Ask the Author: William L. Ingram
“Ask me a question.”
Spoiler Alert as William answers Norahs’ question:
To answer your questions in order:
I did eventually return to L.A. and tried to continue with my musical interest, but after 9 months I returned to CT. to be with a girl I had met. This answers questions 1 & 2.
I don’t attend a church, although I have gone when invited and for other reasons. I still have a strong resistance to “Churchianity”, but I don’t berate people about it. I actually believe that Church organizations still serve a useful purpose and are part of God’s plan.
Man’s Pride and confusion have created all the religions and denominations that exist. The modern church should be more like a spiritual hospital or a walk-in clinic where broken and wounded people can find others to help them find healing and point them in the right direction. Sadly they want to turn seekers into “club members” and clones!
Once you find the Light of Christ and God, your intuition and conscience will guide you if you are committed to self-honesty and repentance!
Thank you for your questions and for reading my book!
What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?
In my memoir FINDING HEAVEN IN THE DARK I actually do wrestle with the mystery of my unwed birth. The aftermath of my birth in 1949 and the decision by my mother and Grandmother to allow me to grow up without that knowledge effected my troubled teen years profoundly. The web of deceit and evasion was never meant to be malicious, but my life view confusion was still the outcome. The happy ending never happens but I grow and learn to forgive all of us for being human.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
As a recently published author everything about the experience has been wonderful for me. It’s been stressful, but in a good way that’s made me have to stretch and reach within myself to respond to family, friends and others when they learn about the book. I am very pleased with the finished product but also with the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing such an endeavor.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Anyone who reads my book will see that I had ideas of becoming a writer after falling in love with books by Jack London. Even though I was a troubled youth I attended good public schools and understood the value of learning proper English and sentence structure. Another thing I recount in the book was how I worked to strengthen my vocabulary at every opportunity. All life experience can be valuable to a future writer if they learn to be objective to all aspects of every situation.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently learning to market my book in the 21st century. I have a lot of opinions and insights that I enjoy sharing so I am anxious to begin producing a BLOG that I hope will also expose readers to my memoir.
How do you get inspired to write?
I resisted writing my story because of the embarrassing elements that I had to reveal about myself. I had willingly shared my early difficulties with others one on one but exposing myself to the public at large seemed frightening. I always believed that my story had tremendous value for the right person so I did actually start putting pen to paper during the winter of 2006. Off and on over the next few winters I became more convinced that it was a worthwhile project to complete.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
From my own early life experience. Because my memoir is focused around my mid to late teens I had a lot of material to draw from and much of it was unflattering, however the eventual healing of my soul that occurred as a result of my personal odyssey has continued to bless me in countless ways.
Thank you for your questions,
William L. Ingram/Author