Interview with Terence Doctor

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

My writing journey began as a teenager when I was about 13 years old. I published my first and only book so far at the age of 32. I wrote a lot growing up, as it helped me to vent out my feelings and thoughts. Writing is therapeutic for me.

2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I decided I wanted to be a writer at the age of 23 or 24. When I first started writing as a teen, I mainly used writing to help me vent my feelings and thoughts. I never thought I would become a writer of a published book until I was much older.

3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career?

My goal one day is to become a full-time writer, but I am currently working to obtain my bachelor’s degree, so most of my focus is completing that mission. I still write A LOT during times where I am not studying or spending time with my family.

4. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Zora Neale Hurston because her words and thoughts were strong and powerful and still apply to current times. The way she was able to bring life to her words, using her creativity, delivery, and message, is something I admire. James Baldwin is a close second. So many great authors have blessed the world, but Zora is my favorite. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting her. I named my daughter after her.

5. What inspires you?

God, my Queen Joni, my son Cameron, my daughter Peyton Zora, my family, and my city (Hopewell, VA & surrounding areas). They all inspire me to be the best that I can be.  

6. What does your typical day look like as an author?

A typical day for me is checking my emails, social media accounts, and sales of my book. I have also joined several author groups that promote authors worldwide. So, I believe in being a student of life and constantly learning to grow and succeed. I connect with other authors daily and engage with them to help me learn, to stay encouraged, and network. I do A LOT of research (how to market my book more, improve my book sales, how to connect, grow, and improve my target audience.

7. What is the name of your book? What is it about? What inspired you to write it?

The name of my book is "Please Give Me A Dollar (Journal of Life Lessons)." My book is essentially my journal made public. It is an inspirational/motivational book based on my life experiences and lessons I have learned in life. What inspired me to write the book was my passion to inspire others to go after their dreams and wanting to encourage others. Also as a young black man, I wanted to highlight the importance of being able to share my feelings, as I was told many times growing up that black men aren't allowed to show emotions. So, I wrote my feelings down to encourage others to find a safe space to vent and speak about their experiences. I am active in my community and believe in being a positive example to inspire change. The goal of my book is to encourage anyone who may feel uninspired or lacking purpose and passion, to find their gift and pursue it.

8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?

My advice I would like to give to future aspiring writers is BE YOURSELF! DO NOT STAND IN YOUR OWN WAY! DO NOT OVERTHINK IT! For many years I doubted myself wondering if anyone was going to like my book and what I had to say. Believe in YOU! Whatever you decide to write about, let it be authentic and complete the goal that YOU set. It is nothing wrong with listening to other people on your writing journey but be sure not to lose your voice and what you want to do. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. PROTECT YOUR PEACE AT ALL TIMES! The world deserves to hear your voice.

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