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Intimate Conversations with author Mesha Coleman

Intimate Conversations Interview with author Mesha Coleman and Ella Curry of EDC Creations

Mesha Coleman is originally from Oklahoma City, OK. She credits her creativity to God and her strong matriarchic linage. Each woman in her family has both a creative spirit and the tenacity to withstand any obstacle they face. Some authors are born to write while others acquire a love for writing along life’s journey. Author Mesha Coleman has always loved to write poetry but not until attending a spoken word event was she inspired to write a play which turned into her first novel "A Big Girls Blues". After creating the first novel the flood gates opened and the creative spirit of writing came rushing in. Her works will support both original writings under her given name as well as writings under her alias or what she calls her alter ego: Zephyr Rose. As a new author Mesha is excited about the opportunity to share her fictional creations with you and looks forward to an adventure filled ride.

A Big Girl's Blues (book overview)
In A Big Women's Blues Mesha Coleman captures the essence of a woman's battle with weight. It is a tale of a woman's battle with weight and the influence it has on her self-worth and self-esteem. Her struggle impacts not only her but also her family and friends especially her young daughter. Through several eye opening events she is forced to take a journey of self-discovery learning to love the skin she is in.

Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing and introduce us to your new book.
Don't let the title fool you. This book is not about being over weight but about loving yourself from the inside out!

Jasmine Tucker is yet again looking for the next miracle cure for being over weight. She's tried every thing from exercise videos, over the counter drugs, prescription drugs and expensive exercise equipment. She's even spent hundreds of dollars on personal trainers, special food plans and extravagant weight loss spas. No matter what she tries the weight seems to eventually return. Like most woman who have gained weight over the years she hopes to one day wake up in her high school or college body. The more weight Jasmines gains the more self-cautious she becomes and the less confident she is in her G0d given abilities and talents.
In her mind beauty and success centers around the outer extremities. Her supportive husband encourages her to be happy with what God gave her. However, every time she looks in the mirror, she becomes depressed because she remembers how she used to look and she longs to see that person again. She truly believes that her unhappiness, lack of recognition and success is because of her appearance. After a string of tragic events, Jas is forced to reevaluate her life. Jasmine realizes that the confidence she longed for was never present and has nothing to do with her weight gain. Even when she was thin, she never really felt comfortable in her own skin. Her journey for a fat cure becomes a lesson in self-discovery. Jasmine realizes that the journey of being thin is actually a journey of living your dreams and being healthy and happy on the inside and out!

Ella: Tell us about your main character and what do you like most about her?
Jasmine is the main character and the thing I love most about her is that she is a normal woman. She is not characterized as drop dead gorgeous nor financially superior to the normal American she can be any woman struggling with insecurities.

Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
This book is different because it relates to the average person. Most people can relate to the characters by either seeing themselves or someone they know personally.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I want readers to walk away from this book with a desire to pursue their dreams no matter what they believe their limitations are. I desire people to look in the mirror and see the person God created them to be.
Ella: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because I believe that Christ Jesus is my savior and I can do all things because of him.
Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
The most surprising thing I’ve learned is the work it takes to promote a book. I’ve also been surprised with the speaking request that have culminated from different readers for church events. Finally the other surprising fact is the different perspectives that readers have after reading the book. Many readers have seen things in the characters or scene that I did not see when creating the book. It’s very interesting to hear the perceptions of others regarding the story line and characters.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
The best advice I would have is prepare for a long journey. Things don’t happen over night when you self publish. Also stay true to who they are as a writer and a person. You would be surprised that every subject has an audience ready to read about it. Would you change anything about your journey? I wouldn’t change a thing. This journey has taught me many things and the lesson learned that I hold most personal is all things worth having take hard work.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
Prayerfully further publications and speaking events.

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