JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Lolita Buck, editor of Did You Get the Memo?
(World’s Printing Press)
Did You Get The Memo? is the compelling story that chronicles scripture-filled memos sent to six former business executives who worked previously for a Fortune 500 company named J.C. Enterprise.
Although the former business executives always knew there was something angelic about the experience, it’s not actually until years later they get the surprise of a life-time confirming it. Without giving away the story, let’s just say their lives are forever changed, period.
They end up learning ultimately that they can’t put God in a box limiting him to religious tradition or their own personal ideals. God clearly has various ways of getting our attention, but the question becomes are we getting the message?
This book invites readers to open up their hearts and minds to recognize God’s amazing power in an everyday work environment. Beyond bottom lines and profit margins the former business executives also learn that God’s love transcends all. In the end, they discover their most important asset in life is not what they’ve accomplished or achieved but something far greater.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Did You Get The Memo?
Lolita Buck: I’d have to say that all of my writing is God inspired. But the idea for this book, in particular, came from my ability to see just how lost we are as a society when it comes to actually recognizing God’s still, small voice in our lives.
I’ve witnessed on numerous occasions friends/family whose perspective of God is suffocated by religious tradition. That’s why I specifically chose an everyday work environment (Corporate America) as the back-drop for the book and of all things memos to drive my point home.
The message that I wanted to convey to my readers in this project is that God has so many different ways of communicating with us but sometimes I think we just don’t get it. Hence, the title Did You Get the Memo?
JP: What sets Did You Get The Memo? apart from other novels in its genre?
LB: I think clearly what sets this book apart is the message behind it. Yes, there is a storyline of course which by the way has a mind-blowing twist at the end. But I think, by far, the overall lesson that the book offers is definitely the T.K.O in this one.
This is one of those books that will make you think about life. Hopefully, it will help you put some things in perspective with regards to your own personal walk with God. To be honest, it doesn’t matter where you are on that journey either.
The book isn’t so spiritual that it intimidates. In other words it doesn’t matter if you’re the Bishop in the pulpit or the young man or woman who just gave their life to God or if you’re somewhere in between. It’s just an everyday story with a feel good message of God’s redeeming love.
My hope and prayer is that my readers will become more receptive to that love and will open up their hearts to experience a deeper relationship with God.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Did You Get The Memo? getting out to the public?
LB: The key to all of my success point-blank is my faith in God. But in terms of getting this book out to the public, I’m sort of taking a different approach this go around. Not quite sure why, but I feel that this publication has a deeper rooted value outside of my own personal recognition.
Of course, I’m doing some of the traditional stuff. Promoting through word of mouth, book signings/events, social networking, promotional postcards, etc. but I must say I’m also looking to do a lot of giveaways, contests etc. as well.
One thing that I’m extremely happy about is that I’ll be donating $1.00 from each book sale to Book Aid International. I think that as I evolve as a writer, I’m also becoming more aware of just how much of a ministry this is. I try to keep that as my underlined motivation when attempting to reach the public.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Did You Get The Memo?
LB: I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have a specific writing process. Each time has been a little different. It just sort of depends on what’s happening in my life at the time. But with this book in particular, it was actually written a good year prior to my releasing it.
It took a while for me to get clarity on which direction I should go in regarding the publishing method. But, all in all, the entire process usually on an average takes no more than about six months to complete.
JP: What’s next for Lolita Buck?
LB: I have a couple of projects in mind. One includes a third book, possibly a poetry CD. Of course, there’s always freelance work as well. Specifics on all this stuff, I’m not quite there yet. I like to sort of let God lead me, so what’s next on his agenda, who knows?
But I’d imagine whatever it is, the sky is the limit! I’m just as excited as you are to find out.