Writing DILLIRGAF? and the Roomie Do Me Blues has truly been a labor of love. It has taken six years to get to this point, and I am overjoyed that I finally have the opportunity to share them with you. As it says in the opening of The Road Less Traveled, "Life is difficult." To that, I say a hearty amen. For many of us, as we get so bogged down in the difficulties of life's journeys, we never know the joy of overcoming. This is what I hope the readers will get from my books, that no matter where one has been or what they've gone through, there is hope. Our trials are there to make us stonger.
DILLIRGAF? and The Roomie Do Me Blues are fiction, based on my own life experiences. Being true to one's self is probably one of the most difficult propositions any of us has to face. For the longest time, I didn't know how to do that. I grew up, being told that it was wrong for me to be who I am, to be what I am. As a gay person, I was taught to hate myself, simply because I exist. The way I was often seen, being black, in America, didn't do much for my self-esteem either. Believing the hype, sent me into self-destruct mode, and it took years to get over that.
Reliving the challenges that I have faced, through the character of Ian James Foster, gave me a much clearer understanding of who I am, and where I want to go from here. It helped me to see that I'm alright. I was able to find the joy and laughter that lay behind the many tears I've cried. These stories are about a journey out of the darkness and into the light of loving oneself. Although it hasn't been easy, the journey was worth it, because without it, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
So climb on board the roller coaster that is Ian's life, laugh with him, cry with him, and experience the absolutely ridiulous. It's really a trip. I hope you enjoy the ride.