Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written
I am an Indianapolis-based Empowerment Poet and Public Speaker. With a background in communication, my message highlights the value and importance of sharing your story. I address topics of resilience, authenticity, mental health, self-acceptance, self-care, and self-love. I have written one book - so far.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called Dear Mirror: A Poetic Journey of Self-Reflection and Empowerment - the book was inspired by the power that comes from owning who you really are. It was shaped by personal experiences with overcoming doubts, insecurities, societal standards and mental health issues.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes! I write a lot of my work in a super hot bath! I think it gets the blood flowing.
What are you working on now?
Currently, growing my brand and promoting my first book!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many! As a poet I love Wilder, Atticus, Daniel Doby, Raquel Franco, Zach Grey, Rupi Kaur... Two books that really influenced me were The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, which helped me overcome my perfectionism, and Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis really helped me regain my confidence.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?:
Definitely my Instagram.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
First and foremost, write for yourself. Your message may not be for everybody but it is for somebody and that somebody needs to hear what you have to say. Stories outlive their tellers. Stories are your legacy. Don’t give up and don’t ever stop.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Maya Angelou: Poems
What's next for you as a writer?
My next poetry collection is already underway. I am also working on growing my speaking business and hopefully soon, my coaching business.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, and Nocturnal by Wilder
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