Thursday, May 23, 2024

Q&A with Reginald L. Reed Jr.




Reginald L. Reed Jr. is the author of the new memoir The Day My Mother Never Came Home. He works in the pharmaceutical industry, and he lives in San Antonio, Texas.


Q: Why did you decide to write this memoir?


A: I decided to write this memoir as a way to process and make sense of my experiences growing up, particularly in the aftermath of my mother's murder and my relationship with my father. I also wanted to share my side of the story before the media took full control without knowing the in-depth details.


It was a cathartic journey of self-reflection, healing, and understanding, and I wanted to share my story to shed light on important issues such as forgiveness, resilience, and navigating trauma.

Q: How was the book’s title chosen, and what does it signify for you?


A: The book's title was chosen to encapsulate the essence of my journey—from darkness and tragedy to resilience and growth. It signifies the transformative power of overcoming adversity and finding strength in vulnerability.


Q: How did you conduct your research for the book, and what did you learn that especially surprised you?


A: I conducted research for the book through a combination of personal reflection, interviews with family members and experts, and gathering archival documents and evidence related to my mother's case.


One surprising aspect was uncovering details and perspectives that I hadn't fully understood or appreciated before, leading to deeper insights into my own experiences and the complexities surrounding them.


Q: What impact did it have on you to write the book, and what do you hope readers take away from it?


A: Writing the book had a profound impact on me, both emotionally and intellectually. It allowed me to confront difficult truths, explore layers of my identity and relationships, and ultimately find a sense of closure and purpose.


I hope readers will take away a message of resilience, empathy, and the power of storytelling to inspire healing and positive change in their own lives.


Q: What are you working on now?


A: Currently, I am working on expanding my advocacy work and engaging in conversations about mental health, trauma, and resilience. I am also exploring the possibility of new writing projects that delve into themes of identity, belonging, and the pursuit of truth and justice.


Q: Anything else we should know?


A: One important aspect to note is the ongoing need for dialogue and support for individuals and families affected by trauma and loss. By sharing our stories and supporting one another, we can create a more empathetic and understanding society that values healing, resilience, and second chances.


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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