Joan has just published her first book, "In Loving Memory, A Daughter's Perspective on the Life and Legacy of Bishop Harold W. Speights." She writes: "This book is written in memory of my father, to express my appreciation for the life he lived, the values he stood for, the message he preached and demonstrated, the many people he supported and helped, and his extraordinary love and support for his family."
A quote from the foreword:
When my father died, his death certificate seemed fascinatingly cold...there are so many things a death certificate does not tell you. It does not tell you about a little boy who helped his father drive the cows home in the twilight of a summer evening, or how he and his father used to sell vegetables from a pushcart drawn by a horse, how his dad taught him to call out "Sweeet potatoes...dime a peck!!!" A death certificate does not tell you about a man's beautiful smile....a death certificate does not tell you about the rhythm and sequence of a preacher's sermon....a death certificate doesn't tell you any of that, but herein is a slice of his life--a few sermons and some other details, because he wants you to remember them, and to remember him. He did not want to be forgotten!"
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A former writer for CNN, Joan's eclectic background in newswriting, social work, life as a preacher's kid, experience in writing fiction, essays, sermons, political speeches and original essays created for special occasions, equips her to deliver in many diverse arenas. An African American female who attended very integrated northern schools, she can write for diverse groups on a wealth of subjects. She has published articles on such subjects as life at CNN as a writer, life as a newcomer in a big city, a viewpoint on Michael Jordan's retirement from basketball, a special poem for a surprise birthday or anniversary, and positive change in welfare reform. Joan says, "Writing is what I was born to do. It comes easily. I love to write and I do it well. From business writing to creative fiction, from scholarly essays to passionate poetry, Joan can deliver your product quickly, confident that by virtue of content you will be pleased.