ONE WEEK FROM NOW…

One week from now…

I will be a published author!

Have you watched these videos?  Now is the time to let the world know what’s happening on June 1st!!!  Please share. 

Official Book Trailer!  

My first interview
Open letter to readers from my son!

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My response to “Prison is suppose to be a punishment and a deterrent – so stop the treats!”

Occasionally I may post something seemingly unrelated to Voice for the Silent Fathers!  THIS is one of those posts.

Yesterday, a twitter follower (@allierox29) tagged me with an article written by Carole Malone titled: Prison is supposed to be a punishment and a deterrent – so stop the treats!  Please take a moment to click the link and read it so you will understand that under my current circumstances, I felt compelled to respond.

I’ve spent most of the past 11 and a half years at USP Canaan, one of the most violent Federal prisons in America, and I can tell you I’ve seen it all.

Unfortunately there is no one perfect solution with punishment because there are a number of different variables that lead to a person ending up in prison. For the sake of this discussion, I would like to point out the essential ingredient that those of us behind these walls need to improve our lives, which is the desire to want to change. That seed of desire needs to be cultivated so that one has the ability to see him or herself as more than just an ex-con. It’s important for everyone to be able to recognize the essence of who they really are in order to live their true potential. In prison, art and music programs, educational and trade classes are the tools used in an attempt at a healthy cultivation for change, while helping to reinforce one’s greater potential. Programs and creative arts don’t only help to recognize one’s potential, but creates the experience of living a meaningful and purposeful life even while still incarcerated.
I understand the ‘tough on crime’ attitude and there should be and are different degrees of penalties based on the types of crimes that are committed. The majority of crimes here in America are non-violent drug offenses, and the negative ripple effect of the mandatory minimums has done more harm to society as a whole then it’s helped. But that’s another topic of discussion.
From my personal perspective as one that only saw myself as a gangster for most of my younger years, I came to a point where I embraced the desire to change, at a point in my life where most thought it was too late. Still I choose to walk a positive spiritual path, leading to a priceless inner freedom. I discovered the gift of writing while preparing speeches to discuss universal laws and life principals in an attempt to get others realize their true potential. After taking a Yoga program, I found a new positive habit which lead to me becoming a Yoga instructor for the last five years, along with being a physical fitness trainer. It was through these classes and programs that I realized I can be something other than a gangster. But again… It all started with my individual desire to want something better, to want to change.
Now my popularity and respect behind these prison walls where I’m called the Guru, was earned because of my choice to change and living the truth of my potential and in expressing the truth even when it isn’t always what some want to hear. This is especially true when there not committed to making a change, but it’s the truth none the less. Teeth get sucked and eyes are rolled when I boldly state that if you don’t make the commitment to change now in prison, I seriously doubt you’ll make it in the free world and you’ll soon be back. It’s just the truth.
When I make suggestions about the steps we could take collectively as inmates to help society from behind these walls, the shocked expressions on my fellow convicts faces make me laugh. One such suggestion was to donate one of our 3 meals (breakfast which most of us sleep through) twice a week to the local food pantry for those that are hungry and less fortunate.  I got plenty of dirty looks for that, but then I ask; Why are we always expecting society to make changes for us with policy and prison reforms, yet we don’t take the initiative to make changes for ourselves in helping others?  Even when I explain that the gift is in knowing that we did something positive for others, which helps build our self-esteem. (Side note… They were not receptive and not trying to hear it).

I have plenty ideas for prison reform, but what is essential is feeding the desire for change, to want better for one self, ones family and for the society that we one day will return too.
There’s so much more that I can address on this topic, but I already know I’m a few days behind in this discussion. My point is that regardless if your hard or soft, or throwing tons of money into the prison system, if the desire to change is not nurtured and cultivated within the individual, then we can’t expect them to bear healthy fruit. Programs, the creative arts, support and love from family and friends are all ingredients to success, but it all starts with the urge, that desire to want better for ones self, by trusting and believing in the power of change.
Again I can address the Justice for victims, punishment as a deterrent and a number of issues another time, I just wanted to get this out this today.

Thank for letting me express my truth! Eddie K. Wright aka “Gangster turned Guru”

FINAL STAGES OF EDITING… 2 weeks to go!


My publisher and sister, Mimi of, M Wright Group, LLC has been working hard to make sure there are no delays with our planned launch date of June 1st!  She’s been working diligently with our editor, Diane Yuskin and just let me know that they will be ready to submit for publication within the next 48 hours. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU?

A give-a-way or two!

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Peace,

Eddie 

Within the prison walls… An unexpected small act of kindness!


Good morning. I want to again thank everyone for the support I’ve received so far. 

Self-publishing is no easy task. Doing it from a maximum federal Penitentiary adds a whole bunch of other obstacles to the equation that the M Wright Group, specifically my big sis Mimi has taken on, refusing to let anything deter us from making this June 1st release date.

When I told her to mail me the final version of the manuscript for my approval, it had to be done according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons policy, which means she has to break it down to 5 individual packages. 

I received 4 of the packages on a Friday, missing only the one package containing the first 10 chapters. I didn’t think anything of it, expecting that the mail would catch up with me the following Monday since there’s no mail call on the weekend. 

When Monday came and I didn’t receive any mail, again I stayed optimistic that the United States Postal Service would eventually get it to me. In the meantime, I had the other chapters to review. 

Finding typos and making a few content changes, I really wanted to go over those first 10 chapters myself. 

“Where are they?” I asked Mimi. “I don’t know, I mailed them!” was all she could say. 

The following Friday, I was convinced the first 10 chapters got lost, ending up wherever all missing mail ends, prepared to tell Mimi to overnight express another copy after they do the mail call. 

Fortunately, I didn’t have to do that because my name was called and the first 10 chapters were finally in my possession. 

The first thing I checked was the postal date which was the same as the first 4 (saving Mimi from hearing my mouth!). 

Walking back to my cell, I wondered “What happen for this to take a full extra week for this to reach me?” 

I got the answer when I turned over the envelop to pull out the chapters. 

There was a “Great Job!” sticker placed on the back of the envelop (pictured above). 

I walked back to the office and asked her if she was the one who put the sticker on the envelope.  

She denied and told me that one of the officers in the mail room must have done it. 

I Walked back to my cell with a big smile on my face from the confidence boost the sticker gave me. I was feeling grateful for that staff member who took the time not only to read the chapters, but was considerate enough to send a message with that sticker. 

One thing you learn to appreciate in prison are the small acts of kindness, that are normally taken for granted. 

This “Great Job!” sticker made me feel like I won some book award for some reason. I know that may sound corny because I tend to get extra sentimental with anything having to do with this project, but it just felt great to me. 

I wanted to share it on my blog in hopes that the mail room officer is follow me on social media. If so, I want to personally send my thanks!  You made my day!

The countdown is on!

Just wanted to send another thank’s for supporting “Voice for the Silent Fathers”. 
As the official launch date approaches, I get a little nervous, but then I’ll read a review or comment that sets my mind at ease. 
With only 18 days until June 1st, I’m looking forward to hearing other thoughts about what they read. I’m even looking forward to some hate mail because I know I made a lot of mistakes and choices a lot of people might not approve of. There’s a lesson in everything in life unfortunately I’ve learned the hard way on what it means to be a father. 

Eddie K. Wright

Author Interview #2 (Via Smashwords.com)

Interview with Eddie K. Wright

What kind of books do you write?
I write self/help books, because the ones I feel write them the best are the ones that have made the biggest mistakes in life!! I try not to be all preachy where you lose the reader. I take a spiritual self-empowerment approach to life, with accepting full responsibility for the conditions we find our lives in. God doesn’t give you what you want, God gives you what you believe! Coming from that gangster lifestyle and seeing so many young guys in here, it’s sad because they have no idea who they truly are, and I’m able to see it so clearly because I was the same way. The gangs are so attractive to them because they want to be a part of something bigger then themselves. Without realizing the true greatness of what they already are, they just don’t know any other way to live life except for what they’ve experienced being a gang member. I speak every week a group of fellow convicts who all have either 20 years or more or multiple life sentences. I have to give them hope to make the best out of the situation “THEY” created for themselves based on the life they choose to live. Now that’s not always easy to do and honestly I’m often met with a lot of hostility (especially when I do my gang bashing talks). But I know that it comes from confusion, anger and pain. I often joke that I’m doing the ultimate internship because if I can talk about peace hope and even that almighty word Love in here and do it in a way that these guys are receptive to what I’m conveying… I can do it in the free world also, and of course express it in my writing.
What is your most current book about?
It’s my memoir detailing the controversial experience of being the young father of a son who would grow up to be the gayest man on the planet! My “NO SON OF MINE!!” street gangster mentality evolves during my difficult life journey coming to realize that my responsibility as a loving father didn’t change just because my son is gay.
What inspired you to write?
There are a few things that inspired me to write. One was to take up the time I had and keep myself busy. I thought to myself…what are you going to do during this time, I had plenty of paper, and pens and a lot to talk about. I started writing Urban novels, which were easy to write but then I didn’t want that to be what I’m leaving to the reader. Although I’ll admit my memoirs read like Urban novels, but there’s meaning and a positive lesson to be learned. Plus, I stopped reading Urban novels because…. I believe you are what you read. Your feeding your mind. The books you read, music you listen too, movies you watch I believe influence the way you think and perceive the world. What we nick name “hood books”, are no longer a good representation of who I am or who I choose to be.
What makes your writing stand out in a crowd?
I try to address topic from a different perspective. Non-judgmental without condemnation but keeping it real. I write the way I talk and I try to get the lesson or meaning across in a clear and sometimes funny way.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
That first blank page staring back at me is the hardest part. I have the idea of what I want to write, but getting the first page done, allows me to breathe easier.
How do you approach cover design?
I explained to my publisher that I wanted the cover design to represent me and my story. I was very firm on the idea that I didn’t want an ‘actor’ on the cover of my book because I thought it would send a message that I was still a ‘silent father’. I am very satisfied with the outcome of the book cover.
Where do you like to write? What is your routine?
I write in my cell, using my bed as a desk. I work out for about 2 hours first thing in the morning, then after a shower and a fresh cup of straight black coffee, I put the pen to the pad. I normally take off from where I ended the day before. I write for about 3 hours and stop in the middle of the writing flow so it’s easy to get started the next day. I often joke that when I go home I’m going to have a cell made in my basement to write in. Honestly, when I’m writing I’m no longer in prison, I’m free.
Do you work with an outline or just write?
I think about what I’m going to write and then after a few chapters are done, all other ideas begin to pop into my mind, so then to organize them all I write an out-line and it normally turns out to have pages of ideas and topics I want to address.
How important is marketing and social media to you?
The importance of marketing and social media is HUGE!! Especially for me and the situation I’m in. Again I’m not in a position where I can do book tours, meet and greets etc. Being in the entertainment business I know how important it is to work your product. There are plenty of great writers but if no one knows about your book… No one reads it. My marketing and social media team has done everything in their power with creative ideas to get my work out there and keep me connected with readers as much as I can.
What advice would you have for other authors?
For other writer’s I would say…keep writing and don’t allow obstacles to deter you. I’m in a maximum federal prison, and by applying what I know with the Universal laws of attraction and trusting in my higher power, I just kept writing even without knowing how I would get it out there. But I knew the way would come so I just continues to write and write as if I already had a 5 book deal with a major publishing company. I created deadlines and everything.
What is your next step?
Currently I’m working on what’s turning out to be a book series “The evolution of a Gangster turned Guru” another Memoir of mine focusing on my personal life story and how I came to be known as the Guru in one of the most violent Federal Penitentiaries in America.