Scheduling Voice for the Silent Fathers Summer Readings/Discussions in Southern Calfornia

Now-Scheduling-Sketch

Are you a member of a book club or owner of a bookstore?

We’d love to bring Voice for the Silent Fathers to life for you this summer!

*Currently scheduling in the California counties of:  San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

One FREE paperback will be sent to host

Typical event is 90 minutes (time can be adjusted)

Fruit or Vegetable platter, water and/or sparkling cider (optional)

2 #voiceforthesilentfathers t-shirts will be given away (others will be available for purchase)

Recorded or Live Reading of pre-selected sections

Guided discussion/reflection session

Event day paperback sales:

*Book Store Participant Sales:  60/40 split (Publisher/Bookstore)

*Bookstore Purchase:  Discounted

*Book Club Members:  Discounted

Event day E-pub version will be available at a discount

Group photo (optional)

Social media event promotion (optional for book clubs)

Contact my publisher M Wright Group, LLC at mwrightgroup@gmail.com to schedule.

 

 

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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”

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.

Thank you for your support!

Dear Readers,

I would like to send my gratitude and appreciation for all of the support I’ve received from family, friends, readers of my blog, and all my social media outlets.

As a first time author, preparing to launch such a personal memoir to the world, a certain sense of nervousness comes into play.

Of course I want “VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS” to be a smash hit to where Oprah Winfrey herself is contacting my sister Mimi to see what strings she has to pull to get an interview with me, where I promise to jump all over her couch.  But that’s a side bar issue compared to my real concern that actually kept me up all night after Mimi researched how many other fathers wrote a book about their strained relationship with their gay son, sending me a message that read “Eddie, you’re the first and only one.”  There was a part of me that wasn’t too surprised, knowing how taboo the topic of being the father of a gay son is.  But it still left me wondering why.

Some of my frustration throughout my experience was not having any resources or other fathers to turn to so I can discuss what to do at that time, so I felt alone.  But how could I be alone when every person in the LGBQT community has to have a father?  It only makes sense.  Now that I’m one of the first fathers who is publicly addressing the issue adds a totally new equation as a first time self-publishing author because the topic is so important it’s critical that I get it right!

Since going public with my story, I have gained a new sense of responsibility, along with an opportunity to redeem myself for the errors in my past. The reality really struck during my first interview about “VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS” with Jamie Timmons for her video blab “MATTERS OF THE HEART.”  I explained to her that, in my mind, the book was already a success because it’s helped my son and I heal our relationship and I can only hope it does the same for others.

In the past I mentioned that I never expected “VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS” to be my first book. My “GANGSTER TO GURU” spiritual self/help books, “GANGSTER TO GURU” physical fitness/yoga book, “GANGSTER TO GURU” microwave cook book for convicts and college students, or even my “GANGSTER TO GURU” relationship book, any one of them could have been my debut as a first time author. (Yeah I’ve been down quite a few years, writing all along), but GOD works in mysterious ways my friends, and when you have your strong trust, belief and faith in your higher power, you know and understand that even when things don’t appear to be going according to the way you planned it, there’s a reason and purpose behind it.

Life is always unfolding for the greater good of all. So I’ve embraced my role as “Gangster to Gay community activist”, so to speak because I owe it not only to my son, but to children young and old, who’s fathers didn’t give the comfort and understanding to those who only wanted our loving support and approval.  So again I thank everyone for their support, and only wish “VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS” came out sooner because it’s long overdue.

Sincerly,

Eddie K.. Wright, Author

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