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She never meant to write a book, but then…

A bold title to match an equally bold, fierce, and empowering book.

Shennoah is an “accidental author” who never intended to write a book. But this book wanted to be born and couldn’t be stopped.

Congratulations on bringing your book into the world! How does it feel to be an author?

Thank you! It feels really cool to call myself an author. It is not a title I ever expected to have, but I like it!

Please share a little info about your book.

It’s about rising above difficult circumstances, removing toxic people from your life, and re-inventing yourself after you’ve experienced a negative or traumatic event.

I want to help my reader along their journey: turning pain into power. In the book, I share guidance on how to get your life back on track after someone (or something) has derailed you.

Was writing a book a lifelong dream of yours?

No. Writing a book was never a dream (or even a thought of mine), until I experienced my own painful, traumatic divorce.

I started journaling my thoughts and experiences as a way of dealing with the pain. Once I started the writing process, the ideas kept flowing, so I kept writing.

As I started to rebuild my life, post-divorce, many people came to me seeking advice. I began sharing some of my writing and people found it very relatable. Eventually I decided, “I want to turn this into a book.”

We love that you became an “accidental author.” You never intended to write a book, but the book just poured out of you. For you, what was the hardest part about this project?

The hardest part of writing this book was opening up old wounds and dredging up all those painful feelings.

But, in dredging up all those feelings, I was able to work through them and find healing and a new perspective.

What was the most joyful part of the process?

The most joyful part was the sense of accomplishment I felt when I completed my book and realized how far I had come on my journey.

You hired Get It Done to produce your book. What was your favorite part of the process?

Like I said, I am not an author or writer by trade. I never had any intention of writing a book.

So, when I decided I wanted to publish my book, I came to the quick realization that I had no idea how to do that and not the first clue where to start.

The team at Get It Done was amazing to work with. They walked me through each step of the process and were extremely knowledgeable, efficient, professional, and very patient with me while I tried to wrap my head around everything.

My absolute favorite part was getting the book cover design and seeing my vision come to life.

Imagine someone out there who dreams about writing a book. But this person feels like: “I’m nobody special,” or, “Who would want to read my book anyway?” What would you say to this person?

First, I would tell that person to ditch the negative self-talk! You are unique and special and everyone has a story to tell. Your story doesn’t have to be some amazing action-packed thriller. It just has to be authentic to connect with your audience.

You never know who may relate to your experiences. There may be one person—or a million people—out there who can find inspiration in your story.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I never thought any of this would happen to me. Looking back a few years ago, I don’t even recognize that person. I was a shell of a human who was exhausted and out of hope. I was ready to give up. But I didn’t.

Because I didn’t give up, I have the opportunity to motivate other people to keep fighting and come back stronger than ever.

You will be amazed at what you can accomplish if you don’t give up. Our struggles in life can make us stronger and lead to bigger and better things.

Dig deep and you will reach a level of badassery you didn’t know you had in you.

You know what I say to anyone who tells me I can’t do something? F*CK THAT GUY!


F*ck that guy, indeed! You said it, Shennoah. Thank you for sharing your story. You turned your pain into purpose.

Check out her book. Read it. Tell a friend to read it, too.


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