David Bulitt, Author of Because I Had To
Jess Porter spent her childhood bouncing from therapist to therapist and prescription to prescription. An outcast at school and a misfit at home, the only solace she ever found was in her relationship with her dad, Tom. Now he’s dead. Feeling rejected by her adopted mom and her biological twin sister, Jess runs off to South Florida. But she can’t outrun her old life. Watching the blood drip down her arm after her latest round of self-inflicted cutting, she decides her only choice is to find and face what frightens her most. Because I Had To takes the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law, and the search for a biological family. With a cast of finely drawn, complicated characters, it asks us to consider: can the present ever heal the past?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author David Bulitt whose book Because I Had To moved as well as entertained me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love moving novels but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for David Bulitt, a biography of the author and an interview between me and David Bulitt will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful David Bulitt!
Family law specialist David Bulitt has been praised as the lawyer who “epitomizes stability and old fashioned common sense” by Bethesda Magazine and routinely makes every top Washington DC Metro lawyer list. His clients say that he is “the best non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer” they know.
The grandson of a New Jersey bartender, Bulitt was the first member of his family to get a professional degree. After years of raising kids and focusing on family responsibilities, Bulitt Bulitt now spends much of his spare time discussing world issues with his dogs and working on his novels. His first book, CARD GAME, was published in 2015 to a bevy of five star reviews. His new novel, BECAUSE I HAD TO, is available now on Roundfire Books.
Bulitt is the Assistant Managing Director of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, PA, one of Maryland’s largest and most prominent law firms. His practice focuses on all areas of family law, including cases that involve complex financial and property matters and property distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. He is often appointed by local courts to serve in one of the most difficult and demanding legal roles, as a Best Interests Attorney for children whose parents are embroiled in high conflict custody disputes. He also has extensive expertise working with families that have children with special needs.
Now, how wonderful does David Bulitt sound?! David is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of David’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and David, I hope that you enjoy David’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I have four daughters, two biological and two adopted. Our third daughter grew up with significant mental health issues and ultimately turned to drugs. I used some of what our family lived through to develop and flesh out my main character, Jess Porter.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Just do it. Don’t wait for some divine inspiration. If you have a story in you, just write. Don’t edit; put it on paper and then maybe a day or two later, go back re-read what you wrote. Start weaving your story that way.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
What is your writing process like? I am a big believer in writing when you want to write, worry about what makes sense later. Some people have asked about writers block – what to do, how to handle it. With this book, I wrote different provisions, then pieced it together later. If I got stuck at one place in the story, I skipped ahead or went back, wrote more, edited , whatever worked for me at the time.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? With this book, there wasn’t a ton of research – “I lived it” as the Blake Shelton song goes. I did create a fictional beach town and for that spent some time at a small alcove near Juno Beach, Florida, just watching, making notes of things that stuck out to me, like the chapter in BECAUSE I HAD TO where the dad was pushing his little girl on a swing.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I have one book done, another on the way. The first is actually a non-fictoin piece I have co-authored with my wife, who is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice. As a divorce lawyer, I often look at interpersonal issues and conflict from a very different perspective than she does. Our book, “SHOP TALK-Five Core Conversations to Keep Your Relationship off the Couch and Out of Court” takes a lighter hearted and less clinical approach to relationships and problem solving.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with David Bulitt! If you have liked what you have read about David and are interested in learning more about David and reading David’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,