This week, we welcome Alicia Garcia to our contributor community! Alicia is the associate director of Project WeHOPE, as well as the self-published author of Overcoming Obstacles: The Journey of Project WeHOPE. With such a busy schedule, we’re thrilled that she could take a few moments to talk with Author’s Digest!
I grew up in a military family and was raised in England. I hold degrees in psychology, music, Bible, Early Childhood Education, and Organizational Leadership. I love reading and writing, and have written and directed plays. I’ve written multiple grants and has helped organizations receive well over $4,000,000. I teach classes on grant writing, healthy relationships, sex education, financial literacy, and business preparation, as well as private voice lessons at Melodies for Life. I’m also a business and financial consultant in the San Francisco Bay area.
Were there any books that helped you develop your style, or influenced your choice of genre?
As a child, I loved reading books written by Judy Blume. As I got older, I developed a love for psychology books that explain human behavior in practical terminology, as well as inspiring Christian books. I enjoy reading books that promote a positive mindset.
Please describe your book for our readers.
Overcoming Obstacles is about Project WeHOPE, a small non-profit organization that has had an enormous impact on the lives of the homeless members of our community. It was named the California State Senate Inaugural Non-Profit of the Year in 2016, a process that taught it important practical, emotional, spiritual, and business lessons. There were good times, bad times, and growth opportunities. Through innovative solutions, Project WeHOPE persevered and became stronger than they ever dreamt possible. This book will encourage you to hang in there in spite of the obstacles that get in your way.
What inspired you to write this book in particular, and how long did it take you to finish it?
I’ve wanted to write a book for around 12 years, but never took the initiative to do so. A friend encouraged me to write and I realized that this was the perfect time. I decided to write my first book about Project WeHOPE, the agency in which I am employed, because we have received recent inquiries about our work from seven countries and 42 cities! I realized that this story needed to be shared and that I was uniquely positioned to share it.
Believe it or not, once I decided to write a book, I took a crash course online to learn the best practices. I completed the book in three months because I followed the outline and plan that I set for myself.
We’ll talk more with Alicia next week, when she discusses her self-publishing experience, her advice for other writers, and her upcoming plans. Her book Overcoming Obstacles is available at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.