If you missed my book tour but wanted to hear me talk about "Water From My Heart," Gwinnett TV taped one of my events at Books For Less in Buford, Ga. Great bookstore. Lots of questions. Really fun audience.
I imagine he stunk. Clothes tattered. Hair matted. Beard stained. One shoe missing a sole. The other worn through. Personal hygiene out the window. Chin once high now drags his chest. His eyes scan the ground -- afraid to make eye contact lest he bump into a creditor. One front tooth is missing. Another is cracked. The chestful of gold chains are gone. Some sold. Most gambled. Or stolen. The ring his father once gave him was pawned weeks ago. He is now skinny, ribs showing. Hungry. And he's not just mildly entertaining the idea of what might be in the fridge. He is nauseas and can think of little else. The once lofty air has left the building.
"E X T R A O R D I N A R Y! Words cannot adequately convey the power and depth of this amazing multi-generational suspenseful story of love and redemption. If you only read one book this year, WATER FROM MY HEART, would be my "top recommendation." Hands down, the "Best Book of 2015!" Movie-worthy and deserving of 10 stars." -- Judith Collins Book Reviews
I sat down a few days ago and talked through the creation and emotions that led to my next book, Water From My Heart. Due out May 19th. While filming, our dog, Maggie, wanted to get in on my video so you get to meet her too. Up close. Totally unplanned. I figured we'd just roll with it. ;-)
I traveled to Oregon last week. I was speaking at a school when one of the kids asked me why I do what I do. She wanted a view behind the curtain, where Oz is flipping all the levers. Sometimes, when I get this question, I wrap myself in my Superman suit and keep them at a distance. Why? After fifteen years in this carrer, it's just easier that way. The truth is personal and, can be, risky. This time, my answer was raw and unguarded. I was encouraged to record it and post it here. As best I can, I've done so.