Diamond in the Rough: A Collection of Personal Essays and Poems

 

 

Picture of a shining black diamond gem

 

Being the inspirational person that I am, it has been put on my heart to write this book. In it, I share different accounts of things that I have experienced in my life. Much of what I talk about in this book is painful, but I feel that it can help someone out there suffering through something that they feel is pulling them under. I want to give my readers hope. I want them to know that despite how things may seem right now, things will get better. The underdog doesn’t stay down forever, and with God by your side, you can make it through any situation. That is the only way I can explain how I am still here after all I have been through. It has to be nothing but God.

 

I want to share with you the introduction to my book. My hope is that this book touches someone out there struggling to get through life. I want to inspire, encourage, uplift, and motivate them to keep going. Don’t give up on life. The waters may look murky now, but through strength, determination, and God, you will clear away all the murk and see the clear, clean water below. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. I had to go through all I went through in order to help someone else through it. Lets cross the finish line to victory together!

 

Introduction to Diamond in the Rough: A Collection of Personal Essays and poems

 

Introduction:

 

My purpose for writing this book is to help encourage, motivate, uplift, and inspire others out there who may be struggling with things in their life for which they see no way out of. It was not my intention to write a book sharing different events in my life that were painful for me, but when God puts something on your heart, you do what you are led to do. In this book I share my personal stories of trials and tribulations that I have endured. Things have never been easy for me, but through it all I am still standing, and I am stronger than I have ever been before. It took me a long time to transition into this state of mind. The roads were dark and long, and most times lonely, but I made it through. By the grace of God, I am a survivor. I am alive to tell my story. There were many times I wanted to just give up on life, but God brought me through. He is an awesome God, and heard my pleas. He delivered me from the pain and brought me peace.

 

The essays and poems you will find in this book are true accounts of situations that I have faced throughout the years. From child abuse, rape, and domestic violence, I share them all here. These are my true emotions, thoughts, feelings, and ideas written in these pages. I’m sure there is someone out there who has experienced one, some, or all of the situations that I have faced in this book. I want my stories to show you that you don’t have to remain a victim, but you can become the victor of your circumstances. God does not put more on us than we can carry. I know at times it seems as though things aren’t ever going to get better, but believe in your heart and soul that you will prevail. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. You are stronger than even you know you are.

 

If no one else has ever told you, I want to be the one to tell you that despite your dark past, you have a bright future ahead of you. We all suffer in life in some way, shape, or form, but we have to have the strength to go on, but sometimes it’s hard to smile when you’re used to frowning. For me, my life has been filled with nothing but pain and tears, but through God and his unconditional love for me, I have a reason to smile. When I shed tears, they are no longer tears of pain, but tears of joy. Through Jesus Christ, I found the love I have always been searching for. No matter what, his love will never forsake me.

 

I have broken my chains of pain and heartache. I am no longer a prisoner of fear, humiliation, and doubt. I know who and what I am. I now have confidence in myself that I didn’t have before. I am no longer ashamed of the things that made me who I am. I turned my trials into triumphs. Instead of breaking me, my life’s experiences made me into the diamond you see today. A diamond starts as a piece of coal deep in the belly of the earth. With time, heat, and pressure, slowly that piece of coal transforms into a beautiful gem. It took trauma, abuse, neglect, and fear to transform me into the diamond I am. Instead of letting the struggles of your life keep you buried in the ground, use those struggles to rise to the top and shine bright like the diamond you are.

 

When I was finally able to conquer my demons and see myself for the beautiful, light-hearted, ambitious, quizzical, unique, and extraordinary diamond I was, Blaque Diamond was born. For me, it represents words I feel describe me. It symbolizes my growth and my strength to overcome the toughest situations and still be standing. I am renewed. I am reborn. I am a Blaque diamond. Reach for your inner Blaque diamond. Let your light shine through.

 

A Blaque Diamond

 

Beautifully created from this earth

Light-hearted and full of laughter

Ambitious and goal oriented, I am

Quizzical and willing to seek knowledge in all ways possible

Uniquely different and at times the same

Extraordinary creation from god’s paintbrush

 

Determined to overcome all obstacles in my way

Intelligence is a gift that is priceless

Another gem within a world of beautiful gemstones

Miles of mountains and hills climbed to seek inner peace

Observant of my every day development and ways to improve me

Not easily broken and defeated, instead I conquer

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I am my own diamond

 

Coming soon in April 2018!!!! Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Author Q and A: Ann Harrison

Author Q and A: Anne Harrison

 

Let’s get to know Christian fiction author Ann Harrison a little more. Here is just a little peek into the person behind the books. Once you have read this entire question and answer session with the author, hopefully you will understand who she is better. She wears the title of author, but there is a lot more to her than that. Enjoy!!!

 

Q: What inspires you to write?

 

A: I get inspired to write in a variety of ways. Sometimes I get inspired from what I read, and sometimes I am inspired by music, and at other times, things that happen in everyday life can inspire me. I have been inspired by dreams recently as well.

 

Q: Where is your favorite place to write?

 

A: I currently write at my kitchen table, but there are times that I like to take my phone out on the patio or out by the pool and jot down ideas that come to mine.

 

Q: What is your favorite season of the year and why?

 

A: I love fall, because the temperature is cool, but not too cold, and it’s the best time to spend some time outside to find inspiration

 

Q: How many books have you published to date? “Compilations and anthologies included.”

 

A: Including anthologies, I have had work published in five books, with a possibility for a sixth one coming up in the near future.

 

Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?

 

A: My favorite Holiday is Christmas. I love the music, gathering around the tree with my family, and the oohs and ahs of surprise when everyone opens their gifts. I also love the fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 

Q: Name three people who inspire you and explain why.

 

A: One person that inspires me is Karen Kingsbury. Her novels inspired a character that I created for A Journey of Faith. My friend Tish Williams also inspires me because she encourages me when I am suffering from Writers block. Last, but not least my daughter inspires me. Sometimes she says things that sparks creativity.

 

Q: How many books can you honestly say you’ve read in a single year?

 

A: I can honestly say that I have read at least twenty books in a year, although that may be even more. I have read too many to count.

 

Q: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?

 

A: My husband, my daughter, and my closest friends, some of who are writers themselves have been my closet supporters in my writing career.

 

Q: What kind of child were you growing up?

 

A: I was a curious child growing up. Sometimes I would go outside to play with my cousins and my brothers, but there were days that I would sit inside and read for hours at a time. I discovered the joy of talking books and they kept me occupied.

 

Q: If you had $1,000,000 to donate to a worthy cause, which would it be and why?

 

A: I couldn’t give it all to one charity. I would have to dole out some of it to hurricane victims, and send some of the money to guide dog schools.

 

Q: What can bring tears to your eyes?

 

A: Sometimes a certain song can bring tears to my eyes. When my daughter is sick or hurt, and when a child has been mistreated also can bring tears to my eyes. There has also been books that I have read that brought me to tears.

 

Q: What is your favorite food?

 

A: I love pizza, and there are so many other foods that I like that I won’t list them all here.

 

Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

A: I sometimes open up a notepad document and brain storm, and I sometimes just sit in silence and let the thoughts come to me slowly.

 

Q: Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite and why?

 

A: A Journey of Faith is my favorite, because I really got to know Becca as she was traveling down her chosen path.

 

Q: Are there any other published authors in your family? “Self-published or traditionally published.”

 

A: No, I’m the only published author in my family. Though, my uncle’s previous wife, who lives in Florida, told me she was working on several books, but I haven’t seen one published yet.

 

Q: If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?

 

A: The first wish I would make is a home for my husband and me to call my own, with bedrooms for my daughter and Michawl’s nephew. I would have a pool and a screened in porch. My second wish is to have the means to travel to different places for inspiration. I also wish for an easier way to write on the go. I have my phone, but it’s a slow going process when I don’t have my keyboard with me. Sighted people can simply pick up a notebook and pen, but it’s harder for a blind person to do the same.

 

Q: What makes you uniquely you?

 

A: I am creative, I like working with people, but yet I can be a quiet person too. I read more than I play games, yet I love to have a little fun too.

 

Q: Where do you get most of your story ideas?

 

A: I get most of my story ideas in a variety of places. For example, a piece of instrumental music can spark an idea, a book I’m reading, or a bit of everyday life. However, sometimes I can either get inspired by a dream I’ve had, or I can be reading, and an image of a scene will start forming in my mind. When that happens, I have to go with it, or get some pointers from other people to ignite the spark. Once I get the creative fire going, I can write for hours.

 

Q: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper or the computer? Why?

 

A: I prefer writing my first drafts on the computer. Instead of having to rewrite the entire book, I can simply revise the draft and edit my work, to tighten it up the best I can before asking someone else to edit it for me.

 

Q: What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?

 

A: My advice to aspiring authors is to read, read, and read. What I mean by this is read books in the genre in which you plan to write, and read other genres too, because story ideas can come from anywhere. Also, keep your eyes and ears open, because you never know what inspiration you can get from a conversation, or a simple life event. Also, when you are unsure about an aspect of your writing, like one of the characteristics of your protagonist or the setting for your story. Do your research, to make your story believable and to make sure your facts are accurate and consistent.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ann in a deeper sense than just her title of author. You never know what you will find out about a person unless you ask questions. Hopefully, some of your curiosity about the person behind the inspirational stories have been quenched.

 

Check out these books by author Ann Harrison:

 

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery is available in paperback at

Amazon

It is also available in hard cover and eBook on amazon and other book retailers.

 

Stories outside the Box is only available in eBook formats through Smashwords at

Stories Outside The Box

It is also available in Kindle format through Amazon.

 

To learn more about Ann’s published work and to read her blog, visit her website at:

 

Ann Writes Inspiration

 

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