Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Your crossroads. Your choice by @ejapicello #nonfiction #interview


Non Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: June 2017 
Publisher: Page Publishing

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Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that - my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

 Absolutely!! I have come to the realization that it is not what life throws at us that defines who we are. Rather, we are defined by the choices we make at each of our crossroads. I hope that my story will empower people to recognize that they are not alone in their experiences. I am hoping that by seeing a different perspective on things, my readers will be able to find strength and confidence in their decisions.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My entire book is my own personal story. This is a major challenge because it is very close to my heart. I believe very deeply in my message and platform though. If my journey allows someone else to reflect and make a change in their life then it is worth it.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
This is my debut novel - so it is definitely my favorite!!


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
It is interesting that you asked this question! I mention in my book that if my story was made into a movie I would love Melissa McCarthy to be my main character.


When did you begin writing?
I have always loved to write. I began with poetry when I was a kid and short stories. I didn’t begin writing longer pieces until I was an adult. I needed to find my voice - and my story.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
I wrote this first book in less than a year. I have a tendency to be like a dog with a bone - once I get an idea in my head I jump in with both feet.  Since I was experiencing what I wrote about in my book in real time, I was essentially writing as I was having the experiences.


 Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Yes, Elizabeth Gilbert. I read “Eat, Pray, Love” and immediately fell in love with her writing style. I knew that conversational voice was exactly the way I wanted to write my book.



What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The favorite part of the process for me was editing. I loved reading my story out loud to beta readers and having them weigh in on my words.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Your choice, your happiness.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I am currently working on a PG-13 version of my story. I want to develop a platform for parents and kids to be able to talk about topics that affect our everyday lives. My ultimate hope is that I will one day be able to go into schools and connect with students about the importance of emotional resilience and finding happiness in their choices.


About the Author


Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn't know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was. A self-loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

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Twitter: @ejapicello
Instagram: @ejapicello

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