Writer looks to inspire with new book: ‘HOPE’

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by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter

Growing up in Western New York, Mercedes Wilson never thought she would one day become an author. Then she found the need to share her experiences, and Wilson decided to recall some of the hardest moments of her life.

“HOPE: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours” was officially published in February, and Wilson will be speaking at several events next week about the book.

“In 2016, I sat at my computer and knew it was time to make a book, but then I put it down,” Wilson said. “Then towards the end of 2017, I had a dream and it inspired me to write again, and I put the book together two months later. In this book, I talk about my journey, losing everything I had at one point, being diagnosed with breast cancer at 28, and so much more.”

Wilson will be at the Audubon Library, 350 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. She will also be holding a workshop called “The Healing Power of Faith” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Santosha Holistic Center, 22 Lafayette Blvd., Williamsville.

Also, Wilson will be holding a book signing and talk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Suite 300, Amherst.

“Being able to speak about myself and this new book will be such a humbling experience,” Wilson said. “This story is all about perspective, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and being able to connect with people.”

Wilson, who resides in Tonawanda with her husband and four children, is the executive director and founder of For Our Daughters Inc. This 501(c)(3) organization aims to assist young women between the ages of 11 and 19 and help them live healthier lives. Wilson also recently launched her new radio show, “The Mercedes Wilson Show,” which airs on Power 96.5 FM.

The book will be available for purchase at Bender’s Christian Book Store, the Beacon Christian Book Store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Buffalo History Museum and westbowpress.com. Westbow Press is the publisher of the book. To learn more about Wilson and her new book, visit www.mercedesewilson.com.

2018-06-13 / Local News

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