Interviewer: Hello Readers!!!! May of you are aware that Lauren Simone Publishing House is on a mission is to provide a platform for young authors, editors, and illustrators. Today we have with us, Dalton Richards, a young man who recently published his edited volume, The Evolution Project on Amazon, that has works of art, poetry and literature done by many young people from different walks of life. Thank you for joining us Dalton.
Dalton: Thank you for having me.
Interviewer: Tell us about your book. What is the inspiration behind your book?
Dalton: I’ve always been obsessed with knowing. This curiosity, more than anything else, has been fuel for The Evolution Project. However, in this instance it was my need to have everyone engage in the process of learning about other people’s lives; to look within and beyond themselves to gain a broader perspective of being, of humanity and the influences that have impacted or continues to play a roll in their development.
Interviewer: How long did it take you to collect works from contributors and edit?
Dalton: It took me almost a year to collect the pieces. People were still offering art, poems, and essays up until the month prior to publishing, but sadly not all fit the theme of this volume of The Evolution Project.
Interviewer: What is your favorite contribution to the volume?
Dalton: My favorite written contribution to the book would have to be The Seed That Hit Fertile Soil. I remember sitting and thinking about an image of my mother walking across a stage receiving a certificate, I believe from her church, Fellowship Tabernacle, bible study. It was that image that set it in motion, me reflecting on how the Spirit of Christ works through each person. It took almost 20 plus years for me to realize how long He’s been pursuing my very heart for his glory. So, the seed He planted in my mother, was transferred to me. We are all to be like fertile soil, producing as He gifts us a part of himself.
Interviewer: Why should readers buy your book?
Dalton: I think more than anything else, The Evolution Project is bold. It offers such refreshing, yet familiar tales from people from all over the world. Most importantly, it opens up this platform for the raw insight of “us” immigrants. It shows what should be common knowledge, that we are more than bottom feeders or people eluding impoverished lives. We are not limited to any one category, and this book further reiterates that fact. Just incase people forgot.
Interviewer: What do you have next up your sleeve?
Dalton: Next I’ll be focusing on my novel series. The first of which will be Piece of Mind: Return to Sender. It is a novel that somehow turned itself into a love story while exploring personal ancestry and funny enough, personal evolution. Whilst finishing the novels I’ll still be continuing the book drive aspect of The Evolution Project, collecting funds and literary supplies to aid underfunded schools, locally and abroad.
Interviewer: What was the most difficult aspect of compiling this work? Was it getting the submissions, editing the volume, or marketing the completed project, or was it something else?
Dalton: The most difficult part was convincing people to relax. People were so concerned about other people reading about their personal lives, getting all in their business. Others were concerned about their inabilities or self-consciousness about their writing skills. Others just failed to see the significance in their story. Luckily most came around after I rambled as I often do. I think they agreed just to shut me up. The editing did also prove difficult because I didn’t want to lose anyone’s personality, nor have I ever edited such a collection before. As for marketing, that is a whole new ball park, but an enjoyable process.
Interviewer: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors or editors?
Dalton: Be mindful and responsible with this freedom of producing. We must all hone our skills and individual talents, dig deep and present our best selves, not just offer because you can, offer your absolute best with pride. Secondly, don’t be stingy, if you wish to build something, or produce something great don’t be shy about investing in yourself, both time and money. Pray obsessively, for it’s the only thing that quell the mind and soul and replenishes the body like, it’s amazing. Oh, and don’t overuse adjectives, just tell us what it is.
Interviewer: Thanks again for sharing your work with our audience. We wish you much success. Readers you can get your own copy of The Evolution Project on Amazon in Kindle books. Print copies will be available in Fall 2017.