Monday, May 19, 2014

Legally Blind and Living with Cerebral Palsy, Author Jeremy Breitenbach Is An Inspiration That Shouldn’t Be Ignored.

I met Jeremy in a group I’m part of on Facebook. One day he asked me if I would be interested in interviewing him about his upcoming release called, The Gateway. Of course I said yes. At the time I didn’t realize he’s legally blind and has cerebral palsy. When I discovered those things about him, it blew me away.

Wow!

Double Wow.

I can’t even imagine having those disabilities and trying to write a book. 

We all have our challenges in life and while we’re facing them, we tend to ask “Why me?” 

We feel alone. 

Lost. 

At times we even resort to thinking, what’s the point? 

When there’s a road block in our way, hampering us to reach our goals, we either . . .

A.) Make up excuses on why we can’t pursue our dreams.

B.) Forget about them and move on to something less appealing but easier to obtain.

C.) Blame others or the universe for why we can’t have what we want.

D.)Say “Bite me road block! I’m going to find a way to knock you aside or hurdle over you. I don’t care how long it takes. I will defeat you and (in Jeremy’s case) write a book!”

I had asked Jeremy how he writes his books since he’s legally blind, and he told me with a device called a Braillenote. He writes his books as Braille documents, then translate them into Microsoft Word documents using the Braillenote.

Amazing.

His tenaciousness in working around his disabilities so he can write The Gateway is awe-inspiring. He has a strength that I admire, and I wish him the best of luck on his journey as a published author.

What’s The Gateway about?

The Gateway introduces readers to Chicago, IL in the year 2059, and Dr. Richard Caulman, a physicist who aims to revolutionize transportation. Instead his creation leads to an alien invasion which puts the entire world in danger.

Now let’s talk to Jeremy, shall we?

Hi, Jeremy. I’m glad you’re here. Please tell everyone about yourself.


I’m legally blind and have cerebral palsy. I live in Cincinnati, OH where I was born and raised. I was born premature and wasn’t expected to survive.

When did you start writing stories?

I started writing at age fifteen.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was fifteen.

What type of stories do you like to write and why?

I like to write adult and children’s books, because . . . well, to be honest I haven’t thought of why. I just enjoy writing.

Who is your favorite author?

Stephen King because his books are engrossing. He’s also my inspiration.

I love Stephen King’s books, too. He seems like a cool person, and his sense of humor is great. J

Where do you get your ideas?

Honestly, I don’t know. They just come to me.

Where can people connect with you?

My official Facebook is:

Thank you Jeremy for stopping by and giving us a dose of humility by showing through your actions that with perseverance, strength, hard work and believing in yourself, goals can be obtained. I wish you the best of luck on your publishing journey.



2 comments:

  1. Beautiful interview. I loved it. so much and inspired. Really am. :-) Thank you.

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