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Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
I am an indie author. I get help with the publishing and editing so am an assisted self-published author. Technology overwhelms me at times, so I am blessed to have a great indie publisher.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
I loved writing poetry when I was in senior school but didn’t do any more writing until my mid-forties. I decided to write about my life experiences including my spiritual journey which opened me up to a whole new outlook on life and afterlife. I am not religious, and I don’t follow any particular path or faith. I have had extraordinary experiences that have tested my sense of reality and broadened my view of what “life” really is. I write non-fiction books based on my discoveries and what led me to them.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
I write under my name; it is important for me to own my story and my spirituality. Not everyone will agree with my views, and that is as it should be, I don’t ask anyone to believe what I write. I ask only that those drawn to my work keep an open mind.
What genre do you write and why?
Non -fiction, spirituality and self-help. Through my life experiences growing up in domestic violence and sexual abuse situation, I can show others that not only can you survive but you can thrive if you are willing to do the work of letting go of the past and creating a better life for yourself.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my next book entitled Spirit Matters, Gateways to Higher Consciousness.
What inspired you to write your books?
I felt that I could help other people who struggle with some of the challenges that I have faced and show that we are much more than out “stories” I also have over forty years of experience in following a spiritual path and am qualified in many modalities such as massage therapy, energy healing, hypnosis, and shamanic healing. My experiences while in private practice have added to my understanding of the mind/body connection.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
That is a hard question as I have read so many books over the years that I loved. I mainly read no- fiction spiritual books and love;
Why people don’t heal and how they can by Carolyn Myss
Exploring the eternal soul by Andy Tomlinson
The wisdom of the shamans by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr
Shaman Healer Sage by Alberto Villoldo
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success used to look to me like having a best seller but over the years I believe that touching someone deeply through writing is the best success there is.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
I am not typical with my writing I may go months without writing a word then I feel the urge to write for a while. My kind of writing style is to write when the inspiration hots me and in between well-received get on with life.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
I honestly don’t know. Though part of me would love to be a well-known and well-received author I believe we all write what we are meant to write. The fact that any of us write at all is amazing, I do sometimes wish I had thee eloquence and flair of other writers but my style is simple and down to earth and those that read my books seem to appreciate that.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and what you have to offer, we are all unique, and it doesn’t help to compare ourselves to others.