An Article from Author Michael B. Judkins
Today we are spotlighting Michael B. Judkins’ new release, Interlude to Sentimental Me. Released in May, 2016, it is the second book featuring the writing of this fine author. You are certain to find a poem that relates to your life, even while your choice changes over time. It’s a book you will want in your collection.
Mr. Judkins is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. Check out his full schedule here at his iRead Home Page. The tour runs from June 27th through July 8th.
The author was kind to write an article for us to include here on Jaquo. Enjoy!
How Writing Helped My Emotional Pain
By Michael B. Judkins
As we know, writing can be used in many different formats, such as: journaling, writing positive affirmations on your bathroom door, looking at your favorite quote online several times a day, or memorizing a line in a movie that sparks positivity and motivation in your life. Writing helped me overcome several emotional circumstances and challenges in my own individual life. For me, writing a poem about any subject or person, allows the release of negativity or discomfort and increases the endorphins that creates positive mood/behaviors.
Let’s talk… when you sit down or stand up, whatever writing style works for you, and you write a journal piece, poem, short story, letter or thank you note, the emotions behind gathering your thoughts, wording, structure, and choice of message, drive a sense of pride and confidence.
As a mental health therapist, writing can be the most effective intervention when communicating a difficult situation, loss or heartache. It’s a feeling of self control that allows someone to express themselves in a creative, safe and comfortable space. That’s what writing does for me! It provides a sense of control, escape and pride to create something as wonderful as the written word.
It also helps me understand the difference between writing for self and writing for an audience. The sensation to formulate an open dialogue with yourself and a potential reader excites and heightens my spirit and provides a sense of stability. Writing does that for me! And, it continues to help during my times of loss, happiness, heartache and victory!
Book Description for Interlude to Sentimental Me Volume 2:
A collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self discovery through love and heartache. The Interlude will take readers on a journey of determination and imagery, which leads to the formation of short stories and performance poetry.
Book Description for Sentimental Me! Volume 1:
Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
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Michael Barry Judkins was born in the Bronx, New York, along with his four brothers and sisters. Michael’s childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author.
Delightful memories of trips to the zoo or picking apples with his mother contrast greatly to daily reminders of what any hard-working family must battle in building a life in an urban setting. Domestic violence. Drugs. Gangs. All play their part in shaping a person – whether for good or bad is often an individual’s choice.
After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors like skipping school, smoking and drinking, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps to be part of the solution, and not the problem, the germ of the idea for his first book – Sentimental Me – was born.
Graduating from high school a year early, and after a foray into the music business, Michael completed a BS degree in Human Services and MS in Mental Health Counseling. A daydreamer for as long as he can remember, Michael’s inability to forge a relationship with his beloved father before he passed when Michael was only two years old still haunts him today. His mother’s cherished memories of his father’s spirit and honored Armed Forces service, while providing some solace, also serve to make Michael wonder what might have been, if only…
Today, with several poetry collections and short stories in the works, Michael’s first release – Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.