This morning is hot and muggy, so we are truly enjoying Sweet Tea this morning. Nothing like Florida in the summer. Whew! Today I’m SO proud to have with me Author Charlene Carlberg. Charlene has a powerful message to share with us this morning about her self publishing journey. Let’s listen:
My journey to self-publishing began thirteen years ago. I wrote for myself behind closed doors. My writing was an escape from an abusive marriage and a channel for me to cope with the challenges of that dysfunctional life. I joined the Wesley Chapel Writers group in 2013 and everything changed for me. This group gave me the courage to share my work and pursue my dream of being a published author. I met several authors who decided to go the self-publishing route. I researched programs to determine the best venue for me, found an editor, selected my art work, and began the process of self-publishing. Today I am proud to announce that my first chapbook of poetry, Chasing Dreams, is available on Amazon. I am using a portion of the proceeds to support Visions of Hope International to help end the cycle of domestic abuse. I write everyday and am looking forward to my next publication, Make It Happen, a book to empower woman that I am co-authoring with Lorianne De Loreto-Wallace. Below is a poem I wanted to share that reflects my reasons for writing poetry. I believe through both written and spoken expression we can find knowledge, healing, wisdom, hope, and joy!
I write to express what is inside of me
NO need to explain
Sometimes feeling love, other times in pain
A passion to share
What can break a heart, or make it start
Hope you enjoy each word or expression
Learn to embrace life, and take it in a whole new direction!
Wow! Great poem, Charlene. Thank you so much for sharing your powerful journey with me here on the porch today. I wish you much success with your book…AND Women Everywhere….take heed. You are not alone. There is help and a life beyond abuse. Let’s reach out and help those who need it.
Find out more about Charlene on my Porch Guests page. Thank you Charlene for your bravery and your beautiful words. May they inspire women everywhere.