Author Lakeysha-Marie Green is no stranger to tackling style dilemmas. A fashion stylist and former women's fit technologist, her extensive experience in the fashion industry taught her the importance of fit, fashion, and effortless style. Her penchant for creativity led to her work in editorial magazines, international film premieres, and advertising. Inspired by her own roller coaster ride to self-discovery, Lakeysha-Marie began writing to illustrate the beautiful potential for transformation that lies within us all. Her first book, The Seeds of Beauty, tells an inspiring story of restoring unconditional self-love and genuinely radiating your beauty from within.
Thank you for this interview, Lakeysha-Marie. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am an indie author and fashion stylist who is unapologetically in love with beauty and style. When I was little, I loved to watch my mom while she curled her hair or painted her nails. It always came out so pretty, but I was such a tomboy and style was not something that came naturally to me. Every time I tried to paint my nails I always ended up with lumpy bubbles in the polish! Uggh…
While I do have formal training, a lot of what I know about fashion & beauty came from trial and error trying to figure out what to do with my own body. I completely get why women hate shopping and I also understand how you can still feel like crap no matter perfectly put together your look. It’s something I’ve experienced and a driving factor behind my writing. I have always enjoyed writing throughout my life but have begun to do so more seriously within the last five years.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
The Seeds of Beauty: Defining Your Beauty and Style from the Inside Out connects the elements of inner beauty with expert style advice on building a winning wardrobe. Part one is an intimate journey that takes you through the steps of building confidence, self-esteem and fostering a deep sense of appreciation from within. As you begin to strengthen and discover who you are as a woman, part two reveals how to take these new aspects of your personality and incorporate them into a stunning wardrobe that flatters your body type.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
I have found that with life you can be cruising along just fine and then something takes place to make you rethink your perspective on everything. Whether it’s getting older or getting a divorce there’s a pull within that makes us question who we are, how we look and at times even our self-worth. My intended audiences are women seeking to reconnect with who they are at their core and genuinely radiate beauty from the inside out.
Surprisingly, even though this book is geared towards a female audience I have received positive feedback from male readers on the topics of building confidence and self-esteem.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I chose this genre because it was something that I related to very closely. I give a lot of credit to my mom for my being able to overcome tough struggles that I have had in my life. However not everyone has a person in their life who refuses to let them give up or continues to see the best in them despite numerous mistakes. My intention for this book is to be that voice and be a reminder to readers of the beauty and value that they bring to our world. It’s something that can be easily forgotten in the day-to-day.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Absolutely. A good portion of what I write comes from life experiences and I sometimes wonder if it makes sense or if the audience will benefit from the dialogue. But the key is that you have to learn to trust yourself and your instincts. If an idea is in your head, there’s a reason for it. So, just do your best and let it go out into the world.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
Generally I write wherever and whenever an idea hits me but my favorite place to write is on the plane. No distractions. It’s just me, the clouds and my pen.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
I shared the stories I wrote about in the book with others and let them ask me questions about my experiences. The questions helped me to pinpoint which topics to deeply address and what could be chopped down.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
The Seeds of Beauty: Defining Your Beauty and Style from the Inside Out is a self-published book.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I am currently promoting The Seeds of Beauty through social media, blog tours and through local bookstores.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Never underestimate the power of tapping into your local community. It’s often easier to guest write for local media or get your book into a store locally than with the national media and retailers.
What’s next for you?
More writing, of course! I’ve got a few ideas that keep tugging at me.
Thank you for this interview, Lakeysha-Marie. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Yes. Web: http://www.theseedsofbeauty.com Twitter: @beautybodystyle