Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CHOOSING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED... Interview from Author: Myckelle P. Williams


Hello:  Mrs. Myckelle P. Williams:

Tell us about your book? My book is a non fiction account of my experience with an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager growing up in difficult circumstances. It shows that God can find you in any situation and meet you where you are.

How did you come up with ideas for this book? Based upon my life story. I knew that I had many stories to tell, but not sure where to start. So I started going to school. In my Oral communications class, I was told to give a 3-5 minute speech about something that impacted your life the most and made you who you are today. I wrote the story of my decision regarding abortion that led to me getting saved. Everyone in the class was stunned and told me that this was a book. So I wrote it.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book? That God takes those regardless of situation and circumstance, and can get a hold of you and change you from the inside out. That we all have choices, and your past does not have to be a determiner of your future. That you don’t have to repeat the ‘Generational curses” of those that went before you.

                 Here is a excerpt from: Choosing The Road Less Traveled....


PROLOGUE


Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose...I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.
~Jeremiah 1:5
I’d like to make an appointment...for an abortion.”
Desperation and shame filled my voice, and I hoped the lady on the other end didn’t know me or my parents.
How many weeks are you? When was your last period?” The lady on the other end asks, seemingly not surprised, sounding more annoyed than anything else.
I gave her the dates she requested, asking “How much will that cost?”
Annoyed sigh. “You are fourteen-and-a-half weeks. Well, the process will be much longer because you are further along, but it will be $375 total.”
Do you take Medicaid?”
Yes.”
When can I come in?
Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Do I need to bring anything?”
Just your money, or Medicaid card, proof of pregnancy. And a ride home.”
I hung up and looked at my boyfriend. How were we going to afford that? We could barely afford to take care of our eleven month old son, the child I had had less than a year ago at age seventeen. “It’s cool.” He told me. “My sister has Medicaid. We can use her card. You just use her name and info.”
 
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Where can visitors find you online? www.myckelle.com is my website. Here you will find my calendar of events, a space to sign up to receive my emails, and a place to request me for speaking engagements. www.myckelle.blogspot.com is my blog and www.facebook.com/myckelle is my Facebook page.

What inspired you to write this book? See above explanation. It’s usually those that you never think will step up that God will use. In my case, it was a white Christian family. Sometimes its those people who show love and compassion the most, rather than those that you’ve known all your life.

What’s next for you? I’m working on two more books, and presenting a weekend workshop called the “Heartwood Project” which God placed on my heart and expounds on the lessons learned in the book. It’s a life changing workshop and follow-up journal that in 40 days will show you how to overcome generational patterns, and have a different future for yourself and your children. I am just looking at funding it and getting a test group of 12 women together to give feedback and try the project for 40 days. These are things that I'm really excited about.

How can someone get a copy of the book? Provide links. Its on Amazon.com and Kindle, or you can order it straight from me at www.mpowermentww.org. For the next two weeks during the book tour I will be offering 20% off to everyone who buys the book through my site, with code: _________.  Please contact above for code.


Tell us about yourself? I am a pilgrim. The first Christian, non-drinker, smoker, and first person to get and stay married. Born in Compton, my parents weren’t married, neither were my grandparents. I didn’t see healthy relationships growing up. I decided that I wanted to change things for the next generations, and my book details the struggles that I went through to make that happen. Now I a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 2, And God is not a respecter of persons, what he does for me, He can do for anyone. Now I am an author, public speaker, and mentor who runs an online Christian women’s magazine (www.blogmagazine.org) and develops programs.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book? Opening up about my childhood. I didn’t want to hurt or offend anyone. I didn’t want to call anyone out, so I changed the names in the book as well to protect some. However, a friend of mine sent me a quote as I was anguishing about this: she said “ If people are don’t want to be portrayed badly in your story, then they should treat you better.” And I realized that this is My Story. Every part of it has made me who I am, for better or worse, and I cant change a thing. Nor would I. I have to stay true to who I am.

Did you have to do any special research for your book? Not at all. Except biblical verses. God kept showing me things from the word that lined up with things I went through. So it was like one long year of biblical research.

Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently? Since I was 9, I have written. I used to write and read in class, and be distracted. I always wrote and illustrated my books. In class, even the teachers started asking to read my books. I have written since I can remember. Fiction, plays, and sitcoms. Just never had the courage to publish anything.

How did you feel when you got the first copy of your book? The process was slow and painful, like labor. But seeing the finished product also felt like when I gave birth for the first time and saw my child in person. Its like the vision coming to reality. Its amazing, and humbling at the same time. I felt so blessed and inspired to continue and do more. Especially when I started reading the reviews and seeing how my book touched others.


 Again.... to connect with Myckelle Williams: 

 Email Address: myckelle@mpowermentww.org

Website
www.myckelle.com

LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/myckelle-williams/8/4a9/728/




 Thank you,  Myckelle  for visiting with us.   It was a privilege to have read your novel  "Choosing The Road Less Traveled" and to have had this interview with you.  May you be truly blessed in all of your endeavors and these Yellow Roses which are my favorite are for YOU!
 

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You may find my book review of  Choosing The Road Less Traveled:

http://arlenasbookreviews-arlenadean.blogspot.com
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