How did your journey as an author begin?
I believe it began with the first words I ever read and continued as I read every book I could get my hands on until now. It’s a never-ending journey!
Was it something you always wanted to pursue?
No. It was a happy accident.
Who or what motivated you to write?
As part of my continuing education requirement as a teacher, I participated in the New Jersey Writing Project. Jameel’s Plan was a result of that experience.
Do you have a tip that you can offer your peers (poets and writers worldwide)?
I wrote the book in 2003 and sent it to a publisher (refused), put it in the closet, checked on self-publishing (too expensive), back in the closet. Then, this year I connected with Winn Publishing, and they accepted it! So my advice is to never give up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living in Abilene, loving on my grandkids, and possibly doing a bit of writing.
What does being an author mean to you?
It’s such a new idea to me, that I have no words.
What’s your favorite quote and who’s it by?
“Joy is peace dancing. Peace is joy at rest.” F.B. Meyer
If you could co-author with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Timothy Palmer, my son. He’s a talented speaker, essayist, poet and song-writer. Working with him on a project would be awesome!
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