~Author Interview~ Catherine Delcin

 

Tell Us about yourself? 

I am the second oldest of 6 siblings. I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  I came to the United States in 1996. I was enamored with the ideals of America. It was a dream come true. Once my family settled in Miami, I began my journey to assimilate while at the same time maintaining my distinguished cultural identity. That proved to be a more arduous task than contemplated. Thankfully, I found some balance over time.

Upon completion of High School, I enrolled in College and began my appreciation for language and writing. Prior to then, it had been a hurdle to overcome. I can clearly recall my very first ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). Then, it seemed like a daunting task to become a fluent English speaker. However, with determination and courage, it wasn’t an impossible undertaking. I earned my bachelor and completed graduate school without utilizing my writing repertoire beyond the occasional paper or article.

In 2013, I published my first book, Entrepreneur Initiative. This book is a product of my fascination with entrepreneurship as I believe it makes up the fabric of our thriving American economy. Being an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to facilitate the dialogue and encourage others to take that leap of faith. I believe it is only through the continuation of enterprising businesses that our society will reap the fruits of innovation and exceptionalism.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t know that I made a conscious choice to be “writer.” Writing was always something that I enjoyed. Academically, I always did well with my assignments. I remember thinking that I wanted to write about things that mattered. I started small, I would write empowerment articles about business. They were well received so I continued to write them. Eventually, some magazines asked to write for them and I did. Once I received certain acknowledgments I felt that it was being reinforced that I was meant to be a writer.

Why do you write?

I write because I feel this urgency, this ushering deep down in my soul. There’s this whisper in my heart and it says: “Your voice matters.” It pushes me step outside my comfort zone and share my ideas with the world. I want to touch people’s lives in a positive way. I get bouts of creativity where ideas are imprinted on my mind. I feel that it would be irresponsible of me not to relay the insights that I feel I have been entrusted with. Creativity is a gift but it comes with the responsibility of sharing the talent with the world through a specified craft.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m always writing, so yes, I write full-time. However, my life includes other professional activities besides writing.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

My evolution is ongoing. I believe that the most crucial step was for me to move to a place of abundance instead of scarcity. I’m sure some writers can relate to this. In the beginning, when you are writing creatively, you start thinking that you have to get it all down on paper before it goes away. Whereas now, I understand that each day has its own creative flow.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing is the ambiguity that lurks in the shadows. Nothing is ever final. It can all be redone, undone and rewritten. Nothing is ever final, that is, until it is.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

I feel like Entrepreneur Initiative is my first baby. If you’ve ever had a baby, you know that you are never ready for the world to tell you that your baby is not perfect. In your eyes, your baby is always perfect. It was hard going through the revision process. It was even harder to release the book and face the scrutiny of being its author. Thankfully, I have never regretted the decision.

Any advice for new authors?

The first step is to connect with your inner disposition for a purpose beyond the actual task. We all do mundane things on a regular basis. You need to take this out of that realm. There are lots of people who write, you need to ask yourself: “Why does this need to be written?” The “why” will drive you to do more than writing actual words on the page. It will inspire you to create something out of the norm. Hopefully, there is a non-pecuniary reason. Once you have your “why”, allow your creativity to take its course. Write everything and anything. Do not self-edit. There will be time for that later.

Once you fill the page with your voice, your words. Stop! Give gratitude for what has transpired. Creativity is a gift and we must nurture and cherish it. There is no wrong way to express your creativity. Trust and believe that you are naturally gifted to embark on this journey. Repeat this process until you have reached your goal. Whether you are writing an article which can be completed in one sitting or a book which requires continuous sessions, enjoy the creative process and the flow of your writing.

While we wait for the economy to stimulate itself or political harmony to restore economic and workforce stability, we fail to realize that we hold parts of the pieces to the anagram for a healthy national economy. We can do that that by embracing our inner strengths, skill sets, talents, and aspirations. It is our initiative to launch ourselves into entrepreneurial activities to become masters of our fate. Because an overwhelming number of small businesses fail each year, you must ensure you are mentally and financially prepared. This book will help you find your passion and teach you how to build a successful business.

While we wait for the economy to stimulate itself or political harmony to restore economic and workforce stability, we fail to realize that we hold parts of the pieces to the anagram for a healthy national economy. We can do that that by embracing our inner strengths, skill sets, talents, and aspirations. It is our initiative to launch ourselves into entrepreneurial activities to become masters of our fate. Because an overwhelming number of small businesses fail each year, you must ensure you are mentally and financially prepared. This book will help you find your passion and teach you how to build a successful business.

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Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Catherine Delcin is impassioned by the lack of business infrastructure in her native country to inspire entrepreneurship. To that end, Catherine founded the Entrepreneurship Movement, a nonprofit organization. She has written extensively on the topics of entrepreneurship and serves as a resource to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. Catherine also serves as the host of The Entrepreneur Initiative local TV show. She is an international empowerment speaker who imparts her insights and experiences to support others in their entrepreneurial aspirations and exploits.

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