Book Details

"A bird doesn't sing because it has a voice, it sings because it has a song" -Maya Angelou- A memoir of inspiring perseverance over misguidance

2018 CIPA EVVY AWARD - 3rd Place

In this inspirational memoir, we meet a young woman forced to grow up too quickly when she marries at sixteen. After only five months of nuptials, she loses her husband to an extended prison sentence, and becomes a single mother who must quickly learn independence. Under extreme adversity and depression, the teen finishes high school on time to become a college graduate of her hearts passion. Carlen shares her life story in the hopes that others will be motivated to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by a quote passed down from her father, "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits", Carlen attacks her obstacles head on. Will Carlen continue to maintain her sanity against all odds?


About the Author

J.C. Sykes

J.C. Sykes is an inspirational writer of Self Reliance. She's a nonfiction/multigenerational/young adult, CIPA EVVY award winning author of her first book My A.R.R.A growing into me. The native of St. Louis, Missouri is also the mother of three daughters and one son, whom the four of their initials make up her memoirs' title; A.R.R.A. pronounced (era) J.C. is a talented artist of many trades. She's a union commercial carpenter for one of the biggest contractors in Missouri. Designing and building furniture in her free time gives J.C. much delight. Giving back to her community through mentoring and life coaching is her hearts passion. This innovative wife and mother is the youngest of eleven children between both mother and father, including her deceased twin brother Chase who died when the two were twenty five years old. J.C. began keeping a journal of life lessons learned when she was nine years old. This ambitious new author has a story to share with the world. It is a privilege to help others, as well as her duty.