What was your inspiration to write your book?

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What was your inspiration to write your book?

The inspiration for me writing this book was that other people used to tell me their stories when I was going through really difficult circumstances. They would say, "I've been where you are, but I'm not today." That would give me hope, to know that I could get through it too. I've been sharing my story since before Justin started his career, and when he turned 18, I thought that this is time now--for me to put it down on paper. With Justin and all of his followers, I now have over two million followers that call me mom; they're asking me questions all the time, asking me for my advice. As a response to them, I also wrote a teen version of the book. I wanted to let them know the things that I've been through and let them know that I could relate to them in a lot more ways than they could think.

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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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