Today we have the pleasure of getting to know author Lawrence D. Elliott.
Lawrence D. Elliott is an American author, whose work has appeared in many popular books and publications, including four books in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His words can be found at many online locations, including The Huffington Post. He has also been interviewed for such radio shows as The Daily Wrap from The Wall Street Journal with Michael Castner. A native of San Diego, California, he now lives in Germany.
Connect with Lawrence in the following places:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lawrence_author or @Lawrence_Author
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118140738246574903329/
What was your favorite subject in school?
English. In 1973, I was part of a group of inner-city minority kids bused to predominantly-white schools. That first year was the best—and worse—time of my life. There was harassment, name-calling, fighting, a “mini” riot even ensued. I felt my world as a seventh grader couldn’t get worse. But I was wrong. A test result showed I had a reading level far below my grade. Now the bigots weren’t the only ones who devalued me. The system had made its pronouncement. Fortunately, my reading development teacher worked tirelessly to improve my skills. In the process, a wonderful surprise awaited. She discovered I could write. To stimulate my mind, she gave me one essay assignment each week. I loved it so much, I wrote three or more. Writing has been a part of my life ever since. And the fact that she was white taught me another valuable lesson: Everyone—black or white—is not the same. Her name was Ms. Davila of John J. Pershing Middle School in San Diego, California, I’ll be eternally grateful to her.
I love that answer!
What one food will you never eat?
Beets! Growing up, my mom was not unlike other mothers. She wanted her kids to eat healthily, which included fruits and vegetables. However, after trying to get me to eat beets, she gave up after I would…let’s say…continuously return them to my plate in liquid form. For me, beets would no longer be a part of my menu. Today, they still make me seriously ill.
Are you a morning or night person?
I love the night because I’m usually wide awake and the tranquility of that time of day always seems to be when I’m most creative.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I don’t like people who go out of their way to be cruel to others, whether for being fat, “ugly”, on welfare, being a woman/gay/man, or over race and culture. Such a person will never have my respect and will probably hear from me.
What is your favorite dessert?
It used to be cherry pie, but it changed over years. The main reason was my grandfather, who died in 1992. He was a World War II Navy veteran and throughout his life, he was known for helping so many people. In addition, he was a master at making sweet potato pies. I made my first pie in 2011, after returning to Germany. I wanted to bring a slice of home here. Since then, I’ve made numerous pies and I’ve shared them with many of my German friends. Not only is it odd for them that such a strange pie should taste so good, but the fact that a man can bake is quite unusual here. I’ve been asked what I think about as I make these “unusual” pies. My answer is quite simple: “I think of my grandfather. I can feel his spirit all around me.”
Lawrence D. Elliott is an American author, whose work has appeared in many popular books and publications, including four books in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Although released for Christmas, he’d like share four unforgettable and heart-felt stories from his life that are great anytime of the year.
The first story is titled “Our Christmas of 1971″. At 11-years-old, Lawrence, his younger sister, and his mom found themselves without a home in Hartford, CT, over 3,000 miles away from his native San Diego. He shares the story of how that Christmas in 1971 taught him the true meaning of the season.
The next one is titled “Unexpected Guests”, which was first published in the book A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas in 2007. It’s the story of a Christmas Eve he spent in Germany in 1981 with a wonderful young German couple while serving in the U. S. Air Force. After having lost touch with them for almost thirty years, he now lives near them in Germany.
Also included is a special story titled “Hands”. This one might not seem like “Christmas”, but when you get to the end, you’ll surely agree it’s what this time of year is all about.
The final story is titled “Sweet Potato Pie for Christmas”. It’s more of a present day tale and its theme is similar to most of the stories in this collection. It shows how diverse cultures can come together in harmony, in spite of their differences.
More than a writer, Lawrence considers himself a storyteller. So…sit back and relax, my friend. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let Lawrence tell you his Christmas Stories from his Heart.
I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Lawrence and explore his fictional world.
Thanks for reading.