Book Talk: Mo'Nique finds voice for larger sized teens

Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:02am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - From phone sex operator, to comedian, to large size campaigner, to teen author with a voice for girls struggling to come to terms with their weight.

Mo'Nique Imes Jackson, 40, who is known by her stage name Mo'Nique, has enjoyed a varied career, starring in various TV shows, hosting the BET awards, and penning two books "Skinny Women Are Evil" and the cookbook "Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted."

Now twice-married Mo'Nique, who recently launched an online clothing range called Fat Gurl, has branched out into teen fiction with a coming-of-age novel "Beacon Hills High" which she co-wrote with Sherri McGee McCovey.

The novel is about a 13-year-old F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick) girl who happens to share her last name -- Eboni Michelle Imes.

Mo'Nique, who has four children from her two marriages, spoke to Reuters about her latest venture -- and why fat-ism is wrong:

Q: Why did you decide to go into teen fiction?

A: "I think there are so many issues in college that were not as threatening when we were young and it's helpful to have a coming-of-age book that is real and helps kids understand what is going on."

Q: What type of issues do you mean?   Continued...