Interview with Author Lorna Jackie Wilson – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Lorna Jackie Wilson

LORNA JACKIE WILSON is an author from Detroit, Michigan. She has an affinity for lyrical poetry, spoken-word, and courageous conversations that speak to conditions in foster care. During her own foster care experiences, the harsh realities of life spilled into her journals. However, the journals became a testimony to others, illustrating the life of an overcomer.

In Lorna’s last and final foster care home, she was placed with Acie Lee Spraddling. Acie Lee Spraddling was the catalyst toward positive change. She was a true advocate for youth, adopting 11 children and taking in 17 foster children. Lorna has four beautiful children of her own who also became an extended part of Acie’s family.  Lorna says, “My family is such an inspiration to me in all of my endeavors and I sincerely appreciate and love them dearly.”

Lorna’s journey continues as she gives back by speaking about foster care experiences and overcoming trauma. She retired from public education in 2019 and is the founder and owner of Black Butterfly Books LLC. She holds master’s degrees in Business Education and Information Technology.  Lorna says, “But more importantly, I find myself in awe, as I watch God organize my thoughts and convey those things that I could never do alone. My prayer is to inspire someone, in some way, in an area where they need it most”.

Tell me more about your latest work

My latest book is KINGDOM CLIQUES; this novel was inspired by observance of Christian behavior in the church.  To that end, most church leaders agree that biblical principles should govern how Christians conduct themselves in all facets of life. However, in reality, what seems so natural in the context of what is expected and what is portrayed can be very contrasting.  In the novel, KINGDOM CLIQUES, Thomas and Marissa Taylor, are at odds with Eric and Camille Dubois. The dissension stems from infidelity and since the married couples attend the same church, their paths cross often. Yet, their actions, in those moments can lend themselves to non-Christian-like behavior. For ministers and leaders of church organizations that have professional experience with situations like this, establishing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all is crucial.  KINGDOM CLIQUES was written to shed light on behaviors that are often not talked about in the church today.  It is unique, in that, it is written as a character-based novel instead of a workbook or guide for Christians.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

Incorporating the authentic act of forgiveness in the midst of dissension.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

Initially, I sought out publishing companies and paid thousands of dollars to get published without understanding that true publishing did not require this.  I learned that companies that charge to publish an author’s literary work were considered vanity publishers.  On the other hand, traditional publishers usually work through literary agents.  This is the challenge for most independent authors.  To that end, authors are required to write query letters to agents, in hope to find one that will be a good fit for achieving their literary goals.  Maybe, this is why indie authors are so popular today.  It is definitely the reason why I publish through KDP Direct Publishing.

What motivated you to become an author?

I am a creative.  The arts are who I am.  To that end, I write books and poetry.  I am a graphic designer by profession and designed many of the marketing instruments for enrollment campaigns in public education.  In addition, as a singer, I have won trophies in national singing competitions. 

How many books have you written so far?

·         Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly (Book 1 in the Black Butterfly Series)

·         The Search for Catherine (Book 2 in the Black Butterfly Series)

·         Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory (Book 3 in the Black Butterfly Series)

·         Game Changers: Power – Control – Deception

(Under Alternate Cover: Greyton’s Grill and the Game Changers)

·         Kingdom Cliques: Loving It Out!

·         Penny Candy: The Hopscotch Trails

·         That’s My Car: I Designed It!

As an author, do you prefer the traditional book or online version? Why?

Both.  Authors should strive to gain exposure worldwide, online and at traditional bookstores.  With consideration to the preference of their readers, both formats should be utilized and readily available for potential customers.

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

Prior to retirement, I worked in public education for over 33 years.  I gravitated to this field because this is an area where I could help others and develop my craft as a writer, as well.  Therefore, I would say, “If an author chooses a field that doesn’t support their writing, it could be very difficult for them.”  Thankfully, this was not an issue for me.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Write as often as possible.  When inspiration strikes, don’t wait until you have time to write.  There have been moments when I have awakened at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and started writing.  Some of my best poetry came during those moments.  I can’t stress enough how important that is.  Missed opportunities can impact your greatest work.  So, flow in the moments as inspiration strikes and later, hire an editor to improve quality.

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