Interview - Questions/Answers
Friday, March 21, 2008 7:30:00 PM
by Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson
|Deborah Simpson''s Interview with All Right Magazine
An ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE Exclusive Interview
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: Your work includes poetry and prose targeted at spirituality and inspiration. What is it about life today that makes these things more necessary than ever? Describe your writing and its purpose.
DEBORAH SIMPSON: Life today is wholly unbalanced. The overall quality of life is detrimentally diminishing into disproportionate levels, causing the absolute fundamentals of life to be set aside to the point of extinction. Essentials such as love, respect, basic morality, civil liberties and freedoms are slowly being eradicated.
There are many different factors plaguing us today causing utter hopelessness within the hearts of the populace. The cost of living at disproportionate levels, the educational system, the enacting of laws for only political gain along with the frivolousness of attempting to remove God from our existence are but mere examples of the issues invading our familial homes. Depression is on the rise, abuse has risen above incalculable breadth, defeat has replaced perseverance and despair has given rise to the fall of general amity.
With the pace of the world today, it is no wonder why people are feeling angry, alone and desperate. It is no wonder why people are questioning their very own subsistence and that of God, the very foundation upon which this country was built.
Now, more than ever, people need reassurance, understanding and hope. My verse reflects the core of the entire human experience while my inspirational renderings broaden spiritual awareness. I do not write emotionally, but rather deliberately, thereby leaving the vitality of interpretation in tact. The purpose of my writing is to deliver the knowledge that we all walk together, and to provide the necessary avenue for introspection delivering personal enlightenment, empowerment and fortification thereby enriching internal fulfillment.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: One description of your writing mentions the “inevitable struggles of the human spirit in everyday life.” Would it be fair to say that life is a struggle, and that one of the keys to life is finding a way to overcome? How can this be achieved?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: Yes, I would say that it is fair to say that life is a struggle, in the broad sense. The essential key to living a life free of emotional turmoil is finding a way to overcome. You hear people all of the time asking, “Why is this happening to me?” “What did I do to deserve this?” One of the rudiments I consistently express is that we need to persistently make the effort to draw upon the central hub of every obstacle and extract from it only the importance of its teaching. The useless remains, i.e. the exacting factor, need to be discarded immediately. Once you thrust aside exacting factors, you allow the emanation of spirit. Denying the fortitude buried within life’s distresses denies the growth of your immortal existence. Clutching onto misfortunes, likewise, hampers your internal evolution. Life is a continuous journey and every circumstance we face adds to the earmark of our knowledge and integrity. Struggles are seeds of strength adding to our virtue to allow us to augment the lives of others.
The three main elements to living free of personal recession are acknowledgement, willingness and perseverance - acknowledgement of the circumstance causing affliction, the willingness to rise above it and the perseverance to soar. Once this harmonious balance is achieved, outside stressors are managed with ease.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: By all accounts, you attempt to focus on the positive. Is there a way to make that happen, or is it natural to your personality?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: Positivity is something that I have learned and developed over the years through writing and deliberation. I would have to say that it is not something that is natural to my personality, but rather, it is a tribute I have chosen to adopt. And, yes, there is a way to make that happen.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: “Liberation of self,” as you call it, or self-reliance is a major part of your worldview. This is a trait that you share with conservatism. Do you think that America has veered too far from this path?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: While I speak of “liberation of self” and “self-reliance” in the spiritual sense, if I were to apply those terms to a political standpoint, my opinion is absolutely. America has frighteningly veered away from the path of self-reliance, and dare I say, to our detriment?
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: Nature plays a big role in the writing process for you, as a source of creative inspiration. What do you think about the current global warming debate and environmentalism?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: There is no question that humans are destroying the earth, and it becomes more prevalent every day. With respect to the global warming debate, there are different scientific opinions about whether the current global warming is part of the earth’s natural cycle of cooling and warming, or if it is caused by the excessiveness of human activities. While global warming is a natural process of the earth, it is undisputable that over the past 50 years or so, the average global temperature has dramatically increased. While I feel that there is definitely cause for concern, as I am not a scientist, I am not qualified to give a definitive opinion one way or the other on the cause.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: How much Christian philosophy can one expect to find in your writing?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: My poetry and inspirational writing is infused with my spiritual beliefs. I cannot state that my writing encompasses Christian philosophy specifically, but rather, embodies spiritual philosophies.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: You are a defender of the First Amendment. While you describe yourself in basically nonpolitical terms, do you find that current debates regarding freedom of speech and freedom of religion tend to change that sentiment?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." With respect to freedom of religion, while the U.S. Constitution itself and the Bill of Rights do not mention the word "God", the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 mentions specifically both "God" and "Creator" at its start... and concludes "with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence."
Freedom of speech and expression as well as freedom of religion are the rights of every American citizen. The U.S. Constitution is very clear about our freedoms and civil liberties. As an American, there is absolutely no debate to the contrary of these freedoms that would ever change my sentiment toward defending these inalienable rights.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: One thing that many writers struggle with is how to make it pay off. Through creative writing workshops you seem to have made it happen. What tips do you have for budding authors?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: First and foremost, I will give this tip: Write it, read it, edit it, read it and edit it again. Then, put your manuscript on the shelf for a month, let it breathe and read it again. If it reads like a masterpiece, it is. If it does not, edit it again.
If you write to eat you will starve; if you write to enrich the lives of others, you will succeed. Many budding authors view writing as a glamorous job to yield a high-end salary. The reality of it is that it takes a lot of time, effort and determination with little to no pay for a long time. Writing and publishing your book is the easy part. What comes next is where all of the work begins. You wrote the book, you are brimming with excitement over it and cannot wait to share it with the world. It is your job to grab the world’s interest and get them excited right along with you.
Believe in yourself and what you are writing. With the authoring of any type of literature comes with it an immeasurable amount of responsibility. You are accountable for every word, every syllable you put on paper. Be knowledgeable about the subject matter of your writing and be sure you will be comfortable speaking about it. Often times, you will be asked to elaborate on many aspects of your subject matter. Make sure that you will be able to speak about your subject with ease.
Last but not least, remember this: Success is not measured by the amount of money in your pocket, but rather, by the number of lives you’ve touched.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: Self-publishing you have found to be the ultimate vehicle for your expression. Tell readers how you decided to go in that direction, and what you did to succeed.
DEBORAH SIMPSON: After extensive research into the publishing industry, I decided that self-publishing would best suit my writing endeavors. I do have future plans to submit a book proposal to traditional publishing houses, however. It is very hard to specify exactly what I have done to succeed. However, I believe what defines my success is my refusal to abandon what I believe in. I have succeeded with a need to make the difference, obstinate endurance and continued humbleness.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: Finally, how can those interested in your work purchase a copy?
DEBORAH SIMPSON: For more information about my books and for the purchasing of same, please visit my website at www. deborahsimpson. org. You may also visit my website at www. authorsden. com/deborahsimpson for the purchasing of autographed books. Additionally, I have an online store at www. cafepress. com/abrightertoday. There are a number of inspirational items to choose from, such as greeting cards, wall calendars, apparel, home and office décor, mugs and much, much more. The store is continuously updated with new and exciting products with my original designs.
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