Author, Playwright, and all-around Writer, Charron Monaye shares her journey from pain to peace, outlining steps everyone can take to create an unapologetic life while removing toxic people and hardships. Faced with a divorce, eviction, unemployment, and emotional breakdowns, this single mother struggled to make ends meet and provide the basic necessities for her two children. Ultimately, she was faced with a decision: allow life's challenges to overwhelm her or STAND UP and OWN her life.
Unlike countless self-help books that preach about the things one needs to do to "obtain" the right life, STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice shares Charron Monaye’s insights to maintaining a life that is rich simply by owning it. She gives the reader access to her successes by focusing on the three areas of personal ownership that must be refined to bring true liberation, which she has termed "the 3 A's" --Acknowledge, Accept, Attain. She makes clear that your legacy in life is not defined by your failures, personal decisions, or the opinions of others, but ordained to be exactly what YOU deem to be rewarding.
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In addition to building her own empire, she has helped many entrepreneurs build their businesses and brands through her company, Pen Legacy, LLC. Pen Legacy is a literacy company geared to helping others find their voice and purpose in life. This is executed through, self-help books, personal development coaching, and writing and publishing services.
Charron pursued her educational aspirations by receiving a BA in Political Science from West Chester University. Monaye went the distance and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Keller, a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and Life Coaching Certification. Charron is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. & Order of Eastern Star.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Ultimately, that you do not need permission to live the life you desire. You have the right, obligation, and duty to create a life full of experiences and memories. No one should have the ability to come into your life and deter you from your purpose.
What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book?
Since this book is my personal story from “Seeking Validation” to “Accepting my Voice”, I learned “why” I allowed the seeking and the “how” I was going to move forward in my acceptance. I realized that my life experiences and setbacks were a direct reflection of how I viewed and treated myself. Life was only giving me what I was already giving myself and to correct that pattern, I had to correct my mindset on how I saw me. Writing this book was therapy and the release I needed to change my life, while providing fresh perspective to others if they too lived a life of seeking approval first.
What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released?
Don’t assume that everybody knows who you are and that you have a book. Don’t assume that people are going to buy your book or support your vision. Don’t just release your book and expect for it to work and run off shelves because you posted one message on social media or called your friends and family. You have to promote, share, speak, and live your book every day, especially if you are self-publishing. Understand who your target audience is, and go where they are and share. In addition, focus on branding yourself and becoming the person you want others to be interested in.
What is your favorite scene from your book?
Since my book is a self-help book, there are no true “scenes” per se, but more experiences, affirmations, and lessons. But my favorite part of my book is when I wrote on attaining the greatness you desire after the storm. That part of the books became the information or tools that I needed to maintain my happiness after learning healing from the past. I love to read books, especially self-help, but majority of the books I read told me how to get out of debt, how to have a successful marriage, how to love myself, and how to live in your purpose, but in any of the books I read I never learned how to maintain any of it. It’s easy to get out of debt, but it is hard to stay out of debt. So I further my research and taught myself, writing how to secure the happiness you have after working so hard to get it.
What three literary events would you recommend a writer in your genre attend?
Book Con in New York City
The Book Expo In New York City
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Literary Conference
Who was the first author you ever met?
When I first started out as a writer, I studied and wrote poetry. I attended an event she was at and she taught me that my words have only have power if I use them.
What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?
What about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
It’s not always an easy process. Non-writers, at times, don’t respect or take into account what a writer or author has to go through in order to produce a great project. Writing a great novel and then producing it takes work and lot of money, which can be a huge sacrifice. Believe it or not, there is a writer behind everything you need in this world. From making clothes to singing on stage, the creation of it all started with someone writing instructions or writing words (lyrics). Writers are the heartbeat to this world. Without words, honestly where would you be. Respect the process, and most important respect the people who live in front of technology to make your life easier.
What are you reading?
Around The Way Girl by Taraji P Henson
Trust by Iyana Vanzant
Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?
I know for sure that I am my pen. I am living because of my pen. I smile everyday because my pen gives me the ability to express, release, and speak my truth. I know for sure that I am living in my purpose because my writing and coaching does not only bless myself, it has blessed others to the point that they are now writing and publishing their own stories. They giving notice and loving themselves enough to live in their truth.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Facebook & Twitter: @penlegacy
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