A Heart-to-Heart with All of You

For the last year, I have thought about what I would say to you today. It's the day before my debut novel releases to the world -- the day before the biggest dream I've ever imagined is realized. And so now...I want to have a heart-to-heart with you.

For the past few months, I've received more encouragement and support than I could have ever imagined. You've helped me live this dream so far...I cannot thank you enough. From the likes and comments on my posts to the heart-felt...

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Pre-Order ‘A New Requiem’ Now

My debut novel, A New Requiem, which many of you have followed for months now is finally available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major book retailers! For so long I have dreamed of writing a novel, and to see this finally culminate into a reality has created happiness beyond measure. I am thrilled to share this story and its powerful message with you, and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Cover Reveal and MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

After much discussion and deliberation, the book will not release September 24. Instead, it'll release July 12.

My editor has been very complimentary of the novel, and since it is complete, I'm ready. My publisher is as well, so there is no need to wait. The project is well ahead of schedule, and all of us are ready to go. A New Requiem will be available at major book retailers everywhere Friday, July 12.

If you want to pre-order and make sure you get your copy that day,...

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Want the Book Early? Message Me for a Free Copy!

It has been too long! A crazy month has led to this moment where, for mostly therapeutic purposes, I find myself back here writing. I have missed it for sure.

In the meantime, I've been doing some exciting things, though, including but not limited to perhaps the best sports experience I've ever had in my life: a Stanley Cup Playoff 2nd round series-clinching win at home for the Carolina Hurricanes over the New York Islanders. What a night, especially with Courtney, who you see in my feature...

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“It’s only a dream until you write it down. Then it becomes a goal.”: Emmitt Smith, San Diego, and Returning to the West Coast

I'm sitting here in the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, where I return for the first time since 2015 when I was here for the Winner's Celebration event for Farm Bureau Insurance. San Diego is just a beautiful as it was then, though I've learned twice now that sunny Southern California isn't as warm as one would think this time of spring. While I'd love to be outside, I am instead seated comfortably inside, away from a brisk cold wind that has...

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“True Friends Never Forget”: The Real-Life Influence of My Debut Novel’s Character Dwight Kerry

I could choose many words to describe Dwight Berry, but I'll start by noting the first that comes to mind: selfless.

Indeed, Dwight Berry was one of the most selfless people I've ever known. He passed away in July 2018, but I can probably speak for so many people when I say this: he will never be forgotten.

His constant willingness to help me, and others, is what I will most remember him for, but make no mistake about it: his presence in a room was commanding, and his talents...

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The Common Misperception of What It Means to “Change the World”

How many people have you ever heard say, or imply, that they want to do something to "change the world?" I once worked in the admissions office of my alma mater, Chowan University, and I cannot tell you how many students I met who said they aspired to do something in their life that would "change the world."

Naturally, people want to make an impact. They want what they do to make a difference. However you want to say it, many people want to spend their life doing something that can "change...

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Going Home

This weekend I journeyed to a small town in northeastern North Carolina that I have the privilege of calling home.

A populous of slightly less than 600 people, Jackson has always been a charming place, equipped with all the essentials of Southern living, including but not limited to the local churches, fine Southern architecture, and local eateries that always delight. I regret that I was not able to enjoy the Embassy Cafe, though, as they are not open on the weekend, but if you ever get...

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