Many moons ago you may recall my interest in doing book reviews and other related topics here on WordPress. Being an author myself, I want to always share what I’ve learned about ‘authorship’ and the good things I come across. Writers tend to be a cool bunch of people- we interact often and thus the chances of coming across fantastic individuals runs high. Here’s a fantastic lady I’d like you to be aware of.
Shellie Blum is her name and Waterski Girl Wonder is the memoir she’s pinned about her upbringing and life around the sport. I’ve been friends with her on Facebook for a few years now, having the privilege to view her throwback videos of when she and other ladies would perform years ago in the 80’s. Shellie is one of the most positive entities in my friends list- posting only the cutest of animal photos and clips. Unfortunately in 1989 Shellie suffered a career ending injury- a Hangman’s Fracture and a broken jaw during a practice run. Up until that point Shellie was living her successful dream. At the moment of injury though, she would spend years coping with what it means to truly survive. Below is a brief Q&A session I had the privilege of having with whom I can only describe as a humble and kind lady:
Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on the military base Camp Lejeune. I now live in Lake Wales, Florida.
When did you decide to write Waterski Girl Wonder? How long did it take to complete it?
I was being called crazy on the Judge Alex TV show facebook page and was banned from it. This was in January of 2012. Around January 19th if I remember correctly, I was so angry I started writing my book, and 25 days later I had my first draft completed and sent off to a proofreader February 15th, 2012.
What can readers expect from Waterski Girl Wonder?
I’m hoping readers will feel like they’re on a roller coaster ride of my life- and that they will have to metaphorically keep pinching themselves that, indeed this really did happen.
You’ve obviously overcome a tremendous injury- I’m glad you survived! Are you still dealing with any health issues from that incident today?
I have several health issue but feel extremely blessed that I’m still alive. And I realize how lucky I am compared to other people so I try not to complain too much.
What words of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to visit yourself as a child?
Perhaps to be more patient. I’ve always been in a hurry about things, you know trying so hard, moving too fast. It’s something I’m still working on today.
Speaking of children, you have a lovely set of twins, are they fans of the waterski sport?
They are both very athletically inclined and are 2nd degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do. Yes, they are fans of all watersports but I don’t push them in any direction. I let them decide what they want to do, and mostly they like to see if their old mom can flip them off our inner tube from behind our Seadoo.
What are your other hobbies?
I really don’t have any hobbies, unless of course you consider my obsession with Social Media. Somewhere along the time line of me writing my book and trying to garner the attention of traditional agents and publishing houses, I was told I should build a book platform. I didn’t even know what that meant, but apparently Social Media is the ticket. I would go after building my Social Media presence and book platfrom like I’ve done everything else in my life… Balls to the Wall! Maybe it will pay off, maybe it won’t. Only time will time. The powers that be told me to build a book platform, so I built it. Still no help from traditional sources, so I’ll go it alone.
Are you doing any additional writing now? Can readers expect more titles from you in the future?
I am not. But I am being encouraged by some of my fellow writers who have read my memoir and think I should. Isn’t that great? I truly appreciate the camraderie of the Indie writing world. So, yes, I feel like I might have another book in me.
When/where can we buy Waterski Girl Wonder?
The official book launch date is December 16th, 2015, but you can get the hard cover book right now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you know, the regular outlets. I am fighting, er, uh haggling with Amazon to discount my book, so that process is happening just now. Hopefully, by December 16th, 2015 I will have gotten the price down where it’s a little more competitve. Just google my name Shellie Blum or Waterski Girl Wonder, my book and website should pop up.
If you’d like to pick up a copy through Amazon, I’ve included the link here.
Follow and/or friend her, you won’t regret it.