A Letter To A Dear Friend

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Dear Angela,

 
Sitting here, in shock, surrounded by pain that only a loss could bring. I seem to only be able to stop crying for just a second. It’s just enough time to wipe my eyes and see clearly enough to finish this sentence. Then the tears spring up again and cloud up my vision as I begin the next sentence. Either way, I’m going to get through this even if my face is drenched by the time I finish this letter. There are a few things that I must get off my chest. Wherever you are, you will get this message.
 
A little over a year ago, I saw your contest for writers who were looking to be published. I had entered many other writing contests and had been rejected. Unfortunately, I didn’t write the “ideal” YA genre novel. While werewolves, vampires, ghosts and other paranormal and mythical creatures were dominating the YA genre, you were looking for something different. You were looking for something with heart and that had a realistic message. 
 
Just when I was about to give up on my dream of being a published author, you called me on the telephone. You said, “I get it. This is about real life. This is about giving hope to others who feel hopeless. We’re going to make a difference in this world with this book. I believe in you. You have to believe, too.” 
 
You could never know how much your words meant to me. That was the beginning of this amazing journey that I am on with my novel right now. If you hadn’t believed in me, I don’t think anyone would have known about “Her”. You’ve not only helped me, but you contributed to helping every single person who has been filled with hope by this book. You are responsible for distributing it to the world. I am forever grateful to you.
 
You were a talented author. I learned what it was like to “think like an author” from you. You once told me, “It’s not what you write that will get people interested. It’s how you tell the story. You have to make your audience feel something.” Then you said something no one had ever said to me before. You said, “When I read your story, you made me feel something inexpiable. I don’t even know where to begin.” Little did I know, that wouldn’t be the last time someone would say that, after reading my novel. You started something there! 
 
Now, because of you, I know how to take that as a compliment. It’s a mission accomplished.  It’s like the quote that we both enjoyed by the late Dr. Mya Angelou. She said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You helped me to appreciate that our stories must make people feel SOMETHING. Whether it is happiness, anger, joy, sadness, love, peace, hope…it’s better than nothing at all. That way, our audience will always remember how they felt. And they’ll remember the author who wrote the novel that made them feel that way.
 
You had a good eye for beauty and other people’s talent. I’ll always be grateful for the chance you took on me. I was just an unknown writer who was trying. I was like everyone else with a dream. 
 
Your belief in all things good had a magical effect on my confidence. You helped me to see that all things are possible despite what may seem to be happening. You told me to be patient, know that it will happen, and allow myself to learn and become wiser. I’m a better author because you believed in me. I’m a published author because you supported me and took a chance on me when no one knew who I was. I learned to believe…but I just can’t believe that you’re gone…
 
I look forward to continuing this journey that you helped paved the way for. Because of you, I’m an author. I’m not just a writer. I won’t take your advice lightly. Nor will I waste the opportunity that you gave me. I promise. No matter how hard things get on the journey, I promise you that I won’t stop until it’s over. Thank you for believing in me.
 
Love,
Felicia

“Her” The Book To Film Hatchfund Donation Technical Difficulties!

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Attention: anyone who has tried to donate to our Hatchfund project to turn Her the book into Her the movie! There have been some technical difficulties for the past few days and a few people have reported not being able to donate to the campaign.

If you have visited the Hatchfund project page and tried to make a donation, but the page timed out, we have other options for you. Please call our project manager, Erin, at 877-893-0587 in order to make your tax-free donation. Alternatively, you can mail a check (payable to AIM Hatchfund) to:

AIM Hatchfund
1905 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68102-2367

Remember that we need all of these donations in as soon as possible so we can make our goal to get started with this project, so please donate ASAP! Deadline is 9/28/14 so please don’t delay!

Visit http://www.herthebook.com

Visit and PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERYONE! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/mental_health_novel_to_film_adaptation

Thank you again for all of your donations and shares, and don’t forget that if you share with three people who donate at least $25 apiece, then you can get the first level perk!

‘Her’ Draws Attention To A Disorder That Disrupts The Lives Of Many Teens And Robs Them Of Their Self-Identity

Originally posted on NAMI South Bay:

In ‘Her,’ Felicia Johnson takes us into the mind of a girl suffering with borderline personality disorder, and deftly portrays her hopes and struggles as she desperately tries to understand it.

Tucker, GA, June 20, 2014 – While mental health issues are more freely discussed these days, it’s still difficult to approach someone who might have a problem. But ignoring it is not an option. With courage and great hope, Felicia Johnson deftly portrays the struggles of a girl with borderline personality disorder in Her (8th Street Publishing).

“Her takes readers into the mind of someone who is suffering so they can get a first person view of a painful mental disorder,” says Johnson. “The story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.”

At first glance, Kristen Elliott is…

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Her | Once Upon A Bookshelf Book Review

Her | Once Upon A Bookshelf.

Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation Her by Felicia Johnson

When I was 15, my best friend committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse. I now work and volunteer in the mental health field, I see everyday how important it is for people to understand mental disorders and the havoc they can wreak on a person’s life and relationships. I know how imperative it is for people to be diagnosed early and begin to come to terms with their diagnosis and have a plan for symptom management. Taking pieces from journals I wrote about my past dealing with my own abuse and my life with Holl…

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Celebrating The Hopes and Dreams of Girls Worldwide – Bubbles Beyond Borders

bubblesAugust 16, 2014 was the day of the worldwide launch of Bubbles Beyond Borders. Bubbles Beyond Borders is a global campaign to support the dreams of girls and women around the world. Women, men, boys and girls worldwide join in harmony and celebration of their hopes and dreams by blowing bubbles. The bubbles blow and release into the universe the dreams and hopes of our future.

Over 15 countries participated in the launch of Bubbles Beyond Borders. The campaign originated in Newcastle, South Africa. Haseena Patel is the creator of this inspirational event. Ms. Patel is an author, speaker, and an empowerment coach for girls. She is also the founder of Leave No Girl Behind. Leave No Girl Behind is an organization that is dedicated to empowering girls and raising awareness. It is truly no surprise that Ms. Patel would put together such an extraordinary event and capture the interest of many women and men from around the world. Bubbles Beyond Borders is a campaign that raises awareness about the hopes and dreams of not just girls, but also boys!

As a youth mentor, I meet many children who are not as privileged as others their age that grow up in loving homes. Some of the children that I mentor have backgrounds of abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. These children have experienced and survived more in their youth than some adults have had to endure.

As a survivor of child abuse, I can relate to most of what these children have experienced. I mentor children because I want to be a positive example for them. I want them to know that they each have a voice and their voices do count. We can choose not only to be survivors, but we can also choose to be “thrivers”.

As a “thriver”, I choose to not only heal from my past abuse and move forward in life, but also I choose to share my experience with others and provide hope. I felt like this campaign would be perfect to share with the youth in my community and some of the children that I mentor.

On last Saturday, August 16, 2014, I had the honor of leading the campaign in Atlanta, GA. I love being a youth mentor. It’s wonderful to listen to the positive hopes and dreams of boys and girls who have been through more and survived more than most people can imagine. It feels great to be a good example for them. No matter what you go through, if you survive and strive, then you can choose to thrive!

#bubblesbeyondborders

See why I support Bubbles Beyond Borders here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5D3TCIF6ss

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One Week Away from Bubbles Beyond Borders #bubblesbeyondborders

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Hi Everyone!

We’re getting super excited for the upcoming Bubbles Beyond Borders event on this Saturday! Come join us for a worldwide celebration of #dreams come true for our girls and women! #bubblesbeyondborders #BBB #empoweringgirls #womenempowerment

Invite your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/events/698778006872529/

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