So without further ado, here is the interview...
Dr. Glover, thank you for taking the time for this interview. I understand that you are busy, so I will try not to take up too much of your time.
First, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Dr. Glover: I was blessed with two solid Christian parents. They raised me with strong principles in Christianity, in patriotism and work. I learned to read in church. It was the bedrock of my education. The church believed in teaching children how to read so they could understand what was being preached.
In church I was very active. It's where I developed my self-esteem. In school I would have been the one who was last picked for basketball, but in church I was confident.
LaTawnia: How long have you been writing poetry?
Dr. Glover: I have been writing poetry since I was a child. I would write poetry for certain events and occasions, inspirational, religious, or if someone was feeling downtrodden.
LaTawnia: In reading “Engaging Thoughts” one poem in particular spoke to me. It's titled “The Wrong Button.” I definitely related to that one!
Dr. Glover: I read all of the time and about fourteen years ago I started reading devotionals. I read one about ten years ago that suggested we look at things in a different way after something occurred. Did we do things our way or God's way? I decided to do it God's way!
LaTawnia: How difficult has self-publishing been for you?
Dr. Glover: I have been blessed, if it wasn't for Loretta, it would have been much harder. She is the one with the knowledge. She discovered Amazon's CreateSpace, a self-publishing affiliate of Amazon.com. Getting “Engaging Thoughts” published hasn't been too difficult. The difficult part is “What do you do next?” “How do you get it out there?”
I am currently working on a leadership book and truthfully it will probably be easier to sell it in other markets than Inspirational/Religion/Christianity. Those are a tighter market to get into.
But one benefit of self-publishing is ownership. You own the contents of the book. I had gone through a different self-publishing company that not only monopolized my time but my money so I decided to use CreateSpace. Since I owned the contents of the book, I only had to change the cover. Loretta was the one who designed the cover.
LaTawnia: It's a beautiful cover, she did a great job.
What is one of the things you want to accomplish with this book?
Dr. Glover: I want to use this book as a fund-raiser. If churches or groups are looking for ways to raise funds, they can buy this book and I will share the proceeds with them.
LaTawnia: What do you hope your readers will get from your book of poetry?
Dr. Glover: Hope. That God loves them, and no one is perfect and hopefully they will discover God's will and take any plans they have to God and find the Word themselves.
LaTawnia: One last question, Where can we find you or contact you?
Dr. Glover: I can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is http://www.engagingthoughts.net/http://www.engagingthoughts.net/
LaTawnia: Thank you again Dr. Glover for taking the time for this interview. It is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Glover: Thank you. It has been a pleasure.
For those of you who are interested in self-publishing, Dr. Glover and his assistant, Loretta, would be glad to share with you their experience, knowledge and more. Dr Glover wants to help. He says he has been given the gift of helping and giving. So don't hesitate to contact him or Loretta if you are looking for some suggestions and assistance. (By the way, Loretta, Dr. Glover had nothing but wonderful things to say about you and the work you have done. Perhaps next time I will have the joy of speaking with you!)
The interview was taken over the telephone so please forgive me for taking artistic liberties in writing this interview down. My notes and memory aren't what they use to be. But, I have tried to be as accurate as possible. I do want to share with you how much I enjoyed talking with Dr. Glover. He is a very intelligent, charismatic and in many ways, a humble man. And the love he has for the Lord is obvious while talking with him. You will also discover this love when you read his book, Engaging Thoughts.
If you are interested in "Engaging Thoughts" for fund-raising purposes, please email Dr. Glover and let him know. He will be happy to assist you and your group.