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Willie Tee Interviewed by Augusta Free Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2008  10:10:00 AM

by Willie Tee


The motto of the

Book ‘Em Foundation, "Buy a book and stop a crook," reflects the organization’s belief that

Breaking the Curse

Who would have thought that an accident that occurred when one was only 2 years old would have a

profound impact on one's life? After all, at age 2, one would likely not remember or be affected by

something that happened when he or she was a toddler. And yet Willie Tee believes with every fiber of his

being that the accident that he endured as a youngster set the stage for him to fulfill his father's prophecy that

he would go through life as a failure.

The prophecy flies in the face of the success that Willie Tee has found as an author and a productive member

of society. Tee, the author of

be on hand October 14 at Book 'Em at Waynesboro High School.

"I believe that people who meet me at Book 'Em will be encouraged by my life story to surpass the pitfalls of

their past and soar to summits of success," Tee said. "My life story shows that young people can excel

despite their troubled youths." Tee believes that the wrongdoers are often to blame for passing on their

burdens to the generations that follow them. "He (my father) would press me, his oldest son, into arguments

that were designed to diminish my own self-worth and desires for achievement," Tee told The Augusta Free


As to what the accident was that impacted his own life so greatly, Tee said he isn't giving that away; you have

to read his book. He'll only say that the incident in question happened on his family farm nearly five decades

ago. "I felt all of the emotions - sadness, anger, joy and elation, while writing this memoir about my family's

amazing and tragic past," he said. In the end, he believes his book can help others with the healing process

of losing a loved one.

"My book has changed some people's feeling and opinions about life, death and destiny," Tee said.

Tee wrote

ended. "Both man and nature are depicted as friends and foes in this sequel," he said.

The Winds of Destiny and The Winds of Destiny: The Keepers of the Secret, willThe Keepers of the Secret because many readers didn't feel the story was over when the first book

In a Nutshell: author Willie Tee

Favorite Autho

Andrews, who said that she had visited with Mr. Haley at his home after he wrote the novel, Roots.

r: Alex Haley. I was pleased to meet a few years ago actress and film producer Tina

Something people would be surprised to know about yo

Read Aloud Virginia, a nonprofit organization.

u: I am the president of the Richmond VA-based

Your role model:

Mr. Bill Cosby, who promotes tough love and the tough truth.

Your day job:

a middle- or high-school teacher.

A consumer-affairs investigator; 30 years in criminal justice; making arrangements to become

Coming soon:


I am working on the final sequel to my trilogy, The Winds of Destiny: The Survivors of thet. I am continuing to edit a children's book that I have created, Little Willie Tee on the Farm.

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there is a direct link between high literacy rates and low crime rates. The group held its third annual book fair

last October in Waynesboro, VA. Proceeds from the sale of books, many of them autographed by best-selling

authors, are donated to organizations dedicated to increasing literacy rates, decreasing crime, and raising

public awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. Willie Tee was interviewed for

"Author Snapshots" by Crystal Graham of the Augusta Free Press.

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