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May 8, 2019

In Part Two of this file the multi-hyphenate and bestselling author of over 20 books, Elizabeth Ann Atkins, returned to share her inspiring and winding journey from Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist to groundbreaking novelist, ghostwriter, educator, TV host, and health & wellness expert.

"When you write from that intuitive voice, it's your truth. And writing from that is your power." - Elizabeth Ann Atkins

She received a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the San Diego Tribune, Essence, Ebony and the Detroit News, for her articles on race which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Elizabeth has written 20 books, including novels White Chocolate, Dark Secret (Amazon), and Twilight (a collaboration with Billy Dee Williams), and she's also one half of the indie publishing duo Two Sisters Writing and Publishing, with sibling Catherine, where the two share the mission to promote diverse voices in the book world.

Their credo is to "... publish quality anthologies of exceptional short fiction and inspirational nonfiction..." and "... books by authors of color, [and] women writers." They offer consulting, editing, and ghostwriting services as well.

Elizabeth has been featured on Oprah, Montel, NPR, Good Morning America Sunday and CBS Evening News, and also co-hosts a weekly TV talk show, MI Healthy Mind, with a focus on mental health and wellness. She is presently working on her memoir.

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In Part Two of this file Elizabeth Ann Atkins and I discussed:

  • How intuitive writing can give your voice a turbo boost
  • Why unplugging from notifications and the internet is so important to avoid burnout
  • The importance of exercise for staying sane and getting into a flow state
  • How the author juggles multiple deadlines and stays so prolific
  • The power of rituals and routines for productivity
  • How to use self-awareness and naps to supercharge your output
  • And more inspired advice from an author with one amazing laugh

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