Jacinth Spivey, B.A. Business Management ’90, Author

Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Jacinth Spivey was raised by a woman named Isabel Morgan, “an outstanding Christian lady” who built a Sunday school in her backyard so she could teach neighborhood kids in the afternoon. She was greatly respected and admired by everyone she knew and was called mother by everyone in the community. Jacinth has written her memoir entitled A Lady We Called Mother. Unfortunately, Mrs. Morgan passed away at the age 99 before the book was published, but thanks to Jacinth, her remarkable story will live on forever. 

Jacinth Spivey graduated from St. Thomas University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1990 and works as a Human Resource Specialist for the Air Force Personnel Center in Randolph, Texas. She is married and has two children. Her book, A Lady We Called Mother, is available online at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

1. What life lessons did you learn from Ms. Isabel Morgan that helped you as a student at STU, and later on in your career?
Mother taught me to take pride in myself and everything I did. She tirelessly ensured that everything she did, she did to the best of her ability. She also taught me that not everything in life is going to come easy, so you have to work hard, and when you hit an obstacle, never give up.

2. What is the main message you hope people take away from A Lady we Called Mother
The main message that I hope people take away from my book is that God must be first in our lives because he has a plan for all of us. And although sometimes we might face obstacles and stumble along the way, we need to trust God to see us to the end.

3. You graduated with a Business Management degree and worked in Human Resources, what was it like making the transition to writing a book?
I had to figure out how to prioritize and make time for the book. I worked on it on weekends and at night when my kids and husband slept. It took me years because I did not have a lot of free time. Towards the end it was stressful trying to get everything to flow just right, but when I became overwhelmed it was as if God said “let me take it from here.”

4. What advice would you give to young writers? 
Before you begin pray and ask God to help you. Take your time. Get as many people you trust to proofread. Keep a notebook by your bed. Find a publisher and pay to have them polish and proofread your manuscript.  It’s hard work but with God’s help you can do it. Save money and market your own book. Politely tune out negative people.

By Adon Hemley, ‘13

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