Christian living, Black and African American Biographies
Date Published: January 25, 2022
Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing
The complexities of a racially divided culture are too numerous to count, and with one glance around the globe, it is easy to see why no one is immune to its effects. With so many stories, personal experiences, and misunderstandings, it is all too much to contain and sort out. Thankfully, we serve a God who will do the sorting if we simply keep our eyes on Him. The One who truly knows us and sees us as we are understands our deeply rooted issues; there is no condemnation in Him.
In her memoir Naturally Curly, Kristi shares a true account of how she was nearly engulfed by a deeply rooted lie accepted by many in our country. Kristi takes you on a journey from her early years when the lie first took root in her life to its massive and subtle manifestations in adulthood, which culminated in God’s grand rescue. Finally, she thoughtfully explores some aspects of what she believes the racial divide means for the church.
Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?
I was reluctant to write this book. It is a story of my life that reveals secrets and hidden things that I held onto for years and was terrified to reveal. Beginning in 2018 through God’s grace, I started to understand how my “secret” was hindering me from a full life and from the One that I most desired. Through a series of events my heart was primed to face the realities. The events surrounding George Floyd’s death in 2020, is what pushed me over the edge. I knew it was time to lose my life and tell my story.
I knew nothing other than my story needed to be told. I never planned on or even desired to be an author, so I certainly knew nothing of the process of publishing. I inquired of as many people as I could. Eventually, I was introduced to a woman who helped me understand the different methods a book can be published. I decided that, given my circumstances, I would simply hire a company who knew what they were doing so they could help me.
I initially looked for a Christian organization since my book was faith based and was offered an opportunity to work with one, but for some reason I felt like I needed to wait. I’m glad that I did because on one of my family’s normal trips to a vacation spot in Colorado, I finished my book in our cabin. Only hours later, we had guests over who informed us that there was a gentlemen who had stayed there prior to our stay who was a publisher. Immediately, I knew that this was the route I needed to take. Without hesitation I reached out to his company and I was able to begin working with them.
What surprised you most about getting your book published? It surprises me that there’s still a lot of work the author has to do after writing. I thought that I would just write it, hand it off, and somebody else would do the rest of what was needed. But the need for transparency, communication, and interaction with others only increased. This is challenging for an introvert.
Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing. Like I said before, I never planned on being an author. I am a mom of three teenagers, and a wife to a wonderful man who is the pastor of our Baptist Church. We do a lot of ministry, keeping up with our small Baptist church community and raise our three kids. This keeps me pretty busy. I have also recently gotten involved with acting and was a featured extra on The Chosen.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? Publicly telling my story and owning it.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? From the Holy Spirit. Because I do not know, what I don’t know, and what I do think I know is trumped when the word of God comes alive for me.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Not everyone thinks like I do. Part of this process in telling my story has revealed so much to me that, I realized I was the one mainly, believing the lie. I was accusing people of doing to me what I was doing.
What has been your best accomplishment as a writer? The ability to tell my story in an engaging, thorough way.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? A lot! Probably 15 or 20. I had them all as blog posts at one time, but now I have taken them all down!
About the Author
Kristi Sanders Lasher was born in Dallas, TX as a biracial child in the 1980s. Kristi’s cherished childhood created a deep love for her southern roots, yet a racially divided culture developed a fear in revealing her true identity. Kristi hid well into adulthood until the God who captivated her, uncovered her secret and set her free. Kristi now serves alongside her husband in pastoring a small Baptist church in Gause, TX as they raise their three beautiful teenage children. Kristi taught as a Texas public school teacher for many years, and she holds a master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University in Worship Leadership Studies.