Showcase Spotlight: GG Renee Hill of “All The Many Layers”

Update: GG will also be a panelist at “Brunch, Blogs And Books” taking place in DC on Sunday, May 4. Purchase your tickets here.

Author’s Note: During the next week, I will highlight a few of the artists and performers who are displaying their work in the upcoming showcase of Twenties Unscripted Presents “See. Speak. Feel.” Check them out. Show love.

How did you come up with the title of your book, “The Beautiful Disruption”?

Last year, the company I worked for had a management consultant come in who talked about how change in the workplace creates ‘purposeful disruptions’ that we resist at first, but are ultimately good to promote creativity and innovation.  A purposeful disruption is essentially knocking a group’s (or person’s) physical and mental dynamics off course.  

This made me think of all the ‘a-ha moments’ I’ve had over the years and how all of them came from some type of change or disruption in my life that forced me to take a step back and reevaluate myself.  In my own words, it’s a spiritual, emotional, inspirational slap in the face. 

In the context of the book, her disruption is beautiful because it wakes her up to all of the beauty she’s carried with her all along, but couldn’t see because she had so much guilt, shame and dogma cluttering her perspective.

What is one thing you did right and one thing you did wrong that aspiring authors can learn from?

One thing I did right:  I did it my way. My intention was to write a book that felt like art – unique and somewhat esoteric but still relatable.  I wanted to write a story of becoming and waking up.  A story that closely observes feelings and individual moments, as it takes an intimate look at what is going on in this woman’s mind as she’s trying to make sense of a difficult situation and expand from it.  I would encourage any aspiring author to take their time in deciding what story they want to tell and how they want to tell it.  It flows out of you more naturally that way.

One thing I did wrong:  I could list 100 things I did wrong because I’m extremely critical of myself and there’s so much I still have to learn about writing and publishing.  But I’ll narrow it down to one.  I should have prepared more for the marketing and promotion part of the process.  I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants trying to piece together my marketing strategy and it’s been, well, disruptive.  I thought I did a decent amount of research leading up to the launch, but in hindsight, I could have done more.  Don’t let the fear of mistakes deter you though. Taking imperfect action is a necessary part of anything that stretches you past your familiar. 

GGWhat can you tell us about your blog, “All The Many Layers”?

My blog is my business and my creative outlet where I explore all of the layers of being a complex woman and how we express ourselves through our hair, personal style, work, relationships, emotional outbursts, creative outlets – you name it. 

 I call it ‘A Daily Indulgence for Soulful Women’ because I want it to be a place where women can visit every day and read content that feels like a glass of wine or a cup of tea with a close friend.  No gossip or drama, only positive women sharing their stories, their inner and outer beauty tips and the things that inspire them. 

 By sharing my writing on my blog, I learned that my typical readers are introspective, complex women who are always looking to find meaning in their lives and who crave inspiration.  They are women like me, who want to be successful and fulfilled in their careers – not just bring home a paycheck.  They want to be spiritually and emotionally fit – not just look good on the outside.  They want to share stories about overcoming obstacles, following their dreams and the ups and downs of being women.  

Through my blog I’ve been able to identify my target audience as an author.  My goal is to create a platform of artful, introspective books that capture the nuances of the feminine emotional experience. 

Who or what most inspires you?

Everything. Love. Life. Art. Music. Complexity. Embarrassment. Joy. Pain. I’m pretty much obsessed with studying human nature.  It’s like everything that happens is for my deeper perspective.  I truly believe that as long as I have a creative outlet, I can survive anything.  Creative expression is like worship.  It’s therapy and emotional healing.  For a long time, I was not connected to myself this way and I struggled with anxiety and depression daily.  When I rediscovered writing, I slowly began to get back to myself.  I have to write to understand how I feel about all the things I think and see.

 A lot of women are existing but not thriving because they lack meaning in their lives. I’m drawn to write for these women because I was one of them.   So busy doing what we think we are supposed to do, but inside feeling like something is missing.  As I found myself on this mission to pursue a more intentional life, I started to share my experiences and I became passionate about creating content for other women on this journey. 

 What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read these words:

  • Women  – Creators. Life givers. Healers. Keepers.
  • Pain – Information. Purpose. Art. Resilience.
  • Soul – The intersection of Spirit and Humanity.
  • Beauty – Love. Hope. Spirit. Wisdom. Sincerity.

Finish this sentence—this book is for people who… have active inner worlds and who see everything that happens in their lives as a potential source of growth or clarity.  It explores heartbreak and low self-esteem as well as the impact of mental illness on a mother/daughter relationship. 

What is next for you?

More books. Expanding my blog to reach more people. Speaking events and collaborative projects.  This year, I have challenged myself to dive headfirst into my passion and scare my fear away with determination.  I want to make a living doing work that I love and this is the first year that I will be doing just that.

GG’s contact info:

Blog: www.allthemanylayers.com

Twitter and Instagram: @ggreneewrites

Twenties Unscripted Presents “See. Speak. Feel.” is a night of performance and art bringing together the work of local DC artists on Saturday, March 1. The show is sold out but look for the video recap!

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