Mesha, describe yourself for our visitors.
I am a wife of almost 10 years to my college sweetheart and my biggest fan. I am a mother to a beautiful and intelligent 12 year-old step daughter and our ever growing, inquisitive 4 year-old daughter. When I do have free time I am a lover of everything musical. The praise dance ministry at my church is my form of praise to my heavenly father. I give back to my community by being a life time committed member of Delta Sigma Theta. I began writing with a love of poetry that God blessed into an ability to write stories…this lead to the release of my first book “A Big Girl’s Blues”.
How do you find time to connect with God?
God is my friend…I talk to him throughout the day and sometimes I still away for quite moments with Him. I connect most with God when I dance. Using the gifts he gave me to give back to him is my highest form of praise and is also my main objective when writing. I want my stories to touch and help someone. I also see God in everything. I am always amazed with His creations. I am a creative soul so I find beauty in things that some may not even notice and in the beauty I see God.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
My favorite bible scripture changes daily. Right now I would say because I am working on promotion my new book my favorite scripture is Luke 18:27, because I have to believe that all things are possible for those who love the Lord.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I don’t really have a favorite author but my favorite book is the “Power of a Praying Wife”. I give that book to every women I know who is getting married. It is a powerful multi-day praying schedule, where each day you study and pray for your husband in certain areas of his life.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
Several years ago I went to a spoken word event. After hearing a poem by the poet Georgia me I wrote a play. Four years later a friend wanted to write a book so I gave her the play to read to help her develop her characters. After she read the play she said I should turn it into a book. I was hesitant at first because I never thought I was a writer. I like writing poetry and I enjoy writing conversational pieces but not books. I eventually gave in and began researching the process to self publish. I never even thought about submitting the manuscript to a publisher. I had a cousin who had self published before so I also went to her for advice and in April of 2008 the book “A Big Girl’s Blues” was published through BookSurge.
Tell us about your current book, A Big Girl’s Blues.
Don’t let the title fool you. This book is not about being over weight but about loving yourself from the inside out!
Jasmine Tucker is yet again looking for the next miracle cure for being over weight. She’s tried every thing from exercise videos, over the counter drugs, prescription drugs and expensive exercise equipment. She’s even spent hundreds of dollars on personal trainers, special food plans and extravagant weight loss spas. No matter what she tries the weight seems to eventually return. Like most woman who have gained weight over the years she hopes to one day wake up in her high school or college body. The more weight Jasmines gains the more self-cautious she becomes and the less confident she is in her God given abilities and talents, in her mind beauty and success centers around the outer extremities.
Her supportive husband encourages her to be happy with what God gave her. However, every time she looks in the mirror, she becomes depressed because she remembers how she used to look and she longs to see that person again. She truly believes that her unhappiness, lack of recognition and success is because of her appearance.
After a string of tragic events, Jas is forced to reevaluate her life. Jasmine realizes that the confidence she longed for was never present and has nothing to do with her weight gain. Even when she was thin, she never really felt comfortable in her own skin. Her journey for a fat cure becomes a lesson in self-discovery. Jasmine realizes that the journey of being thin is actually a journey of living your dreams and being healthy and happy on the inside and out!
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
As I mentioned after attending that spoken word event and struggling with my own self imagine and insecurities the book came to me as if it were a movie. I wrote the initial story in only a few days. I also wanted my daughters to love themselves for who God created them to be. Our children see video’s, movies, commercials and magazines which skew their view of what is beautiful and acceptable by our society when honestly all are wonderfully made in the image of the Lord.
What influence you to write this book?
My desire to encourage others to love themselves for who they are. The book was also therapy for me. I also wanted to leave my children to understand they are beautiful, talented and able to do all things through Christ!
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
My favorite character in the book is Tameka. She is very confident and fun loving but is also full of wisdom and loyal. These are all characteristics that I admire.
What’s next for you?
I am working on my next book but first and foremost I am trying to promote the current publication. My desire it to touch as many people with “A Big Girl’s Blues” as possible.
Where can visitors find you online?
Please visit me on www.heart4writing.com