iUniverse author Monique Donyale gives us insights into her new self-empowerment book, FORGOTTEN PIECES: A Life Skills Guide for Teens and Young Adults.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Elizabeth NJ. I am the CEO of Monique Donyale Productions LLC one of the fastest growing Self-Empowerment businesses worldwide. I started out as a licensed cosmetologist who excelled her craft into 28 years of experience in Self-Esteem building, hosting fashion shows, business management, motivational speaking and many other entrepreneur endeavors. I wrote and produced a stage play called The Shop, an internet radio show called “The Monique Donyale Show” and now I am the author of FORGOTTEN PIECES: A Life Skills Guide for teens and young adults. My mission is to educate kids, teenagers and adults about the importance of image, presentation and etiquette while teaching them the qualities that winners possess, such as commitment, persistence, confidence, time management and goal setting.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject, and style? What inspired you to write your book?
My inspiration is my beautiful daughter Champayne. Champayne is now 20 and attending New York Film Academy in Burbank , CA for acting. Being a single mom and always interacting with her and her friends, I found myself being a role model to a bunch of teens, male and female. Talking to my daughter and her friends led me to write this book because I realized that life skills was a missing component in many teens’ and young adults’ lives, mainly due to parents’ work schedules. Speaking at high schools also encouraged me because there are a lot of teens and young adults in group homes, foster care and halfway houses that may not have the same upbringing as more fortunate kids, and I feel that this guide will fulfill that missing component.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
“Beauty Starts Within”. Life Skills is an important element in becoming a prepared adult. Take your time to set goals, use time management, and find your divine purpose, and life will be a navigator to your success.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Yes, I will be working on the second edition soon which will elaborate more on life skills and your divine purpose.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Yes, I have a 16-state book tour set up starting in May 2017. The tour schedule is on my website, http://moniquedonyalepublishing.com.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
My favorite part was outlining the book and including as much informative information as possible that can help other people. The consultants at iUniverse were knowledgeable, patient and caring about having my book ready for release in a timely fashion
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
It took me 4 years to release my book, not because it took that long to write but I had invested in other business venture while preparing this book. iUniverse kept in close contact with me to finish the book even after I had fully paid for the services. That showed me that it wasn’t just about the money but that iUniverse really wanted me to succeed and finish the book. Again I thank iUniverse for your dedication to my project, and no matter how long it takes to complete your manuscript, stay focused, set a goal and never give up.