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Welcome! I’m Shani, the author of the book you see below and this is my site—home to projects and ideas I’m passionate about such as writing, words, food, body image, healthy eating and personal growth. If you want to know more about me see my about page here.

This is my favorite inspirational quote right now:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”Author & spiritual activist, Marianne Williamson

Here’s the skinny on my book Being Ana

In 2010 I self-published Being Ana and it’s been out in the world doing its thing. Since then, my book has been the recipient of numerous indie awards (see here) and I have given talks about anorexia and recovery to inpatients in eating disorder treatment centers, college students, teachers and social workers.

Being Ana was chosen as required reading for the National Eating Disorder Association’s Helpline volunteers and as mandatory reading for nutrition students at Bastyr University. Also, I’ve been told, that Being Ana is required reading in some Women’s Studies classes (I’d love to find out where!) and I know it is being used by some eating disorder therapists in individual and group therapy to facilitate discussion and healing.

About two years ago, I dragged my then 3-year-old son to a book festival in Berkeley, California to a panel discussion I wanted to hear about how mothers who are writers juggle their writing/mothering. My son insisted we sit on a bench by a window and I happened to sit next to a woman who happened to be the publisher of She Writes Press, which I am proud to say will be publishing an updated iteration of Being Ana in July, 2017.

This book has been many years in the making. It includes insight from a decade of my eating disorder, five years of  active recovery, and just over a decade of ‘normal’ life free of anorexia. I am thrilled to be on this modern writer’s journey, to have found She Writes Press, to be giving my book a new spine to lean on, and to be able to experience firsthand the workings of traditional publishing in today’s hybrid literary world.

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