Hello my friends and family.
I wanted to offer more information about the youth empowerment books I have found a passion to write about. You may ask, “What qualifies him to write about these topics?” Well, besides working in the public school system for over 15 years as a school counselor and assistant principal, I have also lived such a colorful life that has granted me much appreciation for the resilient human spirit.
My great appreciation for good writing was also ignited when I was working at WildStorm Productions with comic book legends such as Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Scott Williams. Shortly after my brother in law Whilce Portacio invited me to join the studio, Jim Lee granted me an opportunity to become an editor on one of his many great titles, “Union”. I learned and gained a huge appreciation for the writing and creative process. I was surrounded by many great creative minds. I instantly knew that I wanted to become a writer when I grew up.
Actually, my goal of writing books for children was born even before I graduated High School. I remember always looking for books that I could relate to, but to no avail. Like many people, even today, I wondered why there weren’t many books out there with characters that had names like mine or that looked like me. Because of the struggles that I faced early in my life, I also looked for answers to my many questions about life in books for understanding and didn’t find any. I didn’t ask family
members, teachers, or other adults due to fears of being shamed and feeling like I would be labeled as a trouble maker.
I know that there are several good books out there now, but I wanted to add to the availability. I wanted to write
stories where not only it would be an entertaining story, but that it absolutely carried a life lesson. Because I love and respect the counseling profession immensely, I even took it a step further; I wanted to devote a whole chapter to the school counseling process so that students could get a front row glimpse of what they could expect if they were ever asked to meet with a counselor. The unfortunate stigma that is still attached to going to the “office” for many, still means that they must be in trouble when it isn’t the case at all. I wanted to debunk this view and shine a bright light on the wonderful work that counselors do in the school setting.
I am a realist and know that it takes time and tons of marketing to get a huge publisher and distributor for your book to get into mainstream and into the schools, but my passion to get them into the hands of our children keeps me optimistic that this will happen soon. In my mind, I already saw them on many
book shelves; kindle fires, iPads, smart phones, and PC’s, so I know it’s only a matter of time that I will be asked to show up for a book signing somewhere. I have seen the smiles of the kid’s faces as they read along with the books and have seen their hopes be raised by the words on the pages. I have seen lives transformed and I have seen others want to become writers in their own right! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share my passion with you.
With lots of Love,