Damon Myers-Jones despised the awkward hyphenated name forced upon him at birth because it represented two things Damon would rather forget: his adopted father’s death and his real father’s absence. Now thirty years old, newly engaged Damon struggles with the constant tug-of-war with the women in his life. His mother, Laverne Myers-Jones, who cloaked him with his name in the first place, wants to extend her influence to his choice of mate. Damon’s fiancée, Hope Daniels, can’t see beyond her longing to keep what she deems the perfect man and plans for her happily ever after. In a desperate attempt to find himself, Damon impulsively sets out on a mission's trip to Haiti in search of his birth father where he experiences a shift that changes his world. Will his personal mission coincide with what God has in store for him?
What was your inspiration for writing Submissionary?
I started with what it meant to be a missionary. My sister is the President of the Missions Ministry at my church and has been on several missions’ trips. We’re so different in that respect. To be real, I know I am not selfless enough most of the time to shed my comfortable existence to the degree where I can be of service. . My question when starting this novel became can servants also be self-serving in the process of helping others. I thought wouldn’t it be interesting to see a totally selfish person try to navigate that landscape. I mean, imagine your most self-absorbed friend or high maintenance family member leaving their cell phone, tablet or priceless wardrobe pieces behind for the barest of necessities. My main character sets off on a mission’s trip to Haiti with the goal to find his birth father. He’s a fatherless child trying to answer a lifetime of questions about the man that helped conceive him. In the midst of that struggle I layered an interracial love story and all the issues that brings.
Which character to do think readers will love to hate?
You may hate my main character, Damon Myers-Jones, but hopefully you love him as well. He's impulsive and rebellious. What his fiancée learns is that he is also selfish. It plays out when he pressures her for a sexual relationship before marriage. It plays out when he takes off for Haiti with not much of an explanation, but once you get to know the reason why, you warm up to Damon.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Submissionary?
There are several takeaways. One of the main themes is that people are not disposable. My main character, Damon Myers-Jones has to learn this when making the decision to leave his fiancée behind to find a dad he never knew in Haiti. Once there he becomes attached to a cause and people that could potentially take him away from his loved ones more often.
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
I design t-shirts for sell on skreened.com/favoredfashions for a brand I call favored fashion which are Christian inspired graphic tees that shows our identity in Christ. It was another form of expression I adopted and turned to while I was mourning the death of my son. I have over ten designs. Check me out.