“ I am a women of color…that’s it! African-American or Black, neither matters.”
Theresa M. Odom-Surgick is a singer, songwriter and author. She is an accomplished writer and has written and presented several plays and skits that minister to the heart of people.
Her first published book "My Life Tested: Earthly vs. Spiritual Things", is a memoir of Theresa's life. She has also written two fiction novels - "Jalena Dances with God", "INTRUSION" and has also authored a non-fiction book, titled CHRONICLES TO PURE PRAISE &. WORSHIP IN THE ARTS (A Creative Arts Handbook), that is used as an aid to persons who perform creative arts such as: mime, liturgical dance, drama, and more. In March 2018, she will publish another non-fiction titled, Chronicles of Dynamic Faith.
In 2010, she founded DMO (Delila Melrose Odom) Music and Creative Arts. This is a ministry that was birthed by God and is named in memory of her mother, Delila Melrose Odom, who was a Minister of Music for over 40 years. Her mother’s mission in life was centered on making sure that the church music department functioned in excellence. DMO Music and Creative Arts stands as a legacy in her honor.
August 6, 2011, Pastor. Surgick was awarded the NYS Tribute to Black Women in the Arts to acknowledge her outstanding artistic contributions to the community and the Empire State and in 2012, she received a special award - Woman who Rocks from the Israel AME First Church.
Today, as Pastor of the Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, her focus is on using all of the gifts that God has invested in her through preaching and teaching the Word of God; singing, songwriting and presenting/writing dramatic plays and writing her fiction novels and non-fiction books.
She is the loving wife of Arnold Surgick and proud mother of Krystal-Rose, Antoine, Andrae and DeShawne Surgick. Adopted mom of Christopher and Shayla Armand and grandmother of seven.
Devin Vandelyn has done nothing but ruined lives. From raping his own sister to causing the death of his beloved aunt, his life has been one that has wreaked havoc and lost love from the beginning of time. How will he handle things when he is suddenly on the receiving end of misery and pain? He is now put into a situation of having to pay for his past sins in this drama filled story. How will he cope with his adversaries? A line is drawn in the sand...who will win?
As he evolves, you will begin a love-hate relationship with Devin and root for him as he goes through adversity to pursue victory. Will he finally figure things out when his past comes to haunt him with trials as he struggles to admit his wrong doing? Nothing is settled without a cost. His breakthrough comes in a mysterious way that even he cannot begin to comprehend.
You'll meet his sister, Rachel. Her hatred of her brother is long-lived. A new love comes into her life. It is this love who helps her come to a threshold in life that turns her life around. Her interaction in this story brings in a little love and a bright side to this drama.
Another character that will catch your attention is the rich and powerful, Michael Stern. He has a vendetta against Devin and his determination for revenge has pulled Rachel into the forefront of his evil plan to get her brother to pay a fatal price.
So come with me on an exciting journey which is filled with drama, tension, intrigue and finally love in the lives of the Vandelyn's.