“There is purpose in your pain.” – Jacqueline Goodwin
Blaque: It’s that time again. Another author spotlight. This time, I have the pleasure of speaking with author Jacqueline Goodwin, who resides in South Carolina.
Jacqueline: It’s such an honor to have the opportunity to speak with you Blaque Diamond.
Blaque: The pleasures all mine. It makes me feel like you and I share something special just because you’re from South Carolina. LOL.
Blaque: Yes, I am also originally from South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina to be exact.
Jacqueline: Oh, wow! That’s pretty amazing. You never know how small the world really is.
Blaque: Yes, I miss home, but there were better opportunities for me in North Carolina, so it is my home now.
Jacqueline: That is understandable.
Blaque: So, before we begin your interview, tell me a little about your book.
Jacqueline: Well, Healing in the Vessel is my story. It is a book filled with true-to-life testimonies of how God has moved in my life as a mother and a daughter. I want my book to empower readers everywhere and build up their faith in God.
Blaque: Nice. So, this book is full of inspiration as you tell your life’s story?
Jacqueline: Yes, I’m sharing my story with the world to change the life of some young person out there. If my story can touch at least one person, then I know there is purpose in my pain.
Blaque: Powerful. I’m sure your readers will be able to take some valuable lessons with them after reading your book.
Jacqueline: That is my hope and prayer.
Blaque: Ok, so let’s get started.
Jacqueline: I’m ready when you are.
Blaque: What inspires you to write?
Jacqueline: My inspiration for writing comes from the Holy Spirit.
Blaque: Where is your favorite place to write?
Jacqueline: My favorite place to write is at the park.
Blaque: What is your favorite holiday, and why?
Jacqueline: My favorite holiday is July 4th, because that is the day that God brought me into this world.
Blaque: Cool! You’re the second person I know that has a fourth of July birthday. That must be pretty exciting. Not only are you celebrating America’s independence, but also your born day.
Jacqueline: Yes, it’s pretty amazing.
Blaque: So, where do you see yourself in five years?
Jacqueline: In five years, I see myself traveling to various countries preaching and teaching God’s Word. Also, I see myself publishing more books and speaking at different conferences.
Blaque: What can bring tears to your eyes?
Jacqueline: When I see a young person give their life to Christ, it brings tears to my eyes.
Blaque: If you had $1,000,000 to donate to a worthy cause, which would it be, and why?
Jacqueline: I would donate the money to help further the research in finding a cure for HIV and AIDS because of my own personal testimony.
Blaque: We all need someone to keep pushing us forward, so who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
Jacqueline: My daughter Jasmine has been my biggest supporter in my writing career.
Blaque: What is your favorite color?
Jacqueline: My favorite color is pink.
Blaque: Pink is also my favorite color as well. Actually pink, red, and white are all my favorite colors. So tell me, where do you get most of your story ideas?
Jacqueline: Many of my story ideas come from my own trials and tribulations that I have endured in my life.
Blaque: What is your fondest childhood memory?
Jacqueline: My fondest childhood memory is playing in my room with my Winnie-pooh bear that my dad won from the State fair.
Blaque: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as an author?
Jacqueline: My biggest accomplishment as an author is having my book sent overseas to be placed in a library in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Blaque: If your best friend could describe you in one word, what would it be?
Jacqueline: My best friend would describe me as humble.
Blaque: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Jacqueline: When I am not writing, I enjoy reading my Bible, meditating, praying, and exercising.
Blaque: What did you want to be when you grew up? Is that the occupation you’re in now?
Jacqueline: I wanted to be an attorney when I grew up, but God took me in a totally different direction. I am not an attorney, but instead I am a pastor and author. These are two occupations that I never really saw myself in, but I would not change them for anything now.
Blaque: As authors, most of us have nine to five jobs that help to support our writing careers. Do you write full-time, or is writing like a second job?
Jacqueline: Writing is a second job for me, but I am praying for God to open the doors for it to become a full-time career.
Blaque: Are you a cat, or a dog person?
Jacqueline: I am a dog person.
Blaque: I know how it makes me feel, but how does it make you feel when a reader tells you that they enjoyed reading your book?
Jacqueline: When a reader tells me that they enjoyed reading my book, it makes me feel that there is purpose in my pain.
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
Jacqueline: My goal as an author is to publish my first novel, have my books in various languages, and produce my books in audio format.
Blaque: Producing your book(s) in audio format would be beneficial to me and other blind and visually impaired avid readers out there. Even though EBooks are accessible for the blind to read, we still enjoy listening to an actual person read a book compared to a text-to-speech software reading it. I would definitely encourage you to pursue that avenue of publishing your books.
Jacqueline: That is definitely on my agenda.
Blaque: What has been the hardest hurdle you’ve had to jump over while embarking on your writing journey?
Jacqueline: The hardest hurdle I’ve had to jump over while embarking on my writing journey is finding time to write.
Blaque: If your parents could see you right now, would they be proud of you?
Jacqueline: Yes, both of my parents would be proud of me if they could see me right now.
Blaque: Well, we have reached the end of the interview. I hope your readers enjoyed getting a chance to know you better.
Jacqueline: I hope so too. It was nice talking to you.
Blaque: Oh, no! The pleasure was all mine. Before I let you go, leave readers with your information so that they can get a copy of your book. We want to make sure that your book gets into the right hands.
Jacqueline: LOL. Definitely. So, my book can be purchased from Amazon in paperback format. Readers can also purchase an autographed copy here Autographed Healing in the Vessel A Mother’s Love, A Daughter’s Journey of Faith
Blaque: Great! Are you active on social media?
Blaque: Readers, be sure to grab your copy of Ms. Jacqueline’s book. If you’re looking for a book of inspiration, you have to look no further. Thanks again for stopping by.
Jacqueline: No, thank you for having me.
Blaque: Until next time. Happy writing!
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