Meet Morgan Menzie

Career Day is typically designed to get high school students thinking about what they would like to do when they finish school. For Morgan Menzie, Career Day during her senior year was more successful than she could have imagined. When it came time for Career Day, Morgan was in the middle of directing a play she had written that would be performed at her school. Two of the guests on Career Day were from The Tennessean and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Morgan went to the writing room and met with them. She got a job at The Tennessean the next summer and began working with Kate Etue from Thomas Nelson on a book, Sisterhood: Voices of Teenage Girls, which Morgan edited.

Morgan’s first novel, Diary of an Anorexic Girl, is a personal book that is based on her own struggle with anorexia. She got the idea after receiving the ‘What are you going to do with your life?’ speech her freshman year, while she was in her dorm room. She says she was trying to figure out how to live her life in a new way (at the time she had recently gotten over anorexia). She thought, “All right, I just got over something that took almost half my life (7 years out of 18), and God has shown me the grace to be able to overcome it." He also had been showing me how great this world is when you don't put yourself in your own prison.” Morgan then e-mailed her editor, Kate, who liked the idea. Morgan says it was difficult to write because she had just recently learned not to think the way she did when she was battling anorexia—everything is black and white. But she had to put herself back into that mindset to write the book.

When asked what she would like to say to young women who struggle with their self image, Morgan replied, “I just would probably say to them that there's so much more to life, and this is such a big world to enjoy. Don't box yourself in to worrying about the way you look when you're already beautiful to God and you should be beautiful to yourself.” She explains that the problem with self-image is that people tend to think other people see them the way they see themselves, even if that is not the case.

Morgan lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is majoring in English at Vanderbilt University. She was the valedictorian of her high school class as well as the editor of the yearbook and literary magazine.

Information from an interview with Christianbook.com Posted 08/03

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