Teresa Morrow, writer/author interviews fellow writer and author Elle Febbo
When did you begin your writing?
I’ve kept a private journal for as far back as I can remember, even in grade school, but I also wrote a lot of poetry, and that was actually first to be published. I was 12 years old.I was living in a foster home at the time, and my social worker encouraged me to enter a writing contest. They were looking for a child to write a poem for a Christmas card, and she believed it was FOR ME; she believed in me, completely, and her believing in me was enough for ME to believe in me. I submitted two poems. They published both, one in a Christmas card, and one in a book called “The Write Stuff; A Compilation of Works by Child Writer’s”. She gave such a gift, just by believing in me. These days, I keep a gratitude journal; a sacred place to count my blessings, and express my daily gratitude. I hold high respect for the power of our written word, and empowered self expression.
How long did it take you to write your book(s)?
All my life, I have dreamed of writing and publishing children’s books (more than one!) that would inspire, encourage, empower and embrace the child reader (as I was once the child with a need to be embraced.) In regards to “What Love Is…A-Z”, I wrote about the message within the book before I ever wrote the book. The words finally came to me, divinely inspired, along with my visions for the illustrations, while on a flight from NY to Los Angeles after Speaking on behalf of Children Health in Central Park. The book literally moved through me into perfect form while I was on that flight. I returned home, and put out a global call for art submissions, ultimately contracting Andrea Narciso, an artist I’d met and connected with at several events for women in business. Her vision paralleled my own, and her talent is unsurpassed. She breathed LIFE into this vision when she illustrated the book.
What is the message of your book?“What Love Is A-Z” represents the 26 basic pillars of Love, and serves to remind us through simple, yet powerful affirmations, that we are loved beyond measure, and that Love is the answer. We’ve all come perfectly and divinely prepared to be exactly who we are and contribute to this world with a light all our own. The language in the delivery of the message serves both the adult AND child reader through powerful affirmations, and sets to remind us all that we are Loved beyond measure, just the way we are.
Some writers have a preferred writing schedule. Do you?
I’ve never written anything during the midnight hours that needed to be revised in any way…those quiet hours are rich with creative flow and endless strands of channeled words that seem to move effortlessly through my fingers tips at a near inhuman speed. Those are magnificent hours.(Of course, writing while flying seems to work out well, also!)
When it comes to social media— do you prefer one platform over the others? (facebook, twitter or linked in) Why?
I treasure the energy exchange with my friends and readers, and find Facebook to be my Social Café of choice, although I’m also on Twitter, Linked-In and several other sites. What is one social media tip you have to share with others? From a professional standpoint: Get out from behind your computer, and take action! Attend events, participate in local service opportunities, connect in person with the like-minded and like-hearted; collaborate!
Take full advantage of the opportunities to be of service and SHOW your community who you are. Social Media will only take you so far; showing up, participating and connecting in person with others who share your passion, will take your business to the next level. When it comes to business development, leaders today want to know who you are above all else. People aren’t doing business B2B anymore; person to person, heart to heart, is where it’s at. As far as social media for personal use, the best advice I can give is, Share your light; protect your details. The online world is a big, big world…
Where can people purchase your books?My books are available through all major online retailers, and also through my personal website, www.ElleFebbo.com. You can also check out the latest Best-Seller, “What Love is…A-Z”, at www.WhatLoveIsA-Z.com.
What else is in the works for you for 2011?A Signing and Speaking tour has been scheduled for the books just released, which is very exciting! I’ll also continue to work closely with my private coaching clients as they move through the “Inspiration to Best-Selling Publication” process, themselves. Aside from that, I’ll continue to serve and make appearances on behalf of Reading Is Fundamental of So. Ca. to help give underprivileged children books “for keeps”, and build age appropriate at-home libraries. I plan to continue to support Women and Children’s Charities, including Orangewood Children’s Home, where I spent time as a child on and off, after my mother left, and before I was adopted. Lastly, Skin and Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention programs are important to me given my family and personal history, so a portion of proceeds this year will be given to Cancer Health and Wellness programs across the country.A published book is such a valuable tool; it creates the perfect means to contribute and create lasting change. How can others contact you?I can be reached through my website, www.ElleFebbo.com, or you can drop me a note at ElleFebbo@live.com. I’m only an email away…
About Elle Febbo: Elle Febbo is an accomplished Best-Selling Author, International Journalist, National Speaker, and Social Advocate who has lead, inspired and partnered with some of the worlds leading Business Experts, Entrepreneurs and Publicly Traded Companies. She has shared the stage with globally recognized leaders and speakers including Marianne Williamson, Rolanda Watts, Dr. Sharron Stroud, Dr. Judith Orloff, Dr. Candace Pert, Luan Mitchell, Marsh Engle and the list goes on (and on). She was named a Power 100 Woman for Global Success through the Amazing Woman’s Alliance, publishing her personal journey in Marsh Engle’s new book, “Amazing Woman: What’s Your Story?” released in January 2011, ultimately inspiring thousands of business leaders and professionals to keep collaboration, Service and Integrity paramount, both personally and professionally.