Today I’m pleased to present an interview with Clara Lee, author of The Cupcake Theory. For those of you that don’t know Clara yet, let’s take a few moments and get to know her…
My name is Clara Lee. I am an Author, Coach, Speaker, Model, and Business Consultant! I was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Northern California. I am a graduate of Boston University. I am passionate to help and inspire people in overcoming hardships, self-confidence, and relationships! I live in Los Angeles, Calif., with my puppy Blueberry. My philosophy in life is that all things must transcend from within and that true beauty can only come from within. I was inspired of this idea at 19 years old when I temporarily lost my eye sight due to glaucoma. After overcoming this hardship, I have dedicated myself to sharing my messages and philosophy to the world through my various passions as entertainer, consultant and coach.
Welcome Clara, tell us about your writing process?
My writing process starts from observation, learning, epiphany and realization! Then follows extensive thinking, organizing my thoughts, research, connecting with experts and other wise people/mentors. Most of my writing process begins at little coffee and tea shops or in everyday places! I like to jot down ideas on anything ‘writable’ from coffee shop napkins to coffee cups and shoe boxes to notebooks whenever an idea or an inspiration comes to mind – I write them all down! Sometimes you don’t necessarily need a notebook and a pen to start writing and get inspired!
Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
Hmm… outside of self-help and personal development, I would say Fantasy/Sci-fi!!!
Oh, that’s very interesting! You’ll have to come back when you write that fantasy/sci-fi tome you’ve got hiding inside you! What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
For those who want to fly, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Present, The Gift of Imperfection, Leadership and Self Deception.
All of these books are inspirational, and they touch upon the idea of individualism and embracement of who you are and what makes you. These books encourage you to also acknowledge your flaws and transform them into something empowering and serving.
What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
Well, if I woke up in bed? I would ask my puppy Blueberry to paw tap me and lick my face to make sure I am awake and not dreaming. Then if it’s really happening, I would roll around my bed (seriously!)… After I calm down a bit, call all my loved ones, contributors in the book and thank each of them. After that? Brush my teeth, wash my face, get dressed then run out of my house and distribute 100 books around the neighborhoods of Los Angeles for three straight days.
Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
Hmm excessively eating dried mangos or eating a whole pint of almond butter while writing.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Play with Blueberry, connect with loved ones, get inspired/think, yoga, dine, dance, model, consult, and coach!!
Coach models and actors, young and older professionals on image, self-confidence, and relationships. Speak at seminars and workshops for non-profits, corporations, and other organizations. Work on my business and provide corporate consulting for top companies.
Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
Still in development J please stay tuned!
Such a tease!! Oh well, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with The Cupcake Theory…
“THE CUPCAKE THEORY” is a powerful and encouraging book of wisdom, by Korean-American author, entertainer, consultant, and entrepreneur Clara Lee, that will empower and help women understand how they can best flourish in romantic relationships. Through using a charming analogy of the relationship between the cake and the frosting of cupcakes, the book reinforces concepts of balancing one’s own self-awareness and needs with the desire for fulfilling romantic relationships.
“It doesn’t matter how great and lavish your frosting is… because that is not what makes you who you are,” explains Lee, regarding her theory. “What makes you who you are, is you—the cupcake without all the decorations and glitz. Be whole. Be solid. Be beautiful. BE YOU!”
And there’s a giveaway!!
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