INTERVIEW | Edwin De Leon

Edwin, describe yourself for our visitors.

I’m a person who has an array of interest and passions. My hobbies consist of playing sports, dancing, shooting pool, reading and watching movies. My musical interest is all over the place, from Latin, Jazz, R&B, Country, Blues and Pop. If I had to choose my favorite it would be Salsa because of my extreme passion for dance. Currently I have a jail ministry that provides mentorship and inspiration to incarcerated fathers and mothers.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I make it a priority to find time with God. It is the single most important item in my daily walk. Everything else is planned around it. Finding time with God should be like finding time to eat. We never forget to do that.

Who are your favorite authors?

Langston Hughes, Charles Dickens, Maya Angelou, John Maxwell 

Favorite books?

The Bible, Seven Habits of Effective People, 360 Leader.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My journey to publication actually began some time ago as a young man growing up in the south Bronx New York. As a reader, I was fascinated by the fact that someone with a story and the right choice of words can vicariously take you anywhere. So I decided to write and create my own stories by choosing my own words. Ultimately it was in 2006, when I decided to actually publish my novel which was released on Nov 2007.

Tell us about your current book.

My novella, A Forgiver’s Consequences is about a young woman name Lisa Fontaine, who meets and marries the man of her “dreams”, David Fontaine. However, her fairy tale marriage quickly turns into a nightmare, consumed with all forms of abuse, to include physical. Her childhood friend Javier is emotionally torn as he struggles with his friendship and love for her, and the abuse he sees her enduring from the man she loves, her husband. Lisa’s and Javier’s friendship is one of many other issues that David does not approve of, which perpetuates some dangerous consequences for everyone.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

A Forgiver’s Consequences touches on an issue that’s near and dear to my heart, domestic violence. As a child, I was exposed to it in our household and it left an indelible impression on me. Also, as an adult and security practitioner, I have personally seen the ramifications of this behavior spill over to the workplace. And it’s an increasing epidemic that needs to be addressed head on.

List the three most recent books you have read.

  • My Life-Bill Clinton
  •  Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea-Nikki Giovanni
  • The 360 Leader-John Maxwell

What’s next for you?

My goal is to finish the sequel to A Forgiver’s Consequences sometime in 2009. I’m also doing my annual entertainment and benefit show in San Antonio Texas this coming Jan 2009. I am also writing a play, which I hope to put into production by the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010. And I also plan to continue to speak and allow God to use me in any way he chooses.

Where can visitors find you online?

I can be reached at www.4APurposeonline.com.

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