Oct 13, 2022

Battle Tested

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  • Listing ID: 11852
  • Author's Name: Jamal Byrd
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  • About the Author: Growing up in the rough city of Tacoma, Jamal has played sports his entire life, helping him circumvent a negative environment. Jamal capitalized on his athletic ability, earning a football scholarship to the United States Air Force Academy. There he received his bachelor's degree in management from the Air Force Academy in 2015. Upon graduation, Jamal served five years in the Air Force as an acquisitions officer before being medically retired. He then began his next career as a defense contractor supporting the Space Force, where he currently works as an acquisition analyst.
    Jamal never envisioned becoming an author. The endeavor manifested as result of his life’s unprecedented outcomes. After graduating from the Academy, Jamal desired to share his collegiate experience with the world because of its uniqueness. This desire led Jamal to begin composing his work. Originally designed to be a memoir, Jamal's book evolved into an autobiography as necessary background information expanded to include the rest of his life.
    Jamal is a prodigious family man. After God, he cherishes his loved ones before everything else. He is currently married to his beautiful wife, Shaianne, with a 1-year-old son (Malachi) and a 9-year-old stepson (Derek). Jamal enjoys traveling with his family and cherishes a good steakhouse. He still loves sports and is an avid Detroit Lions and Air Force fan. He also enjoys playing Call of Duty in his spare time and working on his cars. Jamal owns a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro I-Roc Z28 and a 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette. He appreciates eschatology as well, as Biblical prophecy unfolds before our eyes.
    Outside of his family and hobbies, Jamal provides football training to young athletes, owns a Christian clothing business, and is a real estate investor. He plans on taking his real estate sales exam soon to become a salesperson which will aid his real estate investing goal. Moreover, he is striving to build capital to acquire more rental properties and increase his portfolio. Lastly, he is aiming to become financially stable enough to embark on his high school football coaching career. Jamal and his family currently reside in the Golden State as they await the construction of their new home in Arizona.
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  • Genre: Autobiography
  • 1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?: I did not, except for the Hardy Boys books which I though were great. This is because I enjoyed playing video games, playing outside, and watching tv more.
  • 2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?: I think I started reading around age 8. My best memories of that time are playing basketball and football with my cousins and for my first organized teams.
  • 3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?: The first book I loved reading was the Hardy Boys series. I loved these books because they were intense thrillers, keeping me on the edge of my seating and wanting to read more.
  • 4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?: I first thought about writing my book shortly after graduating college in 2015 because of my unique experience at the United States Air Force Academy and all that I've been through in life.
  • 5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?: The greatest obstacle I encountered was just the fear of what others would think about me sharing my life's personal details. I overcome it by just believing that I was doing the right thing and trusting God that people could learn from my experiences and they could help someone.
  • 6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?: I advise aspiring authors to just get out there and do it, thats what I did. I encourage them to have faith and trust the process. Leaning on my family for support and making my novel purposeful and meaningful worked for me.
  • 7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?: Tom Horn and Terry Crews had the greatest influence on my writing. This is because they are so open, honest, and bold with their writing. That encouraged me to do the same.
  • 8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?: I would like to right another book about spirituality, and even a kid's book at some point. Readers can expect me to improve and put my best foot forward towards any project I created.
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