Keeping Faith Through Rough Circumstances w/Author Snook

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

-Malcolm X

One thing that everyone encounters in their life is adversity. Dictionary.com defines adversity as adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress. The definition is incredibly descriptive. It shows me that, no matter what your race, gender, religious/spiritual beliefs, political viewpoints, sexual preference or socio-economic status, you will have problems in your life that’ll make you feel like breaking down and losing faith. No one is exempt from it.

Even though we, as humans, all fall into adverse circumstances in our lives, how we deal with these proverbial road blocks is what differentiates us. Do you break down and accept defeat in your life or do you power through these rough times and grow from them? Most people are weak-willed and lazy, always accepting the status quo and what’s forced upon them. They have no desire to improve their lives and fold when the life creates a mild windstorm that barely even mirrors the hell hurricane that ravishes the surroundings of people in rougher situations.

Stop accepting weakness and defeat family! Put Donnie McClurkin’s classic song We Fall Down in your mental rolodex and keep your faith in the midst of these troubling times in your life. After every storm, there’s always a rainbow right?

“We fall down but we get up

We fall down but we get up

We fall down but we get up

For a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up”

Recently I talked to Snook, the author of The Day The Walls Cried. The novel is about one family’s adverse circumstances and how they keep going despite it all. She gave some great insight that everyone going through a rough season in their life should read and take into their life.

Snook Article Edited Picture

Randall: Your novel The Day The Walls Cried has a distinct motivation behind it. Tell us what spurred the creation of this story and also what it’s about.

Snook: “The Day The Walls Cried” was inspired by the need to bring awareness to deafness. I know first-hand about growing up with a family member that has a hearing impairment.  I wanted to tell a story about truth and second chances. Truth in the sense that bad things can happen to good people. Second chances aren’t always given, but if you are given a second chance, consider yourself blessed. This story was written from my heart, creating a compelling story.

“The Day The Walls Cried” depicts a story of a young man who is raised by a single mother that is deaf. King and his mother, Jasmine, moves to the worst housing project in the city of Richmond after his grandmother dies. He is forced into an environment where he has to learn fast to survive and where life changes forever. His mother is attacked in her bedroom while he listens from the other side of the wall of his best friend’s bedroom. After his mother’s death, King moves in with Aunt Pearl. There he meets her foster kid, Starr. They bond as brother and sister and vows to be there for one another no matter what. He plan to avenge his mother’s death. Starr being the only person that knows his plan plays the biggest role and she doesn’t know it. When the past collides with the present, King must make a decision to kill or forgive.

Randall: In my opinion, the best literature is one that exposes societal ills in an innovative way. What point were you trying to get across in The Day The Walls Cried? What was the core message behind this story?

Snook: In “The Day The Walls Cried” you will see the struggle of a single mother, the struggle of growing up without a mother or father, and the life of a family dealing with disabilities. The point that I wanted to make is that we can’t let our past dictate our future. Living in our past only holds us back from living. We have a choice to choose a path that leads either left or right. Everyone may not be so blessed to have a second chance, therefore we must make wise choices.

Randall: How important is family unity and stability to proper childhood development?

Snook: Family unity and stability is very important to a child’s development. The first relationship a child has is with their parents and siblings. How those relationships are shaped has a direct impact on a child. These relationships often are reflective of the relationships that a child goes on to develop with others. The rearing of a child starts at home. The home should be stable to provide a strong foundation for a child’s development.

 

Randall: In this new American society, is having a two-parent home realistic?

Snook: Yes. A two parent home is still realistic in today’s society. No matter how much society changes, you can’t change the fact that it takes the mother and father to raise a child. Although, many are doing it alone, it is still more beneficial that there are two parents in the home.

 

Randall: In your opinion, what are the biggest problem with our collective viewpoints towards relationships, raising children and family building in this current climate?

Snook: One thing I will say, is that we have changed how we parent. We no longer parent the way that we were parented. Today, people are more sensitive about certain subject matters and are intimidated into being politically correct. This applies to raising our children, our relationships and families.

Randall: Following off the previous questions, what solutions do your propose?

Snook: I don’t think that there is one single solution. We have to respect one another and realize that we are all human. We shouldn’t condemn others for being different but we must unite as human beings. We should respect one another’s point of views.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

Snook: My upcoming project is the highly anticipated title, “Karma’s Kiss 2.” It is set to release next year. It’s the follow up to my debut novel, “Karma’s Kiss” that was originally released in 2012. The Down Turn and Karma’s Kiss will also be re-released next year under Amarquis Publications.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Snook: No matter your circumstances, you have a choice how you want to live your life.  If your past or current situation involves abuse, you don’t have to grow up to be the abuser. You have the choice to become something greater. Your choices in life sets the path to your future. Make smart decisions. Don’t let your past dictate your future or hold you back from progress. Choose LIFE.

 

You can find Snook at:

www.booksbysnook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/snooknovels

Fan page:   www.facebook.com/authorsnook

Twitter: @snook804

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/authorsnook

The Randall Barnes Experience

-We came, we saw, we conquered! My debut publishing effort “Riverview High: Circumstances” reached #2 on the Amazon charts! Check it out on Amazon today. Don’t forget to leave a review!

http://www.amazon.com/Riverview-High-Circumstances-Young-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00O2FCWGY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

-“The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” is out now! Make sure to go get it!

http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Aaliyah-Anderson-Randall-Barnes/dp/0988762196/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404822785&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Diary+Of+Aaliyah+Anderson

Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Was I right or wrong on this issue? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

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