Jenn Sadai is a local author who chooses to use her own life experiences to help inspire others to overcome challenges. Her first book, Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, is her own tale of survival, from being a drug addicted thief to becoming successful and healthy. Her book Cottage Cheese Thighs tackles the subject of learning to love yourself and becoming confident with who you are. Sadai’s newest book, No Kids Required, covers the subject of modern day women who choose to live a childfree life.
“My goal as an author is to tackle different topics that affect women’s self-esteem. I know several childfree women who have experienced varying levels of criticism and judgment based on their decision,” said Sadai. “Some even felt like they were viewed as being less of a woman, simply because they weren’t a mother.”
Sadai is a stepmother of four, so has experienced both the blessings and burdens of being a mother and also being childfree. The subject of being a childfree woman was both important and personal to Sadai, but she felt she couldn’t do it justice on her own and went in search of other women’s perspectives.
“When you explain that you have four stepchildren, most people understand why you don’t have one of your own,” explained Sadai.
She began to talk with friends and family who were childfree, which often led her to meet with more childfree women who were eager to learn about the project and become involved. She eventually found 20 women to be included in the book and carefully documented their individual stories.
Sadai has also branched out into fiction writing with her series of stories about women overcoming horrific challenges and discovering their inner strength along the way. The first book, Her Own Hero, tells the story of a struggling showgirl who learns from her bad decisions and creates a better life for herself. Sadai is currently working on her second novel, Her Beauty Burns, which will be a part of the same series.
Although it can be difficult for any new writer or artist to get noticed, Sadai has found joining local groups helpful, such as Windsor Women in Business.
“Windsor has a thriving arts community and there are established writing and business groups that can help you succeed, if you’re willing to put yourself out there,” said Sadai.
She is thankful she made the decision to start writing and will be celebrating the release of No Kids Required on April 27 at the City Grill. For more information you can check out the Facebook event listing.
“If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t stop,” said Sadai. “It’s not easy to make a living as a writer, but the rewards will be worth it if you stay the course.”