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