Author, Brie Lightfoot Smith is back from her authorial debut with her second book called, "Walking on Water: A 21-Day Devotional on Faith." I had the chance to chat with Brie about her creative purpose, and what she would like her readers to learn from her second work!
HQ: What do you do and why?
Brie: I'm the Executive Director of Black Girls with Purpose and I help high school and college aged women live with intention through books, workshops and other fun events.
I do this work because I felt like God called me to stand in the gap for young girls like me who may be lacking purpose or direction and in extreme cases may have suicidal thoughts on a recurring basis. I know from personal experience how dangerous that is - statistics show that suicide is the leading cause of death among individuals ages 10 to 24 and I believe we can shatter these statistics by showing our young people that God did not create them by accident.
HQ: What has changed in your life since your authorial debut of The Black Girl's Guide to Living on Purpose.
Brie: Since publishing The Black Girl's Guide to Living on Purpose I have gotten married, gotten pregnant, had a baby, wrote a second book and birthed my organization Black Girls with Purpose. I went full-time with BGWP about two weeks ago.
HQ: What was the inspiration behind creating "Walking on Water?"
Brie: Walking on Water was inspired by the faith leap I took through getting pregnant in my marriage way earlier than I expected. I walk through the varying emotions I had and share how God still came through in the end and is still blessing my decision to trust Him.
God still came through in the end, and is still blessing my decision to trust Him.
HQ: Why a devotional?
Brie: I chose a devotional because I wanted to take people on a journey and allow them to walk through the different scriptures I walked through in my efforts to choose God's plans over my own. I wanted them to see how I learned to trust Him like I never had before.
HQ: What was your creative process for writing a devotional?
Brie: The creative process involved lots of praying and a ton more Bible study. I also had to make sure that though the blurbs were short, they still were written with consistency. This process was way different from The Black Girl's Guide to Living on Purpose in that I solely focused on the writing, not formatting or editing. It only took me one month to write versus The Black Girl's Guide which took 7 and this book surprisingly did not require any early mornings.
HQ: What advice do you have for unpublished authors?
Brie: Tell your story. No one else on this planet woke up with the unique voice and perspective that you bring. Whether you go the traditional publishing route or self-publish like I did with BGWP, please, make sure people read your story.
HQ: What would you like for your readers to take away from reading your book?
Brie: I want people to see that God blesses obedience in ways that are exceedingly and abundantly above all they could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
HQ: Where can readers find more of your work?
Brie: Readers can find more of my work at blackgirlswithpurpose.org.