(This is a repost from Dr. Mel's Message)
Today's blog is very exciting because I get to talk about a very funny and incredible person and her new book PROVERBS 32 WOMAN by Kerri Pomarolli. I have talked a lot with Kerri and she is so funny. I have also watched her videos. It's not often when you see a face or a picture of somebody and you go, wait! I think I know her. With Kerri, you might do it because she has been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno twenty-nine times, on General Hospital and Comedy Central. I hope you enjoy her interview and get to know her. Also, be sure to sign up for her blog at www.hollywoodgoodgirl.com/.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I grew up in Detroit Michigan, and I always wanted to be a performer. I started performing in dance in musicals at a young age and always had a dream of moving to Hollywood. After I graduated from the University of Michigan, with a degree in musical theater, and had been working professionally throughout my childhood. My parents and I loaded up the Mini Van and drove to Los Angeles. They dropped me off and I started a career in acting in film and television. It was an incredible journey, and somewhere in my mid-twenties, I decided I wanted to write my 1st memoir and turn it into a book. It was based upon my diaries and my love life relationships. It ended up getting published by Zondervan Publishing which led to me writing several more books. I was very blessed to be working in Hollywood on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and General Hospital, but I always continued to have the love for writing and creating material. Thirteen years ago, I started a career in stand up comedy, and I have been on that roller coaster ever since. I am an out of the closet Christian living in Hollywood, and a lot of my work is standing up for good moral projects that are family-friendly.
What inspired you to write this book?
I've been joking in my stand up comedy act for many years and felt that I could never measure up to the Proverbs 31 woman who is mentioned in the Bible; so I created Proverbs32 Woman for women who need more grace and laughter in their life. It's not your typical faith book. I ripped the mask of perfection right off. #hotmess4Jesus.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
My publisher wanted something that would be a little bit jarring and catch the reader's off guard. At first, I thought it was quite shocking, but I've grown to love it.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I am really excited to have a wonderful writing partner whom I get to create movies with for the Hallmark Channel. Her name is Claire Lee. She has been an inspiration to me for many years to never give up on my dreams, and keep pursuing new challenges.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I am really grateful to have Harvest House Publishers that were willing to take a chance on a stand-up comedian from Hollywood rating a faith-filled book that is very out of the box. All other publishers might not have been willing to take the chance. These guys let me write the book unfiltered and I believe that is going to bring hope and grace to a lot of readers.
Tell your readers about your book.
Proverbs 32 Woman and Proverbs 32 Woman Devotional are both launching in November of this year. One of them is a devotional with sixty small chapters. The other one is a book filled with thirteen chapters of stories from my life and my moments of grace and laughter. It is not a comedy book at all; I poured my heart and soul into these stories. Each chapter has questions for reflection, and I hope will guide the reader into a deeper relationship with God and to become more thoughtful about their journey.
Who is your target audience and why?
I hope that women of all ages will read this book. I wrote it from a Christian perspective, but it is not legalistic or judgemental. I hope people from all different faiths might enjoy my stories and cause them to think about their journey and faith differently.
If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?
Because if you need a good belly laugh, then anyone who reads this book, will see someone who is more dysfunctional than you!
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I consider my greatest achievement in life to be raising two strong self-assured young women in today's society.
Everyone has life lessons to learn, tell your readers one or two of yours and how they make you the person you are today.
I've had to learn the lesson that nobody is going to be a bigger cheerleader for yourself then you are. We can't just sit around and wait for somebody else to make our dreams happen. We have to seize own opportunities and have faith in ourselves that we are worthy of success. I wrote my first book when I was twenty-six-years-old using a pad of paper, and then I self-published and hired a publicist. I couldn't afford it at the time, but I took a chance. Within one year of hiring that publicist, I had a book deal from the largest Christian publisher in the world.
I've also learned that life is going to throw you some major curve balls and you are going to be a member of a lot of clubs that you never wanted to be a member of, period. I never wanted to be a member of the single mom's club, but I have learned invaluable lessons. I now feel that I can speak with empathy for women who have gone through a divorce or have become single moms, and I have a connection with them that I would never have of had before. I choose to use all the bad things in my life for the greater good in the long run.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Well, I'm a professional stand up comedian, so I would like to say that I might consider myself to be pretty funny???
Tell your readers anything else you want to share.
I hope this is a book that groups of women could read together. I can see it used in a Bible study group or a homegroup. I hope this is a book that can stir some excellent conversations.