MY NAME IS THANK-YOU
by Kaizen Love
My Name Is Thank-You allows us into the worlds of two very different thirteen-year-old girls. Each girl’s voice carries its own unique tone, as the girls beckon us to follow magically into their lives. One is a joyous story of hope against all odds, the search for acceptance, and the longing for unconditional love; the other a sad tale of unspeakable abuse, constant rejection, and an overwhelming sense of loneliness. Thank-You and Josephine create around us a world rich with emotion, one that will leave you inspired, breathless, and yearning for more words.
“They say that a child’s imagination is one of the most powerful forces on this planet. As children we are able to tap into the mystery that exists outside of the walls of our minds. We are free from the cage of reasoning and ignorance. We are able to look beyond what is directly in front of us and see the path that lies ahead. As we grow, we begin to lose sight of these things. The mystery becomes overshadowed by the wall that grows bigger with each human experience. Eventually, we forget the magic and wonder that we once found in the belief that anything was possible, and the word impossible becomes the box that we use to shove God into. ” (My Name Is Thank-You)
It is my pleasure to welcome Kaizen Love, author of My Name is Thank-You, to Room With Books.
Please tell us about My Name is Thank-You and what inspired you to write it?
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.
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…
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
My characters definitely have all of the power. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve written an outline since college.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
I never argue with my characters. I go where they lead, and I respect what it is they have to say.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I am the youngest of seven kids, the six oldest being all boys. I had an interesting childhood to say the least.
If you could write with any other author who would it be?
Oh boy…this is a tough question. There are so many authors that I love and respect.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up ?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer. It was my only desire.
When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I decided to write seriously about a year and a half ago. I always promised myself that I would have my first novel published before my thirtieth birthday, and in the middle of my 28th year on this earth I was nowhere near reaching that goal. Then one day, my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer, we lost him six weeks later. Losing him opened my eyes wider than I could have ever dreamed. With the help of my fiancé, I quit my job and started walking toward the direction of my dreams. As it turns out, life truly is too short to waste any time.
What music inspires your writing?
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s album “Creative Mind System” is definitely my favorite album to listen to while I am working. I actually like most of his albums, and will put them all on shuffle.
What is your favorite breakfast? I love bagels toasted on the griddle with salmon cream cheese and an avocado. Yum!
What is your favorite color? Electric Blue
What is your favorite movie? The Notebook
What is your dream car? I would have to say the Land Rover Discovery Vision, because even though it’s just a concept, it is beautiful.
Where can our readers find you?
I love when readers reach out and contact me. Your feedback is beyond valuable, and I look forward to hearing from you all!
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LPLHQ3W
Author Website: http://kaizenlove.com
Thank you for taking time to chat and, most of all, for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kaizen Love is an up and coming writer, spinning 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 grew up reading books by authors from every style, race, nationality, culture, and religious perspective; drawing inspiration from each one. Her greatest mission is to share love.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LPLHQ3W
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