Turning Bumps into books

By Butterflyy – Guest Blogger

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Turning bumps into books; I think everyone has a creative side.

I choose to turn my light bulbs experiences, my failure, my success, and my fears into books. You may choose gardening, another person may choose music, another person may choose pottery. Some people choose to just sit on their experiences, well not I says the butterfly.

I chose to write. Writing for me is therapeutic, so whenever I am going through something I write. When I’m happy I write, when I am sad I write, when I’m overjoyed I write, when I’m confused I write, when I’m in love I write, when I fall out of love I write. As you can see, I write about everything.

According to my grandfather, my creative juices span as far back as three years old. He always said I would do great things because of the stories I would tell. One day he and I were talking and he said he enjoyed listening to me concoct stories; the more I told the story the bigger my eyes got, adding tall tales that any stranger would believe. He was the greatest for believing in me before I knew what belief in myself was.

My grandmother would say “Ms Hollywood you are special” from time to time, giving me ideas about story topics.

“Ms Hollywood, you are special”

Well let’s move forward to 2009 when I penned my 1st book. It was during a rocky marriage riddle with dual addictions that turned into emotional loses, physical ailments and eventually internal reconciliation. Unfortunately it wasn’t published until June 27, 2011, my literary birth. I grew from writer to published author

Book 1:

If you Change the Words you Change the Meaning – an addicts struggle to let go

“Pen to paper has healed my spirit”

Writing my story was me reclaiming my voice and I have not stopped writing since. Pen to paper has healed my spirit, comforting me in ways that no one would understand except another writer.
Another “bump into book” was on August 29, 2015. I could have relived the worst part of my beloved city, but why when I am grateful for having survived. Homeless not hopeless: it was because I decided to write. This time in the form of comfort, memories, and for the good times. What came out of my pen was a 10th anniversary cookbook:

Book 2:

Still Cooking Across the Canal – 50 recipes with a colorful lagniappe section.
Do you have a “bump into book” story? have you ever wanted to write but didn’t know where to start? Writing is the easy part for me, I actually found “the bump” in publishing the books. You know, the editing, formatting, and cover design. Fortunately for me I’ve learned a lot over the past 7 years and even though it’s not as hard as I thought, I still leave the technical stuff to the experts, which leaves room for my thoughts to run fluidly.
If I can answer your questions I will, if you need a writing coach I am available for hire, or if you need encouragement contact me. That’s free! To order a signed copy of my books, connect with me!
Turning bumps into books is fueled by a desire and passion that is uniquely yours, my desire and passion to live and love my own story first, per a good friend of mine,
is a blessing that has reaped the rich reward of meeting new people, traveling to new places, and building new dreams.

butteryflyy allen

Guest Blogger

Ellen “Butterflyy” Allen currently resides in Memphis, TN, where she is a GirlBoss. With ventures in the arts community as an author and poet, she credits being a native New Orleanian as the foundation for her welcoming nature. Ellen also finds great passion in the many hats she adorns as a writing coach, speaker, entertainment host, blogger, and talk radio co-host. She writes “To Her for Her”, the theme behind BSLinspire/Breaking the Silence through LIterature (the non-profit she founded in 2011). Ellen is also a mother of three and grandmother to three GrandKings.

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