Please tell us about your new book.
Coffee Shop Therapist: Sound Advice for Life’s Spills is my premiere book. I’m very excited about it. It’s an advice book that takes you along with me as I give advice to eighteen different people on how to approach eighteen different issues they’ve avoided or have a hard time addressing.
Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
This would be another long list, if I listed them all. Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Zora Neale-Hurston, Terry McMillan, William Shakespeare, I could go on, each for different reasons.
Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
How could I possibly narrow this down to one person, one book? There are too many people who have influenced me with their words to list them all but today if you asked me my favorite book; I’d say The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My favorite author, I’d have to say at the moment is Langston Hughes. I just love his Semple collection.
What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
People and Words. I love the impact that words can have on a person’s life. I love sharing words of motivation, inspiration and encouragement with people and watching them achieve the impossible, and all because of the words you chose to share with them.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I could think of two things. First, I get to make things up! I am a vessel that is used to tell stories and impact lives! I LOVE IT! Secondly I get to make a positive impact on people lives. That’s a common theme in my interviews and it will always be. I see so many broken people, so many torn people that it is my mission, my purpose in life to use my words to heal them, restore them to the divine beings God intended them to be.
What are some of your favorite things to do?
Favorite things to do? Top of the list is travel! I want to see the most remote places in the world before I die and the rest of the world on the way. I guess I’m a dud outside of my ambitious traveling dreams because you can typically find me reading my kindle, checking in on politics and current events via the web most days.
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
This is my one liner: Believe in yourself as much as you believe in God (taking for granted you believe in God). Regardless of your genre, regardless of your writing style, if you don’t believe in you, no one will. Be you, someone will love you!
What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask?
Sure, I guess I’d like for people to know they aren’t alone in their troubles. Reading Coffee Shop Therapist will reinforce that but it will also give you solid, real life examples of how to address those troubles and come out on the other end a better person.
How do we find out about you and your books? How may readers contact you?
You can follow me on social media and my website. I’m @kizzykjohnson, FB: Kizzy K. Johnson and the website www.kizzykjohnson.com. Just Google me if you forget and lets connect. You can also purchase the book at this link – http://www.amazon.com/Coffee-Shop-Therapist-Sound-Advice/dp/1480239437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359756357&sr=8-1&keywords=coffee+shop+therapist
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on a TV project that I can’t go into detail about just as of now. I’m also working on other writing projects. Expect to see me lending my brand of advice to different shows across the country, speaking and connecting with people helping them to learn how to speak their own truth.
About the Book
The book takes taboos, stigmas and controversial topics head on, one story at a time. Each story begins with someone unsure of how to approach a sensitive topic and ends with Kizzy showing them how to face it, tell the truth and get the truth. Follow the author as she gives advice on issues like Open-Relationships, Homosexuality, Addiction and Adultery. After reading “Coffee Shop Therapist; Sound Advice for Life’s Spills” you’ll be able to wipe up your own life spills. Everyone has had to either avoid or face one or more of the topics discussed in this book. If you want to stop avoiding them, stop feeling ashamed, stop feeling unsure or confused on how to approach them then “Coffee Shop Therapist: Sound Advice for Life’s Spills” shows you how to do just that.
About the Author
Kizzy is an author and poet living with her daughter in St. Louis, MO. Kizzy has been writing professionally since 2002. She is the Owner of Pomei, LLC a creative writing boutique. She is an active member of the St. Louis poetry community. She was a member of Urb Poetry Collective, a group of poets who perform poetry events across the Mid-West region for private parties, fund-raisers and other occasions. Kizzy was the coordinator of Pour Souls Speak a local poetry event held monthly at an Art Gallery. Her inspiration is limitless; she’s motivated by the people in her community and family. Her compassion for humanity transfers to you when you hear her speak to social issues that plague people’s abilities to live more fulfilling lives.