Beem Weeks here. I’m a 40-something-year-old indie author, blogger, blog talk radio host, columnist for All Authors magazine, and reviews coordinator for Rave Reviews Book Club. I have written many short stories, essays, poems, and the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel Jazz Baby. I have also released Slivers of Life: A Collection of Short Stories. I live to create with the written word. Among my literary influences I count Daniel Woodrell, Barbara Kingsolver, and Stephen Geez. As a teenager and young adult, I wrote concert and record reviews for a small publication. Journalism had been my intended field, but all that changed with the publication of a short story that eventually led to my first novel. Give me indie films, loud music, and a well-told story, and I’ll be just fine.
What prompted me to be a part of Concordant Vibrancy 2: Vitality?
Aside from the honor and privilege of being invited, I loved the idea of speaking on the subject of "What drives my spirit?" Inspiration can be found all around us. This anthology offers the opportunity to share this news with the writing world. These pearls aren't ours to keep. When we find them, we are to share them with others. This is what keeps inspiration alive.
Excerpt from Letting Inspiration Take The Wheel:
I’ve recently moved to the country after years of living within the city limits. Night time in the country, out among corn and soy bean fields, is vastly different from night time for city dwellers. In the city, there are lights everywhere, making it next to impossible to look up and admire God’s handy work. But there are no lights—outside of the moon—here in the country. I find myself stepping out to the back patio or to the front porch many nights, just to look up at the millions of stars flung against the expanse of an inky-black sky. It’s a simple pleasure, really, but one I have come to truly cherish. This, too, inspires me.