Alisa Fowler, a local author, has just released her new novel called “Don’t Leave Weak” that details not only her struggle coping with her son’s death, but also how to overcome everyday …
Alisa Fowler, a local author, has just released her new novel called “Don’t Leave Weak” that details not only her struggle coping with her son’s death, but also how to overcome everyday struggles in life.
Originally from Cleveland, this mother of three wrote the novel over the span of five years.
“I had always had this desire to write a book, but I wondered what I would write about,” she said. “I met a lady in a doctor’s office one day, and after talking with her, she told me ‘You need to write a book,’ because she said I had a story to tell. I didn’t realize that my story would eventually be inspired by my son.”
Losing her 20-year-old son Justin in a car accident seven years ago, Fowler explains that while her book was initially all about him, it has transformed into a book on how to deal with any situation the world throws at you.
She said her book was inspired by God, and she was only able to write on days when she was feeling more upbeat, as more discouraging days prevented writing progress.
“My book kept getting longer and bigger. This has been my seventh year working on it, and seven in the Bible means completion,” Fowler said.
Since writing her book, she has received encouraging calls and emails from people who have experienced similar tragedies.
“One woman told me, ‘You are right on point with how it felt to lose my child,’ and hearing these things has been therapeutic, in a way,” Fowler added.
While many people close to her would say that Fowler’s book is all about her son’s death, others who do not know her but who have read her book say it is focused on living after a tragedy.
“You could relay these principles to any loss of any kind, whether it be a job, finances, a spouse or even a home. That’s how God’s principles are; if you can make it through that, you can make it through anything,” she said.
Although she does have moments of sadness remembering Justin, Fowler said she is not a downtrodden, discouraged mom. Knowing that her son was a Christian brought her immeasurable peace as well, as the last text that Justin sent his mother before the accident was “I’ll see you at church in the morning, mom.”
Since her husband is the pastor at Cornerstone Church in Cleveland, Fowler said her family has a platform to display hope to others.
“We want to be able to show people that nothing is too dark that God can’t help you through,” she said.
Developing an interest in creative writing in high school, Fowler added that she always wrote to express herself, whether it be arguing with her husband in their first year of marriage or writing about high school struggles!
Before writing her book, Fowler worked as a hairdresser, and then as a stay-at-home-mom after her third child was born.
“The time I’ve spent with my kids is time I’ll always treasure, and after losing Justin, I realized that it’s time I won’t get back,” she added.
Selling out of her first 200 copies within a month, she says that demand for her product has been very encouraging. She also recently did a book signing at Lasater’s Coffee and Tea.
With the title being “Don’t Leave Weak,” Fowler said she relied on Ecclesiastes 9:10, which reads, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” as an encouragement throughout her tougher days.
Through publicity from her Facebook and website, many readers have even called Fowler to tell her that they enjoyed her work so much they would like several copies to distribute to friends. She is planning to release her book to Amazon in the future as well.
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