Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Wen Soon I am a certified health and wellness coach. I spent my life in the public health and wellness space and am now in graduate school pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’ve been fascinated through my life about people and how we can help them through behavior change. The majority of my free time is spent in a dance studio practicing for ballroom and latin dance competitions.
I’ve written only one book which I poured time and energy into sharing with others on how to best take care of themselves.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s called Self-Care: Ideas and Stories for Putting Yourself First. I noticed there were many authors who have doctorates in the self-help field. Though I appreciated their expert advice, I wanted to hear stories from everyday people who tell their story on how they take care of themselves. Everyone is different and they all have varying ways of self-care and I wanted to highlight that in my book. Each person I interviewed inspired me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write a little every day. I’m not the type of write huge chunks of text in one day unless I magically get a huge idea that pops in my mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Brene Brown is my biggest influence. She wrote about vulnerability and about what courage is. Her words inspired me to write my own book and stop doubting my own abilities. I also loved how she integrated stories and evidence-based research into her book which I integrated into my book.
What are you working on now?
I’m in graduate school so I hope to finish up my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Who knows? There may be a book on that in the future!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think social media is the best. Your friends and peers trust you to do your best and want to support you to be the best that you can be.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t strive to be perfect. It’ll hold you back from ever publishing. Do your best and accept it. It’ll be better than you think.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Jia you! It means “go!” in Mandarin. These words remind me to keep going and never give up. It’s helped me complete so many large projects in my life.
What are you reading now?
I’m taking a break right now but hope to get back to reading Eight Dates by John Gottman.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m looking forward to specializing on one pillar of self-care (physical, mental, social, spiritual, or emotional) and writing more in-depth on that topic. I’ll hear feedback from the readers and go from there.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
1. Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life: Decode Your Emotional DNA-and Thrive by Margaret Moore
2. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman
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