Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Interview With Author Alysia Keller

Finding Faith in the Battle

Across the nation, 30 million men and women will suffer from various eating disorders. Of those 30 million, only 35% will seek treatment making eating disorders the leading cause of death among mental illnesses.

Author Alysia Keller was one of those 30 million people who suffer from eating disorders. As she traveled the road to recovery, she focused on her family, friends and faith to get her through.

As a certified health coach, Keller has daily encounters with people struggling with eating disorders. She has mentored young women who struggle with low self-esteem and body dysmorphia. Given her first-hand experience and knowledge of eating disorders, she hopes to encourage others going through the recovery process.

1. What inspired you to write your book?
The inspiration to write my book came from the girls I had met in rehab and also the countless people who have reached out to me for advice on eating disorders due to loved ones struggling. I want to bring awareness and for the ones struggling to know that they are not alone in this fight and there is light at the end of a tunnel with a life to live fully.

2. What is it about?
This book is about my personal battle with eating disorders and also some prescription pills and alcohol.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
I hope they not only feel inspired but to have an understanding of the disease. It's not just about food as people think but so much more with a battle of one’s mind.

4. What advice do you have for writers?
Write from the heart! I believe we all have our own unique way of telling our stories. Writing with true meaning from your heart is the best way to tell a story.

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The book publishing industry is great. There are so many different publishing companies and writers who want to write and let others read a good story.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
The challenging part writing this book was bringing the emotional past back to life. Not only did I go through a life changing experience but also my family and friends around me.  And also trying to figure out how to tell the whole story without bringing the other girls name form treatment into it and also my treatment team at the ranch. It was hard to keep it anonymous but also wish I could have been more detailed and deeper within thoughts. But for the most part, I feel good about it.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
I believe people should be aware of this disease and this book has my story. It's true, emotional, inspiring and shows that once hitting rock bottom, you can build a foundation to form a new life.

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