40+ and Fabulous is a tender, witty and down-to-earth collection of stories from women who will warm your hearts, tickle your funny bones and completely reshape your perspective on aging. It’s a celebration of the over 40 woman; who she is, where she’s grown from and all she is still yet to become.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m a native North Carolinian with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling and Human Resources. I’m a speaker and small business owner and although I loved writing as a child and always dreamed of being a writer, 40+ and Fabulous is my debut book.
What inspired you to write this book?
The rates of suicide and depression amongst women between the ages of 40-64 are unacceptable to me. The number of women who are filled with dreams, goals and aspirations but see age as a barrier to accomplishing those things, are unacceptable to me. There is no reason for a woman to suffer emotionally just because she is maturing. There is no basis for it – there is no foundation for it – and we can’t allow it to happen! So, its time to establish some new rules for women and aging.
How did you choose the title?
When I decided to write a book, I wanted it to be a gift or a legacy; something that could inspire and make an impact in women’s lives. So I went to the one who knows me better than I know myself and I asked God in prayer one night, Lord who am I and what do I have to offer women in a book. And during the quiet of the night, I heard a whisper in my ear, “You are 40+ and Fabulous!” I could not have agreed more!
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
YES! Okay, true confession time here. I am your textbook A-type personality and perpetual DIY’er (do it yourselfer). I’ve often shied away from asking for help, with the faulty thinking that asking for help was a sign of weakness. Trying to navigate this writing and publishing arena alone, standing toe-to-toe with all I did not know, was a humbling experience. And in this process, I learned four words that changed my life – will – you – help – me.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I am a personal development, self-improvement, quality of life junkie so I’m always reading or listening to something that’s going to help grow me up, life me up or build me up. For me, that starts and ends with my bible and in between I read a lot of Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Charles Stanley and three wonderful little treasures on my bookshelf; When God Winks, Healed Without Scars and The Unmistakable Touch of Grace.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Know that inspiration can come from anything, anywhere and at any time so always be prepared with some tool that will allow you to capture your thoughts immediately. That pure, unsolicited though that flows from you is genius and when you try to remember or recapture that idea later – it will never be the same.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
This book was written for women 35 – 105 and the men who love them! Any woman facing transition, any woman who feels alone in her journey, any woman who wants a chuckle, a confidence boost or a good kick in the rear – this book is for her. To the twenty-something’s who reach out to me and ask if there is anything the can get from 40+ and Fabulous, my answer is a resounding YES! Everywhere they’re going we’ve already been so learn all you can from the lessons of women who’ve been there and done that.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Feel free to visit my website and blog at www.40plusandfabulous.com
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