iUniverse author Ms. Christian Bray is here to talk about her new book, Stuff Teens & Young Adults Need to Know.
Please briefly describe your book . . .
Stuff Teens & Young Adults Need to Know is a guide to help teens and young adults with questions they often think about and want to ask someone, but fear to ask.
And can you tell us about yourself and your influences?
I am a grandmother and have lived a totally different life than most teens and young adults today. I believe I was blessed with parents who provided a home that was safe and warm. And through the life of a loving Christian mother, I learned how to approach many of the difficult situations life brought my way. I believe many are going through similar experiences today, but unlike myself, do not have two parents, their lives are not safe, are often emotionally hurt, and many long for someone to help them.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
I wrote Stuff Teens & Young Adults Need to Know originally as a list of thoughts and actions that I wanted to ensure my grandchildren had been told about. I compiled the list over a few months before giving it to them. After receiving it, several of them said they thought I should write a book. My daughter sent me a list of publishing companies and I selected iUniverse and began the process of publishing.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Love is greater than any problem or situation. Forgiveness is a blessing for not only those around you but yourself. But most of all, Love of God and faith in Jesus as our savior makes for a beautiful life of peace and joy.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I have been working on a list of questions that I would like to put out on the web to collect data for a sequel, but don’t know how to go about it.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Stuff Teens & Young Adults Need to Know was just released. I chose to not disclose my identity as my goal was and is not to receive any personal accolades, but to be a source of information for young teens and adults to find their own path to the Lord so that they can receive Him into their hearts and lives.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
My initial conversation/contact with one of the publishing consultants, and her wealth of knowledge and positive attitude and encouragement. I truly believe, that with my timidity, it was through Divine Intervention that God led me to talk with her.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I believe we reveal our most intimate selves through the words we put to pen. These words can make indelible imprints on the lives of others. Because I am a Christian, I also believe that we are accountable for the direction we lead others. Therefore, my advice is that we should all use words to help others live better lives and promote well-being.