Author Spotlight no.75 – Deborah Parker

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the seventy-fifth, is of Deborah L Parker.

Deborah L. Parker was born in the rural town of Waverly Virginia and has travelled many paths since then that have provided hard yet hearty lessons. In her motivational memoir, Navigating Life’s’ Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey, she creatively takes readers along as she chronicles the insights from her determined single parent upbringing in the home of her wise grandparents, then on to college, an army reserve officer career to corporate manager, entrepreneur, breast cancer survivor and now published author. Sharing her setbacks and successes around family, career, health and relationship issues has profoundly touched the readers of this well-received book.

Now Deborah manages a motivational speaking, leadership and personal development workshop company, The DPJ Training Group, located in Leesburg where she specializes in seminars and coaching on career, diversity, management and communications topics. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary and M.A. in Human Resources Development from George Mason University.

A love for writing started early in Deborah’s life so while in college she often asked her professors if she could write papers for extra grade credit. Taking that passion forward, she has authored articles on life strategies, business and community issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier, Washington Afro Newspaper, Metro Herald and Arizona’s Black Executive Magazine.

Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

And now from the author herself:

Often times I’m asked how I came to write my book. And my answer to those who ask about the process to seeing your name on a book? It will happen at the appointed time. Wait for it! Just put your words down somewhere.  Mine came through a series of spiritual yet challenging life events; the most recent was the passing of my dear mother in March 2010.  From the intense and agonizing grieving process this book was born, so I see my mother as its spiritual co-author. So I see my book as a charge and blessing from above.
Writing it has been on my radar for a while.

I remember first mentioning my authorship intent to family and friends about 16 years ago. Then I started writing—capturing life’s glories and tragedies as I saw them. A few years later as I exclaimed this vision to others, the comments ranged from supportive to discouraging—but I wasn’t necessarily deterred. Continuing to write, I cataloged more stories as my life’s map unfolded.

Just speaking the words of my writing goal gave this project life—sprouting the seeds. God gradually put a series of experiences in my life—some great and some not so great—to get me to this point. Responses and residue from the issues of family and friends gave me new insights for addressing the travails of my odyssey.

Currently in my professional life I conduct training programs on leadership and personal development. Participants in my workshops—through their comments and questions—validated my thoughts of writing this book and alerted me that so many of us are struggling and looking for answers. The rollercoaster nature of the social, political and economic climate of this country pointed to a need for new maps to circumvent these troubled times. My own life’s roadblocks started to reveal instructive destinations…and this book evolved.

Through the years I stayed on Persistence Parkway—revisiting what I’d written, attending writer’s groups and keeping the goal alive. I also stopped at Waiting Wall to assess where I was on my path and then tweak my manuscript. The original writings focused on everyone else’s story. When I showed this manuscript my oldest brother, he asked me why I didn’t share more of my life. He said, “People like to read about other people’s lives…” and I’d done many positive things in spite of our rough beginnings and he was proud of me. My brother reemphasized the fact that we all have a story to tell. Not long after that conversation I attended the funeral of a saved saint—an old friend of my family’s. The choir sang her favorite hymn, “Tell it When You Get it Right”.
God is allowing me to tell my story and the time is right.

I have more books to come in this genre that readers will find reflective and motivating!

Thank you, Deborah. You can find out more about Deborah and her book at: http://navigatinglifesroadways.com

‘Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey’ is available from Amazon.com and createspace.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with historical (WW2) biographer Cyndee Schaffer – the three hundred and thirty-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are also now on Amazon, with more to follow. I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales.

I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s ‘Contact me’ page or plain and simple, email me.

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