Author Spotlight: Berline Thenor!

Anyone in need of a life coach? How about some inspiration? What about a guideline for overcoming past pain and regret? Then keep reading to find out more about all of the above!

What’s your name or pen name?

My name is Berline Thenor.  I have no pen name. I wanted a pen name to sound all mysterious, but couldn’t think of anything so I just stuck with my name.

What are your genres?

My genres include Christian/Inspirational/Devotional/Self-Help for all.

What have you written?

I have written and published my first devotional called Birthing Purpose. I also write a ‘Weekly Inspiration’ that I send out via email.

When did you begin your writing career?

I started writing… well actually, I realized that it was a gift/talent I had in 2012. After coming through a real dark period in my life I realized that my ability to write was one of the things that had been birthed out of me and I fell in love with it. It wasn’t until 2013 that I started taking time to cultivate it.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

Currently, I am part-time. But soon and very soon I will focus on it full-time as I turn into a full-time life coach. I don’t necessarily have to make time because I am literally writing all day.  If a thought pops into my head I stop what I am doing to jot it down no matter how long it takes to get it out. If I am in the car I record the words on my phone and translate it into my notebook later. However, the majority of my writing I do late at night after I am finished with my day. I devote about five to six hours to just writing or editing.

What’s your writing process? 

My process is kind of weird or I feel weird when I get into writing mode. Seriously, I will open up my laptop or notebook and won’t start writing for another 30 minutes. After that I may write down a sentence or two and stop and then about an hour later my thoughts come together. That is when I find myself with my ear plugs in writing out everything that comes to my mind. Once I get it all out I leave it alone until the next day.

I write about six days a week.

My music choice is usually gospel. I like live music so I have created a playlist on YouTube to get me going. Something about live gospel music or live music from my favorite singer keeps me flowing as I write.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I keep something I call sort of like journal. It is a notebook that I write all kinds of stuff in. Recently I have been gifted some really nice journals that I have begun writing in, but I still love my notebook. When I run out of paper there I may just use the journal. No, it does not help my professional writing because the thoughts in my journal are about my journey and how I feel God is using me.

What’s your inspiration?

What inspires me is how I feel and sense God using me to reach others. I think its mind-blowing how He will download something in me to help someone else and I love it. I love being used in that way. Plus I love to help people and bring them to God so that they may release what is burdening them.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I want my writing to lead people to get to know the God that I know and write about. I want it to help people begin a journey to get in touch with God and all that He encompasses.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

My best advice is to stay true to you and what God puts on your heart. Many times people will try to direct you in the path they think you should go, but you must stay true to you and your craft. Also, don’t get discouraged by seeing others authors in your genre; there is room for everybody, but not copycats so again stay true to what is in your heart.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

As I think about my bookshelf I am not sure of how to answer because there are all types of books on there. I have  inspirational, relationship, fiction, non-fiction and self-help from writers of all genres. Plus, there are some I cannot mention because I may get a major side-eye.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my second book on the nameless women in the Bible. I feel like we can learn so much from their stories even though we don’t know their names. Just like we can learn something from the women we meet daily. Even if we don’t remember their name we will remember their story.

Latest release and book blurb?

Birthing purposeBirthing Purpose

It is untouchable. It cannot be measured. It is consuming. It makes you feel things that you never thought you could feel. It will leave you speechless, unable to describe in words what it is. Every heartbeat sends it flowing into your bloodstream. Unaware of its next move, you lay awake at night hoping that you can keep it from growing deeper. In places that were once peaceful it finds you. It causes tears to flow from a place that is unfamiliar to you. It causes you to find pleasure in its affliction. It came with an agenda: steal your joy, destroy you, and kill the purpose within you. That ‘IT’ is called pain. It came without warning, but upon its arrival, instantly, it made its presence known by taking residence in every part of you. It came with a grave already dug to bury you. It will convince you that it is over for you, that you have run out of your portion of grace, and that God cannot save you. However, something far more powerful than pain is within. That something within is the life support that is sustaining despite the depths the pain reaches. That something becomes strength when weakness takes over. That something awakens out of the pain and refuses to let the pain be the end of the story, because there is more written. The pain brings purpose to life and before the pain claims the victory, purpose will fight to see the light. The discovering and birthing of purpose is the up side to the pain if pain does not win. When pain hits, it creates an opening within for God to fertilize the purpose that was planted within when we occupied the womb. God allows us to feel the depths of pain, not to the point where it kills, but to the point where it becomes the route through which our purpose is birthed. Through the tears of the pain, the afflictions felt, and battles fought, purpose journeys through that darkness to fulfill the task assigned to it. If you do not allow pain to kill your purpose and you get in touch with what it is awakening within you, then you will be able to birth your purpose out of the pain. It is time to let go of the pain and allow yourself to be caught by grace that will propel you into birthing your purpose.

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

The book reads like a devotional, but it does have a main character and that character is pain. I know it sounds funny, but it is. It explores the depths of pain; the damage it can cause and cost of letting it win. If a movie had to be made regarding the emotions and actions of what someone goes through when their heart is broken and what they go through to try to escape the pain left behind I would want Keke Palmer to play lead.

How can we purchase your work?

My book is available on Amazon, B&N and all other online retailers.

How can we stay in touch with you?

On Twitter and Instagram: @bthenor

Facebook: Berline Thenor

My email address for inquiries and questions:

I am also a life coach for coaching:

I am currently working on getting my website together and when it is ready it will be posted on all my social media platforms.

Author Bioberline-thenor

Berline Thenor is writer, speaker and a life coach at Reaching Destiny, LLC- a company she started in 2014 to help others do just that: reach their destiny. Berline also writes out Weekly Inspiration which is sent out via email to over hundred subscribers. When she is not writing or coaching, she can be found in the gym working up a sweat.  She earned both B.S. in Psychology and MBA from Florida A&M University. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.


Faith Simone says: My favorite part of this interview is when Berline reminds us to stay true to ourselves. I always say, “There’s only one me and no one can do it better!” I also love the part about learning from the experiences of others. 




I Was On the Radio Y’all!

Hey Peeps,

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I had my very first radio interview this past weekend! I was excited and nervous and I’m pretty sure I said ‘um’ much more than I wanted to, but other than that I think I did okay. The host, DuEwa Frazier, was warm and engaging. She made me feel comfortable and asked some great questions; that helped tremendously. So, here it is!

Interview with Author Faith Simone on Rhymes, Views and NewsTalk Radio

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Shout out to Your Vision in Ink for obtaining this interview for me. Don’t sleep on the author services offered there!

OAN: I’m on Periscope y’all!!!! Well, technically I haven’t actually done a broadcast yet, but I am a registered user. For those of you not in the know, Periscope is a spin-off created by Twitter that allows users to stream live video to their followers. Think YouTube only live and much more casual. It’s like being invited into someone’s life for brief moments.


So far, I’ve toured an English garden in the UK, saw a couple of live concerts and got schooled on some publishing tips. The one caveat is that the streams are only available for replay for about 24-48 hours. So if you missed it, well… you missed it.  I’ll do my first broadcast once I familiarize myself with the platform a little more. I’m all crunked about it (are the kids still using that phrase?) because the broadcasts are live and I’ll be able to interact with you lovely people in real time! You can ask me questions and send your comments while I’m on the air. Chile, I’m over here feeling all Jetson like and whatnot. Where’s my flying car, ’cause we are doing the dog on thang!

Get yo’ life and follow me on Periscope @FaithSimone2011

If you took time to listen to my first radio interview, first of all thanks! Do you have any tips for me? I have another radio interview scheduled in August. School me now so I’ll have some time to get myself together. 

How do you settle your nerves before doing something out of your comfort zone? Me? I have a come to Jesus meeting, A.K.A. pray like it’s my last time! What’s your one bad habit when engaging in public speaking? 

Author Spotlight: Emerald Barnes!!!


Every once in a while you come across a person with such a sweet spirit that it’s recognizable immediately, even across the internet. The author I present to you today is one of those people! I hope you enjoy getting to know her. 🙂 


What’s your name or pen name?

My name is Emerald Barnes, and it’s my real name. I didn’t think a pen name was necessary given the unusual name my parents had given me.

What are your genres?

I write in the young adult category mainly, but the sub-genres vary. One is thriller, another is romantic suspense, and my latest books are Christian romance.

What have you written?

I’ve written Piercing Through the Darkness, a YA thriller novella, Read Me Dead, a YA romantic suspense, Entertaining Angels, a YA Christian romance, and Before We Say I Do, a Christian romance short story and follow-up to Entertaining Angels.

When did you begin your writing career?

My actual career began in 2011 when I first published my novella, Piercing Through the Darkness, but I started writing a long time ago, back in high school (2004). I finished up high school and went through college, finally self-publishing in 2011, two years after graduating college.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

Well, I work from home, but I’m not a full-time author yet. (I have high hopes I will be one day.) I try to schedule in a little bit of writing time each day, whether it’s a few hundred words or a thousand. I just know that I have to write something to make this my full-time career.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

I’m going to be honest. I don’t have too much of a process. I kind of pants my way through writing really, being a master procrastinator and just generally busy. But, as far as my little process goes, I tend to write mid-day or at night. Usually, I’m sitting in my recliner, listening to my nieces and nephews play with cartoons on. If I listen to music, it’s a mix I’ve specifically made to set the mood of the story I’m working on, but that’s basically it as for my writing process. I write what I can, when I can, and go from there.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

No, I’m not big on journaling unless I’m stuck and need to refresh my mind a bit. I do suggest journaling in situations like that because it’s very helpful for me. I start writing until I come up with a conclusion for my novel.

What’s your inspiration?

My inspiration is the fact that I get to help someone with something in their lives, be it purely for finding entertainment in my book or for actually getting a look deeper into their soul. When I hear stories about how my writing has helped someone connect to something they felt was missing in their lives or that I helped open their eyes, it fuels me. It’s what keeps me going. Knowing that I’ve somehow helped inspire them inspires me.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I hope that the legacy I leave behind with my writing is that teens and women will learn to love themselves and overcome whatever obstacle is holding them back. My Entertaining Angels series is just about that. It’s stories to help heal, and I hope that I’ve accomplished that in some way.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?   

I get asked this quite often, and it varies because there are so many pieces of advice I could give, but for this year, it’s dream big. Don’t get crushed by feeling overwhelmed and saddened by the fact that it doesn’t feel like your dreams will be reached. Instead, I say dream big! Don’t ever give up because you never know when your big break will happen.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

Oh such a big question! I have a couple of hundred paperbacks and hardbacks and over 2,000 ebooks! But, what mostly decorates my library is Christian fiction, most of the popular YA series and books out there, some autographed books from my friends and favorite Indies, and a few thriller and mysteries. I have a few contemporary romance novels and new adult novels, too.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on book two in the Entertaining Angels series called Delivered by Angels.

Before We Say I Do CoverLatest release and book blurb?

My latest release is Before We Say I Do, the follow-up short story to Entertaining Angels.

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.

*This is a short story and isn’t a prequel to Entertaining Angels. In order to understand it, you’ll need to read Entertaining Angels first.*

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

My main character is Madison Andrews. She’s a bit overweight, but she’s beautiful. She soon learns that she is with the help of Zach and Chase. If I had to choose an actor to play her, it would probably be Nikki Blonsky. I think she fits the bill perfectly of how I would picture my Mads.

How can we purchase your work?

You can purchase most of them through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

Piercing Through the Darkness

Read Me Dead

Entertaining Angels

Before We Say I Do

How can we stay in touch with you?

There are many ways you can stay in touch with me, and I’d love to see you on each of them!



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Emerald says: Thanks for having me on your blog! I enjoyed the interview, and I hope you all do, too!

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Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.


Faith Simone says: I like the way Emerald thinks! This is my favorite line in the whole interview: “I hope that the legacy I leave behind with my writing is that teens and women will learn to love themselves and overcome whatever obstacle is holding them back.” I have a heart for women/teen girl who struggle with self-esteem and other issues, too. Been there, done that AND got through it. 



Author Spotlight: N.N. Light!

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I’m so happy to feature author N.N. Light today!  She’s affectionately known around the blogosphere as Mrs. N and she’s a woman on a mission to spread kindness and positivity. There’s something so gracious about her. So sit back, get comfortable and let’s get all up in her author business for a minute.

What genre do you write?

Urban Fantasy Romance

What have you written?

I have written two books, Princess of the Light and Thirsty for Water.

When did you begin your writing career?

I could be cute and say I began my writing career at the age of five. I wrote/spoke my first story and if my memory serves, it was about a dragon-battling princess. Professionally, I began my writing career in 2012. I started writing Princess of the Light and a few months later started blogging.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I am a full-time writer but that wasn’t always the case. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man who makes enough money for us to live comfortably. This allows me to write professionally and fulfill my dream.

I schedule a block of time every day to write. I started doing this back in 2012 and it has become a habit. My mind is trained to switch over to writing every day at one o’clock. This has helped me tremendously to write for a while and switch back over to doing the other things that need to be done (dishes, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, etc.).

What’s your writing process?

My writing process is a pretty simple one. I write every day (Monday through Friday) from 1-5 pm. I have a writer’s nook my husband created for me. In it, I have my computer, sticky notes and a purple pen, inspiring quotes all around me and my writing mascot (a delightful teddy bear figurine my husband gave me years ago). Before I start writing, I rub the top of my mascot’s head for good luck. I also have a purple cup with matching straw that holds my water. I can look out the window at the trains going by and it is perfect for me.

Music is a must for me when I’m writing and lately I have been listening to classical music. Although I listen to classic rock and others, depending on the scene I am working on.

N N Light Author Pic1Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I used to keep a journal and write in it every day. It helped me deal with life’s ups and downs. I don’t have time right now but would love to start journaling again.

I did find it helpful when I was first writing professionally because I was able to improve my writing skills. I worked hard on my dialogue and expressing myself through my journal.

What’s your inspiration?

I’m inspired by so many things but I think it all starts with my inner self. When I was growing up, I was a shy girl and not very popular in school. I vowed when I graduated high school to never let someone else dictate how I feel about myself. So, the little girl inspires me to constantly try new things and experiences.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I hope that when people read my writing, they are inspired to make a difference in their corner of the world. My mantra is to spread the Light and my mission is to help others in whatever way I can. It doesn’t take much to spread the Light (a smile or word of kindness) and it makes a huge difference.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Never give up! If your dream is to get published or to be a professional writer, go for it. Hold tight to your dream and with perseverance, faith and hard work, you can achieve your dream!

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

I’m currently reading Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural by Rosemary Edghill, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie and A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing book two of the Princess of the Light series.

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Title: Princess of the Light

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance


Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key, she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves. 

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

Mary Miller is a woman in her late twenties who loves her job as a bookstore manager and loves her life as a single woman. That is, until Gabriel, Archangel and Messenger to God, declares she is the Princess of the Light and the key to restoring balance between good and evil. Just when things couldn’t get any more complicated, she meets and falls in love with Joe Deacons. She’s stronger than she gives herself credit for and with the power of the Light, she can defeat anything thrown her way.

I don’t have anyone in mind for the role of Mary but I have heard that my book reads like a movie. As long as the actress can be witty while wielding ancient weapons works for me. Oh and she has to have auburn hair. J

How can we purchase your book?


Barnes and Noble:

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How can we stay in touch with you? 


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Thank you so much, Faith, for having me on your blog today. You’re so gracious and I am so grateful!

Faith Simone says:

 “I vowed when I graduated high school to never let someone else dictate how I feel about myself.” Mrs.N was preaching when she said that. Don’t let that little nugget slip by you. Love it!  I also love her discipline in creating and sticking to a writing schedule. It’s so much easier said than done. I admire her dedication. I told y’all Mrs. N was a gracious lady. Look at all of those great links she provided to keep in touch with her! She’s all about connecting with people and spreading her light.

How do you stay positive? What’s your favorite random act of kindness? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Author Spotlight: Jola Naibi


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I’m so happy to welcome author Jola Naibi to our fabulous community! Y’all we’ve officically gone international up in this piece. Jola grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and she’s here to tell us all about her her collection of short stories entitled Terra Cotta Beauty. Read on to learn more about this book full of intrigue and national division. 

What are your genres?

Mostly fiction but a little bit of non-fiction here and there.

What have you written?

I have been writing on my blog – since 2006 and recently published a book of short stories called Terra Cotta Beauty.

When did you begin your writing career?


Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I consider myself a full-time writer, even though I write fiction as a hobby

What’s your writing process?

I write whenever I am free. I usually have a journal so I jot down ideas in that. I also love having music on when I am writing. I have very eclectic taste in music but there are certain artistes that inspire me when I am writing: Sting, Asa, Seal, Adele, Ryan Cabrera, Najee and Corneille. I am fortunate in that, writing comes naturally to me so I do not feel I have to be in a zone or go through any special processes to start writing.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

Yes, I have always kept journal.  It is something that I have done for years.  I use the journal for a number of things as part of the writing process – to develop a story a plot line or to jot down idea to piece a story together. I find that the journal is most useful for me when I am contemplating a story or a character. I find starting out the writing process in a journal makes it more real for me. It is just something about seeing my own writing that makes me realize that this is actually my creation and it inspires me to build on it some more.

What’s your inspiration?

Life stories inspire me. I have always been curious about people and their backgrounds and the stories that shape them. I am largely inspired by stories from growing up in Lagos and the resilience of spirit of the people who surrounded me – their ability to make things happen in the face of the greatest adversity imaginable continues to inspire me and make me want to write about it

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

Muriel Rukeyser said “The universe is made up of stories and not atoms”. I would like to leave behind a legacy of having been one of the many storytellers who gave voice to the people who ordinarily would not be able to tell their own stories

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Never lose your sense of wonder.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

Here are some of the books that I have on my Kindle:

  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  • Dust – Yvonne AdhiamboOwuor
  • Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selassie
  • On Black Sister’s Street – Chika Unigwe
  • The ShoeMaker’s Wife – Adriana Trigiani
  • The Hired Man – AminattaForna
  • The Hairdresser of Harare – TendaiHucbu
  • The Fever Tree – Jennifer McVeigh
  • The Valley of Amazement – Amy Tan
  • Daughters Who Walk This Path – YejideKilanko
  • The Spider King’s Daughter – ChibundoOnuzo
  • The Blood-Stained Pavement – Agatha Christie
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • A Quiver Full of Arrows –Jeffrey Archer

What are you currently working on?

I am working on my next book, my first full length novel which will be a coming of age story that I plan to publish in 2016. Then, there is the promotion of my current book – Terra Cotta Beauty which as a first time published author, I am discovering takes as much creative energy as actually writing the book. But I am having oodles of fun so I can’t complain.

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Terra Cotta Beauty is a collection of short stories which examines life in Lagos, Nigeria during the era of military rule. It reveals the struggles, loves, and hopes of a disparate group of people whose lives always manage to intersect – sometimes in the most devastating ways. With each brief conversation and split second decision containing consequences that reach further than anyone could ever imagine, each of the book’s seven tales is a delicate thread that helps form the social fabric of a nation divided. From a woman whose journalist husband is jailed for criticizing the government to a young man’s reluctant descent into crime, Terra Cotta Beauty acts as a carefully crafted ode to the essence of Lagos itself: its people.

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

The main character of the title story is Mabel Erhabor. She is a matriarch with a large heart and an ability to bind people together. She has had to endure a number of challenges including enduring betrayal of her husband but in all she does not lose her calmness of spirit and her dignity. If the story was made into a movie, I would like Onyeka Onwenu who is a Nigerian singer/actress and recently appeared in the cinematic adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun to play Mabel Erhabor.

How can we purchase your work?

If you are in the United States and would like a signed copy of the book it available from my website:

The book is also available on Amazon:

How can we stay in touch with you?

My blog/website is

You can join the Terra Cotta Beauty community on Facebook:

On Twitter: @jolanaibi

On Instagram: @jolanaibi

On Pinterest:

Email: or

Author Bio

jola_naibiJola Naibi was raised in Lagos, Nigeria and studied in the United Kingdom. She enjoys writing and blogging as a way to satisfy an extremely eager imagination.



Faith Simone says:  I love any author who’s as eclectic a reader as me, and I can’t help but to be inspired when I listen to Adele’s passionate lyrics as well. The answer for the writing legacy question was beautiful. Jola girl, you’re alright with me!

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