Today’s special guest is young adult debut author Kaizen Love. And the feature is her novel My Name Is Thank-You.
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Kaizen Love is an up and coming writer from Miami, Fl. Her gift is the ability to spin words into a beautiful web that should enrich the lives of all who read them. She has a positive and fresh take on life, and has mastered the art of storytelling. She has spent her time quietly listening to the world around her, waiting on the moment to share her message of love with the world.
My debut novel is titled My Name Is Thank-You and it is about two thirteen-year-old girls, one being named Thank-You, and the other, Josephine. We follow their stories as each chapter alternates between voices. We follow as they face abuse, fear, rejection, and loneliness. We learn with them as they discover what it means to forgive, love unconditionally, and ultimately become a light.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had a pretty rough childhood myself, so to keep myself distracted, I spent a lot of time burying my head in books. I would sit in my closet with the tiniest bit of light sneaking in, and I would use that light to read. As an adult I have learned forgiveness, humility, mindfulness, and gratitude, amongst other vital lessons. What inspired me to write this book was the thought, that maybe if I had a book like "My Name Is Thank-You" when I was a kid, one that spoke about adult issues in a child's voice, one that would have given me the insight into all of those things that I would learn as an adult, then maybe I would not have had to wait so long to understand that life is truly what you make it, and we all have the ability to choose everyday what kind of day we will have, what kind of person we will be. Maybe, my journey into gratitude would have begun a little bit sooner...
"Everybody got a story. It don’t matter who you is or where you come from, as long as you got breath in yo body you got a story to tell. The more people start sharing they stories the faster we gonna learn to appreciate each other, and recognize how similar we all is. Every human bean is connected to the other, despite the color they was born wearing or the language they was born speaking."
What exciting story are you working on next?
My next novel is going to be a cross between a journey of self-discovery and romance; I don't want to give to many details away because I know that my story line can change at any moment until I type "The End".
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Writing to me has always been as natural as breathing. There isn't a time where I can recall not considering myself a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am blessed enough to be able to write full time. It can be a challenge at times, but it is definitely worth it.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I talk to myself out loud while I am writing. Sometimes I catch myself speaking in the dialects or voices of my characters.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer. That was my dream.