As I sit staring at the blank screen in front me, I realize that one of the most difficult things to do as a writer is to share pieces of your soul. Whisperings is a blog that I have created, allowing me to share my own thoughts, experiences, personal writings, and teaching philosophies/resources with my peers and readers. It is a journey of love, commitment, and growth.
Middle school summers were some of the best years of my life, as I remember staying up all hours of the night reading; this is when my love of books began. For this reason, my first book was written as my youngest daughter approached those middle school years. Watching her excitement as the juvenile faith-based fantasy fiction series unfolded was what I call “priceless.”
My father was the most influential person in my life. We often sat for hours discussing topics such as black holes, mysteries of the universe, how life began, and our roots in faith. He was and will always be my foundation in life – my best friend. Upon his journey home in the heavens, I have found hope and healing through our memories shared. Helping others through times of sadness, loss, and uncertainty has become one of my fundamental passions in life, and by embracing said purpose, my first collection of Christian poetry was released – Bluebirds and Faith, followed by Elephant Wisdom: Poetry on Science, Religion, Division, & Loss, which discusses difficult societal topics such as infant death. Poetic Christian Discourse, Volume 1, was released late 2021 and features inspirational poetry related to Christian living. My prayer is that somehow these works will find their way to those that need it most; it takes a community to foster feelings of hope, love, and inclusion.
Currently, I am a limited-term instructor of English at Kennesaw State University, teaching English Composition I (rhetorical and argumentative) and II (research-based writing). I received a Master of Arts in Professional Writing and a graduate certificate in Professional Writing for International Audiences. My commitment is aiding students in finding their unique voice and tone through this amazing craft known as writing.
May God bless each and every one of you!
~ M. Gail Grant