You’re not alone.
You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.
Two Original Fifteen Illustrations, a tea cup, tea or coffee, chocolate, and one candle
About the Author
Amie is a suburban cowgirl with a penchant for words.
What started as a coping mechanism quickly became a burning passion and a desire to help others with the same challenges she faces. Battling with physical and mental health issues, she is passionate about showing through her stories and poetry that in the darkest night, the stars shine the brightest.
Amie loves to run barefoot through southern fields, grow corn, blog, act, film YouTube videos, play music filled with dynamics, and sing at the top of her lungs when no one’s listening. All the while, she babies to her dog and rabbit, and gasps whenever a new idea floats into her head.
Goodies include one (1) hand painted poetry card, one (1) extra poem to stick in the back of the book, one (1) Fifteen related sticker, and one (1) keychain of Fifteen from Literary Treasures.
What was your favorite part of writing Fifteen?
My favorite part was definitely seeing the alpha readers reactions. Seeing people’s reviews is still my favorite part of this process.
In the process of writing what is your least favorite step?
I’m not sure I had a least favorite step. There were definitely a few moments where I was exhausted and just wanted to quit, but God always gave me more grace.
Who or what inspired you to write Fifteen?
On the eve of my birthday, I was struggling with my mental health and the pandemic, so I texted my friend. I’m the type of person who loves projects. Projects make me happy, and help me feel fulfilled, so I told my friend to give me a project, and she said I should write fifteen poems for the next two weeks to remember the lessons I’d learned through the past year. That was how Fifteen was born!
Did writing Fifteen help you grow in your walk with God?
I’m not sure if it helped me grow, but it has definitely taught me some lessons and showed me things I already knew, but hadn’t accepted with my heart.
Where is your favorite place to write? (And would you be willing to share a picture of your favorite place to write?)
See, I’m the kind of person who needs to keep moving. So I have quite a few spots. I will write on the sofa, at my desk downstairs, at the kitchen table, on my bed, at the desk in my bedroom, or out on the back patio. But I have included a picture of me writing on the couch.
Who is your favorite poet?
Why is this so hard? I’m just going to say Emily Dickinson for the sake of it. XD
Amie @ https://amieanne.blog – intro post
Kyra @ https://potatoesarebeautifultoo.home.blog – Review
Olivia @ https://oliviaspenn.wordpress.com – Review
Samantha @ https://www.authorsamhopper.com/blog – Interview
Malaya @ https://lifewithmalaya.blogspot.com/ – Interview
Hailey @ https://haileyhuntington.com/blog-feed/ – Interview
Ryan Elizabeth @ https://ryanelizabethwrites.com – Interview
Liesl @ https://lieslbrunnerauthor.wordpress.com/ – Interview
Carolyn @ https://wordsthatspeak1914.weebly.com/blog/the-lord-reigns – Review
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Faith @ http://faithpeavey.com – Interview
Bella @ https://bellaputt.com/ – Review
Maya @ https://mayajt.wordpress.com – Review
Sarah @ (UNKNOWN) – Interview
Breanne @ (writingflyingfree.com) – Interview
Marie @ https://writingincolor632931833.wordpress.com – Spotlight
Fe @ (UNKNOWN) – Reveiw
Emeline @ https://kawaiivillage12.wixsite.com/quillofhope – Interview
Coralie @ https://gracebought.wordpress.com/ – review
Juliet @ https://songsofjoyjuliet.blogspot.com – Spotlight
Hannah @ http://www.precariousbookstacks.com/ – Interview
Kaelyn @ https://kaelynslife.wordpress.com – Interview
Abigail @ https://readreviewrejoice.com/ – Interview
Amie @ https://amieanne.blog – wrap up post