Dee Louis-Scott is retiring from 30 years as a Federal employee. She has an adult daughter Autumn and is experiencing life as an empty nester. It has been 20 years since her mother’s death. The life lessons learned from her mom have been both powerful and inspirational. They have guided her throughout her life. Dee now lives in Raymore, Missouri.
Welcome Dee! We are so honored to have you here today. Let’s jump right in.
~~What makes this book different from others in your genre?
What makes my book different is not only do you get true great inspirational and motivational stories you also get some life lesson. Those life lessons are either what my mom Mattie Fisher told me or what I believe she would want others to get from her life stories. This book is part Chicken Soup for the Soul part prescriptive lessons and a lot of MAGIC. I have not come across anything with this exact format.
~~What’s the story behind the story? (What inspired you to write your book?)
My mother would tell me stories about her life from time to time. The older I got the more intrigued I became. One day I decided to just start a journal. The journal would be for my daughter so she would really understand who her grandmother was and what she went through to ensure both my daughter and I would have a better life. After I read over some of the stories I just knew that more people need to hear these. Thus began my journey.
~~What hope can you give to others in turmoil?
I hope I can give others the “Knowing” that anything and everything is possible and no situation is impossible to overcome.
~~Did you find healing in writing this story? Can you give an example?
Yes I found healing and understanding. In writing the chapter “Run Get out Now” I had to relive domestic violence. In “Broken” I had to deal with a tragic death. The first thing I had to do was face those situations. After I faced it I was able to look into my life and see how these events affected me and my relationships. What I could do moving forward to correct some issues. I talk a little more in depth in the “Epilogue’.
~~What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
This is hard because I have two favorite chapters for totally different reasons. “Ahead of her Time” because I am so proud of what mom was able to do. It felt so good to put it on paper for the whole world to see. Also “The Supernatural and the Unexplained” I enjoyed. I really went back amd did research to find the “names” for the things she was experiencing. Along the way I found answers for myself of some events that happen to me.
~~What was your most difficult chapter to write and why?
Again this is a hard one. Three chapters were hard for me to write. The one I cried through was Sunset. It was the longest and took me many starts and stops to finish it. I relived losing my best friend. The mistakes I made in turning over her care to someone else. Also it was longing and hoping that I was creating something with this book she would be proud of.
~~How is growing up today different from Mattie’s era?
I talked about this in the Life Lesson of Ahead of her time. When you think about not only the racism but the sexism of that era is amazing what she accomplished as a Black woman. Women issues like the right to body integrity; to vote; to hold public office; to work with fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental and religious rights. All of which we take for granted today. Then you add to that the civil rights for black Americans that really didn’t take hold until the 1950’s and I am amazed by the tenacity and strength she had to fight oppression.
~~You speak about supernatural events and abilities in your book, do you believe in the supernatural or is this just a way to make your book more interesting?
No dealing with the supernatural and unexplained has always been and still is a part of my life. The gifts though in different forms were handed down to me and my daughter. My daughter, just to name a couple of things, saw auras around the human body as a child and as a she grew she would dream events before they happen. I sometimes see spirits and hear them move often. We have just learned to live with it.
~~Are you planning on writing another book anytime soon? If so can you tell us a bit about it?
One of the chapters in my book dealt with health of my mom and her family. Though neither I nor my brother inherited the same issues, I wanted to find a natural way to deal with health. I have been studying Ayurveda philosophy. The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches a series of conceptual systems characterized by balance and disorder, health and disease. Disease/health results from the interconnectedness between the self, personality, and everything that occurs in the mental, emotional, and spiritual being. To be healthy, harmony must exist between the purpose for healing, thoughts, feelings and physical action. I want to develop a lifestyle program around this philosophy.
~How can reading this book help others?
What I want others to get from this book is what I know my mom would want. To inspire woman of all age to never give up and know that you can do and be whatever is in your heart. Never settle and know that you were created by greatness for greatness.
~~Thank you so much for joining us today and sharing such deep and personal truths with us.
You can stay connected with Dee Louis Scott!
Main website and social media
Where to buy
Book is available through my main website www.mattiefisher.com in PDF form. My website also at Amazon for print and kindle versions. http://www.amazon.com/Believe-Magic-Tenacity-Mattie-Inspire/dp/1937801225/
Thank you for joining us today! Blessings,
K.R. and T.L.