Hi, everyone! I have a special guest this week. I'd like to introduce you to Amie Woleslagle, a friend, and author who is releasing her poetry book "FIFTEEN" in late October. Welcome, Amie!
A: Hello, Carolyn! Thank you so much for inviting me on your blog.
C: How about you tell us a little bit about yourself to get us started?
A: I'm a teenage writer, dreamer, artist, and musician, who blogs about mental health, creates videos on the writing craft, and I write novels and poems about finding Christ's light even in the darkest night.
C: Is this your first time indie publishing or have you done it before?
A: Technically, I have indie published before, but this is the first serious project I'm Indie publishing.
C: So what was your inspiration for this book? What inspired you to write this?
A: I didn't really have any inspiration. These are poems I've written over the past year as I processed what the Lord was teaching me, along with my emotions at the time. I definitely never thought I would publish any of my poetry, except for a few here and there on my blog.
C: What are some of the themes that appear throughout these poems?
A: A few of the themes are true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness.
C: What do these topics mean to you?
A: They mean so much. Over the past two years, the Lord has taught me so much about true friendships, what it means to embrace joy even when you feel joyless, self acceptance, and living out my faith as I struggle with my mental health.
C: What is the message you want readers to take away when they've finished this book?
A: I hope they take away two things. There is hope, even when you feel hopeless, even when you've searched high and low, and hope still appears to be missing in action. And secondly, the Lord is faithful. He will not continue to turn a blind eye to your pain or a deaf ear to your cries.
Well, thank you so much for joining me on my blog today, Amie! And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for! Drum roll, please! ;)
Isn't the cover gorgeous? *Cue the heart eyes*
I am pleased to announce that "FIFTEEN" will be available as an e-book AND in paperback for those who love physical books. If you are interested, I'll put the pre-order links below. And did I mention that Amie is giving away a little bundle of goodies when you pre-order the paperback version? You should definitely check that out! :)
And for those of you who pre-order, here's the link to the goodies! Note: you have to have a copy of your receipt on hand in order to get the goodies. Fill out the form below.
So more ABOUT the book. See below! :D
You're not alone.
You're not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.
Till next week,
P.S. Amie has a blog, too! Go check it out! :) http://amiewoleslagle.com