In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Charles R. Butts Jr.
In addition to being an author, blogger and speaker, Atlanta native Charles R. Butts Jr. is an Army veteran and a retired postal service employee with over thirty-three years of service. When he’s not reading, writing or working out, Charles enjoys spending time with Shawanda, his wife of twenty-two years, his children, Amber and Charles III and his beloved grandson Noah. Influenced by James Baldwin, Walter Mosley and Langston Hughes, he hopes to align myriad, exciting and relatable characters into a single thread.
Q & A:
What do you do and Why do you do it?
I write compelling and thought-provoking fiction about the real life issues we face today using flawed and relatable characters. I write about racism, violence, temptation, mental illness, rejection because of albinism. I do so because problems can’t be resolved until they’re addressed.
Tell us about your most recent work.
My most recent work is a compelling, diverse and thought-provoking collection of short stories entitled Running In Plain Sight & Other Stories. Four stories dealing with murder, temptation, rejection and mental illness (Bipolar Disorder)
Who inspires you?
Numerous writers like James Baldwin, Walter Mosley, Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) among others.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
While I’m proud of my works, I’m not going to call them “ Masterpieces” Because of the positive reviews and feedback I’ve received, I’m encouraged to create greater works.
What is your motto in life?
The golden rule. Treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated regardless of how you’re treated.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true.
I would love for my novel, For Only A Season to be made into a movie.
What is your favorite quote?
“ To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night does the day. Thou canst be false to any man.” William Shakespeare
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
Being a good person, husband and father.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
My next project is the sequel to For Only A Season. It’s entitled The Storm Is Passing Over. I’m hoping to release it at the end of the year.
Where can fans purchase your work?
My work is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. You can also order through my website, www.charlesrbuttsjr.com
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