Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meet the Author 'Your Cross Roads. Your Choice.' EJ Apicello

Welcome to EJ’s real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. She is an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep her head above water. Within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken EJ down and the steps she is taking to build back up. You will see, that this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was her choice. She wants you to be able to picture yourself in her shoes, relate her trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn't know were there. It took EJ’s life taking a crazy right turn and dumping her at the lowest possible point before she could see the strength within herself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. EJ decided when she put pen to paper that she wanted her choices to start defining her as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am EJ? How about who she was - a self-loathing shell who put everyone else’s happiness before her own. Herein lies a story about finding that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who EJ was and who she is trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

Her latest book is the self-help, Your Crossroads. Your Choice.



Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are
going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that - my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.


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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I have always loved to read and felt like I had in a story inside of me that needed to be shared with the world.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I started out writing poetry which was hideous but at least I was doing it right? I think I even submitted one to a Reader’s Digest contest once.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I am an 8th grade Earth Science teacher in middle school. I absolutely love my job - I have been a science geek as long as I have been a writer. I would love to weave the two together at some point.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Write everyday. For a significant amount of time. Make sure to experience life! You write what you know so start knowing some things! Be patient and kind to yourself but also tough and determined. Do not become your worst critic, be your biggest cheerleader!

What hours do you write best?

I write best at night. It seems as if the spark of genius always hits right as I find that sweet spot on my pillow. I have learned to embrace the flow of creativity and drag my ass out of bed.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes! I always have a book in my purse and probably get through about three books a week!

What are you reading now?

I am reading “The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin and “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on the sequel to this book. The strategies and tools I am learning to use to build my emotional resilience and break down my emotional resistance so that change can happen.

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