Growing Up COGIC: Success Stories Born in the Church of God in Christ. This book celebrates the importance of everyday mentorship and spiritual guidance and how together they can forever change the course of one’s life for the better. Among others included in the book are interviews with the following:
- Winston Johnson – Founder/CEO of WinSonic Digital Media Group, Ltd.
- Dr. Robert Franklin – President of Morehouse College
- Valerie Daniels-Carter – Entrepreneur, owner of V & J Holding Companies
- Jacky Clark Chisholm – representing the fabulous Clark Sisters
Tell us something about yourself.
I am the CEO of EW & Associates and the Vice President of Economic Development for the COGIC Urban Initiatives. I have written two other books on entrepreneurship and business development, Young, Gifted and Entrepreneurs, an anthology of business success stories of twelve young people between the ages of 18 and 30 and When Life Gives You Lemons, Open A Lemonade Stand which focuses on business development services, training and other options for people who are interested in starting a business in spite of their “life lemons.”
What inspired you to write this book?
GROWING UP COGIC continues my long-standing dedication to the powerful role that mentoring and faith played in my life as a child growing up as a Pentecostal Pastor’s Kid in the Church of God in Christ.
How did you choose the title?
I wanted a title that would provide an immediate connection to the other 6.5 million individuals who also grew up in or are members of COGIC. With locations in all 50 states and every continent, The Church of God in Christ is the largest Pentecostal denomination in America with over 12,000 congregations.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Which ones didn’t I encounter? Because I chose to interview some of the most successful individuals in the country, it took me over a year working with their schedules to complete all the interviews. My assistant became ill during and that also slowed the process down significantly. Some people are still embarrassed that they grew up COGIC and didn’t want to share their stories. It has taken me twice as long to complete this book as it did my first two!
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have always loved to read, and in our home we weren’t allowed to do much else but we could read anything and everything we got our hands on. I think it increased my desire to write because I knew how much joy I can give people who read my works.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I have to write everything down longhand first, and then afterwards type it. I don’t know why, it makes writing a more arduous process, but for me words flow out better if they are written down.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned patience and perseverance. I learned how to write through depression and keep pressing away to completion. I also learned that success can be learned and shared.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read all books, but lately I’ve read more business books than anything else because of my line of work. I teach business classes and also write curriculum for business courses, so I’ve been engrossed in learning as much as I can to better inform my own writing.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, I’m almost ready to write another book on business, this time for women only.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Journal daily, or often; make writing as much of a habit as brushing ones teeth.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader for this book is someone who needs a little encouragement to navigate successfully through today’s economy.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?