JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
James Benjamin, author of Master Of Disguises
James Benjamin is a living miracle. He was on a path towards destruction, and through his faith in God, was saved. In his first, self-published book titled “Master of Disguises,” James guides readers through his compelling story of struggling in the street life, and finding sanctuary through The Lord. Most importantly, he unveils the enemy and the many disguises the enemy has. He provides inspiration where many feel hopeless, and educates individuals who are lost as he once was. James lives to tell his story to help keep young men and women off the streets and away from the grips of the enemy.
Benjamin’s story is one that attracts the groups that are hard to communicate to: teens and their parents, prisoners, people living the street life and their families, and the African-American street community. Those that are experiencing hardships can easily listen to James as he used to be in their shoes. His prospective is inviting, as he leaves no secrets and lays out his life for the readers. James guides readers through his experience of being incarcerated and the challenges that he has faced.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Master Of Disguises?
James Benjamin: My life is the inspiration. Master of Disguises is a personal testimony of my life and all that I have endured.
JP: What sets Master Of Disguises apart from other books in the same genre?
JB: Master of Disguises is different from my other books in the market place because it is for the generation that is growing up now. What I endured in my teenage years is the exact same that is going on in the world now. In my book, I am “keeping it real” and laying out my personal life in order to see someone set free and delivered from the grip of the enemy.
My story attracts the groups that are hard to communicate to: teens and their parents, prisoners, people living the street life and their families, and the African-American street community. Those that are experiencing hardships can easily listen to my story as I used to be in their shoes.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Master Of Disguises getting out to the public?
JB: The keys to success is to never let your book die. You have to be consistent at getting your book to the public. No matter how many doors are closed in your face, you have to be persistent and believe in what you are writing about.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Master Of Disguises?
JB: As a christian writer my writing process is divinely inspired by God. I like to take everyday circumstances and find it in the bible and expound on it. I depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me through my writing to help me minister effectively to my readers.
JP: What’s next for James Benjamin?
JB: My next project is one that I am excited about. I am currently working on my next book Master of Love, which is talking about the incomparable Love of Jesus Christ and the Love that he has for his children. I will have a special co-author as she reveals her personal testimony.
Some of the main themes I am portraying in my book are entertainment. Teenagers spend their whole day either in the internet, phone, or television. These devices are avenues that the enemy uses to lure teenagers in the wrong direction.
The Internet is filled with Satan’s devices. There are chat lines where kids go and can be lured into a trap. Pornography and Rap/Hip-Hop industry has taken over the internet and television. Teenagers seemed to idolize the hip hop artist and live according to what is portrayed in the music videos.
They see the money, drugs, and glamorous things and desire the material possessions that they see. Teenagers end up committing crimes and disobeying the law in order to be like these artists.