Author, Marketing Consultant, Writing Coach, Inspirational Speaker
Paulette Harper Johnson, an award winning author, writing coach and speaker, seeks to inspire women from all walks of life. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women.
Paulette is a wife, mother, grandmother, Bible teacher, radio host, writer and the owner of WNL Virtual Blog Tours. Her years of marketing her own self-published books have created a special talent in her—an ability to sell a product well. Not only does she specialize in marketing strategies, but also serves as the publicist for P.F.L. Publishing.
Why the title Completely Whole?
PH: Actually, in the middle of completing my first book, this book came to mind. I had gone through a bad ordeal, which left me broken and scared. In order for me to write about becoming whole, I had to experience it myself. There were areas in my own life that I needed to confront and deal with. Those areas that hindered me from moving forward needed to be addressed. Once God began to point out those areas and I accepted where I was spiritually, the healing and restoration began. The process of becoming completely whole is continual for any believers desiring to live, walk and pursue a life of purpose.
Why did you feel this book needed to be written?
PH: I believe every reader might have something in their lives that continues to either be a recurring issue or an area in their lives that they are lacking or feel they have not conquered. To be whole, according to Webster, is to be “free from injury or wound; to be healed and to be physically sound and healthy.” Because we live in a world in which we experience the ups and downs of life, we deal with heartache and pain, sometimes these experiences leave residue that we have not been able to deal with.
What is your main message in Completely Whole?
PH: Completely Whole is one of those books that will challenge the reader to do a self-examination of where they are as it relates to their own spirituality. This life-changing book will help readers to transform their spirit, soul and body through Jesus Christ so they can live a life of peace, joy and fulfillment. In Completely Whole, I offer keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: spirit, soul and body. My focus in writing is to enrich the lives of my readers. I had a reader make this comment about Completely Whole: “It speaks.” And that’s what I want it to do. I want readers to come away knowing that they have the ability to live a full, enriched life.
What have the reactions been to your book?
PH: The reviews have been great. Those who have read Completely Whole find it to be a book which speaks to the heart.
How can this book contribute to transforming someone’s life?
PH: A person is transformed when they chose to apply the spiritual principles that are outlined in Completely Whole. Once a person identifies those self destructive mind-sets then they are able to deal with those issues that have kept them from walking in victory.
How do you prepare yourself when writing a book? Is there a process you follow?
PH: Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow.
Were there any challenges you faced in the writing process?
PH: I think with all authors there are some types of challenges when trying to finish a book. I’m no exception. There are many distractions that will continue to pull for my attention, be they home, ministry, family and/or job. I try to bring balance in my life so I can prioritize those things that are important. I must set deadlines for myself and stick with those deadlines.
What can someone take away from this book?
PH: Becoming completely whole is an internal inventory and focuses on making necessary changes of the heart. I write non-fiction, inspirational books, so this means my books should have a lasting effect on a person’s spirit, inspiring and encouraging them to pursue passionately a more fulfilled life. I want my writings to give strength and encouragement in the time of need. As they read Completely Whole, I want my writings to engage, stimulate and edify them spiritually.
Any words of wisdom for writers who want to pursue a career in writing?
PH: Promote, promote and promote some more. Learn how to brand and market yourself so that you are known in the industry. Don’t think someone else is going to promote you better than yourself. Create a marketing plan that will expand your territory in reaching readers