PAGE TURNER: The author during a promo appearance at the National Library.
Kerie-Ann ‘Kiki’ Thombs has always fascinated us. Whether she’s charming us over the airwaves (she recently moved to KOOL FM), bringing her sultry beauty to our TV screens (she has a solo TV project in the works) or using her personal testimony to remind us to cherish our lives, Kiki is a true inspiration. Now she’s written her first book, Discovering You: The Search Is Over, a guide to honing your inner compass with marked emphasis on self-acceptance and spirituality.
TALLAWAH: What did you discover about this crazy thing called life while working on Discovering You?
Kiki: I had many epiphanies, but especially how powerful we are as humans. My definition of God changed during the process of working on the book, because it looks at more than just spirituality. It also looks at neuroscience. Overall it gives a different meaning to love and respect.
TALLAWAH: Interesting. So why was it important for you to put this book out there?
Kiki: I’ve always wanted to write a book, and two years ago I met in a head-on collision. I could have died. So I said, ‘God, I’m ready.’ It just had to be birthed.
TALLAWAH: Having accomplished so much – from a media career to motherhood to becoming a first-time author, what do you consider your greatest achievement?
Kiki: Self-love (Laughs). I’m feeling at a place where life is good. I’m okay. I’m happy. And nothing else quite equates to that. While working on the book, I felt a transformation. I believe I am God being expressed as Kiki. I no longer see myself as Kerie. God is expressing himself through me. It’s like I have this job to do, and it’s going to be done.
TALLAWAH: What will your next book explore?
Kiki: Relationships. Intimate as well as other kinds of human relationships. A lot of us try to define ourselves based on our relationships, and that’s something we need to examine more closely in our everyday lives.
TALLAWAH: What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
Kiki: I want to say impacting lives, but I think the one thing most of us are looking forward to is the family time – making the most of the season, seeing the familiar faces and just enjoying the joy of family.