Book Review: Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs

Perfectly UniquePerfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to FootBook review of Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot by Annie Downs by Annie Downs.

Don’t miss yesterday’s interview with Annie Downs where she discusses which chapter in Perfectly Unique was her favorite to write, as well as the one big take-away she wants readers to get from the book.

I’ve read Annie Downs’ blog off and on for a few years, and I knew she had book out this Fall, but I’d read that it was geared towards teenage girls. So, while I was once a teenage girl, I am most definitely not one now, and figured the book wasn’t one that I’d read. Too many books, not enough reading time.

And then I heard Downs speak at Influence Conference. Not about her book that much, but about Mocha Club and her work with them. And she was so real and approachable, and the little bit that she said about her book made me sit up and think “I have got to read it.”

[Read more…]

Author Interview with Annie Downs

I’m thrilled today to welcome author Annie Downs to the blog to answer some questions about her book Perfectly Unique (which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow), as well as questions about her reading habits and writing routine.

Perfectly Unique Author Interview Annie Downs - The Deliberate ReaderHow do your family and others ‘in the story’ feel about the book?
There wasn’t much in the book that my family and close friends didn’t already know. I was given advice early on that before my people read my book, they should know it all. So I set out to tell those stories before they saw them. My real people deserve that.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I love the chapter on Feet. I really love encouraging young women to serve locally, regionally, and globally. I think it is life-changing for everyone involved.

How did you come up with the title?
When I self-published the book in 2010, it was called From Head To Foot, to go along with the set up of the book. But when Zondervan acquired it, we brainstormed up a new title that really embodied me and my story that is woven throughout this book. I think Perfectly Unique is exactly right. I love it.

Can you share about other books you read – fiction or nonfiction. Or, what books you read when you were a teen?
I read tons. I love reading. My favorite teen series was The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. Christy was one of my dearest friends growing up (even though she was fictional). 🙂

How do you balance your writing and your speaking schedule? Do you think they complement each other, or is it a challenge to switch gears between them?

Barely? Is that a good answer? 🙂 No, it’s all seasonal. When I’m writing a book, I try to stay home more and focus on living life well so I have lots to write about. And I’m an extreme extrovert, so I gain life from being around my people. So if I’m pouring out in writing, I need to be in Nashville where my people are. Right now, with Perfectly Unique being new on the market, I’m loving traveling all over the country and meeting readers. It’s amazingly fun.

What is your writing environment? Laptop or longhand? Quiet room, coffee shop, music or silence?
Laptop. Coffee-shop. Music. Currently I’m listening Taylor Swift’s new album. I can’t quit it.

What is best writing advice you can give?
Write every day. Writing is like a well, the more you pull from it, the more there is for you.

What’s the one big takeaway you want people to have after reading your book?
God made you on purpose.

What’s the best part about being an author?
Meeting readers. It is such a joy to work on some project in the quiet of my own laptop and then have thousands of people read that work and care about it and want to talk about it. It’s really sweet. And my readers are so amazing- teens, moms, single girls. I just love meeting them all.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Nope. 🙂 Very soon though. Very soon.

Want more about Annie or Perfectly Unique? Come back tomorrow for my review, and also visit Annie’s blog and Facebook page.

Disclosure: I received a pre-release copy of the book from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!