"Our children are a reflection of who we really are on the inside, or in some cases, the manifestation of who we would like to be. Looking at a mini version of you is a lot like holding a mirror to yourself—mannerisms, responses, attitudes and all. If you want change or different results in your children without changing yourself, you will fail. But, if you are willing to change, then you will see what you desire in and through their lives."
Meet Sydni & LaTonyaJackson, authors of, I Am Called;
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:Write it all down and don't care what others think of you. You have something to say and release to the world that is uniquely yours so be faithful to release it and capture it all as it comes to you.
Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:The writing process is ever-changing dependent upon the nature of the subject being written and the voice with which the writing is to take place. The first book was poetry which I have always written but added the storyline of the young girl around it so that it would better connect with the intended audience.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Investing in a graphic layout designer. Know your strengths and trust others to know theirs.
A:What does literary success look like to you? Literary success occurred when the book was in hand and complete.
Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A:Names are selected based on each of my children or his or her nickname and then adjusted to fit the character. My co-author and daughter's name is Sydni but she is often called "Sweetie Pie" and thus "Petee" was created.
Q:What is your favorite childhood book?
A:I recall Charlotte's Web being the first book I ever read cover to cover without wanting to stop and it is still one of my favorites.
A: What does "Representation" mean to you?
B:My initial thought "in what sense" - In Black culture, we "represent" when we show up and engage society in the spirit of Excellence in the endeavor with which we are engaged. As such we are a representation of the race by which we were innately born. Representation is not limited to race and could include aspects of culture and what and how the culture is presented back to those with whom familiarity or unfamiliarity exists.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)? The book entitled "I Am Called" may be purchased direct through our website http://www.eyedentifiedconsulting.com/our-shop, on Amazon (http://a.co/gtV6xrv) and other online retailers (e.g. Barnes & Noble.com)
Meet Petee Pioneer, a girl who is being teased at school because of her name. To guide her, rhyming words are used to explain who she is and what she is called toward because of the Christ anointing. An example daily faith confession is provided and is designed to restore her confidence and reinforce this message. A page is provided for parents to work with their children to write their daily faith confession so they too can say “I Am Called”.