A cross country hitchhiking trek is the backdrop of this personal odyssey of the 17 year old William L. Ingram, the author of Finding Heaven In The Dark. The tumultuous 1960s themes of race relations, political turmoil, assassinations, and the Vietnam War also play major roles as Mr. Ingram recounts the events surrounding his self-destructive rebellion and desertion from the Marine Corps.
William’s dark journey began with his birth to a young, Black American, unwed mother in 1949, and takes the reader on a spiritual journey of a fugitive living in a Los Angeles skid row rescue mission. What happens next is both insightful and truly compelling. The author’s search for a purposeful life view and identity is inspiring and will resonate with anyone who has questioned the deeper meaning of life.
This Christ centered spiritual tale of loss and redemption could read like a story from the Bible, but it is William Ingram’s testimony to his love of thelife affirming principals of the “Be Still and Know” Christian Meditation that guided him through his Bright Passage to the shores of Heaven.
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 William L. Ingram whose book Finding Heaven in the Dark captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love memoirs and poignant stories but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for William, a biography of the author and an interview between me and William 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 William L. Ingram!
“Finding Heaven In The Dark” is a multiple award winning memoir, and a moving personal account of William L. Ingram’s odyssey through rebellion and redemption that led to his discovery of life saving and life affirming Christian spiritual principles.
As a black African-American son of an unwed mother, and a child of the post World War II baby boom generation, the author struggled with secret anger and a confused life view. His self-destructive rebellion and desertion from the U. S. Marine Corps in 1967, turned into a cross country trek that ended in a skid row rescue mission in Los Angeles, Ca. There the 17 year old fugitive was forced to confront his personal demons.
“Finding Heaven In The Dark” explores Mr. Ingram’s introduction to the ancient Judeo-Christian practice of Meditation, and it’s “Be Still and Know” prayerful, meditative exercise. This is a key in awakening the individuals consciousness to the authentic spiritual self, which prepares the soul to be healed at its’ broken places.
Voted as one of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, is just another reason to discover this memoir and the healing joy it could bring into a life.
Now, how wonderful does William sound?! William is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of William’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and William, I hope that you enjoy William’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?
My Book, FINDING HEAVEN IN THE DARK, is a memoir about my troubled years as a black youth of the post World War II Baby Boom generation. I was the son of an unwed mother who married a Jamaican immigrant when I was 2 years old. Growing up with other working class poor folks in Hartford, Connecticut was a struggle in a dysfunctional family that totaled six children. Virtually fatherless, even in a two parent home, I struggled with identity issues, a quiet rage, and a confused life view. Eventually my self destructive tendencies drove me to desert from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967.
My odyssey towards spiritual self discovery or “waking up on the inside” occurred during the tumultuous events of 1960’s America.The compelling story of my search for identity as a young man and a Black African American takes place during the cultural revolution among America’s youth, the Civil Rights struggles for equal rights, and the growing national nightmare of the Vietnam War.
I resisted writing the story of my journey from prodigal son to redemption because of the embarrassing details I would reveal about my early life. I had shared them with some family and close friends but exposing myself to a larger audience was a concern. I did believe that that my memoir could have tremendous value for people searching for answers to life while struggling with self-doubt and depression.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
I advise aspiring writers to begin the process of writing in any form that motivates them. Outlines, overviews, and character development are all important to any genre one is writing in, but a compelling story is vital. Write your story in whatever format feels comfortable and avoid excessive re-writes until you are finished. That was the best advise I received. Once you have a working manuscript studying the craft of writing will help you commit to producing a quality book.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I think an enjoyable book needs a compelling story to share with the reader. Readers search for connections to thoughts, feelings, and events that they can relate to. Page turners crafted with descriptive writing, excellent characters, and powerful themes will always be read and referred.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
My approach to writing has varied slightly over the years, but the essentials are a workable routine and perseverance. I am always more inspired and focused in the early morning hours and have produced some of my best efforts during that time. A healthy self-discipline is the true key to any writing endeavor. Establishing goals like daily word count and other realistic objectives are helpful to the process. One shouldn’t become discouraged or lose focus even when the previous days writing is rejected upon review. Patient self-discipline will nurture genuine inspiration and the process of writing becomes enjoyable.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
As my memoir will attest, I have been an avid reader since childhood. I truly treasured my library card as a youth and still enjoy libraries and book stores. My reading interest are best described as eclectic. My Goodreads bookshelf shows my taste in books leaning heavily in the spiritual, biographical and historical genres; however I enjoy fiction, mystery,sci-fi, and romance on occasion. My favorite writers remain spiritually based such as Roy Masters, Guy Finley, and the great C.S. Lewis.
When can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Although I have begun writing a second memoir I can’t predict when it will be ready for publication. I may actually publish it as blog posts on my website when it is complete. The title is “The Leftover Lovers” and it is a light-hearted and entertaining story of my writing and publishing journey for my first book.
Congratulations on winning two book awards in 2017! How was that experience?
Thank you! That was a wonderful and totally unexpected experience. I was humbled and honored to be nominated in 2 categories. My wife, Susan and I attended the Florida Authors and Publishers Association banquet (F.A.P.A.) in Orlando and shared the thrill of winning 2 Silver President’s Book Awards! One for Cover Design and the second for Autobiography / Memoir. That recognition validated my belief that my story resonated with professionals in the field and was compelling and crafted well enough to compare with great competition in the genre of Memoir.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with William! If you have liked what you have read about William and are interested in learning more about William and reading William’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,