|About the Book|
I was always fascinated with words andtheir colorful meanings. The origins of mycreative journey of writing poetry beganwhen I was eight. Family and close friendsencouraged me to write. My parents weregifted poets so I attribute my enthusiasminMoreI was always fascinated with words andtheir colorful meanings. The origins of mycreative journey of writing poetry beganwhen I was eight. Family and close friendsencouraged me to write. My parents weregifted poets so I attribute my enthusiasmin writing to them. My mother, Oleata,especially loved to recite poetry that shehad learned or written in her youth. Hermelodic voice and use of pitch and prosodywere fascinating and captivating. One ofher favorite pastimes was to read the Biblealoud which kept us in awe with the unique way she would make thewords come alive! Although she always wanted to write a book, it nevermaterialized in her lifetime. Throughout the years she infused the passionof poetry into my soul. About fi ve years ago after my mother passed away, Idecided to revisit my poems, carefully stored in manila folders and resumewriting. Gradually I was able to work through the grief and isolation oflosing the primary source of my inspiration and my Why for evolving intowho I am. Whispers of Hope was born out of my need to express the joys,pain, situations, and the apprehensions we face daily. Whispers of Hope isa literary vehicle which transformed me as I wrote it. It is my desire thatthis book will bring healing, joy, and peace to the readers and that you too,will discover inner strength and renewal as you refl ect upon your life andhow you infl uence others. It is a gift which took decades to write and Ihope the readers will inhale the heartfelt messages and exhale while theyrethink their lives!Iva Smith lives with her husband, Greg, and two daughters in Virginia.