Thursday, September 3, 2015

Interview with inspirational author Lisa Y. Sparrow

Today's interview is with inspirational writer Lisa Y Sparrow. Her debut book,  His Eye Is on the Sparrow shares a lot of her story of personal growth.
Lisa Sparrow has endured more pain and loss in her life than anyone should be expected to. With her first book, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, she reveals the challenges she has faced in stunning detail. Lisa has learned the hard way that if you stay where you are in life, you’ll never reach your full potential. Her journey to self-love and acceptance has been a hard fought battle and one she is led by God to share with her readers.

Lisa is a divorced mother of two wonderful children, Lauren and Leon, and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. She currently works as clerical support for a local lighting company.

Welcome, Lisa. Please tell us about your current release.
His Eye Is on the Sparrow takes a very candid look into my life as a mentally ill woman. I talk about my childhood and being in and out of mental institutions, suicide attempts , church and how love nearly killed me.

What inspired you to write this book?
Even as a child I wanted to write but I thought it would be as a romance writer. However, since high school, I have been asked to write about my life. After being accidentally deleted 3 times, it morphed into what it is now.

What story are you working on next?
This one is about an 18-month period that was very intense but regardless of what happened, I refused to give up hope that my life would get better. It includes, the struggle to survive two people trying to kill me, a stroke, being homeless amongst others.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
LOL...I still struggle with believing that I am a writer.

Do you write full­time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
No, I am not a full time writer as of yet. I work for a local lighting providing clerical support. I write notes all of the time and try my best to sit down on my days off to write, which is not always possible.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My home HAS to be absolutely clean in order for me to write productively.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Ultimately, I would like to help remove the stigma of mental illness so that people understand that being mentally ill is a medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc…. And the number of mentally ill people that commit heinous crimes is very low. There are a lot of people that use the excuse of a bad childhood and / or being mentally ill to illicit sympathy for their horrible actions.


Thank you, Lisa!

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