Elizabeth Antonucci on finding your voice after a lifetime of silence and using that voice to change your world

Fractured received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Elizabeth Antonucci.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Fractured: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way. Published: July 17, 2017

What’s the book’s first line? 

“I don’t have many true fears in life.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

The story of a woman who stared death in the face and made a conscious decision to live. After a fatal car accident, Elizabeth woke up in a hospital bed with a fractured neck, arm, shoulder, and other injuries. At that moment, overwhelmed with confusion and pain, she had no idea the journey to heal her body would lead to a complete transformation of her life. Fractured is about more than the events surrounding a near-death experience. 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 isn’t 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, Elizabeth hopes to show that living an authentic life is the key to self-acceptance and true happiness. Life is just oh so beautiful when you love yourself.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

In 2007 I was in a fatal car accident. That was the catalyst for the book. The accident gave me a chance to reevaluate my life and allowed me to consciously choose to be the woman I knew I could be. The book started as a form of therapy for me. After the car accident, I started writing down my experiences, thoughts after rehab, and obstacles that I was facing. It was a way for me to process and heal from what had happened. I originally thought I was writing a one-woman show, but eventually realized my true purpose for writing the book was to share my experiences with others in hopes that those struggling with trauma can find some comfort in knowing they are not alone.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

I think one of the coolest things about writing this book now is my age. I am sure people think a memoir… from a 31 year old.. but I think that is why people should read my book. It is very relatable. As an avid self-development reader I have read many books from woman and men who are older, and while I always take something away from it- there always seems to be a disconnect for me. My book is honest, funny, and deals with topics that I know many women (and men) struggle with. I have been told that is is one of the only books in this genre that is not overly preachy or harsh. It simply tells my story from a raw and vulnerable place in hopes of helping those who may be struggling with something similar.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

Jennifer Lawrence. She is a powerhouse of an actor. I think she would bring such rawness and vulnerability to the story as well as the humor that is there.

Is this the first you’ve written?

Yep, this is my first book. I never really thought of myself as a writer, but I have so enjoyed the process and am thinking about my second book already!

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am the founding director of Step Up Chicago Playwrights as well as a Real Estate Agent in California. I volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California and sit on the board of the West Fresno Family Resource Center. I try and spend my time doing things I love and helping others. Donating my time wherever I can keeps me grounded and humble.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Brené Brown & Elizabeth Gilbert. I swear these two women are my spirit animals. I can relate so well to the books they have written and to the different things they have gone through and speak about in their books. I am currently re-reading books from both of them. I pick up new things and learn new things each time I read their books.