Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Antonucci.
Elizabeth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Almost exactly 10 years ago, I was in a fatal car accident. I was a senior at Loyola Marymount University in California and a group of us were doing research in Wyoming for a play we were cast in. Five of us in the cast had to be back earlier than the rest since we were working on another show so we drove separately. On the way back, the driver of my car fell asleep at the wheel – when he realized what had happened, he overcorrected his driving and the car flipped, rolled seven times, and I was ejected through the sunroof. I suffered a broken neck, arm, shoulder, and ankle.
I originally started writing down memories as a form of therapy, a way to help get the trauma, events and details of the accident out of my body and mind. I was not sure what form they would take. Then around my 30th birthday, I had a breakdown. I felt like a failure, I thought I should have been at a different place in my life, I thought I should have accomplished more. After many therapy sessions and allowing myself to cry, be mad, and feel all the feelings – I realized I had so much more to share than just the details of the accident. I took a step back and saw how hard I had fought to be healthy and have a successful life. I knew at that point what my book was supposed to be about.
I wanted to share my struggles and adversity in hopes of helping others going through something similar, thus Fractured: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way was born. Fractured is more than just an account of the events that happened on October 23, 2007 – It’s about realizing how a broken mind and a broken heart can be healed just like broken bones. It’s about finding your voice after a lifetime of silence, and about using that voice to change your world. It’s about realizing that life is not about what you have; It’s about who you are. It’s about learning to embrace fear instead of letting it paralyze you. By sharing the events in Fractured, I want to show that living an authentic life is the key to self-acceptance and true happiness.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been many struggles along the way, mostly about self-doubt and the fear of how people would perceive me. The fear of sharing things that a lot of people had no clue that I had been through. But that is ultimately why I wanted to write this book.
When I started thinking through all I had gone through and all I had thrived through – I kept thinking that there has to be many other men and women who have struggled with similar things. Self-doubt, fear, not being your authentic self, trying to be someone you’re not, being influenced by society are sadly things that plague most of us.
One of the most challenging topics to write about was the chapter about when I was raped my freshman year in college. It was something only my therapist really knew about. I hadn’t even told my parents. It brought back so many unpleasant memories and this incredible feeling of shame. As I was writing it I had to take many breaks, remember that I was not the same person nor in the same place, and keep telling myself I was enough and that I am OK. However, once I finally got the chapter to where I wanted it to be; THEN came the even harder part of having to tell my parents about the event. I hid it from them for 12 years but I knew I needed to tell them before the book came out.
Again, all the fear, shame, embarrassment, and emotions came rushing in. But I knew it was something I had to do before I let them read the book – that was probably the only thing they didn’t know about that was in the book. I also knew it was something that I absolutely needed to include since a major topic in the book is about finding my voice and sharing my truth. This was a huge part of losing both of those things. I am so thankful to have such supportive, encouraging and loving parents. It was extremely hard for them to hear, but I know it ultimately brought us closer and deepened our relationship.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fractured: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a speaker and an author and my mission is to empower, enlighten, and inspire others to find, use, and share their authentic voice, truth, and self. I am in the process of setting up a speaking tour to help spread my message as well as show others they can do the same. I am working on my next book about what happens when you find your voice.
As many know – once you find your voice, it’s not like you have magically conquered the task and you move onto the next. I wish! The universe and God often send little tests your way to make sure you always practice being authentic and living in integrity. I am always catching myself slipping back into my old ways of being a “people pleaser” and it is a constant effort to stay on this path of being true to myself.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Since I released the book on July 17th and in the month that it has been out, I have received so many wonderful reviews, praise, and awards. I have read emails from 17-year-old girls to 55-year-old men telling me how my book has touched them and made them take a second look at their lives and see where they need healing. I really didn’t know that the power of my words and my journey would have such an impact. As I mentioned, I am going to be traveling and speaking about my book and experiences to further my message and help others through their struggles. I am also starting to think about my next book and will begin working on that.
- $16.95 paperback, $5.99 kindle/iBooks
- Website: www.elizabethantonucci.com
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