JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Win Charles, author of I,Win
At age 24, I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragement and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy (CP).
I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her, I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself.
My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities – rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “I,Win“?
Win Charles: “I,Win” is written in honor of my whole family who’ve supported me with my life with CP. It is also written in honor of my amazing mom who was my sole care giver for 23 years until August 12, 2010, the day of her passing. We had the most amazing mother/daughter relationship. (I’ll expand more on that in the book.)
JP: What sets “I,Win” apart from other books in the same genre?
WC: “I,Win” is the world’s “teaching” tool about CP. I want to let people into the world of CP through the pages of this book. (FYI: I don’t think there are that many books written from the powerful perspective of a person living CP)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “I,Win” getting out to the public?
WC: Simply put: my Facebook fans.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “I,Win”?
WC: I really don’t have a writing process, per se. It only took me one year to write “I,Win”.
JP: What’s next for Win Charles?
WC: I will be writing a children’s book starting in January.
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