Tremayne, tell us about yourself.
After graduating from high-school I served my country in the United States Air Force for 4 years. In 1996, while stationed in Alaska, I gave my life to Christ. When my enlistment was over I went to Florida A&M, where I received a degree in accounting.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I thought life would get easy as I would get older. I live such a busy life, so I try to commune with God almost every free moment I have. Whether it’s while I’m working, driving or answering these questions, God is always in my thoughts.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Shel Silverstein and Langston Hughes are my favorite authors. My favorite book is Where The Sidewalk Ends by the former.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication was accidental, but I believe God’s hand was on me. I use to write poetry when I was in high school. Between 1996 and 2003, I only wrote a little bit. In 2004, I picked it back up eventually writing about 60 poems from 2004-2006. One poem caught the attention of a friend of mine who forwarded it to a publisher. From there, the rest is history.
My current story, Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson’s Fight For Life, is a fictional version of what I endured in the arena of child sexual abuse. But the twist in the story is that it addresses teenage suicide.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I had a lot of childhood dreams and I was able to live them within this story. I grew up with a love for music and listened to the songs I love as I wrote Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid. Ideas came from all over the place. In fact, my editor had to cut one scene down because I could have written an entire novel on that one scene.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
The lesson I would like for readers to learn from my book is that you can be free from childhood sexual abuse and to never be afraid to ask for help. Find somebody who will walk with you as you’re struggling with triggers from your past. More importantly, know the truth of who Jesus is in the midst of what you’ve been through.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is a novel addressing domestic/emotional abuse in the faith community. I will be joined by fellow authors Tamika Sims & Ondrea Davis.
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