom’s abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child).

Ginny had childhood paranoid schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder. She lived in the Buffalo State Hospital through her adolescent years. When released from the hospital, she had me. She was twenty-six, and my dad was thirty years older. My mother was white, and my father was black.

As a child, I struggled with my mixed heritage. My mom would tell me that white people did not like me because I was black. Even from a religious standpoint, I was raised as a Catholic and Baptist. On Sundays, my mom and I attended mass without my father and Baptist service with him.

I always felt like I had to choose. Was I black? Was I white? Was I Catholic? Was I Baptist? My mom told me that her side of the family disliked my dad because he was black and my dad’s side of the family disliked my mom because she was white. Here I was stuck in the middle.

I share my life story with the world through God’s glory. My story is about how faith enabled me to overcome extraordinary struggles, pain, and loss. Faith, hope, and forgiving the unforgivable through prayer and trusting in God are the keys to healing.

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JoeyTweets BookBlast – “To College or Not to College” by Casey Bell

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Title: “To College or Not to College”

Author: Casey Bell

Genres: college prep, schools, education, teaching

Description: “To College Or Not To College” by Casey Bell is divided into two sections.

The first section, To College, is written for students and their parents. There are so many things you should do before (even before you apply), during, and after college. You get tips, ideas, and details on how to prepare for and survive college successfully. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to use what you’ve learned to make a successful life for yourself.

The Second section, To Not College, is for everyone who realizes college is NOT for them. If we are being completely honest, college is not for everyone. There are many successful people without college degrees. To Not College gives many options for people who know college is not for them.

College is a huge step in anyone’s life. Many people have made too many mistakes simply because of ignorance. This book will help many not make the same mistakes plenty of people, including the author, have made.Continue reading

JoeyTweets BookBlast – “A Sense of Place” by Tony Thompson

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Title: “A Sense of Place”

Author: Tony Thompson

Genres: nonfiction, self-help, how to, memoir

Description: “Being sexually assaulted by my uncle at the age of eight, in what was then West Germany, was one of the significant issues in my life that deeply affected my sense of place and being. Spending the first fourteen years of my life in an orphanage was turbulent.” ~ Tony Thompson

A sense of place/belonging is what we all long and yearn for. Here is a story of one’s quest through philosophy, religion and psychology to find answers to life’s big questions. The author spent the first 14 years of his life in an orphanage. He then went home to live with his estranged mother and hostile stepfather in South London. From an early age to that quest of learning himself, where he is from and where he is going. Regardless of our upbringing, we all have those burning questions within us to know who are we.Continue reading