One of the first things Kurt Pearson will tell you about himself is that he’s not a writer, which might seem odd coming from someone who just released his third book. Presented with this information and Pearson will modestly clarify.
“I’m not a trained author,” he said. “Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. But I try to overcome feelings of inadequacy and tell myself that maybe I have a story inside me that someone might want to read. And that specific reader can get something positive out of it. It keeps me going and I plug in and just keep writing.
Pearson, who has lived in Mebane for 20 years with his wife Christina, has two daughters, one junior at UNC-Chapel Hill and the other junior at Eastern Alamance High School. His first two books – “The Mystery of the Stones: The Awakening” and “The Mystery of the Stones: The Calling” – were self-published, and what he described as “messy,” but he enjoyed the experience and lessons involved in writing them.
“I say it got me to the point where I feel like I could write this book,” he said. “I think it’s a bit like learning to write as you go. These stories made this one possible.
Her third book, “The Candy Kane Editorials,” tells the story of a seventh grader named Asa, who has had her fair share of struggles and challenges. She lost her parents in a tragic accident, and other miseries seem to seek her. She’s not perfect, so some of the bad breaks are self-inflicted. But she learns to trust God and allows him to guide her, and eventually finds a unique way to help others despite her difficulties.
“She has this friend who is the editor of the local paper, and he talks to Asa about guest editorials and how they are sometimes written anonymously,” Pearson explained. “She thinks she could write an op-ed on personal topics that are dear to her and that could have a bigger impact.”
The character’s articles highlight many of the struggles she had and continued to experience. But what’s most important about the story is how Asa expresses how she coped with tragedy, who helped her overcome obstacles, and how important it is to so many people in her life. ‘get and give a second chance. The experiences can sometimes be difficult to face and admit, but the message is ultimately positive.
In the “Candy Kane editorials”, Asa’s writings become so popular that they are picked up by the New York Times, further spreading his positive messages of hope, confidence and second chances, no matter what the challenges are. they are facing or who might be standing. in its own way.
Although he said he didn’t write the book from his own experiences, Pearson admits he sometimes finds that staying positive and wanting to be a good neighbor to people who may not deserve it is a daunting task.
“I know that sometimes I have a hard time wanting to help people,” he said. “I think we all do. I love all my characters. I even like the troublemakers in the book. I wanted the reader to struggle to see certain characters and their transitions throughout the story. This refers to the theme of the second chance. I believe I managed to achieve this goal, because I still struggle with some of them.
Being a writer – whether he admits he really is or not – can be a lonely business. But Pearson thinks he was never alone in writing “The Candy Kane Editorials.”
“I let God guide me on this one,” he said. “I really felt that he helped me write this book. The idea came too easily and I wrote it too easily for it to come from me. I guess I just opened myself up to that and said, ‘Okay, what do we want to say?’ And again, it goes back to these themes of mercy, grace, friendship, and helping others. I just thought it was important. Because there’s so much bad news these days, and this is a good news book and I wanted something that was easy to read and inspiring.
Pearson, who owns and operates a real estate company called Keep The Green Realty, said if he could, he would be a full-time writer.
“I write more than I probably want to even admit to myself.”
He called himself a “night thinker” because he tends to come up with stories to write in the last hours – or sooner, depending on how you look at it – between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Selling books is, of course, a goal, but that is not the goal of his books.
“I think it’s a gift to be able to do what I do,” he said. “Just like with Asa in my book, if I can tell the difference in a person, then I’m happy.”