Learn about turning scars into beauty marks! We all have a past with ups and downs. We can either succumb to our fears and doubts or we can stand up to the challenge and allow our scars to develop us into well-rounded, experienced, beautiful human beings.
1. Tell us about your background and journey.
I was raised by grandparents who I claim as my parents Johnnie Henry and Blanche Mae Weathersby. They raised me since I was 3 months old. I was born from addiction but raised with affection. Christian values to the core and raised in the church to love all no matter if I don’t like their ways. Let your light shine even when it seems hard. I have been writing since I was 12 years old and I can honestly say it was my release for all the secrets to keep so that my family wouldn’t be upset with me. You know we were raised in the era of “What happens in the house stays in the house.” I had years of writing to release and I finally found my peace this year after GOD forced me to send down to not just write it but also recite it. Feel how important this break is to your soul and your purpose. His purpose for me.
2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer? I was 20 years old and had all these notebooks full of my writings since I was 12 years old. Having a great grandmother living until she was 2 weeks shy of 111 years old, her story and my mom’s story was important to tell. It is not a perfect story, but it is a strong feminine story. HERstory.
3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career? I have another career, but writing is a hobby I am trying to turn into my career.
4. Who is your favorite author, and why? Ralph Ellison because he wrote "Invisible Man," which is the most graphically detail written book I could ever imagine. I felt each line he wrote. There are some other greats such as Maya Angelou, JK Rowlings, Lalita Tademy, and E.Lynn Harris to name a few, but Ellison brought me to read those others more.
5. What inspires you? My mother’s devotion to loving me despite my flaws and hers. Blanche Mae Weathersby was not perfect, but she left her story for me to carry on to make sure other women have a purpose. Let them know of her.. of our love. To see that no matter the obstacle, a mother’s love is ever protecting. She left her legacy with me and left me with knowing GOD had a purpose for us both. I was her purpose of staying strong, and she was mine. I carry the legacy kept strong to move forward to let the world know of a love like no other.
6. What does your typical day look like as an author? Working and always keeping fresh notebooks to write in when a thought appears for another book. Another journal. Another vision. I go anywhere and have my backpack with me. Walking in the morning with GOD and listening to his messages. Always be ready to take notes.
7. What is the name of your book? What is it about? What inspired you to write it?
"Uzuri Blossoms Unity" - it is a self-help journal to turning your scars into beauty marks. GOD blessed me to find my healing in each scar in my life. It is a beautiful awakening. To heal is truly to forgive and move on. Remember those beauty marks to make you appreciate every moment. I am on Amazon with paperback and ebook.
8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers? Never give up and always make time to tell your story. Keep notebooks of your history. There were no books always in our history but the script was written as a guide. Your story and journals are one say going to be a guide for someone else. It gives others hope in whatever they want to be in life.