Daryl Jarod is an Amazon Best Selling Author, lets learn a bit more about him and his newest book!
I asked Daryl to…Describe yourself in five words Spiritual. Hilarious. Romantic. Innovative. Brave.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I think most people are kind of surprised by how funny I am, especially when I’m meeting someone for the first time. I tend to be quiet and observant at first, and once I’m comfortable, my comical side comes out to play.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I experience doubt and fear, just like anyone else, but growing up it was always instilled in me that I can do all things through Christ. My mom had a rule in our household where the word “can’t did not exist. So, as an adult I think that’s still imprinted in the back of my mind.
Why do you write? Writing has and always will be an outlet for me. I can just sit down at my desk, shut out whatever mishaps or tragedies are happening in the world, and allow my imagination to take over. I guess you could say it keeps me sane.
Have you always enjoyed writing? Always! As a kid I’d write songs all the time after school. And English was my favorite subject.
Daryl-Jarod is an Amazon best-selling author, recording artist, and actor. Born and raised in Hopkins, South Carolina, he always had big dreams of pursuing a career in entertainment.
As a child he’d write short stories and songs, which later aided him in transitioning into the talented storyteller he is today. His writing career all began with a short poem he composed in third grade entitled, “My Teacher is Neat”, which was selected to be featured in a publication of poems from talented students throughout the state. The encouragement of his mother, teachers, and peers, pushed him to continue writing.
Daryl-Jarod is now resides in Southern California and is hard at work on various new literary and muscial projects.
What writing are you most proud of? Pain in My Heart is for sure what I’m most proud of. I spent almost 2 years working on it. And it feels like I spent entirely too much time delaying it because I wanted it to be perfect. But now that it’s out and everyone has a chance to take in what I’ve poured all my energy into, I feel a great sense of appreciation. Appreciation for my life story and all the ups and downs that have come my way. As I read over those poems, I’m amazed at some of the things I’ve endured and how I was able to transcend into who I am today.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? Graduating from college is my most proud moment. It wasn’t always easy trying to focus on studies as a kid with ADD. So, being able to walk across that stage and say I did it…that’s something I will always cherish.
What books did you love growing up? My mom used to read to me every night as a kid. I’m pretty sure that’s why I have a great love for books as an adult. We’d go to the library every weekend, so there were a ton of books we read. But just a few I remember are Harry Potter and the Soccer’s Stone, Blueberries for Sal, and A Light in the Attic.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? Yes, I agree it does. I was born and raised in South Carolina. I’ve lived in quite a few places since graduating college, but now reside in sunny Southern California.
About Pain in My Heart
Pain in My Heart is a candid and honest journey through the eyes of a hopeless romantic. Each poem serves as part of a puzzle that not only pieces together heartache and love, but also the vulnerable parts we fearfully conceal from the world.
Poems that cover topics of self-love, depression, anxiety, and life as a gay black male in today’s society, all await you as Daryl-Jarod unlocks his heart to yours, one page at a time.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I’m an indie artist, so I can only speak from the self-publishing side of things. But I think it all can be a challenge. After spending months or maybe even years writing your content, the hard work continues with promoting your work. That takes effort. And depending on how you plan to reach your audience, that means more money spent in order to make money.
Do you find it hard to share your work? Judging from the subject matter of most of my published work, you’d probably think not, but I usually am pretty nervous before a new book release. I always stop and wonder what the public might think or say. But in the end, I always go with my what spirit tells me.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? I have the most supportive group around me. I don’t ever have to look far for beta readers because my inner circle is always ready. That’s one thing I do not take for granted.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? It honestly depends on how I feel at the moment. Sometimes, I’m at a desk. Other times, I’m on the floor, pen in my hand and headphones blasting my favorite jams.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Success to me is just knowing something I wrote touched someone or maybe even gave someone a sense of joy. Sure, huge numbers in sales and recognition would be nice. But I write because it’s something I love. Everything else is an added bonus.
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Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? Pain in My Heart is my most personal book to date. I literally poured my heart out in this and you can tell just from the first page. The poems cover a great deal of my struggles throughout the years; suicidal thoughts, depression, failed relationships, and finding the strength to love myself.
I went back and forth with myself on whether I should write or release it. It’s so personal that I didn’t want to be judged by the public, or even worse, by people I know. But I came to terms with the fact that this is my life, my story, and hopefully these poems resonate with someone out there who may be experiencing some of the same issues.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Oprah! I admire that woman so much! I’d probably be too overwhelmed to speak though!
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I’m super chill. I unwind at home, in peace and quiet. Normally, I’m catching up on a good book or binge-watching a show on Netflix.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? My goal is that someone may feel a sense of hope after reading Pain in My Heart. Yes, parts of it are deep, and even dark. But it’s those troubles that led me to finding my own victory. I hope people see that and maybe even can relate to it.