1- Hello Jovani, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised on Curacao, an island in the Caribbean at the North coast of South America. I am a fighter and determined person who works on his dreams. Furthermore, I am the author of the book “Raising Fatherless Sons.” I was raised fatherless, by only my mother, and have experienced this life in real. What the stumbling blocks are and how to make the best of it. My book is also available in Spanish: “Criando Hijos Sin Padre.”
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus is on the outcome single-parent households, where a mother or father is raising her children by her/his own. I have experienced this life, as a son raised by only his mother without his father, and know what is feels like and know its struggles. So the struggles/challenges are also part the focus, but how to tackle them and overcome them is one of the main focus areas.
The ‘Father Wound’ is also targeted in my book. This heartbreaking and gnawing feeling that children might experience which may lead to rejection of your father. I also explain how to loose from that ‘wound.’
Furthermore, I stress on the future, because it is where we are going to. We have to build it. Whether you are fatherless of not, you have to work on it. You cannot wait for something to happen in the near or far future, you have to make something happen. I brought this subject as well in this book because going through struggles in single-parent households might overshadow our focus of where we are going to! In this way, we might miss our destiny.
3- How do you describe “Raising Fatherless Sons” in few words?
A motivational and inspirational book that brings new perspectives on fatherlessness. It is a must have, that will definitely make impression on you.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
The impact will definitely be made on the single-parent family that goes through hard times. A spark of hope that will propel them to pour out the best of themselves. So they might reach their destiny by translating their dreams into facts. Not because daddy/mommy wasn’t there, but because they deserve that! Every person deserves to be successful and happy. The impact will also be made on the society, it will get to know more about single-parent family, their struggles and will see single mothers and fathers through special eyes. This is because single parents are doing a two man job by their own to guarantee their children a great future.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job as an author?
I do it with passion, I hold the pen and my heart and mind drive the process. I just brought a real life issue that matters on the paper, motivates and inspires! Furthermore, writing is not difficult at all. Some people asked me whether it is difficult to write a book, my answer was you have to know what you want to write about, plan it and make the start.
6- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Love this question! I got great plans for my life. Besides becoming a medical doctor, I will start a foundation that sustains and empowers single parents and their children during the process. But also a family with both parents where the father or mother is emotionally absent. Sometimes we forget that there are children with both parents in the house but they are still fatherless/motherless. I am also going to write more about social issues that are of concern. That is just a portion of the coming 5 years.
7- What is the biggest challenge you encountered while working on “Raising Fatherless Sons”?
The patience! I worked with a great team, but sometimes there were delays in the process. And I had to be patient with everybody even though the deadlines were about to strike! Even though it was a challenge it produced real character. At these moments you are challenged to push the gas pedal while you had to understand other people and keep your head calm so you don’t panic.
8- What can you tell to young authors who are pursuing their dreams?
Make sure whatever you write about you do it from the bottom of your heart so it might impact your audience. Give your audience a warm-hearted message. Teach, entertain, empower other people or be their voice!
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I am happy and excited the book is a reality. One of the messages in my book is to make whatever you want to become true, and that is what I showed to myself. I made a dream live to empower and touch other people.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
Fathers and mothers, our children need the both us, but if you are doing this job alone, make sure you do it with passion and be your children’s propeller for a successful and happy future.