Today I have a doubleheader episode with two indie up and comers. Fayth Thomas and Javan Bonds share their stories with us today. Fayth wanted to communicate with her children in a new way, and wrote a children’s book to help her children understand diabetes. Javan has an inspiring story of turning life-altering adversity into art and action.
About Fayth Thomas:
Fayth Thomas is an experienced day-care owner. She lives in the Washington, DC, metro area with her kids, her husband, and their pet fish. Before she started writing children’s books, she specialized in teaching children various things: healthy eating, Spanish, gardening, self-defence, and reading. She specializes in writing a line of books that will educate children with fun bedtime stories. FaythThomas.com
About Javan Bonds:
Javan Bonds is the Amazon Best Selling author of the zompoc series, Still Alive: Book One: Zombie Lake, Book Two: Zombie Island and Book: Zombies On A Plane.
The Still Alive series follows a group of survivors in a small southern town as they try to keep their wits about them and make a new life in a world over run by naked, nocturnal, shit spewing, yellow eyed, blue skinned zombies intent on chomping on them to infect or devour every last piece of flesh on their bones. Fun times!?! Think Zombieland, just better.
Bonds has had to overcome numerous obstacles in writing as well as living his daily life. Diagnosed at the age of 11 with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), (a progressively degenerative neuromuscular disease under the umbrella of the Muscular Dystrophy Association), he has slowly been robbed of his physical abilities through the years. Bonds became wheelchair bound in 1999 but that was only the beginning of his setbacks. His sight began to diminish in 2010 to the point he is now legally blind and his hearing began failing to the point he now can’t hear individual voices in a noisy room. In spite of all of this he continues to “read” three to five audio books a week as well as work on his future novels.
Bonds never letting his disability rule him has lived, loved, and laughed often.
Reading and writing has long provided Bonds with both pleasure and a creative outlet. He began blogging at a very young age and has written articles and letters for the local newspaper. In 2010, he discovered a passion for writing novels and with help of Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking he continues to write every day.
In late 2015 at only 28 years old Bonds was told he may have only a short time left due to the ravages of FA on his heart. After learning this he has been hard at work to complete his other novels and have them finished before his time in this world runs out.
In mid 2016 Bonds published his first novel FREE STATE OF DODGE, the first book in a dystopian series about America in decline and its rebirth.
Javan has these words of wisdom to offer for others stricken by a life shortening illness:
“Live your life. Light your candle on both ends and let it burn. It may burn out faster but your flame will burn brighter than some who live much longer”
Bonds hopes you enjoy the Still Alive series, which he plans on writing at least six installments in 2017 and six more in 2018.