Kandie, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m an author, screenwriter, graphic designer and aspiring filmmaker. I currently reside in North Texas and have recently published a book of poetry, ‘Curtains: The Collective Works’.
How do you find time to connect with God?
This is something I do throughout my day. I pray for guidance on the way to, during and from work. I set aside time to read and study the word, because I need that daily bread to keep me focused and in line with God’s
direction for my life. Basically it’s not just a Sunday thing, I try to include time with God each day whether I’m praying, reading, listening or counseling others.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
Phil 4:7 and 2nd Corinthians 4:8-10
Tell us about your current book.
Curtains: The Collective Works is a collection of poems I wrote, using
free verse and lyrics about self-awareness- growth in every aspect of my
life- becoming authentic since 1990.
What influenced you to write this book?
I’ve always known I wanted to be an author, but compiling my poetry and articles to publish was something that I credit my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Wally Bruce with. Mr. Bruce was a militant in his teachings. He was about discipline and tolerance. He was the type of teacher who wanted you to explore life and learn about yourself. He would pair someone who wasn’t very vocal with someone who was. Or a strong writer with an entertainer. He pushed us to be our better selves and he was kind man. He would show you things about yourself you never considered. I remember he would have the class come in every Monday morning and write about our weekends. Where most of my classmates barely had a paragraph completed I would have a couple of pages. Mr. Bruce eventually pulled me to the side and said [paraphrasing], "Delley, you’re a good writer. It’ll make you famous one day. You should collect all your work. However, I don’t have all day to read your lengthy journals."
That may seem harsh, but He immediately added, "So I want you to use Monday mornings to write a play. And I did. He loved it and helped me produce it for the student body. That experience made me want to be more than a writer, and little did I know the quest to fulfilling that dream would encompass so much growth business wise, creatively and personally.
Now about 25 years later, my first book, is complete and dedicated to Mr. Bruce. Unfortunately when I was able to locate him, I found out he passed away. But I was able to connect with his wife. We shared our memories of her husband, an amazing educator, and she gave the blessing for my book dedication to him.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
To be who you are whether on stage [in front of people] or behind the curtains [alone]. It’s not easy to do for most people, including myself. But revealing Curtains: The Collective Works is my first step. I’m stripped in this book, there are great parts, shallow parts, insecure parts and victorious parts. It’s life. Exposing me to relate with others using poetry.
What’s next for you?
I have three more books that will be released this year. Two how-to e-books and
my first novel short story anthology, Tempestuous Love Stories. I’m excited about Tempestuous Love Stories because it will commence my journey into fiction writing. Needless to say, I’m also in the editing stages of my first adventure novel series.
Where can visitors find you online?