Wednesday, September 22, 2021




Sometimes it’s the conversations not had that do the most damage to the people in our lives. Hard Conversations is a collection of short stories detailing the lives of five urban people who are standing at the intersection of their past and their potential. Sensing that something is still off in the lives that they have built, each has to make the crucial decision whether to address their secrets long buried, or to continue living in the uncomfortable matrix they created. Only they can decide what their future will bring. 

Book Details 

Title: Hard Conversations: Book 1 Breadcrumbs to the Past 

Author: BJ Communicates

Genre: urban fiction 

Series: Hard Conversations 

Publisher: Communic8 Life/Book Baby, June 22, 2021

Print length: 88 pages


A few of your favorite things: Marvel movies, my wife, my son, music, and alone time.

Things you need to throw out: old clothes that are just taking up space in my closet.

Things you need in order to write: peace and quiet.

Things that hamper your writing: A lot of notice and movement around me.

Things you love about writing: the stories and experiences of people of color.

Things you hate about writing: historical figures that I can’t identify with.

Easiest thing about being a writer: being able to tell stories that I want to tell.

Hardest thing about being a writer: handling the business processes after the manuscript is done.

Things you love about where you live: being able to get the city life without all of the traffic and bad traits of larger cities. 

Things that make you want to move: seeing places where tropical weather is their one season all year around.

Things you never want to run out of: faith and love.

Things you wish you’d never bought: a push lawnmower and a couple of pair of sneakers that I never wore.

Words that describe you: faithful, loyal, dedicated, determined, and introverted.

Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: comical and strong willed.

Favorite foods: anything Italian is right up my alley.

Things that make you want to throw up: liver and beets.

Favorite music: I am very eclectic when it comes to music, so I would say it’s hard to pick one song since I probably have a favorite song in each genre of Christian music.

Music that make your ears bleed: Rock and techno.

Favorite beverage: Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Something that gives you a pickle face: beets.

Favorite smell: Bath & Body Works frosted vanilla cupcake plug-in. 

Something that makes you hold your nose: chitterlings.

Something you’re really good at: writing.

Something you’re really bad at: auto repair.

Something you like to do: sing and write songs in the studio.

Something you wish you’d never done: moved off campus in my senior year of college.

Last best thing you ate: eggs.

Last thing you regret eating: collard greens at a restaurant a couple years back—they gave me food poisoning.

Things you’d walk a mile for: my family and my faith.

Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: drama and confusion.

Things you always put in your books: elements of faith.

Things you never put in your books: profanity or crassness.

Things to say to an author: What are you working on next??

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Why don’t you write about this . . .

Favorite places you’ve been: the Bahamas.

Places you never want to go to again: camping.

Favorite things to do: board a cruise ship to somewhere tropical.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: listen to someone complain who has no interest in finding a solution.

Things that make you happy: my family, recording music, and being at home.

Things that drive you crazy: complaining and misunderstandings.

Proudest moment: when my son was born. 

Most embarrassing moment: when I tripped and fell in 8th grade gym class in front of half the school.

Best thing you’ve ever done: given my life to Jesus and then married my wife.

Biggest mistake: moving of campus my senior year of college.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: started singing for a camera crew who was doing another story and getting them to feature me on the news and interview me when I was a kid.
Something you chickened out from doing: swimming with the sharks.

The last thing you did for the first time: playing Top Golf.

Something you’ll never do again: pay to see a Will Ferrell movie.


Dr. Brad Johnson, LSSBB, CSM, is an influential Bible Teacher, Communication Practitioner, and Kingdom writer. His life’s assignment is to help people, particularly urban people, articulate their experiences, find resolution, and gain the language of the Kingdom of Christ.  As a Bible Teacher, Dr. Brad is passionate about teaching the truths of the Kingdom of Christ and the reality of the balanced and thriving life available to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord. Dr. Brad is also the CEO and owner of Communic8 Life Consulting; a communication consulting firm that specializes in helping couples, families, and business teams develop better interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills through virtual sessions and workshops. Using the pen name BJ Communicates, he consistently releases a gambit of music, podcasts, books, and digital platform shows aimed at inspiring and encouraging urban people. Along with his wife Quiana, he is the Co-Pastor of the urban cafe church Transformed City Church in Richmond, Virginia where their focus is helping believers learn, heal, and become everything God had intended them to be.

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