Monday, February 23, 2009

Please Welcome My Guest, Lacresha Hayes



Making a marriage works takes patience and practice. This journal has been designed to usher couples into new intimacy and love for each other. With three primary areas of closeness, couples will see how to fix common relationship problems. The question and answer area will help couples learn some lesser known facts about one another. The book fosters truth as a bond of understanding between both the husband and wife; and understanding as a bond of peace.

Lacresha N. Hayes is a business owner, author, and community advocate. She serves as Co-Founder and Co-Pastor of Compassionate Healing Ministries International. She's also on serves on the CommunityServ Executive Board as Chairperson. She's a student at Capella University online. She's married to Pastor Lensey Hayes and they have one son. Lacresha is a multi-published author writing under two pen names. She is author of the bestselling book, The Rape of Innocence: Taking Captivity Captive, and the new sensation, Truth and Intimacy: A Couple's Journal.
Truth and Intimacy Purchase Link: http://tinyurl.com/cxl65x

And Now, Here's Lacresha, with a a motivating message about leaving your own legacy:

When I entered the writing world, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn't fully understand the process of writing for the reader. Previously, I'd written only for myself and a select few. I wrote to heal, or to express things I couldn't express to others. Sometimes, I wrote because I couldn't get a thought out of my head until I did. That, I believe, is the driving force behind all writers.

There are three things I've discovered in these past eight years about writers and the craft of writing:

The best work of any writer is what comes from his/her soul. When I read a book, article or blog post that came from the heart of the author, normally it touches my heart, even when I don't fully agree. The passion seems to drip from every word. This kind of material makes an author special. It doesn't come around everyday. You can't really force it, but when it happens, it's something spectacular for both author and reader.

If you write for money, you'll miss the biggest reward for writing. If you write for change or inspiration, the money is a reward that follows close behind. I've seen wonderful books pounded out swiftly, and sent out way before time. I've done that myself. But writing a book, or even an article, is like parenting. Whatever you're writing, give yourself time to nurture it. Don't send it out looking crazy. Your writing is a direct representation of you. I wish I'd learned this sooner, but I'm happy I learned it at all.

Lastly, don't ever stop writing. Even if you have to slow down, don't stop. If one group of people reject what you're offering, seek out others. Someone somewhere will appreciate the effort you've put into your work, even if it isn't in a commercially published book or super popular blog. As long as I'm getting a visitor a day, I choose to keep blogging. As long as I can sell a book or two from time to time, I'm going to get pounding them out in faith.

I hope you have been inspired to continue on in your writing career. Remember, it's not the easiest job in the world, but it is very rewarding if done for the right reasons. What you write today is history tomorrow. Leave a great legacy!


Pastor Lacresha N. Hayes, Publisher, Author, Grantwriter
Choose ye this day whom you will serve. It's as simple as a choice!
Business ~ www.livingwaterspc.com
Author~ www.lacreshahayes.com
Twitter~ http://twitter.com/lacreshahayes
Goodreads~ http://www.goodreads.com/lacreshahayes
PPP~ http://learntofeelpretty.blogspot.com

27 comments:

  1. Hi Lacresha,
    Welcome to Double M. I hope you have a great time here.

    Morgan Mandel

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  2. Great tips Lacresha! So true about the passion of an author.
    Your book sounds great too. :-)

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  3. Always appreciate hearing from Lacresha. She AND her husband are very inspiring people, great examples. I've had the pleasure of hosting both of them on my Free Spirit blog as well. Good article, Lacresha, and thanks Morgan, for sharing this.

    Marvin D Wilson
    http://inspiritandtruths.blogspot.com/
    http://tiedyedtirades.blogspot.com/
    http://twitter.com/Paize_Fiddler

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  4. Thanks for the tips, Lacresha, and good luck with your book. I have come across your name a lot on the internet. You must have a lot of visibility.

    Mayra
    http://petsandauthors.blogspot.com

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  5. This is a great guest post! She's on the money when she says, "If you write for money, you'll miss the biggest reward for writing." If anyone is in it for the money, they're in it for the wrong reason which is going to lead to disappointment. Sorry, that's just the way it is. Keep the day job, write for pleasure...the results will be astronomical when there's not the pressure to meet the mortgage payments.

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  6. Ooh! Lacresha, what a wonderful motivational post! Thank you! It was just what i needed to hear today. Jenni

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  7. Hi Lacresha. Thanks for your words of wisdom and inspiration.

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  8. Hello everyone.

    I'm so happy that Morgan brought me over here for a day. I really enjoy following the blog here and many of you are already my friends.

    I truly believe in legacies. Maybe it's because I'm over that 30 hill. Now, everything is more important to me. Writing is a wonderful way to touch your family and future generations. Look at Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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  9. Great article and exactly what I'd expect of you, Lacresha. Leaving a legacy is important.

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  10. Groan...Lacresha is passed the 30 hill. I'm passed two 30 hills.
    Now I really feel old.

    Morgan Mandel

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  11. I love your comment about writing being like parentening. Wonderful thought. Thanks for the post.

    Diana

    http://woofersclub.blogspot.com
    http://basicblackblog.blogspot.com

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  12. Well, we get better with age Morgan. I think I'm finally beginning to mature. Seems not to have happened until after I hit 30.
    Before then, I still felt 16, but now I have an 18 year old heading to college in August. Time just shoots right on by. Next, I'll have a daughter-in-law and grandbabies. Imagine that? I might blog about that. Hmm

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  13. Lacresha, you never shock me. I'm glad you wrote this piece. I try to portray that at my blog, though I've been a bit infrequent. I do plan to do more with it soon. I hope I can get you back over there again. Keep on writing well.

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  14. Others publish for money? I'm shocked. Not really. I write for smiles. It would be nice to sell some though.

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  15. Lacresha,
    Great post! I woudn't expect anything less, from you. Love the parenting part!

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  17. Morgan, thanks for hosting Lacresha today. Great content in her post. I followed Lacresha's blog tour recently and really enjoyed reading all that she had to share.

    Sharon Reece
    http://grandmaisawriter.blogspot.com

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  18. Great advice, Lacresha. It was an inspiration reading your words today. And Morgan, thank you for hosting her!

    Jenny Bean
    The Inner Bean

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  19. I love that line - "Don't send it out looking crazy!"

    Now that is some good advice.

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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  20. I love that line - "Don't send it out looking crazy!"

    Now that is some good advice.

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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  21. I love that line - "Don't send it out looking crazy!"

    Now that is some good advice.

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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  22. Lacresha, I completely agree with your wise suggestion to keep writing. It's deeply rewarding.

    Thanks to you and Morgan for the good post.

    Bob Sanchez
    http://bobsanchez1.blogspot.com

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  23. Excellent advice!

    Jane Kennedy Sutton
    Author of The Ride
    http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

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  24. My wife is a wonderful woman. I appreciate the warm welcome everyone gave her today. I hope she inspires you as much as she inspires me.

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  25. Thanks so much for coming over today, Lacresha. You're a great inspiration for carrying on through good and bad times in life and writing.

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  26. Jameka Winters9:39 AM

    Sorry I'm late again. I wanted to post this yesterday but was sidetracked.

    Morgan, I agree that she is one tough cookie and keeps her head up in bad times, shines in darkness.

    I look up to you, Lacreha. You have been a blessn to me and this post is no exception. Thanks for the invite to the blog too. Its pretty darn good. I'll be back.

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  27. Finally got a chance to read the blog and am so glad I did.

    I have visited Lacresha's site and it felt like I was visiting an old friend. Some people just do that to you!

    Lacresha you are truly an inspiration and I am blessed to have met you.

    Thank you Morgan for the interview with Lacresha

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