JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sonya Visor, editor of Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am
(Covenant House Press)
Wearing a Mask is a powerful thing! We all have worn a mask at one time or another in our lives. The danger is when YOU can no longer be seen… What people see is the face that you have become! Sonya Visor knows this all too well when she found herself on her living room floor in a fetal position ready to take her own life.
God used her four-year-old son to deliver her! It was indeed time to be free. It was time to TAKE OFF THE MASK, but first she had to become naked and unashamed from the hands that touched her life.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am?
Sonya Visor: You simply just donâ€™t put ALL of your â€œstuffâ€ out there for the world to see… It had to be divine! However, this is not a testimonial book. I was driven by the fact of being alone in my taking off the mask process. I wondered how many others were smiling, while contemplating suicide. I couldnâ€™t be the only one feeling like this, and I had to tell others how I took off my mask.
JP: What sets Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am apart from other books in its genre?
SV: Everybody has worn a mask! I donâ€™t care how beautiful or handsome, together attire or a public mess, we’ve all played â€œa roleâ€ at one time or another. We can all relate to masking. This book is almost too real. You will see yourself in the pages of Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am getting out to the public?
SV: I remain a person who is teachable. I have read and applied books, attended seminars investing in the vision to birth this book. I am the kind of person who will surround myself with people who have been successful in the areas I need strengthening in. God has blessed me with folks who donâ€™t mind reaching back to help others succeed.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am?
SV: The book was done in 2006. Marilynn Griffith got a hold of the manuscript and said, â€œSonya, this is good, but youâ€™re on the surface. Go deeper, and quit hiding behind Bethany .â€ (You have to check out chapter six to find out who Bethany is.) I left the project because I wasnâ€™t ready. I revisited and started over in November of 2008. It took me two weeks writing a chapter a day.
JP: What’s next for Sonya Visor?
SV: I will be going on a book tour visiting surrounding cities for Who Iâ€™ve Become is NOT Who I Am. As a contributing author to Sistahfaith, a new book compiled by Marilynn Griffith, released by Simon and Schuster, I will participate in some of the upcoming events. I am excited about my upcoming play April 2nd, Silence is NOT the Answer.
The next TruU conference is April 24th! My TruU Blog Talk Radio show will be here May 1st! My creative juices are flowing for what my hearts desire is: writing my fiction novel. Now thatâ€™s the fun stuff I love to do while keeping it real.
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