A Journey Through
A Journey Through the Eyes of Patrina Larmond
Dr. Patrina Larmond took some time to answer some questions. She has recently launched her memoir, “A Journey Through.” As we all do, Dr. Larmond had some secrets that she needed to expose. With the spirit of courage, she choice to expose the demons that haunted her. “A Journey Through” is a great memoir to add to your “To Read” list, here is an interview to tell you more about the author and her book.
1. When did you discover you needed to be an author?
Imperative word in that question is need, right!!! I desired and wanted to be an author but never thought I really could write a whole entire book. You see I struggled with reading and writing as a child, when I first came to America, I was placed into a speech therapy class. S and SH words were the most difficult for me to say (picture me saying Shelly sells seashells at the seashore, an inside joke in my family still to this day). It was always a challenge reading aloud and was one of the most fearful experiences ever for me as a child because I could not do it, I was so afraid, I could not even pronounce the word, the. I was selected to read aloud between my speech impediment and difficulty ready everybody started laughing at me in class and I felt so embarrassed, ashamed and the most stupid person ever. The teacher was not able to help me instead my great grandmother helped me to read better outside of school. Even though that teacher was not able to reach me there was another teacher in high school, my English teacher, Ms. Ellis really helped me to just write and start journaling which was an outlet that possibly saved my life. Journaling let me write down the internal battles of my mind. I did not know how to let go of the label of stupid, whether self-imposed or extrinsically. I battled with that dichotomy for a very long time. So, no I never wanted to be an author but discovered the art of free write from journaling because of Ms. Ellis. But the thought of being an author just would not shake me for years, especially after taking Lit II in college, and the professor asked me if I ever considered writing, I knew in myself I would be an author but did not know, how or when.
2. What inspired you to publish your first book?
I was inspired to publish my first book from life’s trials and tribulations that had brought me to my knees to literally look up and say, “Okay God what now?” I have gone through and come out on the other sides of those moments better and stronger, But how? And the how is what inspired me to publish. So many people are going through their own trials and tribulations and if I came through then why not help someone else to do the very same and better!!!
3. Did you have any fears of publishing before you started?
There were many fears that creeped up: would anyone buy it, would anyone read it, would it really help and so on. I did not want to be categorized as a self-help book because the term to me sounds so defeating and I did not want to publish in defeat but victory, so I had to “flip the switch” (one topic in the book) from fear to victory and push through the fear into faith.
4. What were three things you learned about the publishing process?
I learned the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing. The advantages and disadvantages of each and most importantly that no matter which you choose both entail work!!! Or in patois WUUUUK!!
5. What was the most surprising thing you learned in the process?
Nothing goes as planned no matter how well you plan things, so you must learn to be adaptable and flexible.