Catching up with Lara Frater
author of Fat Chicks Rule!
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With a title like "Fat Chicken Rule" how can you not fall in love with the book and the writer. Me and Lara Frater made company at an event. Which one I am unsure about since I heard her name from many people. Since both Lara and myself were East Coasters loving and living in New York.
I was able to get to know her through others in the bbw community. I believe it was Phat poetry an event in which certain spoken word and poetic individuals were selected to perform in downtown Manhattan. I performed that night and it was wonderful. Maybe we bumped into each other at the Fat Girls Flea Market, or one of the Goddesses event. Either way we were running around in circles in the same loop. So when I had the chance to interview Lara it was a treat.
Now catching up to see all the new things going on with Lara Frater and her new accomplishments is a real joy. Hope you enjoy as well and keep updated with Lara at her site www.LaraFrater.com
LargeInCharge.com: What is your name?
LargeInCharge.com: Where are you from and what is your current Location?
Iím a Queens Girl, born, mostly raised and currently living in Queens, New York.
LargeInCharge.com: When did you first appear in LargeInCharge Magazine?
Issue #31 - October 2006
LargeInCharge.com: Please tell us why you were featured?
I had a fun and awesome book out called Fat Chicks Rule which was a fabulous guidebook about being a big girl in a thin-centric world.
LargeInCharge.com: How did you feel when you appeared in LargeInCharge?
I was excited and happy to be featured! I love reaching out to fans to let them know there is nothing wrong with being fat.
LargeInCharge.com: How do you feel now about being included in our special Decade editions?
Honored, Iím glad I was remembered.
LargeInCharge.com: How has your life and endeavors changed since your appearance?
When I first wrote the book, I was still fairly new to size acceptance. I didnít even have a section in my book on Health at Every Size (HAES). Now Iím more of an expert. I also feel more comfortable with my body and my choices than I did in 2006.
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you made to advance your career/business?
I try to send more stuff out than I did before or self-publish if I canít. I kept my online presence strong. I make sure the blog posting goes out every Monday evening.
LargeInCharge.com: How long have you invested in your venture/career?
The book Fat Chicks Rule and companion blog came out in 2005, so itís almost 10 years. (I was writing before that but Fat Chicks Rule was my big breakthrough.)
LargeInCharge.com: Tell us about some of the most exciting events/occasions, you/your business have held/participated in.
I havenít sold my book directly for a few years, but I had a great time selling it at Phillybash, The Goddesses party, NAAFA, and the Fat Girlís Flea Market (Now the Big Fat Flea)
LargeInCharge.com: Have you been featured in any press, on tv, newspapers etc?
Iíve been on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC, in the Associated Press, The Queens Chronicle (My local paper), Xhibit P which explores themes in pop culture, the blog has been mentioned in the New York Times and my book was mention in on the floor of the senate
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you seen for plus sized people since your first appearance?
Iím seeing more social acceptance for larger bodies. There has been a massive increase in fat acceptance blogs and social networking. More clothing manufactures are carrying plus sizes and more people are saying no to dieting and embracing Health at Every Size (HAES).
LargeInCharge.com: Are there any changes you had to make for your venture/career flourish?
Iím a shy person and in some places I had to push myself to be more outgoing. I had to make sure I kept my internet presence up. I regularly post to twitter and Facebook stories about size acceptance.
LargeInCharge.com: What are some of the most important things you have learned through the years?
I learned that what studies found out are often translated to the media incorrectly. I learned all about that correlation does not imply causation.
LargeInCharge.com: How is your standing in the Plus Sized Community among the people?
Good feedback, negative feedback, learning lessons? I think itís a mixture of all three, although I havenít reached out to people who didnít like my book. (Actually people, not trolls), I feel like Iím always learning. Of course I always love positive feedback!
LargeInCharge.com: What would you say inspires you most in life?
Positive stories, my good friends and family, fulfilling the need to write.
LargeInCharge.com: Any new ventures/items/products you have planned for the future?
I wrote a three series zombie novels called End of the Line.
The third book Full Circle will be coming out in October. Of course my blog still comes out every Monday.
LargeInCharge.com: What are your future goals?
Iím just going to keep writing, writing and writing. I also be working on the blog, doing activism when I can.
LargeInCharge.com: What advice would you give to other people of size who might be interested in doing something simlar?
Iíd recommend keeping a fat positive blog, twitter, Facebook group. Anything to spread the message that itís okay to be fat. Twitter is the best way for people who donít have time to write long blog posts. The more of an online presence you have, the better.
LargeInCharge.com: Describe yourself/ your company/org with one word.