1. My name is Greg Nashif, I was not diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome until I was almost 30 years old, during the early years of my life until I was diagnosed, I was bullied, rejected by Christians, who said I was demon possessed, and made to feel that I was worthless. But through all of this I had a friend, who made a difference in my life, and that is Jesus Christ. Through him I learned to forgive, and experience much joy in my life. The Lord has healed me in way that I have accepted my Tourette’s as part of who I am, and through his healing he has taught how to live with this disability.
2. What literary pilgrimages, have you gone on?
Recently, I was invited to a Christian Conference, on disabilities, at Multnomah University, it was a fun conference and I got to share my testimony, and read some poetry from my book. It was quite a success. Then I was invited to a book reading at Rose City Book Pub, met some other authors and had a great time.
3. Do you try more to be original or to deliver readers what they want?
The poetry that I have written, were created during times of distress, heartache, sadness, joy and ultimately forgiveness over a period of 40 years. I would say it is very original. When I put this book together, I organized it in such a way that my readers can follow the story, I think that this is a very unique book, that tells a story, a poetic journal.
4. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have many things I have written and as yet unpublished mostly poetry. I am working on a children’s book, and a sequel to Twitch and Shout, Hallelujah Amen.
5. Do you view writing as kind of a spiritual practice?
Yesm For me writing is a totality of my belief in Jesus Christ, and taking up the cross of Jesus, I have been through many trials and tribulation, and through poetry I hope to spread this spiritual journey to others, in hope that many will find the joy and peace I have discovered. Many who have read Twitch and Shout Hallelujah Amen, whether they are Christians or not, have expressed to me, how inspired they were, and how they have used a lot of what I shared, as part of their lives. My goal is not to sell a lot of books or make a lot of money, but to help give people hope through a spiritual journey.
6. How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
For years I have always wanted to write about my Tourette’s Syndrome, I have always felt it was a story worth telling. It is my hope that your readers, will buy this book and read it, especially those with disabilities.
7. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? Poetry is my genre, it is a pure expression of the heart, and an extension of the soul. It can become a portrait of life through words which is the paint on which the portrait sits.
8. How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
Twitch and Shout, Hallelujah Amen, is my journey through living with Tourette Syndrome, including my Path to God, and forgiveness. And the healing I have experienced through Christ. It is a good story well worth reading.
9. What Inspires you?
“In Him we live and move and have our being, as certain also your own poets have said, “that we are His offspring.” Acts 17:28 (kjv)