Recently, in the month of August, I posted Kala’s book launch (August 27, 2016). I have decided to give you a formal introduction for this fabulous writing artist.
Hi Grinders, My name is Kala Stevenson and I’m a Memphis, TN native. My parents are retired and I have 3 brothers and a sister. I work for a major hospital in Memphis, TN. I’ve spent over 25 years working in a professional business environment with a diverse bunch of people. In my spare time, outside of writing, I love to ride my motorcycle “Tenacious K” solo or with other motorcycle enthusiasts, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. A great way to end a stressful day is relaxing on the Mississippi River looking at sunsets.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 years of age. My first book was a book of poems that I wrote to my grandmother when I was 14. Throughout my teenage years I would write poems and short stories for my best friend who lives in Houston, Texas. Whenver I go to Houston to visit, she takes out my poems and stories to show me. I can’t believe she kept everything I’ve ever written!
I got my inspiration one morning riding to work, many years ago. I was listening to a local radio station here K-97 fm. They have a segment when callers can put people on a “jack ass wall”. This lady called in about how her coworkers and how they gave her the blues. She said they were just messy and how they just made her angry. I remember laughing and saying “If it was me I would use some type of humor” and I went home and started writing.
I believe laughter is the best type of medicine in a lot of stressful situations. We spend a lot of time at work and will come across all types of people. You never know what someone is going through and sometimes a smile can turn a situation all the way around. Experience has taught me that anger will get me nowhere!
One of my favorite chapters in the book is Chapter 1. It’s called Your Meds. It’s basically asking the question “Are you the reason why you don’t like your coworkers?”
Before you start accusing your coworkers of giving you the blues, you may want to check yourself. Have you looked in the mirror at yourself lately? Let me ask you this very important question: “Did you take your meds today?” What I’m really asking you is, “Are you the reason why your coworkers are treating you ugly?” Do you frown every time they say good morning? Are you always rude and acting as if you hate the world?
There are going to be some situations we encounter that will affect how we act at work. Being humans, we are not perfect and may not always handle things properly. Take me for instance. I’ve had things happen to me; some situations I could control and some I could not. As a result, I carried the weight of those things on me to work and gave my coworkers the blues. I’m pretty sure I played a part in making their workday a difficult one by not being the easiest to work with, I’m more than certain a few of my coworkers felt like waiting for me in the parking lot. So, let me take this opportunity to say I’m sorry to anyone I’ve ever worked with who had to experience me giving them the blues. If you’re reading this, I hope you accept my apology.
RYG: Do you have any upcoming events or launches for the book?
I recently had a successful book launch celebration on August 27th in Memphis, Tennessee at the Height Lounge. It’s more of a celebration because it’s about stepping out on faith and doing something I’ve always wanted to do, to become an author! I’m also on Facebook under Kala Stevenson. I’m also a featured author in the 5th Annual BWABC Literacy Rocks! It’s being held right here in my hometown of Memphis, TN on September 16- 17th at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. It’s annual festival promoting literacy by connecting authors, readers, book clubs and publishers. They are on Facebook and their website is http://bwabcliteracyfestival.com/.
A word of inspiration would be:
-Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. That is why it’s so important for each of us to be happy. When you’re doing all of the things you want to do, you won’t have time to worry about anything negative.