Today we welcome Non-fiction writer Christa Mayaliwa to the blog. A young girl with an inspirational story…Book launch is 5/25/13- Book is available for purchase.
1) Tell us about yourself.
My name is Christa Mayaliwa born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, I’m 24 years old. This is my first published work. I love to read, write, engage in public speaking engagements, and Criminal law intrests me.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
Right now, I’m a full time student studying the Criminal Justice program in New Brunswick. When I’m not writing, I’m catching up on my shows ( Suits, or Scandal). Talking with my family back home, listening to music, reading, taking a walk outside, or cooking.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
My genre is: Inspiration/Self-Motivation. I love helping people. I knew there was something special about me once I overcame major trials in my life. “Christa your such an inspiration”, I get that ALOT. Today I smile, and live life exceptionally. I want to share my testimony with others so that they too can feel encouraged. They too can have hope. Their not alone, and if I made it out, you can too.
4) When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 14 years old. It all started out with just writing in my daily devotional journal, then I went on to write poems, essays and finally my manuscript.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
Bishop T.d Jakes, Mary K. Baxter, Brian Tracy, Joel Osteen, and Joyce Mayer.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
All of my writing is 100% non fiction. My book is compromised of true events that occured in my life. The names of my family members are real, with their permission I was able to do this. My idea of writing this book has been in my heart since 2009. I had a dream about it, and I never looked back. I truly believe that this book will touch alot of people. Folks from all walks of life will be able to relate to this book one way or another. Took me alot of courage to finally submit it and have a publishing company look at it. Despite my fear of rejection, I did it afraid. I’m happy to say that I have no regrets at this stage.
7) Planner or Panster?
Definatly a panster. Like I said the release of this book started out in a dream. I knew this just had to be done. Scenes would come to me, and I knew it had to be included in the book. I would see images and it followed me like the whole day until I wrote it out and then it was to the next scene, idea, or vision. At times I couldnt sleep until it was all typed out. The vision was so clear and vivid, thats what made this writing journey so easy. This experience was definatly meant to be.
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism is: the book is too long. Shorten the introduction. The best compliment: This is a powerful book, I cried, and laughed out loud at the same time. I felt like I was there with you. Your an inspiration. Keep writing.
9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
My story is about me, a Christian girl who is afflicted with suffering that would have been beyond most people’s ability to endure. My story asks “Why does God let good people suffer?” and the answer to the question is found in the journey of heartbreak and hope that I tell. Set in Canada and giving an up-close perspective of a preacher-kid’s life as the daughter of immigrants going through a tough time of life, it provides a wonderful case study of multiple facets of the Christian life, the medical world, and a teenage girl’s struggle to find herself and God through the trials of life. Hardest thing was reliving the memories that I surpressed for so long into this book. Another hard thing about this book was trying to figure out when to end it. My favourtie thing about this book is that its a story of hope, I never had a “dry spell” as a writer. You will come out inspired after reading this.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
If you dream about it go ahead and do it. The sky isn’t the limit folks. Why reach for the stars when their are footprints on the moon. Never give up. Believe in your self, and in your story, and others will follow. Your story is in you to give.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
There are pictures in this book. Im sure my future readers and fans will appreciate this. This book is for all ages, anybody and everybody. Hope you enjoy it and come away unchanged. Thank you for your support and spread the word!!!! xoxo
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