Interview: 'Chicken Soup' author inspires with personal teen story

KINGMAN - Alyssa Ast has a message she wants to pass along to teen moms struggling to find their place in life.

"If I can connect to some of them and let them know they're not alone, I will have fulfilled my purpose," said Kingman resident Ast, 26. "Anyone can reach their dream. I'm a high-school dropout and a teen mom, so I know that if I can succeed, so can they."

Ast speaks from experience. She was recently published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers," where she told her story in "Changing My Fate" of starting out on the bottom rung of life and ending up as a successful freelance writer.