What made you decide on the title Hustle & Heart?
While I was at a women’s business event in LA I saw a flyer that said Hustle and heart will set you apart… and I looked at my friend Christa and said I’m going to write a book called hustle and heart talking about my journey through school and into my career. And this flyer right here inspired it.
Does it annoy when people say you copied Kevin Hart on your title?
It does because my title had no connection or relation to anything Kevin Hart, although, my followers probably know I love him.
How did you choose what to discuss in this book?
I wanted my supporters to know how I have been feeling through everything, I also wanted them to know that my life is not 100% drama as seen on tv. I really started to see the good in things overall, even though some of my situations haven’t been ideal.
What was different about writing this book compared to Pride Over Pity?
I wrote this book in a similar way to Pride Over Pity, being that I would just write… and write and write. But with this one, I would really listen to the people around me and really hear something a professor or friend would say and think about how that applied to my life… mostly in a positive way or how could I apply this to help myself see things in a more positive.
Is there anything you wish you put in Hustle & Heart?
I don’t think there’s anything I could have added… I will just keep writing. For myself and for my supporters.
What are you most excited about your kids eventually reading in your book? The most nervous?
I’m excited for my kids to see how everything happened and how far we’ve come. Isaac was my first and so we are essentially growing up together. My hope for my kids is that they’ll see all that we’ve overcome and want to keep pushing and working hard for themselves and their families no matter the circumstances.
Do you have plans to write more?
I’m always thinking and writing, there are definitely more to come.
What do you hope your supporters take away from your book knowing?
I hope that people will read hustle & heart and understand that things aren’t always as they seem. I’m not as cold-hearted and heartless as I have come across through tv. There is a past behind who I am today and I’m working hard to better myself.
What was the most memorable part of writing the book?
There were times where I got into this writing mode and it felt like I had so much to say and just wrote and wrote and wrote. Even if it was ultimately edited out, it was really therapy for me.
What is your favorite quote in the book?
Follow your heart, but watch your step.
Why do you recommend people that watch the show to read your book?
I think there’s a lot to learn from both things. Not everything in life in black and white….. and just because someone tries to be realistic doesn’t mean their negative…. I’m so tired of people saying I’m negative.