What you need to know about Women Who Write Books
In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.
I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people.
I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life.
About Jessica Jones
Award-winning blogger, mental health activist and motivational comedian Jess Jones runs the popular Instagram account The Fat Funny One, sharing her inspiring story of one girl’s journey to self-acceptance and inner confidence.
Not afraid to bear all, she shows women they can love themselves at any size with their stretch marks, scars, cellulite and all.
Jess has become a spokesperson for body confidence and has featured on Good Morning Britain, BBC, BBC Radio 5, BBC Woman’s Hour, Talk Radio, Baby Show Live and in Glamour magazine.
Who are you and where are you based?
“My name is Jess and I’m in Bedfordshire.”
When and why did you start writing?
“So, I’ve always written stuff. Recently I found a box from my late teens, like journals and poetry, I used to write all the time. I was reading back some of the journals and they were making me cringe! I used to write quite a lot of poetry, which I don’t think I’ve ever shared before, I used to write a lot about being mixed and identity.”
What inspires your writing?
“Now I write for someone else but not myself. And that someone else, for a long time, was an older version of me, or me a few years ago, so quite reflective. Now, who I hope to write for are the women who identify similar to how I did then and want to go on this journey too.”
Tell us about your book
“I wrote on a post-it note in 2018, ‘the fat girl who owned it’, and I put ‘book’ and I put it on my vision board. That became my title, and it felt so natural. I realised it meant more than just, confidence was more than just wearing a bikini or being on the beach. It’s about owning all the parts of you, the parts you don’t like, the parts you want to change, the parts that have happened in the past, owning everything in its entirety is what that means to me.”
How did you make time to write your book, especially around your other commitments?
“I worked fulltime, this was during lockdown and I was at home. After work, I’d put the kids to bed, and then I’d stay up all night and write.”
What do you hope people take away from your writing?
“Like I’m their friend, just giving them a bit of a pep talk.”
Advice for aspiring authors
“Have a really good proposal. Don’t discount yourself because you’re not an influencer or haven’t got a following, because in the publishing world that is somewhat irrelevant. A good idea and a good book is what you need.”
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