Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Alana Nicole Sholar, an American transgender activist and writer, the author of “Hung in the Middle: A Journey of Gender Discovery” (2012). Hello Alana!
However, the one thing I never told anyone was that I had a secret. Many of the risky things I did in life were an attempt to keep my secret hidden. I tried to write my story a number of times but without being able to tell my entire story, it was impossible for me to tell any of my stories.
|Hung in the Middle via hunginthemiddle.com.|
There were several members in our support group and I thought the world of each of them. However there were three that I hung out with the most, Kellin, Cassie, and Kaillie.
Sometimes I just hated myself. I still live my life ‘hung in the middle’ of two genders and still have to be careful with not liking myself at times. I attribute much of the depression I deal with to my difficulty in being happy with myself.
|Book signing and speaking engagement|
Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY
Monika: Could you tell me about the importance of love in your life?
I sat down and wrote my memories … it was Bobbie who put those memories together resulting in my memoir. Bobbie supports me professionally by handling all my business arrangements and attending my speaking and book signing events.
She supports me personally by going to all of my doctor’s appointments with me and by us simply sharing our lives together. My family as a whole has always been there for me, which is the best way any family can show you love … and that’s a real blessing.
The only time I wear a dress these days is when attending a book signing or speaking event. Once in a while I might wear a dress to go out to eat but most of the time I like my jeans and boots. Don’t get me wrong … I still like to look good, it’s just that I don’t mess with the high heels and short skirts as much as I once did.
Monika: Are you working on any new projects now?