My name is Win Charles. In 1987 I was born in Aspen, CO where I continue to live. I am a self-taught artist and became interested in doing artwork as a way to cope with having cerebral palsy. My inspiration for my artwork is life in general as well as roses, orchids and the flora and fauna of the Bahamas.
At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself.
My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary
possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that
those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences –
will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.
Win: I did my first book after losing my mom but the concept of that book came to me at age 18.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Win: ‘I, Win. The View From my Heels’ coming out in April.
RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?
Win: Facebook and Google plus Twitter all social media Facebook has really helped me.
RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?
Win: Joanna Penn website the CreativePenn.com
RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?
Win: My greatest challenge wasn’t actually self-publishing my but it was writing a full manuscript due to my disability. I had to use Apple’s silly speech dictation to write.
RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?
Win: Interact with your fans every day