This interview is being used as an example of what an author interview would look like. It was first published on The Reading Desks’ Website.
Author Aimee Cabo discusses her new memoir Love is the Answer, God is the Cure, a story of a woman who triumphed against all odds, persevered to find true love and form a family that could withstand anything.
Interviewer: Aimee, your book, Love is the Answer, God is the Cure, is a memoir and it provides an account of a period in your life when you were physically, sexually and mentally abused by family members and those close to you. I know it’s a tough process for us to interview you with regards the memories, so please don’t feel it necessary to answer questions that you are uncomfortable with.
Interviewer: What was your main motivation and what did you hope to achieve in writing this book?
Aimee: Even though it was very hard to describe all that has happened to me I wanted to show it all in order to help others. I didn’t know that 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before 18 years. I want to spread the message that there is hope. The book did help in my own healing process too, the process of writing all these stories turned me from detached person to a person involved in them, I realized the extent of things that I have gone through, and I was able to star the healing process.
Interviewer: How do you feel now towards the people who abused you?
Aimee: I have forgiven them. I believe this is a big part of my healing process.
Interviewer: With hindsight, what decision do you wish you could have done differently?
Aimee: Getting pregnant so early in my life, at 18, and especially with the wrong person. Also, I should have spoken much earlier than 15, I waited for too long.
Interviewer: What advice would you give someone else in a similar situation that could empower them to seek help and support?
Aimee: Always turn to someone who cares, speak up early. There is help. Call the 800 numbers, go to your teacher, go to the social worker in school, go to the school counsellor. Be strong, even though you may think you are hurting your family it is for the best.
Interviewer: Your husband sounds a remarkable man and he has been incredibly supportive to you and Danielle. What was the most important aspect of his support in dealing with your past?
Aimee: Boris was with me during hard times, he was patient with me and understanding, but most importantly he expressed unconditional love.
Interviewer: Do you wish to use this experience and/or book to help others that may be in, or have just come through, a situation of child or domestic abuse?
Aimee: Yes, that is why I am publishing the book, to help others, to tell them that there is hope and that they are not alone.
Interviewer: Do you feel writers have a platform to influence society?
Aimee: Yes, I believe that, you should be honest and personable to let the reader see the human aspect of yourself. Writers can influence changes. Appearing at speaking events or volunteering for a good cause can help spread the word.
Interviewer: What advice would you give to aspiring or debut authors?
Aimee: Never give up, follow your dreams, keep moving forward.
Interviewer: What are the greatest obstacles to being an Indie Author?
Aimee: It is hard financially, but rewarding otherwise. There are many good professionals out there that are available to help with editing, cover design and marketing, do your research and pick the people who have been recommended by others.
Interviewer: What other projects are you working on, and can you give us any insights?
Aimee: At the moment I am just thinking about a second part of my memoir.
Interviewer: How can readers learn more about you and your work?
Aimee Cabo Nikolov is a Cuban American who has lived most of her life in Miami. After many years of healing, finding love, raising a family and evolving her relationship with God, Aimee’s true grit and courage led her to pen this honest, thought-provoking memoir. Years of abuse became overshadowed with years of happiness and unconditional love. Aimee hopes that anyone who has suffered abuse of any kind, or walked a moment in similar shoes, will find inspiration in these pages, and hope that love and truth will ultimately prevail. Aimee is a trained nurse and the president and owner of IMIC, Inc., a medical research company in Palmetto Bay, Florida. She lives with her husband of 12 years, Dr. Boris Nikolov and her three children. You can learn more about Aimee on her website