Kids, if your parents don't support your dreams, as wild and unrealistic as they may seem, all you have to do is point them to a ridiculous facebook live video that took flight and never came down. Yes, Candace Payne, the woman whose fifteen minutes of fame came from the purchase of a Hasbro Chewbacca moving-mouth mask and an infectious laugh, got a book deal. Laugh it Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy was announced on EW.com this morning, and it's proof that anything is possible.
Payne's book comes from Zondervan Publishing, and will hit stores November 7. The deal is for multiple books, and a second will hit next year. Her goal is to spread the same kind of simple joy she got out of a goofy mask to others around the world - and seems to take some inspiration from Pixar's Inside Out.
"In the book, I personify Joy and reveal a trait she possesses in each chapter. I also explain how Joy has been present in each of the circumstances, life choices, or traumas I've walked through," she tells EW.
As for the nickname "Chewbacca Mom," Payne says, "Not for a second does it get old to me." She says finding that mask, and what happened was "destiny."
Payne will also be hosting two TLC webseries, and all her projects in the immediate future are centered around this idea of positivity and optimism in the face of adversity. As much as there are jokes about the longevity of her popularity, her message is undeniably a great one.
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