It took Powell three years to write "living life at my own risk: the afflictions of my heart."
Having never authored a book, Powell intermittently worked on the project while figuring out the process of telling her story in a way that might interest a reader and not just sound like a journal entry.
For this first book, Powell mostly addressed the bullying she experienced from other kids during her childhood. The bullying, she said, consisted mostly of name-calling and verbal slams on Powell's physical appearance, which Powell said hurt her deeply, although she didn't let people see it.
"It was just kids being cruel," Powell said.
Powell also wrote about becoming pregnant at age 15 and marrying at age 19, along with the challenges she endured trying to make parenting and marriage successful while she was still a teen.
"I had felt like I just wanted to do something good in my life," Powell said. "I was trying to do the best I could do with the situation I was in."
Powell gets more personal in her second book, "The Emotional Fire: The Fire That Burns Within." This one took less time to write, about two years, with Powell publishing it in 2017.
In "The Emotional Fire," Powell shares her experiences with abuse, but she also frankly discusses concepts regarding teen sex: dating violence, the consequences of casual sex and the necessity for protection.
But Powell also defines terms for various emotions and situations teens may experience. These terms include "alienated," "apprehensive," "compulsive," "immature," "oppression," "traumatic" and "vulnerable."
She has entire chapters on "excess baggage" and a chapter on the technique many use: "Hoping Things Will Turn Around." The book's opening line is, "I felt the fire of life consume me."
Readers related to this book, Powell said.
"I've had women come up to me and tell me their personal stories," Powell said.
It's this relatability that led Powell to become a certified life coach through Kew Training Academy. Powell is currently working on a novel for youth between the ages of 10 and 16.
"It will have some of the situations they go through and techniques on how to handle them," Powell said.