Deborah Simpkins is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher who has only begun to scratch the surface of her greatness. Check out our chat with her below.
UM: Tell everyone a little about your background and what inspired you to do what you do?
DS: I am a preachers kid. My father was a Bishop who started a church in our basement. Watching him grow this ministry from the ground up has definitely been a big motivator in my life. The experience as described in the book "Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets" motivated my ministry more toward women.
UM: What sets you apart from others in your industry?
DS: I can honestly say, my transparency of my life experiences sets me apart. While many in the ministry are looking to hide the pain and shame, I'm willing to share it. It may not be pretty, but it's my truth. I am not perfect and people can relate to that.
UM: How was the experience of turning your book into a play?
DS: The experience of turning the book into a play has been and continues to be a process. When you are an artist, it is sometime hard to understand handing your artistry over to another artist. I did learn to trust others with my vision. Once I made up my mind to trust the writer with my baby and let him write, the process became easier. I never promised to be the easiest person to work with, but I do promise to be fair :o)
UM: What advice do you have for anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?
DS: If you are looking to follow in my footsteps, you can't give up or give in to pressure. Being in the spotlight comes with some added pressures and sometimes even consequences. People only seem to notice the glamour and glitz. Well if we are being honest, they must also be prepared for the hate and haters!
UM: Do you have any other upcoming projects that you would like to share with our readers?
DS: I am working on a new book that promises to deliver more real life truths to we as women deal with daily. Instead of running from topics of adultery, sex and betrayal, I share my experiences. We as women tend to be ashamed of situations that could honestly help the next. That is my ultimate goal. Yes, we make mistakes, but we can use them to help each other.
UM: Where can everyone go to keep up with your latest projects?
DS: Follow me on FB - SimpkinsDeborah