#ShoutoutSaturday: Rebecca Lombardo

Check out the second interview in our series! Remember that our interviews are open for free to all published authors!

When did you begin writing?

I started writing at a very young age, actually. I knew in third grade that I loved it and had kind of a flair for it. By high school, I was very into writing poetry and was even on the staff of our literary magazine.

What is the title of your most recent book? What's it about in a paragraph?

My book is called, It’s Not Your Journey.

It’s actually my memoir and it details my struggles with bipolar disorder, anxiety, self-injury, and the loss of my mother and brother. I also explore what lead up to my 2013 suicide attempt, and how I have made my way back to this point.

Why did you write your book?

I wrote my book for a couple of reasons. A big part of writing it was to help me, quite honestly.

Talking about my struggles helps me face them and gradually move past them. I also wrote it because it had always been my dream to become an author. In addition, I hope to help people. Those suffering from the disease, and the loved ones of those with the disease. People need to know that they aren’t alone, and that they can move forward in their lives regardless.

What specific challenges did you face when writing and publishing your book?

One of the biggest challenges for me is that the circumstances detailed in this book are recent and painful. To have to edit and re-edit and re-read every chapter over and over does take a toll on you. There were some days where I just simply had to set it aside and tell myself I would pick it back up tomorrow. You still have to take care of yourself, even if you have certain goals or deadlines.

What has been the most rewarding part of writing and publishing your book?

The most rewarding thing about writing this book has been the emails and messages from people all over the world thanking me for sharing my story. I had an author signing this past weekend, and people I didn’t even know came to tell me that they were grateful that I had the courage to say what they so desperately wanted to, but couldn’t. Knowing that I have helped someone is amazing.

What tip or piece of advice would you give to unpublished writers?

If you’re sending your book out to publishers hoping to get published, you absolutely must do your research. So many of them are scam artists. If it sounds too goo to be true, it is! If you use Microsoft Word to write, seriously consider subscribing to a service called Grammarly. It’s a life saver. Lastly, make sure that your book is proof read by a professional. If the publisher says they did that, ask them who. Do your research. Not everyone wants you to succeed, regardless of what they say.

Be sure to check out Rebecca's website, rebeccalombardo.com, and her blog, judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com, and consider following her on Twitter at twitter.com/bekalombardo and like her Facebook page, facebook.com/notyourjourney.

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