In this edition of A Perfect 10, I have the pleasure of featuring Author Win Charles.
Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It excites me and energizes me
Do you ever write under a pseudonym? Why or why not? If not have you considered it?
No I haven’t yet but when it comes to national novel writing month I am going to use a pseudonym because of the subject I’m working on my next novel series
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?
I think having professional training in writing helps but not the ego
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I would have to say my ghost writer and my editor
What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?
Been able to share my story with the world and hitting the New York Times
Yes I’m trying to achieve those goals
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?
Because I have a physical disability my life is referring to my research
How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?
I make characters based on people in my life
If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?
All the team from Apple and I would ask them how we could integrate Siri in to Books
What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?
Twitter and my podcast
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Win Charles has defied the odds by becoming an
author. Her memoir I, Win is an amazing story of how she remembers her
life through the years of having a condition called “CP”. As a competitor
in the Kona IronMan Triathlon, CEO of her own jewelry design company,
and motivational speaker, Win Charles truly is an inspiration to many.
Today Win Charles tours the country, speaking to schools and institutions
to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and living a full life no matter
what holds you back. She is also an advocate of veterans across the
About Win’s Book
At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself.
My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.