MEET THE AUTHOR: EPIPHANY KENDELL
I had the the pleasure to interview Epiphany Kendell. Epiphany Kendell has defeated all of the heavily weighed obstacles that life has thrown at her. She is an emerging public figure Author, Beauty and fashion entrepreneur. Growing up in the projects, Epiphany has seen so many troubled young girls and hoped one day she could set them free. December 2013 her dreams turned into a reality as she released her first book, Hood Girls Do It Better: “The Hood Girls A-Z Guide To Success. Now it’s time for the World to know who Epiphany Kendell is and how she has helped other young women embrace who they are.
1. What inspired you to become an author?
I have been journaling since I was about 15 years old. And I’ve always said one day I will turn my journals into a book/movie. It just so happened that the Guide idea came up so I ran with it. Writing is a true passion of mine.
2. Who exactly is Epiphany Kendell?
Epiphany kendell is a free spirit whose always searching for new information, answers, and the unknown. She’s passionate about the things she’s into even if she’s only into it for a moment. She’s a lover of love. She’s an adventure and always has her head in the clouds. She’s fearless and always up for a challenge.
3. Can you pronounce your name for us?
4. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I use to be a lover of fashion and style so I attended Berkeley college for fashion merchandise. I ended up working at the gap and getting paid styling jobs so I dropped out of school. From there I worked different retail stores getting experience in different positions. So I’ll know how to run my own boutique because thats what I wanted at that time. My mom and I started our own clothing line which did great but we had a lot of disagreements so we ended it. But it was an amazing experience. I then started to get into makeup and skin. So I attended Aveda for esthetics and found what I truly love aside from writing. Skin care because I suffer from acne breakouts. So I am an esthetician now with plans of running my own spa. I am in school for business management at night while I work freelance and write in my spare time.
5. So, I take it that your favorite subject in school was English?
Yes!! English is actually the class I’ve passed with good grades in high school. I love to read and write.
6. Your first published book was Hood Girls Do It Better: The Hood Girls A-Z Guide To Success. Tell us about that book.
As I was going through things in life I saw that younger women around me were going to through the things I’ve overcome, they’d come to me for advice and my mom would always say you need to write a book for these young girls and we would come up with all kinds of ideas. I speak on everything I’ve been through from abortions, rape, molestation, education, goals, streets dudes, STDs etc. Its for the the young girl who hasn’t jumped off the porch yet and needs guidance on what to avoid and for the girl who jumped off into a bunch of tough love its to show her how to overcome it. Its my life lessons in guide form.
7. What were some of the challenges that you faced writing HGDIB and who did you overcome your challenges?
I’ve faced the what if they judge me? what am I doing? I faced me still dealing with the wrong guy saying to myself how can I write this book if I’m still being stupid. I had to think. The point of the book is to show that no one is perfect. So I overcame those challenges by cutting him off and telling myself if not me then who?
8. What genre are your books?
9. Are you currently working on another book?
Yes I am. Hood Girls Do It Better “The hoods girls head to toe guide to image and beauty” where I am giving image and beauty advice to my girls on how to carry themselves properly how to properly take care of their temple. And a few fashion tips as well. My books are always to help my girls
10. What made you decided to sit down and actually start something? What was the breaking point in your life?
When I realized there were other girls who felt alone as I did. My friends open up to me about personal things because I open up to them. I can’t be friends with someone who doesn’t know me for real. We women need one another we need to talk and open up and need to be able to be vulnerable without judgment. I make people feel comfortable with being themselves. That’s what made me sit down and write. The breaking point was seeing a bunch of lost souls (girls) running around not knowing which way to go.
11. Being that you have so many young women looking to follow in your foot steps, what advice would you give to them?
Journal. It helps release
Check in with yourself about what you’re feeling about things. Learning yourself is the number one focus.
Be careful. I know when you’re young you want to experiment but some times there is no coming back
Respect your temple
Live, be open to learn, and love as hard and as much you can
Forgive. Bitterness ages you.
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