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Up Close & Personal with Author Mekdela

Welcome to my blog! Once a month, I post an up close & personal segment dedicated to introducing you to new and established authors and their books.

Today, I would like to welcome author Mekdela. Let’s get started.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Mekdela and I am from Altadena, CA

Are you employed outside of writing?

Yes, I have a day job as a Program Coordinator for a nonprofit organization.

What was your childhood dream?

My childhood dream was to be an author as big as J. K. Rowling.

When did you publish your first book? What was that like?

I self-published my first book in November 2021; it was exhilarating! I worked hard; the process flew by, and now my book is reaching and changing people. It feels great.

What takes up too much of your time?

Twitter! I love it, it is so fascinating and eye-opening. I am smarter from reading all the discourse going on there - but like all social media; it is a time-suck.

What’s the most exciting thing about being a writer?

The most exciting thing about writing is the idea that other people are going to read my words, hear my thoughts, and formulate their own opinions based on them.

Why is writing important to you?

Writing is important to me because it is therapeutic. Writing helps me sort out my thoughts and get my emotions onto paper, allowing me to release the bad feelings. It is cleansing for my heart and soul. I also just really enjoy it.

What genre do you write in, why? Tell us about your book.

My book, "Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social Change," is a creative, non-fiction memoir with pop culture reviews and personal essays that tell the larger story of fatphobia in American culture.

What inspired you to write this book?

My blog inspired me to write this book. After Trump was elected in 2016, I started writing a blog to document everything that was happening in the wider culture and with me. Later, I took a look at my blog and realized I had the makings of a book. Soon, "Plus-Size" was born.

Why should people read your book?

People should read my book because it has important information that could change how you view the media, fat, and even yourself. It contains cultural criticism that promotes media literacy in readers.

Where can your book(s) be purchased?

Plus-Size" can be purchased at the following sites:

BookBaby Barnes and Noble Amazon

You can follow Mekdela on Twitter handle @plussizebook and on her website

Mekdela, it was a pleasure. Thank you!

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Where do I start? 2021 was a total whirlwind. It's honestly hard to believe I published two books in the last year. Since that was the one thing I wanted to achieve, I never thought I could do it, esp