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Meet Paula Evans-Johnson, author of Diary of An Imperfect Girl

What inspired you to publish your book?

I look at teenage girls today and have such a passion for them. Over the years I have realized that the one thing they need to help them flourish, is a special person who they can trust. It can be a family member, counselor, or mentor. However, they need a safe space. They need someone to sit down, listen to them, and not judge them.

In Diary of An Imperfect Girl, I share my life as a teenage girl, in hopes to start the conversation about the importance of guidance and mentorship. There are so many mentor groups willing to help.

What can readers take away from your book?

I want my young readers to know that when something is wrong or feels wrong, that they should tell someone! Don't wait until something happens. Also, I want them to understand that they are a unique person. And to always remember, they are not alone.

What was your writing process?

I started with writing in my journal every day in 2014 until now. I heard God speak to me about writing a book to help teenage girls. I kept thinking about my childhood, and how I was bullied at school, under peer pressure dating, etc. As I look at some girls today and what they are going through, I realize it’s very similar to some of my life experiences. They need guidance in their lives. Sometimes parents can be occupied, trying to put food on the table, and not realizing that their teenage daughter is going through very critical stages in their adolescence.

Are you planning to write other books?

The next book I plan to write is a cookbook. I enjoy cooking and making up different recipes.

What's a cool or interesting fact about yourself?

God blessed me and two other women to have a nonprofit organization. We all were thinking about the same thing. We wanted to start a mentor group for girls who range between the ages of 13-19 years old. When I first started writing my book, I never thought about being a mentor.

What is some advice you would give aspiring or first-time authors?

Tell your story and don't allow fear to stop you from dreaming, because God has a plan for you. Also, put God first in your life for guidance.

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