Jul 17, 2019
This show is going to be a bit
different. It is my book birthday. It is launch day of my
book Eat Cake. Be Brave. Imagine that you have been keeping a diary
since 7th grade, and it was made public. That is kind of how I’m
feeling. I’m sharing today, and all of my launch day feelings and
emotions with my wonderful husband David and you my wonderful
You can find Melissa here:
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- [02:33] The first time Melissa
and David met was on a bus in school. She'll never forget his first
words, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
- [03:48] What does Eat Cake. Be
Brave. Actually mean?
- [04:11] When Melissa turned 41
she was about to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, and she
wished for bravery.
- [06:09] She wished to be brave
for 12 months. After blowing out her candles, she went back to her
room and began to journal what bravery meant to her. The rest is
- [07:01] All we need is a
flicker of bravery and going upstream when everyone else is going
downstream. Even if it's only for a little bit.
- [08:02] Why Melissa is so
relatable. When Melissa began discovering her voice she realized
that she wrote the same way that she talked. This alone made her
- [09:04] It's easy to relate to
Melissa's words because she says what we are actually
- [09:38] Melissa is real enough
to say you hurt me, and God helped us.
- [10:06] Melissa is real enough
to say the truth and to admit her shortcomings and
- [10:41] The style and genre of
- [11:08] The book is a memoir.
It's about all the years in Melissa's life that led up to that one
year that changed her forever.
- [11:32] We have had wonderful
reviews. One recurring theme is that the book is an easy
- [12:03] The most surprising
thing for most people is that the book is funny. It's really
- [13:18] This book is for women
who are tired of standing in the back of the stage and are ready to
take center stage in their lives.
- [13:53] If you're not a
religious person, you will still love and identify with this
- [15:23] We had an editorial
review that said this woman loved the book and didn't feel preached
to. We can be like Christ without preaching it.
- [15:45] Melissa's writing is
kind of like Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, or Tina Fey. Those are the
three that she hears.
- [16:32] The overarching theme
that Melissa hopes to communicate with the book.
- [18:00] We have got to become
more aware of the words that our Creator has said about
- [19:30] Once we learn the truth
about what God has said about us, we can walk in the truth of
- [19:57] What Melissa go back
and change the pain that she has experienced?
- [20:13] No. If it meant doing
it all again, she would do it.
- [20:58] Melissa knows what love
and healing can do. She would do everything again if it would help
one woman to step out of the shadows and live the life she was
meant to live.
- [21:58] The book is about the
entire family including David, Remi, Rocco, and even Melissa's
mother, her Granny, Aunt Melba, and some of her
- [22:14] When Melissa's mother
is talking in the book the font actually changes. And it is written
in the style that her mother speaks in.
- [24:52] David is curious if
there's a scene in The Bodyguard that Melissa would like to act
- [26:22] If someone is unsure
about buying the book, Melissa would encourage them to come see her
on the book tour.
- [28:20] Melissa wants these
people to see someone just like them who decided to fight for one
- [28:41] You can find out more
about the tour here.
- [29:51] Follow Melissa on
social media. We have a lot of exciting press coming up in the next
couple of weeks.
- [30:22] Lightning round
- [32:15] When the ball is in our
hands, what will we do?
- [33:07] The book is an easy
read that will make people laugh and will make people cry. There
was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into this
- [33:22] David is so proud of
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