I'd like to introduce to everyone Bruce Ray the author of our upcoming book "Blow Wind Blow". I have known Bruce for almost 9 years and have been his biggest fan ever since we met. He is brilliant with so much energy and an insatiable love of discovering the undiscoverable. Bruce is the pastor of a small church in Logan Square with a social mission enacted in the everyday lives of the congregation. On any given day you will find him and or members marching in the streets/passing out flyers/hosting an event/the list goes on, to help those who are below the fray.
When I first read the manuscript of the book (which he had written many years ago), I was so excited about the possibility of publishing it. The story is so unique and truly a tale that will stand the test of time. You can pre-order the book here at growbookspress.com
1. What inspired you to write a children’s book?
I didn't start out writing for children initially. "Blow, Wind, Blow" actually started out as a sermon for my congregation at Kimball Avenue Church. It was a story for adults, kind of in the order of "Who Moved My Cheese", but children really liked it too. Because it was the story of a young boy, it seemed right to adapt it for children. However, adults should read it too.
2. What was your favorite book as a kid?and why?
When I was a child, my family often took long road trips. I vividly recall my father turning the driving over to my mother, climbing into the back seat with my sisters and me and telling us stories that he would make up on the spot. It is one of my favorite childhood memories. Though I no longer remember all the details, my favorite was a story about a little black lamb in a herd of white sheep. Though the lamb is teased for being different, he ends of being the most valuable lamb of the herd thanks to his especially soft wool. I often felt different as a child and the story affirmed my value. Unfortunately, my father never wrote down the story, and though I have attempted to put it down on paper, it never seems quite the same.
3. What do you love best about Chicago?
I love the skyline--especially viewed from the lake. I could sit for hours just staring at it on a clear day. There is no other city quite like it in the world.
4. When did other people start to notice that you were good at writing?
I received a lot of positive feedback in high school when I enrolled in a creative writing course. The encouragement I was given allowed me to dream of publishing a story someday.
5. What kind of encouragement helped you along your road to doing what you do now? For instance was there a pivotal moment in your life that you think led you to doing what you do (as a writer)?
Writers have to have people around them that believe in them. Rejection letters are confidence-killers. I couldn't be where I am today without the support and encouragement of my wife, Karren. She's my biggest fan and I'm very blessed to have her in my life. If it weren't for her, I would have tossed most of my writing into the circular file.