Nathifa Nadine Debellotte
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Nathifa Nadine Debellotte. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up as a Seventh-Day Adventist. I graduated from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, where I live, with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. I currently attend the Hyde Park Seventh-Day Adventist church in Boson, where I hold more than one position in the church. I currently work for an Affordable Housing Real Estate Development as a Project Manager. After work hours, I manage my own small business, where I create handmade clothing using textile methods such as knitting and crocheting. In addition, I also write and journal in my free time.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I have been a writer since 4th grade, where I have written a few chapters of a creative writing assignment I wrote for class. From 8th grade until my freshmen year of college, I had completed two fiction novels and 2-3 novels I reached halfway through. The name of the latest book I started but didn’t complete was “A New Path.” I don’t recall the inspiration for this specific book, but all the novels I have written were romance novels. They were inspired by hidden desires, many romance movies I’ve watched in my lifetime, and just creative inspiration. I have also written my fair share of poetry over the years.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t have any unusual writing habits. Still, about a year ago, I started getting journal entry inspiration from the many quotes I’ve seen online that resonated with me and my experience.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Some of the books that have inspired me are self-evaluation books. “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, “Spiritual Leadership” Henry & Richard Blackarby, “When Others Make Your Life Difficult?” Daniel E. Miller, “Kingology” and “Queenology” by R.C. Blakes Jr, to name a few. These books help one reflect on ourselves and how we treat others. Self-reflection has become a passion of mine for as long as I can remember when I started to reflect on how I have been treating others and how I could become a better human, not only with who I interact but with how I value myself.
What are you working on now?
The spiritual insight I have developed over the years due to a car accident in 2008 and understanding that everything happens for a reason has inspired me to share my story. Sharing my story publicly has been an ongoing urge that I have finally been able to start fulfilling. I am currently working on my memoir about how the loss of a family member only strengthened my character but also my spiritual connection with God and sharing the lessons I have learned along the way.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
For new authors or writers, I would advise just writing what is in your heart and letting your creativity run wild. Whether you think you have something to say or if you think your sense of creativity might be a little different than what is the norm, just write. If you feel so inclined don't be afraid to share it with the world. You never know who could benefit from your words of encouragement or how talented you might be.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"When God gives you a new beginning, it starts with an ending. Be thankful for the closed doors. They often guide us to the right one." and "When Jesus calls you to something, it's less about what He wants you to do and more about who He wants you to be come. There's many reasons to fear. But there's a greater reason to be brave. Taking a step of faith brings you closer to Jesus, and welcomes Him in to transform your life."
What are you reading now?
I am currently not reading anything right now but the last few books I have read was and still working on finishing is "Boundaries" , "Queenology" and "Kingology".
What’s next for you as a writer?
Currently, I'm working towards completing my memoir. After its published, I might publish my poems as well and might revisit the books that I completed back in high school.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would bring my Bible, another spiritual book for hope, and my hymnal.
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