On Tour! (Q&A w/ Author Deborah Allen)
On Tour February 17th-21st
AUTHOR Deborah Allen
Deborah Allen currently teaches at St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Lindenwood University, while she pursues her doctorate degree at Maryville University, and is a proud wife, mother, and grandmother.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author Deborah Allen, has picked up the pieces and put life together her way, on the pages of her second book The Church of Forgiveness. Available on Amazon.com, (Softcover; $12.45, December 9, 2013).
Blurb: Family and forgiveness are terms that should go hand in hand. In most family relationships, forgiveness is a speed bump of everyday occurrences. In this book, The Church of Forgiveness, life for Deborah Allen has its sweet spots and its sour patches. Learning to forgive is a journey Allen takes through the hallways of her church, high school and bedroom. TCOF is a collection of essays that Allen sat down and penned to share her experiences, good or bad, right or wrong. She shares it all in a way to gather the pieces of her life in words. She shares stories about her father and mother and their relationship. She shares her life as a preacher’s daughter growing up in the black church. She shares stories of how she dealt with learning about who her father was and how she began to accept and deal with that knowledge. She shares the heartbreak of learning her daughter had cancer and their struggle to overcome it. She briefly highlights her special relationship with her grandson, Drake. Ending the book with Family Matters, a recollection of how and why forgiveness is essential to move forward in life.
The Church of Forgiveness
Q&A w/ Author Deborah Allen
1. Q. Why is the book titled “The Church of Forgiveness?” It sounds like a book about the church?
A. The title is a metaphor, a euphemism and a figure of speech. Growing up in the Baptist church, my upbringing, my culture, is deeply rooted in those things learned in the church. Forgiveness is a journey that I’ve been on for some time. So, in keeping with the metaphor ‘a school of thought’ came ‘The Church of Forgiveness.’
2. Q. How long did it take you to write the book?
A. Writing this book has been about healing, therapy and forgiveness. I had to find a way to forgive my father because throughout the process, thinking I was hurting him, I was hurting myself more.
3. Q. What was the most difficult part about writing the book?
A. Writing is a journey of self-discovery. I look back on the book today and still want to re-write some of it. Writing such a personal collection of essays brings one to the realization that judgment is sure to come, and not the judgment of God. I’m speaking of the judgment of man. I will be judged and that’s the way it is. If I put myself out there, I must face the scrutiny of the masses.
4. Q. Are you working on a new book? If so, what will it be about?
- A. I am. I’m always writing. Writing is a part of my soul’s breathing process. I must write. If not poetry, then I’m writing fiction, or my first love, non-fiction.
5. Q. Why is non-fiction your first love?
A. As an African-American woman, I hope that my life and my mistakes and misfortune can help someone avoid the same. I hope that as an African-American woman my journey will inspire other AA women and men to get busy living or get busy dying. Choose!
6. Q. Do you wish you had written the book earlier?
A. No. I’ve been writing the book for such a time as this. I am who I am because of the words in the book. I have forgiven my father and I forgive myself daily. I’m living out loud in my own skin and I’m no longer in the shadow of shame hiding from myself or the world.
7. Q. Do you think more or less of your parents now that you’ve written the book?
A. I think more of both of them, more mostly of my mother. As a mother, I understand what it means when you hear the colloquialism, “Mama’s baby, daddy’s maybe.” The sacrifice required to be a mother is Everest. The giving never ends and the sacrifice never ends. It’s the beauty and the beast of life.
8. Q. Will your next book be about your family?
A. Definitely. What else is there? Even if the book is about my work as a teacher, it will somehow find its way back to something my mother taught me, told me or something I learned raising my daughter. Family is the cornerstone for me.
9. Q. Does your book have a happy ending?A. As happy endings go, I would say yes. I end the book with the chapter called, ‘Family Matters.’ This essay is about living in my childhood home on Ashland and the sights and sounds of the house. I tell a story about my sister and her father’s relationship and how special it was. I tried to give the reader a full grasp of what I saw as a child growing up and what family meant to me.
10. Q. What would you change about your life if you could?
A. Oddly, I would not change a thing. No matter what anyone says, I was meant to be born and live the life I’m living today. I have purpose and I am grateful for the journey then and the journey to come.
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