Author Interview: L.K. Elliott

During these past weeks, I had the amazing opportunity to work with the incredible L.K. Elliott. L.K. Elliott is not only an talented writer, but an inspirational person as well! Working with L.K. was an extremely positive experience! You should definitely buy her book, Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess!
ABOUT CONFESSIONS OF AN EX HOT MESS:
A Hot Mess (n.): Someone whose thoughts and appearance are in a state of disarray but who still maintains an undeniable beauty and allure.
 
Are you sick of self-help books putting you to sleep? Would you like to transform your life but don’t know where to start? Self-proclaimed ‘ex hot mess’ L.K. Elliott has been there. Having endured abuse, neglect, and low self-esteem, Elliott found herself newly married, with everything she’d ever wanted, but suffering from depression. She has collected the wisdom she gleaned from years of therapy, research, and most of all pure life experience recovering from her depression into this volume.With honesty and humour, Elliott outlines transformational tools for self-love and stress relief in plain language – no self-help jargon here! She sees the potential for personal growth in everyone, and brings that relentless optimism to Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess, challenging readers to “choose now over later” to find love, happiness, and balance. You can buy Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess on Amazon and/or on Barnes and Noble’s website.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
L.K. Elliott’s Missions Statement:
To connect readers to their power within and teach the miracle of transformation.
 
L.K.’s Past:
L.K. grew up in the small Village of Port Alice, British Columbia where she has always loved to write. She played a number of competitive sports, and even played two seasons in the National Women’s hockey League. As she left hockey behind, her new found freedom led to boredom, discontentment, and eventually depression. After years of medication, L.K. turned to meditation and found an end to her suffering through mountains of self help materials.
 
L.K.’s Present:
She believes vehemently that life is to be enjoyed, and is passionate about sharing her message of personal growth and triumph over negativity and depression. She currently lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta and hopes that her first book, Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess, will help bridge the gap between readers and the lives of their dreams. L.K. encourages everyone to chase their dreams, no matter how big or small. She does the same daily, right down to recently becoming a bronze medallist for Team Ireland in the World Ball Hockey Championships, which were held May 2015 in Pittsburgh, USA.
 
L.K.’s Future:
She plans to continue her work as a “Hot Mess Activist” speaking to the masses about overcoming obstacles and accepting this moment as though you have chosen it. She is enjoying each day for the gift that it is, and is looking forward to the surprises and opportunities that tomorrow shall bring. She is currently working on her manifestation skills in hopes of getting Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess on a best-sellers list, get an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and get her family back to beautiful British Columbia. FIND HER ON Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter! Also, check out her website and blog.
INTERVIEW:
Marissa: What is your book, Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess, about?
L.K. Elliott: Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess chronicles my own life’s story from battling depression to living the life of my dreams. It outlines transformational tools for self-love and stress relief that readers can use to improve their own lives. It’s a mix between Self Help and Sex in the City; it is just as entertaining as it is empowering.
 
Marissa: What is a Hot Mess Activist***?
L.K. Elliott: A Hot Mess Activist is anyone who wants to improve their lives and inspire others to do the same. I was a hot mess for years and once I made that shift and transformed my life, people were curious on how I became so happy. It’s all about sharing your light to help others out of their own darkness.  
I’m starting a revolution to get people talking about mental wellness, and to inspire people to dream bigger. There is no reason why we can’t be happy all the time, and have everything we ever dreamt of.
 
Marissa: What inspired you to write your book?
L.K. Elliott: When I tell people I wrote a self-help book, they giggle. Mental health is still a taboo subject, although it is a growing problem in society. People think that if they collect material success that they will be happy, but we have celebrities in Hollywood who go into rehab because they are depressed. People are suffering, and they don’t have to.  
I wanted to write a book that was very different from the average, boring self-help genre and I wanted Confessions to be approachable and fun. I am inspired by the greatness in each and every one of us, and I believe that this book has the keys to open up that limitless potential that we all possess.
 
Marissa: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?
L.K. Elliott: I think that readers appreciate the honesty and the message within the pages of Confessions, but also how it is delivered. There are many amazing self-help books out there, but they are quite boring and inspire more cat naps than transformations. By making this process fun and entertaining readers can really pull the lessons out and create real changes in their lives immediately.  
 
Marissa: If there is one thing readers get from this book, what would you want it to be?
L.K. Elliott: That each moment is an opportunity to start all over again. If life has been difficult for you in the past, it doesn’t have to be difficult now. You can create change in an instant, and that instant is simply the moment you decide that you want something better for yourself.
 
Marissa: What is it like being a new author? What is scary about it? What is great?
L.K. Elliott: Being a new author is like trekking out into a world you’ve never seen before. It’s a very vulnerable space to be in, especially for me who revealed a lot of my personal story which I’ve never shared to anyone before.  
The experience is terrifying and incredible all at once. I have fears just like anyone else, but I don’t allow them to control me. They do not stop me from taking risks. Being vulnerable and putting it all out there comes with risks of rejection and failure, but if we never try for fear of those things, we’ll never know what we are truly capable of.
Receiving messages from readers saying this book has helped them transform their lives in a radical way is worth every risk I’ve taken to get to this point. It’s a feeling I can’t describe with words. It is sweeter than anything I could have ever dreamt of, and proves the point that Confessions claims: dreams truly can come true.
 
Marissa: What has been your greatest experience throughout your journey of writing your novel?
L.K. Elliott: The personal growth that has occurred in me while publishing Confessions, and seeing the growth in my readers. I have a close relationship with my readers through social media, and I get to watch their progress directly. It’s wonderful to get to know people from all over the world, at all ages, transforming their lives and finding those keys to self-love and fulfillment.
 
Marissa: What advice do you have to give to new authors?
L.K. Elliott: Never let fear get in the way of your dreams. If you’ve written something you believe in, don’t stop because you’re afraid of failing or feel intimidated by getting your work published. Regret should be the only thing you fear, because you’ll always wonder what could have been. If a dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough!

If traditional publishing doesn’t work out, check out a company like FriesenPress who provide self-publishing services. That’s the route I went and I had the most incredible experience.  
 
Marissa: As a blogger, was it hard managing your blog while writing your novel?
L.K. Elliott: I learned a lot about time management while writing my book, and scheduling is now a regular part of my life. At the time, I didn’t have those habits so I wasn’t able to contribute to my blog as much as I would have liked to.
We all have the same hours in a day, so it’s all about being effective with your time. Today I market my book, write a weekly column and blog (all on top of a full time job) and that is a direct result of keeping an organized schedule.  
 
Marissa: Do you believe being a blogger helped you write your book? If so, how?
L.K. Elliott: Absolutely. I’ve been blogging for about four years now and it has taught me invaluable lessons. Prior to blogging I didn’t write publically at all, so it allowed me a platform to express myself and develop my own writing style. I received feedback and was able to figure out what people liked, and what they didn’t like. I found my passion in helping others overcome obstacles by being raw and honest with my own struggles, and through that discovery Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess was created.

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