WHY I wrote this book:
“I didn't write my book for anyone else but me. It sounds selfish, but after my mom died in 2014, I fell into a deep depression, no longer did I have my biggest fan to protect me from my three older critical siblings. They learned to needle, criticize, blame from the best, our dear dad. But dad was living in a nursing home with advanced stages of alzheimmer's. I was estranged from him on and off, but eventually learned to forgive him, then when I had my stroke, I learned to forgive the one person I could control, myself. Over 4-years I wrote 1.2 million cathartic words that saved my life. Each word, was breathing life into memories I hadn't faced since childhood, I had to "write" them to "right" my life. I didn't' think anyone else would relate to these personal struggles, but my wife thought I should publish it. I'd randomly walk up to strangers on the street "Want to read my book?" "What's it about?" they'd say "Well, the subtitle is apropos: How to Find Purpose Within a Dysfunctional Family." "That sounds like MY family!!!" everyone would say "Well, every family has dysfunction, I just want people to know that it's okay to not be okay and that there is no perfect family and learn to embrace the family that God gave you, because life is a lot more dysfuncional, so in a way, the more struggle you had in childhood the better you'll do in life.”
J.C. Burkesmith, a husband,
a businessman, a traditional taekwondo student and
teacher, a stroke survivor and now an author.
Raised by a tenth-generation Bostonian
English father and an Irish Catholic mother.
In honor of his late mother, he adopted his
pen name by combining his and the first
letter of her name and maiden name.