We had the good fortune of connecting with A. PAJ (Page) Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A. PAJ (Page), other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most contributing factor to my success was joining the military and retiring honorably after twenty-eight years, four months and seventeen days of service to the U.S Navy and Army. My family; The Turner/Watson clan, did an outstanding job and instilled principles that the military continued on with. These values are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service and honor. Loyalty, is bearing true faith and allegiance to your family, your team and your grind. Duty, means to always fulfill your obligations. Respect, treat people as they should be treated. Selfless services, put the welfare of your team before your own and honor. Adhere to what is right and do right all the time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an author who writes great entertaining urban fiction stories about black empowerment, with a dash of black power, a hint of black unity, love and culture. Mix that in a bowl with drama, socioeconomic reality and hidden messages that will make readers dream the possibilities of moving towards emancipation from the proverbial ceiling. What sets me apart from others is that my brand is unique, my book trailer is straight fire and every book I write will be A. PAJ Turner. I have been around the world, and this enhances my vivid imagination, which pulls my reader into the pages while I transform them into a fly on the wall visualizing the journey I take them on. Pick up the Emancipation of Limits and give me a chance to be your favorite author.
I got to where I am today by working hard, putting 135% into everything that I do and to never quit. The road to achieving your goals is never perfectly paved. There will be curves, pot holes, dead ends and navigating errors that will cause you to recalculate your journey. It’s a part of this game called life. Adjust and keep it moving.
The lessons I learned along the way…there is no such thing as failing. It’s a learning experience. Put that in your kit bag and move forward. You only fail when you quit.. Success never happens when you think you are ready. It happens when it is suppose to happen. The period you feel ready and people is not acknowledge your work they way you feel they should because it’s good. This is the time to develop more knowledge and invulnerability to survive when it does work.
Who am I? A person who embodies confidence and display command presence in any room I walk into. My style of dress is simple, classic with a powerful undertone that demarcates my intelligence and who I am as a black man and a business person. That’s the brand!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Upon arriving at the airport, our first spot would be Bern’s Steak House, just a few miles from Tampa International. Afterwards, we would get changed and head to Clearwater beach to enjoy the water and the sun. Maybe do some jet skiing or just people watch. That night, we would take in some live jazz at Eddie V’s or head to the Improv Comedy Theater for laughs and drinks. They next day, we would go to Busch Gardens to ride the rollercoasters and play games. That night, we would go to Club Prana or The Rose Bar to listen to music and dance. I would definitely travel up the road to Orlando to enjoy Disney World and walk up and down Universal Blvd.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my Grandfather, Richard Watson Sr…. may he rest in peace. He was the backbone of my family who constantly dropped little life’s nuggets along my journey. “Life is a ladder. How far up you go is solely up to you”. Powerful words from a powerful soul. My mom, for being the strongest woman I have ever met. My daughters, Zenteal and Sabrinya; who dealt with me not being present in their lives because I was fulfilling obligations for this Nations. My brother, for being my protector growing up. My Uncles for being positive role models in my life. My military family, leaders and Soldiers alike. They helped me achieve Military history by becoming the first African American to be promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five in the Transportation Corps since its’ existence of 1942. And my team who helped me publish my first series novel, The Emancipation of Limits. I would also like to give a shoutout the universe. She will help me turn this into a network series.
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