Four years ago, I woke up at 2:30AM one hot July night with a single sentence running over and over in my mind, “John Paul was a boy with two first names. John Paul was a boy with two first names …” I could not fight the call. I climbed out of bed, sat at my desk and began to write.
“John Paul was a boy with two first names. This is the last time you will read his real name. I just want you to know it in case you ever meet him. His brothers called him ‘Flap Jack’ because he loved pancakes more than anything else ….”
Thirty days later, I completed my fastest albeit shortest manuscript affectionately titled The Sixth Day, A 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Prizefighting. It went on to become an extraordinary audiobook and the film rights have been optioned.
Earlier this week, my eyes opened at 1:00AM with another sentence repeating itself like a stuck record, “We have to do more, we have to do more ….” This time, it was not a call to start a new manuscript. This time, it was a call to do more for the kids in Haiti who have assumed a prominent position in my life. Once again, I climbed out of bed, returned to my desk and began making notes to myself. Within an hour, I knew what to do ….
My commitment to the kids of Haiti is an extension of
- My belief that it is my purpose in life to make the world a better place to be.
- My face-to-face, hands-on interaction with Haitian kids this year.
- My desire to fulfill my purpose in Cité Soleil, one of the deepest shitholes on the planet. If I can make a difference here, I can make a difference anywhere.
- My involvement with Tony Sanneh’s Haitian Initiative that helps make the world of the kids who live in Cité Soleil a better place to be by
- Teaching the kids soccer six days each week
- Feeding the kids six days each week
- Teaching them English two days each week and
- Paying for each child’s annual tuition
“We have to do more ….”
As of today, all proceeds – all of my royalties – from any “E.S. Kraay” novel sold electronically through Kindle will go directly to support the kids at The Haitian Initiative in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Every book will help. My personal goal is to ensure that we scholarship all 320 kids enrolled in the program by Christmas. As I write, we have 42 covered. At an average of $300 to cover annual tuition, we have a long way to go, but every book will help. That goal is achievable with your help.
My personal business card bears the mantra “Writing with a Purpose.” You can explore my website to learn about the books, but I say with conviction that each of my six novels was written with a core message intended to bring value to the reader’s life.
There has never been a better time to purchase one of my books on Kindle. I am certain that the words will bring value to your life and even more certain that the few dollars you invest will bring great value to the kids in Haiti that we serve through the Haitian Initiative. Click any cover in the right sidebar and you will be directed to the Kindle purchase page EXCEPT for The Sixth Day. The sidebar link takes you to the audiobook. This link takes you to the Kindle page for The Sixth Day.
Please pass this on to your friends. Please follow this link if you can do more.
As Flap Jack’s brother Sam tells the old man in The Sixth Day,
“Ain’t no one ought to be hungry when someone else got food.”