For the next 100 days, We are featuring Female Authors from across the nation for the sole purpose of highlighting books created by women for women.
Shanell Monique A Native of New Orleans could be appropriately described as a “serial entrepreneur”. She is an Oklahoma City-based writer that has authored several books entitled “Broken Silence” and “Love & Confidence Journal,” which were released in December 2017 and in April 2018. She was inspired to compose “The Wife Between Us” in the wake of her divorce.
Shanell is an empowerment extraordinaire in her own right. She is the proud owner of Shanell Monique Love&Confidence LLC and Founder of Every Child Is A Story Yet To Be Told Foundation — She also has a newly-established eyelash business — as well as Stay Glossy, her rising lip gloss venture — a pair of newly-erected endeavors she hopes will reap a considerable amount of success now that the national economic landscape is reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
What sparked your interest in writing?
Writing has always been something I enjoyed. It was the only way to express my feeling. It first sparked my interest when my English teacher used to tell me I had a wild imagination. But It wasn’t until I went through my divorce when I really made the decision to write. I wanted to encourage other women because sometimes we don’t notice the beauty we already possess because we’re too busy trying to create it. I tell people all the time, Only if y’all knew how motivated I’ve been by the PAIN I been through. It means so much to me to help other women with their confidence Because I remember at one time when I myself lost confidence in myself and didn’t think I was enough or worthy that’s why I have to keep promoting Self-love. Self Love is easier when you stop trying to figure out why they don’t love you & instead figure out why YOU don’t love you. – “I hear so many women say they felt “stupid” for staying and trying to make it work even when deep down inside they knew nothing would ever change. They are me,I was them, I remind them that they are Beautiful Strong Women. And they were never “stupid.” They were in love, and real love is not something a Good Woman simply walks away from. She fights for it! She cries for it! She holds on to it until it burns at the very core of her soul. No… they were never “stupid.” They were real. If anyone was stupid, it was the wrong Man who lost them. Why? Because he may never know just how close he came to receiving the blessing of a lifetime.” I just want all women to love themselves first, chase their dreams, make mistakes (and learn from them), believe in God’s plan, they are more beautiful than they will ever know, and oh so smart, there is no one else like them in the entire world, they are loved. So going through my divorce is what really sparked the fuse.
At what point did you realize you had a story to share?
I realized I had a Story to share or should I say I realized it was time to share my story when I went through a depressing (state) my strength was merely superficial underneath a beautiful shell that appeared confident, well put together, and secure, but a different person ruled my life, on the inside , I was broken . So that’s how I knew I had a Story and that’s how I knew it was time to share my story.
What message do you hope readers receive from your books?
The message I hope my readers is receiving: My story is not a good or happy story but I made it through and so can the next person. I don’t complain. My brand is just about helping women WIN. in life and in love. No more masks, no more pretending, no more feeling like they’re not enough, and no more being society’s definition of a strong independent woman. I am a firm believer in living a balanced life. I understand that in order to be successful in business, your home, and personal life must be in order as well. Don’t be afraid to start over. This time I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting from experience. The world should know Every storm reveals. Every storm challenges you. If you can’t see the blessing in the storm and mishandle it, you will see that same storm again so handle it with praise. Good times are good but who you are in the midst of the storm is your greatness.
Where can readers purchase your work?
Readers can purchase from Amazon.com they can also purchase from ShanellMonique.net
Do you have any upcoming projects to share?
Besides my new lip gloss and eyelash line. My newest project will be my nonprofit Foundation: Every Child Is A Story Yet To Be Told. I will also be releasing The Wife Between Us Episode Two this year.
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