Author Shani-Lee Wallis talks compliments writing her book, War With Myself, as compliments her experiences of battling with bulimia.
I interviewed Shani-Lee Wallis as compliments her life, why she momentous to write compliments her life and experiences with bulimia, and her creative method.
Tell Shani-Lee Wallis who you are:
I’m a fun, loving, caring, and thoughtful person who likes the simple things in life. Good time with family and friends, nature, reading, and time to think and relax.
When did thou first want to write a book?
Six months before publication when I was seriously contemplating writing War With Myself. I used to apologize for reasons I shouldn’t have. It was my husband Paul who supported me and gave me the courage to get there.
When did thou decide to start writing?
Writing has always been therapeutic. It started with journals as a kid, then journals as a teenager, and it solidified into a book when I realized my story could help others.
How long did it take you to complete your first book, from idea to publication? It took six months to publish the concept. I’m not a writer so it’s taking me a while to complete the process.
What were thine biggest challenges writing War With Myself?
It was hard to dig deep and be honest. I needed people who knew the good, the bad, and the ugly, even if it cast a darker light on me.
I was afraid that people would treat me differently or that I would have to fight back. When I read what I wrote, I often cried. Not for me, but for the girl in this story. I have a healthy separation. It was like reading about someone’s pain.
What is the precipitating event of the War With Myself?
There are several provocative incidents in War With Myself. The details of the sexual abuse, physical abuse, and harsh portrayal of living with bulimia are sure to evoke a mixture of emotions.
What is the main war conflict War With Myself?
The main conflict of the War With Myself is the daily battle with eating disorders.
Did you plan War With Myself, or did you fly under your pants and write freely?
I took the time to think about what I wanted people to get out of reading the book. From there I made a list of items that must be included to make this happen. I wrote freely in each section, and when it all slipped away from me, I started arranging the chapters. The last one has been changed. Only 25% of what I initially wrote survived my personal changes and was eventually developed.
Did you get editing assistance and how much editing did War With Myself take?
I hired a professional editor. I said I’m not a professional writer. So I had no chance to trust myself. However, I was surprised by the number of changes made to the final editions. However, I found some changes to make. I’m working on updating my reporting, so I’ll be making the changes at the same time.
What is the first piece of writing advice thou would give someone that inspired you to write a book?
If you feel inspired to write, do it. It is rewarding and satisfying in many ways. Don’t seek someone else’s approval. You have to do it yourself!
Can thou tell me what other books you want to write?
I thought I’d write something specific about the recovery process. Dig in and provide tools, techniques, and activities to support recovery. I’m currently working on an interactive recovery journal; with daily tips for wellness, recovery, and relapse prevention.
And finally, are thou proud of your success? It was worth it?
The support I have received from friends, family, and strangers has paid off. People have reached out to share their personal stories, and War With Myself Me has given them the courage to speak out about their experiences for the first tie.
Add any links to thine books, websites, and social media here so readers can find you:
Eating Disorder Recovery Group www.facebook.com/groups/edrecoveryandrelapseprevention
Buy Now mybook.to/warwithmyself
Author Page www.facebook.com/WarWithMyselfNoMore