Interview With Shelly

What inspired you to become a writer?

My favorite quote in the world is Eleanor Roosevelt’s, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I have always wanted to live by the beach in California and write books that make a difference in people’s lives. I realized that wasn’t going to happen if I continued to practice law living in the South. A few years ago, a friend who was in his late 20’s passed away unexpectedly. I decided I didn’t want to waste another minute of my life living where I didn’t want to live, doing what I didn’t want to do. That’s when I said goodbye to panty hose and frizzy hair and yes to my West coast dream.

What butt-kicking women do you most admire?

My mom is one of the most amazing women I know. Not only did she keep her sanity raising me (I was very dramatic), she also raised my sister and my brother, who has many special needs. Day in and day out, she did so much, and while she will tell you she didn’t do anything special, in actuality, everything she did was special. Oprah is also a huge inspiration to me...daily she inspires me to help, heal, and inspire others. And I think Dame Judi Dench is the most butt-kicking actress in the world. No one gives a look like she does.

How would you like the world to be better for women in the future?

I want every woman on the face of the planet to be utterly, absolutely, and completely free to live how she wants to live. I want every woman to be celebrated for how awesome she is. In this kind of world, no person, law, or societal pressure would have the right, ability, or desire to prevent any woman from pursuing her happily ever after. No one would ever see women as less than. Women would always be revered, treasured, loved, and respected. There wouldn’t be any laws for crimes against women because crimes against women would cease to exist. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful world to live in?

What do you hope your book does for women?

One of the worst diseases in our society is not enough-itis. So often we tell ourselves, “I’m not smart enough, skinny enough, young enough, or good enough.” I want my book to be a wonderful reminder to women everywhere that we are amazing. When we women really own this belief, no one will be able to treat us any other way. When women really celebrate themselves, we will create a world where women everywhere are celebrated.

What advice do you have for young girls and teenagers?

Never EVER give your power away to another person, male or female. Love yourself every moment of the day. Even if you trip on the dance floor or flunk a test, the world is not over for you. Make Terry Cole Whitaker’s book your motto: What Other People Think of Me is None of My Business.

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