#ShoutoutSaturday: Jackie Moore
Please welcome Jackie Moore to our #ShoutoutSaturday interview series! I'd like to extend a personal encouragement to support her and her book due to the important topics that her book addresses. They're big problems these days, and we all should be doing what we can to address them. - Christian, CMO
Tell us about yourself!
I am a Christian author who loves to use the power of my spirit and soul, combined with my God-given ability to transform lives with words that offer spiritual enlightenment and encouragement daily to my readers and devoted followers. I am the author of "Serving Justice" which won an award for 2009 African American Literary Show romance author of the year, "Caught in the Middle" and "Chains of Deception." All under the Peace in the Storm Publishing imprint."
When did you begin writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. However, I never shared any of it. In 2001 at the age of 43 a friend of mine who had been privy to some of my christian writings asked me to fill in for her and do her morning devotionals while she went of vacation. I have been passionately been pursuing calling ever since.
What is the title of your most recent book? What's it about in a paragraph?
THE WAITING ROOM” is a collection of short stories that confront many of today's social issues like homelessness, teen bullying, teen suicide, drug addiction and much more.
Everybody has a story to tell in life...... and in death
Why did you write your book?
I worked at a funeral home for several years and found that most people think they know whats going on in the lives of their loved ones but are often tragically surprised to find out there is always more to their loved one's story than even they knew. In many cases, you wonder if a person could have been saved if someone knew the details of what they may have been going through.
What specific challenges did you face when writing and publishing your book?
I am my biggest challenge when it comes to writing my stories. I often have so many stories trapped in my head that it almost becomes problematic on getting them out in a timely manner. The world is always full of fresh material to choose from and as a writer, I had must learn to place limits on what I want to give my all to.
Working with a small press Like Peace in the Storm Publishing actually takes away any challenges I may have to getting my work published. Elissa Gabrielle, who is my publisher gives us unlimited freedom and autonomy when it comes to writing and getting our work published. She is constantly encouraging her authors to be better today than we were yesterday. And I for one relish the opportunity to be able to create stories as often as I want.
What has been the most rewarding part of writing and publishing your book?
For me the most rewarding part of writing and publishing my work comes from my readers. It gives unspeakable joy when a reader says that they enjoyed reading one of my stories. Or that they get it and or learned something new because of something I wrote.
What tip or piece of advice would you give to unpublished writers?
If it's in you to write, then write. Work at becoming the best writer you can be and perfect your craft. Never stop learning from those who have gone before you. Find your own voice and use it!