FEBRUARY 28, 2022 Published in Capital Hill Press
Ibecame an author through trials in life. Since I was young, I wrote about my feelings and thoughts. I loved music and was the girl sitting next to the record player memorizing lyrics to songs. In high school I had a creative writing class. We had to keep all our writing in a notebook. I still have that notebook to this day.
When I realized my marriage was a mirage. Things weren’t as they seemed. God kept revealing truths. I began drawing and writing poems with my seven-year-old daughter one day. I began reading inspirational books and my bible. After my divorce I started journaling about the drama all around me. One day I stopped. I began writing poetry. As God revealed heart-wrenching truths, he helped me through those times with inspirational poetry. As I was writing the poetry, I began putting some of them on ceramic tiles and giving them as gifts to friends and acquaintances.
In 2009, I decided to publish a collection. I did not know much about the publishing industry. At that time the publishing industry was changing. I published my first book in 2012.
“Inspired by Gina” “Poems of Triumphant Faith”. Meanwhile my life was changing, and inspirational poetry poured out of me. I put a second collection together, “A Love Story” “Poems of God’s Eternal Love”. But that collection became a book with deeper meaning when I lost our home and started living in an apartment re-united with my daughter. I have hit bumps in the road to becoming an author. But I feel God was shaping me, encouraging me, and showing me perseverance and grit are also needed to realize your dreams.
I did not set out to become an author. I became an author through trials in life and God’s guidance. I love the poetry because each one was a lesson from God, nurturing and guiding me through the storms. I became an author because of God’s divine design.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Regina Marie Blaylock is the mother of two beautiful children. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in early childhood education. She is a special education teacher for babies, serves in the children’s ministry at her church, and holds a Bible study in her home. An athlete, she walks marathons in memory of her father and eldest brother, who both passed away from cancer.