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Today we have Jerry McRae with us.
Interviewer: Jerry, please tell us about yourself.
Jerry: I’m a very social person, I love to express myself, I love to laugh, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy life to the fullest! I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and my master’s degree in library and Information Sciences from North Carolina Central University. I am a published author, writer, actor, business owner and a University Reference Librarian in Atlanta.
Interviewer: What is the name of your first published book?
Jerry: Black Fathers Are Real: We Do Exist
Interviewer: How long have you been writing?
Jerry: I’m 34 years old now but I’ve been writing since Middle School. I have always had a passion for writing, whether it was short stories, poetry, or non-fiction. One of my poems won first place in our middle school poetry contest.
Interviewer: Who are your favorite authors?
Jerry: Ms. Maya Angelou, Mr. James Arthur Baldwin, Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Peter Nowalk, Jacqueline Woodson, Christopher Paul Curtis, Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Ava DuVernay and more!
Interviewer: When did it hit you that you were officially an author?
Jerry: It still has not hit me. I view writing as a way of expression and release. The pleasure of expressing my thoughts on paper makes me happy because it is an opportunity for change, insight, and inspiration.
Interviewer: What is the synopsis?
Jerry: Narrated by Camren J. McRae, "Black Fathers Are Real: We Do Exist" highlights black fathers as hardworking, educated, and loving men, who want the best for their children. There are a lot of negative stereotypes in society about Black Fathers, such as being criminal, imprisoned, or negligent. My book attempts to debunk these negative stereotypes and shines a light on Black Fatherhood, through Camren's eyes, a child's perspective about his hero.
According to the National Health Statistics Report, fathers' involvement in their children's lives have been shown to have a positive effect on children and their well-being in many areas. For example, increasing the chances of academic success (2 out of 3) and in reducing the chances of delinquency and substance abuse (4 out of 6). "Black Fathers Are Real: We Do Exist" also highlights the importance of honoring God, being a person of integrity, having financial stability, pursuing equality, valuing family and education.
Interviewer: What age group is this book written for?
Jerry: This is a children’s book intended for ages 7 to 12. But there are useful messages within this book for adults as well.
Interviewer: What is the reason for writing this book?
Jerry: My inspiration for writing this book came from the indescribable joy I felt when my son Camren was born. I love my son so very much, he is the air that I breathe. My father was an amazing father as well. He passed away when I was 12 years old, but he was a great example of what a black father is. He was a teacher, a provider, a protector,present daily, a pillar of strength, support and discipline. I wrote this book to let my readers know that many Black Fathers are present in their children’s lives, they care for them, love them, teach them right from wrong.
Interviewer: Please tell us about your writing process.
Jerry: When a great idea pops in my head, I write it down immediately and keeps writing until it’s all drained out. Later I go back, reorganize it, and proof it for grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Interviewer: What advice do you have for other authors?
Jerry: The important thing is to write down EVERYTHING when your creative juices are flowing! You can always edit later. Secondly, never let people stop you from making your dreams reality! Sure it will take work, time, and money. But the end result will be well worth it!
Interviewer: If your book could be made into a film which famous actor or celebrity would play the lead?
Jerry: Columbus Short, definitely. He is such a cool dude and has swag like myself.
Interviewer: What do you have in store for the future?
Jerry: I have 4 completed manuscripts. They also bring a positive portrayal of African American culture. These books will have captivating illustrations, diverse characters, and enlightening messages.
Interviewer: Before we end this interview, please tell our readers where they can readers find you and your books.
Jerry: Copies are available at https://www.itsinfallibleentertainment.com/online-store/Black-Fathers-Are-Real-We-Do-Exist-Paperback-p94802086 and I am on Instagram (@blackfathersdoexist) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackfathersarereal/