JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Dr. Maurice A. Lee, author of Life Experiences
In life, we are faced with many obstacles and trials that often stunt or slow our progression. It is up to us as individuals to tap into our inner being to search for our purpose in life. Dr. Maurice Lee, a successful, health-care professional takes you on a journey of his life experiences.
Coming from a town where the success stories are few and far in between, Dr. Lee overcame peer pressure, a depressing health ailment and a defining moment from a suicide attempt to become a prominent figure in his community. This is a book that will have you feeling inspired and empowered to conquer the unconquerable.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Life Experiences?
Dr. Maurice A. Lee: As I began to sit back and observe the state of our economy and the mindset of our youth, I felt it was time to put a product out that was positive and would speak life so that individuals would be encouraged to tap into their inner self to find their true purpose in life.
Also, it was therapeutic for me because I had never shared most of my experiences with anyone. I thought by sharing my story, it would really inspire people to be the best that they could be.
JP: What sets Life Experiences apart from other books in the same genre?
M.A.L.: Life Experiences comes from my heart, and it is a book that chronicles various events that many can relate to. In my much-discussed new book, Community: In Life Experiences, I try to make a point of not trying to define a healthy and well-functioning quality of life. The idea isn’t to create a visionary ideal for people to try to live up to. Rather, it’s to encourage a shift in our way of thinking about life and our community, so we can bring about the qualities of an authentic sense of belonging. That, after all, is what life is really about.
My approach sets this book apart from so many other works in the same genre which try to map best practices or enumerate the essential features of a robust life. I understand that creating and sustaining a sense of belonging is fundamentally about the experiences of life and how we deal with those experiences.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Life Experiences getting out to the public?
M.A.L.: The key to my success with Life Experiences is honesty. The book is an account of personal events that people are often afraid or ashamed to talk about. Being that I am very transparent with this book, it speaks to so many on different levels evoking thoughts of change for the betterment of our communities. I just wrote what I thought people needed to hear.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Life Experiences?
M.A.L.: First, I listen for the voice that is silent. From there, I draw on inspiration from within to deliver a message that is otherwise not being heard abroad. It took six months to finish Life Experiences.
JP: What’s next for Dr. Maurice A. Lee?
M.A.L.: Henson & Lee Inspirational Book Tour – I am joining forces with Actor Darrin Henson to do a book tour on empowerment.
I am in the neoteric stages of planning the 2nd Annual M.A. Lee Scholarship Fund Celebrity Basketball Tournament to raise funds for scholarships.
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I have received so many messages and letters about this book and how it has helped not only young individuals, but older individuals as well. We all are a work-in-progress and no matter how old we become, there is always room for growth.
Often, we don’t know that growth still exist until we are forced to re-evaluate our lives through the learning of another person’s life experiences that seem to parallel our experiences. I am grateful that this book is available because it is serving the purpose that I anticipated – HEALING!