I am a treasure hunter. I search in the creative souls of people discovering and mining the creative treasures that have been deposited or buried in the hearts of people. I love helping people discover their creative genius.
When I was ten years old my mother gave me a copy of the book ROOTS, a story of an African-American family odyssey through slavery in the eighteenth century to Alex Haley’s discovery of his family origin in the twentieth century. As I read that story during Christmas a seed was planted in my imagination. I started to believe that I would one day write a book like Alex Haley.
In college my English 101 instructor encouraged me to pursue writing, he told me that I had a gift for writing. It was the first time another human being ever recognized my dream and desire. He saw my ability and watered the seed.
Six years later I was a husband and an expectant father and I was out of work. One day I came home after working a temporary assignment. I wasn’t sure that I would ever have a full-time job and I was very depressed. I sat down at my desk and started to write a story about a teenage boy’s first love. I called it fiction but it was a real story out of a summer season lived in my teenage years. It was a story of forbidden love and a boy’s rebellion to his mother. It was a story of the price of consequences that follows bad decisions. Every day I would come home, sit at that typewriter and create my first written story. In the midst of darkness light was coming forth! I was writing my story. I was following the path laid by my hero Alex Haley! My dream was becoming a reality. Only two events eclipse the forming of that story, the day I married my wife and the birth of my son in June of that year.
A year later me and my family moved to a small city in West Virginia to pastor our first church. One day I was at the church and in the mail was an advertisement from a literary service in Atlanta. It was a promotional for first time authors, guaranteeing a publishing contract for potential clients.
I was so excited about this opportunity that I sent them my manuscript. A month later I received a contract from them and an invoice for $300 for a year’s service. The invoice concerned me and I vacillated between should I honor it or tear up the contract. At the time I was making $200 a week and $300 was a great deal of money. I decided not to do anything and in a few months the literary service sent me my manuscript back. Seeing this as a door closing in my face I sent them the money and my manuscript. A year later my book wasn’t published, the literary service went out of business and my agent disappeared. My heart broke and my dream died.
Ten years later I was out of the pastorate living in a dark season. My mother had died and I was struggling with depression. One day in prayer I asked myself, If you die tomorrow have you done everything that you were born to do? I answered no. I had given up my dream of writing and there was still stories speaking in my imagination. With resolve and determination I began a story that became my first published book DO YOU WANNA BE MADE WHOLE?
I had a creative awakening in that season after my Mother’s death. I left mediocrity, disappointment and fear. I awaken to the creative gift of writing that was buried by disappointment and embracing my dreams.
This site is dedicated to helping you awaken to your buried dreams. The earth is waiting for you to fill it with your greatness. You were created to create!
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