I’m interviewing Gladys Simmons Carson on my blog today. She’s the author of non-fiction inspirational memoir “Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy”. Thanks for answering my questions.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I am blissfully retired, and enjoy living in “Big D,” Dallas, Texas. My family has lived in Texas for five generations. I am a joyful and energetic senior citizen, blessed with the gift of good health and good friends. To enhance my overall well being, I remain socially active, follow a vegan diet, lift weights, do low-impact aerobics, engage in deep-breathing exercises, and practice deliberate gratitude.
2) Tell us about your book.
Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy is about empowering yourself to be joyful. It shows that you can overcome the effects of undesirable circumstances by defeating your inner enemies. It includes some harsh details of my journey to demonstrate life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to have perfect joy, because joy emanates from within.
3) What inspired you to write “Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy”?
For much of my life, I have been both commended and chastised for my joyful disposition. I have been asked: “How can you be so ‘bleeping’ happy this early in the morning?” Of course, I am just as puzzled by their perpetual state of gloom. From my experiences, I have concluded that joy is a choice, and it is more about a grateful heart than a perfect environment. I wrote this book in part to share some of my unpleasant experiences, and show how I triumphed over them to win a resurgence of bountiful joy.
4) How many hours do you write per week?
I write best by inspiration. When I am “in the zone,” as I heard Emmitt Smith say, I lose track of time and don’t want to do anything but write. I have to even remind myself to eat. When I am writing because I am trying to meet a deadline, I probably write and rewrite about 20 hours a week.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
I hope you meant authors who are living or dead. First of all, I would like to meet Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, because she is the one who first inspired me to write. I would like to meet Toni Morrison because her writing challenges me to dig deep inside to share things that may be uncomfortable to write about, but may benefit someone else. And then there is Mr. Dickens. When I get writers block, reading Charles Dickens refuels me.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
Not long ago, I heard a lady criticize a senior citizen for working out and staying in shape, saying she needed to learn how to grow old gracefully. I take issue with that philosophy. Staying in shape helps you to grow old gracefully. If you don’t stay in shape you may not live to get old. I am working on something in that area because I am an advocate of taking care of yourself at any age.
About Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy
Author: Gladys Simmons Carson
Genre: Inspirational Memoir
When medical malpractice takes the life of her mother and the offense is dismissed as an unfortunate mistake, it rips a hole in seven-year-old Gladys’ heart and ignites fire in her anger. This act of gross negligence strips her of the joyful delight that has characterized her existence. Before she can grasp the full meaning of her loss, fate takes her on a journey through a series of harsh realities, including devastating child abuse, demeaning segregation and destructive thinking. These unsavory enemies assault her on all fronts, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. But the child warrior uses youthful wisdom to triumph over the effects of them all. Her prize is a resurgence of bountiful joy. You may laugh or cry, but you will definitely cheer for the child warrior in TRIUMPH! A BATTLE PLAN FOR JOY.
Gladys Simmons Carson is an inspirational speaker and author of the much-talked-about memoir, “Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy. For more than 45 years she has challenged and encouraged audiences with her message of assurance. Now in her debut book she gives insight into how we too can choose joy despite our circumstances.
Her passion for writing stems from an early introduction to the written word. By age three she was reading her older siblings’ school books. By age four she was introduced to her first novel, Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” This early exposure gave birth to a love affair with books and a fascination for writing. By the time she reached adult status, she had evolved into a natural encourager with a wealth of information to share, and a zeal for sharing.
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