Â Michelle welcome to my blog. Tell us where you were born…
I was born in Provo, UT.
Â That is so close to me… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Pre-published: Trying to get published. Post-published: Avoiding reading reviews. Lol! Iâ€™ve gotten some really great advice from other authors to not read reviews. The good ones are wonderful! But once someone that has a different opinion post it, they say it can really be difficult to swallow.
I know what you mean. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My writing seeds were planted when I was young.Â I loved L.Frank Baum, who wrote the Wizard of Oz series. Those and the original Nancy Drew series sucked me in and fed my imagination. As far as making the greatest difference as a writer, I would have to say the good women I have met, experiences Iâ€™ve had, and knowledge/skills Iâ€™ve acquired through my writerâ€™s group American Night Writerâ€™s Association.
I was hooked to Nancy Drew’s books. What is the name of your new book?
â€˜Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?â€™
I love it, so cool. What genre does your book fall under?
LDS Womenâ€™s Inspirational Non-fiction
Tell us more about it.
It is a book about finding joy, peace, and confidence that comes from seeing ourselves, others, and life through Godâ€™s eyes, through His perspective. Itâ€™s not just a pep-talk, but a book that walks the reader through a path of self-discovery and empowerment. It is divided into two parts: Part One is Learn to See, the reader learns about the power of perspective and its enemies. There is also a chapter about God, how He sees us, and what He expects of us (it might be different than what you think.)Â Part Two is Choose to Be. I love this part because it is about empowermentâ€”about doing and becoming better, not just feeling better. Itâ€™s chock full of real-life stories from the lives of women, including myselfâ€”stories that will make you laugh and cry. And hopefully, the reader will leave the book with a greater sense of confidence in God and in themselves, and courage to live the life He would have us live.
I know a bunch of people who need this book. 🙂 Who or What inspired you to write this book?
â€˜Theyâ€™ say, â€œWrite what you know.â€ As a teenager, I struggled with terrible self-esteem. I was insecure, and I looked to others to define my self-worth. That worked when friends were nice and the boys called me up. But, often timeâ€”most timesâ€”I felt alone and empty, and so insecure. I allowed my insecurity to steal opportunities, joy, and relationships from me. It was only when I began to turn my focus from those around me (peers) to the One above me (God) that I began to understand who I was, what my worth was, and what I was really capable of. I am not perfect in this, by far. Even though I have a great perspective most of the time, I can still struggle with things like comparing myself to others, feeling guilt or fear, wanting approval from others, doubt, and even shame.Â Over the years I have met countless women who share the same struggles. It is for them, and for myself, that I wrote this book. Especially my two daughters who are 15 and 10. I want them to know where to look to find their worth and value, because it sure isnâ€™t in the pages of a fashion magazine, on television, or on Facebook and Pinterest.
Some of us take a long time to figure this out. Good for you…Â What other books would you compareÂ yours to?
I think if falls under the same message as Virginia Pearceâ€™s â€˜Through His eyes.â€™Â I absolutely love that book! I wrote about it here and how it affected me. Link to the bookÂ http://allegoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2013/07/whats-in-your-box.html)
Â What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I donâ€™t know what to expectâ€”but Iâ€™ll tell you what I hope. I hope that the reader will come away feeling confident. I hope that they will have a closer relationship with God, and have a greater sense of not only who they are, but what they can accomplish! Was the back of my book says, â€œWhen we see ourselves with Godâ€™s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and wholeâ€”even in our imperfection. Just think of what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important that we know, stronger that we realize, and extraordinary in every way.â€
Awesome goal. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
It is published through Deseret Book.
Where can we find your book?
Â You can find at Deseret Book.com here http://deseretbook.com/Does-Insecurity-Make-Me-Look-Fat-Michelle-Wilson/i/5113991
At any LDS bookstore. And if youâ€™re in Utah, you can find it at Costco and Walmart as well.
Thank you so much for the interview Anna!!
You are welcome Michelle
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