Wednesday, May 27, 2020
THEY DON'T HEAR HER CRIES
I previously introduced you to the BOOK OF THE DAY, "They Don't Hear Her Cries," by Alethea Gibbs. Now I want to introduce her to you. She is a fascinating woman, who I feel we all in one way or another can connect. Please enjoy learning about Alethea Gibbs, but first, an introduction to her book.
Zenobia Jordan lacked attention from her father which caused her to look for love in the wrong places. She found herself on the tough streets of Irvington and Newark, New Jersey. Heartbroken, yet determined to find herself, Zenobia became the woman she vowed she would never be… Many of life’s traps became her new reality. Zenobia had one thing on her mind, survival.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
Unfortunately, I grew up a little sad because I held a lot of stuff in never wanting to share or face them. I used to laugh to keep from crying; that's why no one ever knew the hurt and pain I felt. I'm at peace in my life; therefore, I laugh now because I am happy. I was born and raised in Newark/Irvington, New Jersey. I'm still here in the urban community doing my best to make a difference positively.
What inspired you to author this book?
When I realized I wasn't the only person to grow up without my biological father, that inspired me to write my book just to save at least one depressed person from committing suicide. Studies show the absence of a father affects his child in a lot of negative ways. That's why I had to do something to help the youth cope without having their father.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?
I decided on the silhouette of the lady crying because it was best for my title. Then I decided to make sure her head is up to stay strong through it all. I cried when I wrote Chapter One, that's how I decided the title of my book.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My Mother has been the most significant influence on me personally, and as a writer because she's always been there through the ups and downs, Always.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I struggled writing my book because I never wanted my siblings on my father's side to be mad at me for sharing my story. In their eyes, he was a good father; unfortunately, I never felt the same way because I didn't have the privilege to have him in my life as they did. I'll always love all of my siblings, and I'll never get mad at them about anything that was out of their control. I just need them to understand why it was essential for me to write They Don't Hear Her Cries. I cried a lot by myself and never told them.
Tell your readers about your book.
My book is about a young lady who grew up without her Father. I showed examples of the ways the absence of a father affects the child in a negative way.
Who is your target audience, and why?
My target audience are children growing up without their father and the single parent women because I want to give them hope and let them know it's not their fault they're in their situation, and everything is going to be all right. Also, I want guys who aren't in their child's life to read my book to understand the importance of being in their child's life.
If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?
One reason to read my book is to find inspiration to do better in your life.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
My greatest success is being alive. I was born and raised in an urban community; unfortunately, a lot of people in my area didn't live to see my age. Sad to say, I wanted to kill myself more than once when I was depressed. That fact that I'm alive means success to me.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I'm not sure about one unique thing that sets me off from other writers in my genre because I don't compete with anyone
How do you overcome writer's block?
When it comes to writer's block, I take a moment to step away or work on my manuscript the next day.
What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?
New writers, please study your craft because writing a book isn't as easy as reading one.
Tell your readers anything else you want to share.
You may notice different covers on Goodreads because I made a lot of mistakes when I first published my book. Once I studied my craft, I wanted a fresh start and a new book cover. I'm grateful for my revamp because I learned a lot about the process of writing a professional book. I would love for you to read my book and tell me what you liked or didn't like. Thank you in advance for your support. #TDHHC #GibbsTruthNoLie
Posted by Dr. Melissa Caudle at 6:22 PM