Bulimia survivor’s e-book a bestseller
A former bulimia sufferer is recovering from the surprise of her first e-book soaring to the top of its category on Amazon’s bestseller lists.
Waiheke Island artist Emma Wright says she is thrilled to see her kindle book Feel Good Friday: 40 Unexpected Ways To Feel Good About Your Life tagged as a bestseller in Amazon’s ‘self help personal growth’ and ‘spiritual, eating disorder’ categories.
‘‘It was on May 4 when I saw it on Amazon. First thing in the morning it was number 3, two hours later it was number 1.
‘‘I rang my husband, Graeme. We had a sort of celebration but our little children, aged 3 and 5, still had to be clothed and fed.’’
The book is a compilation of expanded articles the Oneroa resident wrote for a blog she started a year and a half ago Friday.
She says it started out as a way for people to understand the messages behind her paintings but she noticed they were starting to connect better with the written word.
Her articles on the blog focus on the power of self-love in life’s everyday journey.
Wright says many of her insights came from a personal struggle of around 20 years with the eating disorder bulimia, which was only resolved when she stopped fighting it.
Sufferers of the disorder typically gorge on large amounts of food and then make themselves vomit.
Wright first started when she was 14.
Her parents thought it was a ‘‘ teenage age thing I’d grow out of’’.
‘‘I felt very helpless and embarrassed and frustrated. I remember thinking, ‘If I can just sort this out, everything
Feel Good will be all right’.
‘‘I always felt like I had to battle it, each binge would be the ‘last’ more.’’
But a change in mental
eat even attitude was what finally got her through, once she realised it was better to embrace her body, Wright says.
She started telling herself that being bulimic was part of who she was and, soon, things didn’t taste as good.
‘‘The disorder lost its power when I wasn’t fighting it,’’ she says.
Her book, edited by US Dr Libby editor Caroline Webster, is described on Amazon as a salve for the things life throws at us.
She says it is not specifically about bulimia but has been influenced by that experience.
Wright says everyone has the same personal power to change things but most don’t realise it.
‘‘We can all leave the world in better shape than when we came into it.’’
Now she is writing a followup as well as readying artwork and working with photographer Peter Rees for the island’s Winter Arts Festival.
Artist Emma Wright is excited her e-book is bestseller in two categories for kindle on Amazon.