In this installment of the author interview series, I have with me Troy Gathers – an entrepreneur and PhD student who has successfully marketed and sold his products globally. As a youth, Gathers attended eight different grade schools and dealt with the obstacles of constantly moving and being the new kid on the block. Over the course of his teen years, he encountered every type of friend and peer pressure imaginable. As time progressed, Troy became unaffected by the distractions and focused solely on education and making the grades to excel. Currently, Gathers travels to churches, schools and prisons providing words of encouragement to those who may share in a similar situation.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
First, I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak to your subscribers and those that support your platform. My name is Troy Gathers and I am from the great City of Charleston in South Carolina. My background is in Psychology and I have been writing since grade school. I decided to release my first book titled “Take Me With You,” because I believe the time is now. Initially I wanted to release a book while in my undergraduate studies but I started a business around that time and my focus was on building my foundation in business. Fast forward to today, I have gained more knowledge and insight to share with my readers and I believe the words are more potent today than they would have been back then.
Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by many authors but my favorites are John Maxwell, Dr. Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, and Dr. Myles Monroe. These authors are elite in my opinion and will change your entire perception of the world if you're ready to be encouraged. Don’t just take my word for it, check them out.
What is your favorite quote/motivational phrase?
My favorite quote is by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” The first time I saw this quote it was on the memorial wall on the campus of South Carolina State University and it really made me think. The Big picture in life is greatness not anything artificial.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from my life experiences. I’ve been very blessed to travel thoroughly and I have met tons of really great people. Throughout my travels I’ve tapped into many different ideologies and mentalities. Once you're exposed to greatness, it’s very hard to turn away. God has positioned me perfectly in this lifetime and I’m appreciative.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Yes. I’m an advocate on staying positive and blocking out negative influences. I just want the people reading this – especially the youth – to understand that whatever is standing in your way is simply a distraction. No one can hold you back but you. Don’t let the naysayers get you off your A game. Stay sharp and stay authentic.
Where can we buy Take Me With You?
Take Me With You is currently available on Amazon.com and Kindle for purchase. We are currently working out an agreement with Barnes and Noble. By the time this is released it will be available on all major online retailers:
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
The best place to keep up with my literary works is on the Facebook page for Take Me With You. Visit and be sure to like the page and engage. It’s me. I’ll answer as soon as I can.
Many thanks to Troy Gathers for agreeing to be interviewed and providing his inspirational message. I hope you enjoyed it.