Licia Johnson – Strength to Speak

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My most recent book is Strength to Speak: One Womans Struggle to Make Peace with Her Past.

It is a true story based on my life. The main character Joy Jenkins was molested by a cousin and did not reveal this secret until adulthood, almost 25 years. After revealing the secret to her parents, she met others who experienced the same thing. She realized that she was not alone. After seeking God and having a relationship with Him, she gained wholeness, deliverance and healing. Joy realized that in order to move on, she needed to forgive her cousin and she did.

I hope this book will be used as a powerful instrument to help others that are suffering to speak out, heal completely and to learn to forgive their oppressors.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Chicago and have always had an interest in Communications. I thought I wanted to do Radio but wasn’t ready. So I moved to print journalism. The interesting thing is that I knew I wanted to focus on writing but for some reason, I kicked that idea to the curb and came back to it later.

I’ve been writing since grammar school.

What inspired you to write this book?

This book was inspired by God. I would have never thought to write about what happened to me as a child, but I did.

How did you choose the title?

A phrase came to my mind: Peace with her past. I gave it to the publishing company and they said, I needed more. So they offered three new titles and I chose: Strength to Speak.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I got in my own way several times. My fears and doubts were my obstacles but I went forward believing that this book is what God had called me to do. There was one person at church and two ladies at work that I confided in. They talked to me and prayed for me every time I became extremely anxious, not knowing what my future would hold.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I knew I wanted to write for print back in college, like newspapers or magazines but changed my mind. I decided to look at the communications field as a whole.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I find a quiet place or sitting outside in the summer time is the best. I pray and meditate before writing.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I just try to pick a name of nobody I know. I got creative and started picking names of characters from movies.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Yes. That I need to take a grammar refresher course. There is so much I need to relearn and master.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would probably let more people know about it and ask for advice about my book, maybe.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I like to read about love stories, inspirational stories, true stories. I have enjoyed reading books by Morris Cerullo. Robin Givens autobiography was great!! I could relate to her relationship with her grandmother. I lost my grandmother in 2007 and reading the book made me think of her. Reading love stories gives me hope of me and what my love story will read like.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

No not yet. I want to focus on one book at a time.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Try to write everyday even if it is only 5 mins to 15 mins a day. In the end, it all adds up.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Women and young people; those who have been abused.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

They can find it on,
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