It’s been a little over a year since the release of “VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS” and although I have yet to receive a call from Oprah’S Book Club or NPR producers since I’m the first father ever to write about being the parent of a gay son from a father’s perspective, the feedback from those that have read the book keep me positively optimistic.
I’ve done a podcast, newspaper and a magazine interview and any other limited promotion I can from my unique position at MDC Brooklyn in N.Y. which is the federal holding facility I’ve been at for over a year appealing my case.
This is where I get the core of my book reviews. I have 5 copies of that I keep in circulation throughout the unit of around 110 inmates. Most are coming through on transfer to other prisons unless their pre-trial or like myself back on appeal.
As you would expect, there are avid readers in here who give me their honest opinions about “Voice”. I’ve had guys come into my cell returning the book and not knowing what to say just giving me a hug which has actually become a normal response. I enjoy pulling out my picture album showing the main characters written about, especially the photos from the Disney world trip.
I had an openly gay man read the book three times. In the visiting room, my mother is like a celebrity with guys just walking up to shake her hand and tell her what an amazing mother she is and wanted to meet who they read about. The discussions I have with guys after they read the story is an added bonus, solidifying my claim that everyone can relate to this topic.
Each time I read the letter to the reader from my son, I get choked up and it actually brought one guy to tears. My purpose for writing is to bring understanding and healing. My son and I have achieved that goal and I hope my writing does the same for others.
I look forward to releasing “THE EVOLUTION OF A GANGSTER TURNED GURU” in 2018, which gives more insight to my personal spiritual journey. Although I haven’t posted much recently, it’s not due to my lack of writing. I have a number of books in the first draft condition that I’m currently going back to work on. Plus I’ve taken on freelance writing which consists of letters and speeches to the Judges prior to guys in here that are going for sentencing. Talk about having to write emotional, meaningful words in an attempt to get a lower sentence.
So I’m still at work with my craft and if ever an idea or topic comes up that you think calls for the Gangster Turned Guru’s perspective, please send a message and I’ll be glad to post my insight.
Thanks for all the support!!
Eddie K. Wright, Author