Interview with Dell Henry – Ramona Portelli Blog

“F.R.U.I.T.S.”  (Family Research Uncovers Important Secrets) by Author Dell S. Henry is a riveting and deeply captivating autobiography told in the first-person narrative, offering an unmatched level of intimacy with the author’s ancestry, personal experiences, and friendships. 

Mr. Henry was born in 1951 and grew up in East Orange, New Jersey together with five other siblings. He prides himself on his mother’s stringent childrearing, which saw him learn to respect and love everyone at an early age, regardless of their race. Between the years 1956 and 1957, his family nearly perished in an inferno after an aunt who had moved in with them fell asleep, dropping a cigarette onto a mattress after a drinking sprees. As readers will realize, this was just one of those moments where he would narrowly escape death and other horrifying ordeals.

Of reputable praise is his resident City, East Orange, whose rich history comes alive beautifully among the pages.  The author’s connection by lineage to three U.S. Presidents is equally an exciting reveal that lovers of history will be glad to unearth. Intertwined throughout the reading are inspiring stories of family members, neighbors, and friends whose lives stood as memorable to the author.  One will not fail to appreciate how Henry derives lifelong lessons from the stories such as, positivity begets positivity, and life always rewards back with what one has invested in others.

Henry’s autobiography is not an ordinary composition of life events set for motivational purposes. It is a raw and honest exposition that reveals challenges around the African-American community as well as how generations lived in different periods of history. This is an inspiring work that he hopes will bring every reader to research their family’s striking recollections, a practical and deliberate exercise that he acknowledges as an eye-opener.

Successful biographers only need complete knowledge of one topic-themselves. Henry has chosen a perspective that surpasses mere facts and allows the reader to peer into his own heart and soul, as well as the other people he has written about. The numerous recommendations and reviews from other authors prove that “F.R.U.I.T.S.” (Family Research Uncovers Important Time Secrets) by Author Dell S. Henry  has been meticulously researched, and is, therefore, a worthy autobiography that indirectly doubles up as a self-help guidebook.

Tell me more about your latest book

My latest book is my first book Titled F.R.U.I.T.S. and now I  am  learning about it.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The most challenging aspect of writing this book was spending 6 years of research at different genealogy locations gathering “Golden Nuggets”!

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

My procedure to get my book published was to find a qualified publisher, which, after searching online, was BookBaby who is located in Pennsauken which is located in  Southern New Jersey.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

It is important to have elements of character, setting and atmosphere in a story to keep the reader’s attention and to present themes to allow the reader to think.

How many books have you written so far?

I have only written this one book so far and the Title is F.R.U.I.T.S. (Family Research Uncovers Important Time Secrets) and I will continue to promote it.

What’s the best way to market your books?

There are many ways to market books. There are literary agents who seek movie stars, athletes, and prominent people, for the standard publishers, there are social medias, podcasts, TV Guests, Radios, word of mouth, local libraries, colleges, book distributors, indie authors, movies, TV series, Book Giveaway contests, etc.

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

My writing routine is sitting at my laptop for one hour, type whatever comes to my mind, and then I get off the chair, and take a walk in the park or buy a cup of coffee or tea.  I don’t plan anything or outline anything ahead of time. Every author has their own unique methods, now you know mine!  As I mentioned before, I try to keep things simple and to date, I only have one book, so I can’t call it a career at this point.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

No matter what genre an aspiring writer chooses, if it is Fiction, Non-fiction, Children books, Horror books, Romance books, Boo, k Series, Sports, Music, Self-Help, History, Politics, Pets, Business, or any other subject, just enjoy writing and share your book ideas with all of your readers!

Visit Author Dell Henry book links:-

F.R.U.I.T.S.: Family Research Uncovers Important Time Secrets: Henry, Dell S.: 9781736112403: Books

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