Author Spotlight ~ LaTarsha Holden
LaTarsha Holden is a native of Atlanta, GA. She was a walking statistic: high-school drop-out, four kids by the age of twenty-two, welfare recipient, low self-esteem, mentally, verbally and physically abused. The predictable outcome was a life of poverty, dependency on welfare, uneducated and underemployed with little chance of success.
Amazingly at thirty-five while homeless with six children she decided to fight for her dreams and children and enrolled in college. LaTarsha is a loving and devoted mother of six children and grandmother of four. She is now an emerging leader in the city of Atlanta. She has an A.A. degree in Biblical Education, a B.A degree in Leadership and Administration, a MBA degree and went on to become a Doctoral student. She was also included in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
She’s been featured in Clayton County local newspaper and graced the front page of a local newspaper in Lubbock Texas. In Addition: she became a featured story on AOL Black Voices. She has appeared on The Debra Gatlin Show, The Ordinary People Show who are doing extraordinary things, and Joe the Gravedigger Show about helping others in the community who were facing difficult challenges. She was a featured story in the W.O.W. Magazine.
She was presented with the award of “Women Who Inspire” at an annual women conference hosted by WEOP in “2008” and was nominated for the “Humanitarian Essential Piece Award” in “2011” from Ga. Alliance to End Homelessness. She was an Honoree for the “Unsung Hero” award at the APEX Pyramid awards in “2016” She received the “I Am a Warrior” at the Stage Play “Lord Fight This Battle”. She’s an inspiring speaker and she answered the call to preach the Word of God, after accepting her call into ministry in “2005”. She was ordained into the office of Pastor in February “2013”. She is the Host of Global Talk Radio and the Host of Authentically Living Hangin with LaTarsha & LeAnn.
LaTarsha Holden knows what it takes to beat the odds and break the through the inner glass ceilings that limit performance. She is a speaker, preacher, community advocate and author. She is the author of the several books, and a subject of a documentary also titled “No Longer Lost”.
AU Mag: When did you first start writing?
LaTarsha: I started working around twelve, poetry was my genre at that time. As of “2015”, I became a published author as I wrote about my life story. I’ve went on to write eight more books inn “2016”.
AU Mag: What motivated you to become an author?
LaTarsha: I wanted to share my testimony with the world. My other books are to inspire, give hope, train and equip others to be the best person they could be.
AU Mag: Tell us a little about your book.
LaTarsha: My book “No Longer Lost” which also has a documentary out as well titled “No Longer Lost” was done to tell of God’s grace and mercy. He transformed my life by taken a high- school dropout, mother of four by the age of twenty-two, hopeless and homeless with six children and restored me. I went from a GED to a doctoral student.
AU Mag: If there was one message that you would hope a reader takes away from your book(s), what would it be, and why?
LaTarsha: I want my readers to trust the process. God knows what He’s doing, He is the master at restoring you and everything you lost.
AU Mag: What audience do you think would be interested or would benefit in reading your book?
LaTarsha: I believe teenage girls and women would be interested or mostly benefit from reading my book.
AU Mag: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it and what was it about?
LaTarsha: I’ve always had a heart for those who are broken in spirit, rejected and felt unloved.
AU Mag: What motivates you to continue writing?
LaTarsha: The love for people. I want as many people free from bondage as possible.
AU Mag: When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
LaTarsha: I love to read, listen to music, meditate and have reflection time.
AU Mag: What words of encouragement would you say to others who may want to become an author?
LaTarsha: The story is there; focus so you can go within and bring it out.
AU Mag: Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share?
LaTarsha: I will be planning book signings for my new releases. I have a training manual I just wrote and a children’s book that was illustrated by a beautiful young lady named Lyric Evans. Follow me on social media for updates and location.
Connect with LaTarsha on her website: http://www.latarshaholden.com/ or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org