Wednesday, 04 January 2012 by Chuck Kelly
A combat veteran of Afghanistan, world traveler, student, author, book publisher and entrepreneur — Peter Lawrence Jackson, Jr. has packed a lot of life experiences into his 27 years of living.
"First and foremost," Jackson is quick to add, "I'm a Christian! I love to serve God and I'll tell you, prayers do get answered ... prayer does work!"
Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. and lived in Maryland as a teenager. His first duty station after joining the Navy was in Virginia, where he later signed with the Virginia Army National Guard. After a 2009-10 tour of duty in Afghanistan, Jackson joined the Naval Reserves in which he currently serves. Put together active Navy, National Guard and Navy Reserves and he's an eight-year veteran of military service at a young age.
When Jackson moved to this area, he enrolled at Central Texas College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management before transferring to UMHB. He now is on track to graduate in 2013 with a Degree in International Business and a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Jackson traveled to about 15 countries on his way home to America, sharing experiences, culture, traditions and the beauty of each place.
"I know that poetry and books are very powerful, so I decided to try to bring about positive changes in people's lives through my writing," he explained.
The young author's first book, "Free the Poet" was published in May of this year and he followed it with a second book, "Fear the Truth", in August. Both books are currently available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnobles,com, and both are on sale at the UMHB and CTC book stores and Hastings Books in Killeen.
"Free the Poet" covers his societal studies as he interacted with other cultures and diverse viewpoints during his journey through the varying ways of everyday life in different countries.
"Fear the Truth" is dedicated to Jackson's father. "He always told me to tell the truth, no matter what," the author commented. "The book is symbolic, about truth in politics and relationships of different kinds."
In addition to writing books, Jackson....already a published author ... decided to add "another hat" to his resume. He is now the CEO of Stellar Soul Press LLC, a publishing company that he recently formed.
Everyone is invited to meet and chat with Jackson Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 from 1:00-5:00pm at a book signing at Hastings in Killeen.
Sandwiched on either side of that book signing, this busy man will take to the airwaves Dec. 23 and Dec. 25 on "Focus", a program aired at 10:00am on KNCT. He will read selections of his poetry and talk about the two books.
Jackson will begin the New Year Friday, Jan. 6 at 8:30, and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10:00am, on the Hispanic program "Perspective", also on KNCT. He will speak about the beauty and culture of the Latin American countries that he has visited.
"Prayer works," Jackson again reminds all. "so have faith and also work diligently, relentlessly and be very persistent. We, as a people, at times put limits on ourselves physically and intellectually but I want all to know that this life is limitless. God created us to be rulers of this domain, so the best is yet to come."