Without a doubt, 2010 has been a year filled with triumphs and lessons learned the hard way. It was a transitional experience where credibility was fostered, and dependability was solidified. My introduction to blog talk radio was not by chance, because I am one who strongly believes in things happening for a reason. When Robert Wesley Branch asked me to interview on his March and April shows I was honored, thrilled, and very green about the whole concept, but his patience and mentoring presented me with new challenges that allowed me to step into the producing arena. Instead of being the one who was just being interviewed, I was given the freedom and honor of reaching out to authors for the authors segment of The Robert Wesley Branch Show. It was Robert who pointed out to me that I had produced those successful string of shows during that span of time this summer, and when it seemed as if I was getting comfortable riding on his coat-tails, another opportunity presented itself — hosting my own talk show.
“A Touch of Grace” became a reality on September 2nd, 2010. Since that date an impressive list of talented authors have spent an hour of their busy schedules with me and have delighted listeners with stories outlining their incredible literary lives. To date, the show has had over 3000 views and it’s popularity is increasing as the days pass. I’ll never forget that first show, because I was overcoming a personal hardship that challenged me emotionally and spiritually, but one thing that rang true, the show had to go on, and it did. When I listen to the archive of the show I cannot tell that I was going through a painful experience, so I believe that it was a sign that I was made to do this.
With the calendar falling swiftly on 2010, I am filled with hope, inspiration, and optimism about my future in radio as a literary personality. The final shows for 2010 have been confirmed, and the authors on board for the ride are an impressive collective, fueled by personal experiences and creative ambition. I am deeming the December shows as the Hopeful Trinity Edition based on the courageous authors I’ll be interviewing.
The former police officer who retired, got addicted to crack, who rebounded and wrote the riveting autobiography, “The Dopeless Hope Fiend“, the humble humanitarian who has fostered over 60 children and wrote the inspiring novel, “The House With Dirt Walls“, and last but certainly not least, the gifted poetess who has written and published 3 uplifting books of poetry are all definitions of selfless dedication to the craft of writing. I suppose with a guest list like this, “A Touch of Grace” is truly turning out to be a platform for those inspired to motivate and put positivity out there into the hearts and soul of the hopeful.
2011’s first confirmed author is, Christian Black, a young, ambitious, and gifted African-American writer who wrote and published the gritty novel “Pleasures & Sin” (The Story of Cedric C.J. Jones). I’ve had the pleasure of networking with Black over the past several months, and have learned much from him. The late literary superstar, E. Lynn Harris, apparently saw something special in him as well, because prior to his death, he had taken Christian under his successful wings and was pushing him to step out on faith and be confident in his writing ability. The outcome yielded a novel and, currently in progress, is the sequel to his first book.
The date will be finalized soon, and once it has been I will be posting the date and time of Christians’ appearance on “A Touch of Grace”, but in the meantime, stay blessed, focused and hopeful.
In the inspiring words of Marvin Sapp, remember, “He saw the best in me…when everyone else around me could only see the worst in me… he only sees me for who I am…”
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