Dijorn, describe yourself to our visitors
I am someone who truly enjoys his solitude. I have an introverted personally so it takes me awhile to open up to people. Most days I like to read and watch movies, but occasionally my wife manages to get me out of the house by challenging me to a game of air hockey.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I know that God has been behind every blessing and every trail in my life. The man that I am today is because of God and I can not fulfill my destiny without God. So every day after I work out, I take time out for prayer and studying the Bible. I like to read over the sermons from my Pastor and dig deep into the word. At the beginning of September, I started fasting in preparation for my book release. I do not know how my life is going to change as a result of being a published author, but I do know that if I put down the food and pick up the word, God can comfort me in this journey.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Toni Morrison is brilliant in every sense of the word. I love the Bluest Eye because of its structure and her command of the English Language. Fyodor Dostoevsky personifies the possibilities of what a writer can achieve. Crime and Punishment is in my opinion a technically flawless novel. I have not read a writer who knew how to set the tone of a story like James Baldwin and of all the writers, Hemingway has had the biggest influence because of his use of description and moving narration.
Tell us your journey to publication.
I started off as a playwright and my first play was produced at San Jose State. I wanted to be the next August Wilson, so I worked diligently at honing my craft in playwriting. I shared an idea that I had for a play with my best friend and he encouraged me turn the story into a novel. I enrolled in a novel writing class taught by the great Floyd Salas and started to work on my first novel. A co-worker of mine Beverly Johnson put me in contact with Urban Christian. I was told to send the first four chapters and if they were interested then in three to six months I would receive the first four chapters in the mail with a request for the full manuscript.
I sent off the first four chapters and within three weeks I got a request for the full manuscript. I had to come clean with the publisher and let them know that I had not finished writing the book. I was encouraged to take my time in completely the manuscript and send it out when I was ready. During the course of completely the manuscript I received numerous rejection letters for my plays, grad school and writing fellowships. I did not think I could handle another rejection, but my wife encouraged me to finish and send out the manuscript. Several weeks after I sent out the novel, I was offered a book deal.
Tell us about your current book.
My Father’s House takes a very intimate look into the life of a pastor and the life of a Christian. You do not know what the person sitting next to know may be going through. Some people are quick to call a Christian a hypocrite if they proclaim the gospel, but get caught doing something that goes against God’s word. That person may not be a hypocrite, but a human being in need of grace. In this story we see Christians who may not always walk out the principles of the Scriptures, but their hearts are genuine. Finally, the story is about having a healthy belief system and putting your faith in God above man.
How did you come up with the ideas for this book?
When I graduated college, I was in need of direction so I spent a lot of time at church seeking out God’s purpose for my life. My Pastor at the time, Dr. Oscar Dace would often take me to lunch and give me an encouraging word as well as look out for any job openings that may have come up. I knew that being a Pastor meant more than just preparing for a sermon on Sunday morning, but I could not fathom the depths of a Pastor’s responsibility. I knew that this side of a pastor’s life needed to be shown because I am sick and tired of seeing stories that highlights a pastor’s greed or lust. There are a lot of Pastors who work tirelessly towards the building of God’s kingdom and they should be recognized too!
What’s next for you?
Writing and more writing! I am working on my next novel. I plan to return to my first love: playwriting and I even have my sights set on screenwriting.
Where can visitors find you online?
You can go to my website www.dijornmoss.com and that website has all of my contact info.