5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Tyra Denine, author of Damaged Goods

by Joey Pinkney on October 20, 2009

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Tyra Denine, author of Damaged Goods
(Double Dap Books)

(One of the first ten people to comment on Tyra Denine’s author interview will win a free copy of Damaged Goods.)

(Congratulations Angela Riley! She won a FREE copy of Tyra Denine’s Damaged Goods from JoeyPinkney.com)

Confidence and self-esteem are deeply rooted from the early stages of childhood development. Unfortunately, many parents and children fall victim to the ugly realities of child abuse. Damaged Goods, a book of memoirs and poetry, explores this reality.

From childhood abuse, promiscuity, and self-hate the author recovers from these damages. She blossoms into a loving and confident christian woman, looking back at life’s traumas, finding closure and peace.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Damaged Goods?

Tyra Denine: My inspiration for writing Damaged Goods stemmed from my journal writings. I had become severely depressed during the latter part of my marriage and sought professional help.

Journal writing became one of the many techniques that I used as a temporary relief for my depression. I became aware that my marriage was not the root of my depression and low self-esteem.

I learned that my poor choices as an adult were a result of my upbringing.

JP: What sets Damaged Goods apart from other memoirs?

TD: Damaged Goods includes poetry and sketches bringing the chapters to life. Most memoirs are matter-of-fact. My story will capture all emotions. The reader will cry, laugh and feel as if they were there when the events took place.

Readers can get to know me, my personality and my humor, in spite of my woes. I take responsibility for the choices that I made as an adult, while simultaneously cluing readers in to the indisputable fact that we are a product of our environment.

By the time the book is finished, one can see the transformation that I have made as an individual. It clearly states that our past does not have to define our future!

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Damaged Goods getting out to the public?

TD: As an author, it is my responsibility to reach my audience. From sending my book to radio stations and talk-shows, to speaking at women’s shelters and being an advocate for the prevention of spousal and child abuse.

I have to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk. It is my job to be a testimony of succeeding, in spite of or because of, my history of child abuse and living in a home riddled with domestic violence.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Damaged Goods?

TD: It was very difficult to write Damaged Goods. As I opened myself up on the pages of my book, I had to remove myself from the computer, sometimes months at a time because it became too painful to re-live.

It was like pouring salt into old wounds and reliving my experiences all over again, most of which, I had not shared with a single soul. After about a year of journal writing, I realized that I had a story to share with the world. A story that could make a difference.

JP: What’s next for Tyra Denine?

TD: I have begun my sequel to Damaged Goods. My next book is titled, Resurrected, and it depicts the life that I am living today. I want my readers to see that hard work and determination pays off.

I want my readers to know that my past is just that… my past! It will not define my future. I want my readers to know that, they too, can over come any situation. I want my readers to turn their lemons into lemonade.

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Author, Tyra Denine was born in Sandusky, Ohio. She moved to Decatur, Illinois at age six. She joined the United states Navy in 1987 and served over ten years. She currently resides in the Atlanta area with her two sons, Dante and Darius. This is her first book.

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SiStar Tea October 21, 2009 at 6:36 am

Love interview as always. I think her story needs to be told it nice to nice this is story is on a personal level

Karl Anthony October 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Wow! I can image the task of writing a book such as hers. It seem when she got to her lowest point she found the resilience to fight back. I love redemptive and triumphant stories. Wonderful interview!

Angela Riley October 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

This is absolutely going on my must read. Thank you for bringing this interview to us…it’s great the work that you do to expose authors, Joey.

The book really appeals to me on the level that I truly agree with her when she states, “…while simultaneously cluing readers in to the indisputable fact that we are a product of our environment.” It is an unfortunate truth. And I am all about getting the message out on the importance of introspection and putting the work in to be better, stronger and healthier despite circumstances of our youth that were out of our control.

Thanks, Y’all!

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
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Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

Sharmina T. Ellis October 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I am appreciative to the strength, courage and wisdom that it takes to share such a Life Changing situation. Kudos for also reaching out and becoming an advocate for Preventing Abuse on both the Spousal Level as well as for Children.

Best of it all!

Natalyne October 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Wow…I think her book will be very inspiring read for women that come from various backgrounds. It’s always beautiful when people share their testimony to show the world that even damanged goods can still have a good life.

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
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10) ???

Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

Asia October 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

After reading this a few days ago, I put this one on my purchase list (along with The Soul of a Man),,so I will try here before I buy it !!..Good Luck Everyone !..Thanks again Joey !

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Asia, thank you for your support. Speaking of support, I hope you know to get your signed copy of The Soul of a Man from http://joeyisinit.com and hitting that paypal button. I’ll have it signed, sealed and delivered in no time flat.

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???

Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

Adrienna Turner October 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Wow I recall reading this and did not reply. Sorry. It sounds like a must read.

Adrienna Turner, author of the Day Begins with Christ
http://www.adriennaturner.webs.com

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) Adrienn Turner
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???

Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

PAMELA October 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Wow! I need this book Joey!!! Please!!! God Bless Tyra each and every day!!

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) Adrienn Turner
8) PAMELA
9) ???
10) ???

Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

janice rose October 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I can sympathize with her. Ive been in a similar situation at one point in my life…and not having the support of my family i basically fought tooth and nail on my own. I believe that each one of us are ultimately responsible for our own actions…but if we are victims of abuse of any capacity, we tend to blame our actions on our “abusers”. What the abuse has done to me has made me stronger and more aware of those i allow into my life. So to make a long story short…abuse only happens IF you allow it to…PEACE

Joey Pinkney October 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) Adrienn Turner
8) PAMELA
9) janice rose
10) ???

Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first ten people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

Vernon Samuel October 22, 2009 at 11:46 am

I can feel her story just from this interview. I also have that same vision. I one day hope to get that same message out. I will slao do my part to promote her title. It is so important for people to understand that.

Joey Pinkney October 22, 2009 at 11:52 am

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) Adrienn Turner
8) PAMELA
9) janice rose
10) ???

I will randomly draw a winner shortly

Joey Pinkney October 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Damaged Goods by Tyra Denine.

1) SiStar Tea
2) Karl Anthology
3) Angela Riley
4) Sharmina T. Ellis
5) Natalyne
6) Asia
7) Adrienn Turner
8) PAMELA
9) janice rose
10) Vernon Samuel

I will randomly draw a winner shortly

Joey Pinkney October 25, 2009 at 7:19 am

And the winner is…

Angela Riley!

I’ll email you for the mailing info.

Thank you everybody for participating. Thank you Tyra Denine for providing the prize.

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lena October 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Loved the interview. I will definitely be checking out this book. I commend her for writing on a book on such complex issues. God Bless and much success to you Tyra Denine.

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