Interview with Michelle Felix, Author of Whole Heart

15 Jun 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Whole Heart?

Whole Heart: One Woman’s Incredible and Heartbreaking Journey from Africa to America is non-fiction in the autobiographical genre. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Michelle Felix. The book follows the author’s journey from her difficult childhood in Africa, filled with family problems, to her transition to living in America, where she pursued her goal of being free from her past. The book explores how the cycle of painful experiences and the grief that they caused is a cycle that the author found a way to break through, finding a way to use the pain to create a positive purpose for her life.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

After many years of finally finding the courage to talk about my story, many people suggested I write a book or make a movie of my life story. I was also inspired, especially during the pandemic; after seeing so much suffering and pain on media/television, I felt a moral obligation to do something, and I wanted to share my story with the hope of bringing a glimpse of healing and inspiration to others.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

  • The Shack
  • Becoming Michelle Obama
  • I can only imagine
  • Purpose Driven Life
  • Greenlights

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Tom Hanks, what was your favorite movie role, and I am hoping he will say, Forest Gump?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Putting my emotions, thought, and personal views into words. It was a spiritual journey for me, and in many ways, I was healing myself.

What is a typical day like for you?

Walk the dog, work, home, walk dog, cook, watch a show, and fall asleep in front of the television by 8 pm.

What scene from Whole Heart was your favorite to write?

Chapter 14: Hope Breaks Through. The day that I had left for the UK, I had accepted that my dad was only human. We all make mistakes, and though his mistakes had caused me deep suffering, I somehow knew in that moment at the airport that he was doing all he was capable of, and I saw and felt his love for me. No longer did I need my father to seek my forgiveness. That day, God showed me my fathers’ heart, and my soul was at peace. “Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.” – Nelson Mandela.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“As long as love exists, we can heal.”- Michelle Felix.  Chapter 25: 2020, I know love has healed me in many ways. When all else fades, love still stands because nothing is more powerful than love itself.

Michelle Felix is the author of the new book Whole Heart

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