Welcome to my Guest Blogger Joszann St. John. She is promoting her new book, Sonnets in Waking Moments...
Thank you Connie, for hosting me as part of the virtual book tour celebration for my book Sonnets in Waking Moments.
When I was younger, I had always envisioned myself as a wife and mother. This dream had been with me for most of my childhood, and became a reality when I migrated to Canada. My marriage was not what I thought it would be, and I became dissatisfied. I wanted something more.
An incessant voice inside of me had always urged me to write. I had written the obligatory papers at school, but I was blocked from writing more meaningful material. I think it was a combination of environment, my insecurities, and relationships. I’m by nature, a shy individual, and my confidence was not where it needed to be. It was the breakdown of my marriage that forced me to really get to know who I was, and what I wanted from life. My divorce took some time to be finalized; it was during this intense time of deep despair that my first book Wounded Bird No More was born. I’ve said, of that time, that I was pregnant with poetry. There were days when poems would just bubble out of me, and I hastened to write them all down. Emotions and memories that had lain dormant since childhood, burst onto my consciousness, demanding to be expressed.
Prior to the release of my first title, I had begun blogging. As my writing matured, I took on more challenging projects. Blogging was a way to get my voice heard, I was growing and beginning this journey, and truly, I had no clue what I was doing. So I set about learning as much as I could.
During this time, I began developing spiritually as well. It was a time of self renewal, and awareness on many levels, but other areas of my life suffered. I encountered numerous spiritual battles, and life became a fight for survival. I began to seek God in earnest, and it is this journey, that changed my perspective about life, people and spirituality.
Many of us are wounded, but we don’t have to go through life carrying pain and open lacerations. God is able to heal our wounds. It was experiencing this miracle first hand that made me want to reach out to other women. I write for a general audience, but I’m passionate about the experiences of women. I believe when women are able to heal spiritually we will experience more harmony in society.
Some of the most damaging wounds are on the inside of our spirits, where no one can see them. We know that they are there though, and are responsible for most of our choices. Writing has given me a voice. I never knew I had one, until I started this work.
Previously, I had largely lived as society dictated, as I was supposed to. Now I’m able to create and add value to my world, which in itself is a wonder, considering the hurdles I’ve experienced. As a woman writer, and an immigrant, my work touches on many aspects of life and living, not just in the Diaspora but also back in my native homeland. I believe we are shaped by our experiences, and the past has a large bearing on our identity.
Immigration has affected every sphere of the globe, as people seek out better living conditions in more developed countries. The immigrant writer brings a unique viewpoint to familiar issues, and events. I’ve seen many women, my family included, struggle with the realities of low self esteem, endemic poverty, and unsatisfactory intimate relationships. This is not relegated to one race of women, but occurs in every community.
A writer’s currency is working with words, and great writers are able to express themselves in ways which connect them with their readers on an emotional level. This is where change begins, and where wonderful things begin to happen.
Writers write for many reasons, I write for the women who are afraid, or maybe ashamed to share their experiences. I write for the disenfranchised, those who would like to speak, but don’t have a platform. I write for the woman who has been rejected and broken by society, as she struggles to find her way back. I write because it’s my passion, and the medium that has kept me sane these past five years. Writing is my reason for living, and I write because I have found, according to Edward Bulwer –Lytton that the, “pen is mightier than the sword.”
Joszann St. John writes across many genres and has published multiple titles. Her newest novel, Sonnets in Waking Moments is a women’s fiction story about life during The Great Depression.
Visit her blog and check out the full schedule for the virtual book tour celebrating this historical fiction love story. Follow the heroine Anna Agnelli, an Italian immigrant to Canada during the 1900’s and her daughter Viola. Other major characters include Ralph, Frank, Jimmy, Louise and Mark Ackerly.
A new and unique voice, Joszann is dedicated to inspiring and empowering others through her extensive body of work. She credits faith as the major influence in overcoming some of her previous challenges. She is the mother of two beautiful children whom she considers wonderful motivators in her life.