Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a 70-year-old survivor of child abuse, and I had my first and only book published in January 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first book is entitled "Pieces: Help for Your Life Journey." I share my uplifting story to provide help and hope for other child abuse survivors, trauma survivors, and people with PTSD. My “credentials” for writing this self-help book are 63 years of pain, fear, depression, and anxiety – and an incredible seven years of growth, expansion, happiness, and joy. My inspiration was to write a book to be of help to other child abuse survivors who are looking for ways out of the darkness and oppression of past traumas.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
“Unorthodox” would probably be a good word for my writing process. I don’t have a schedule – I’m “retired” and I’ve had enough of rigid schedules when I was working. I write when I feel like writing. Journaling every morning is my favorite type of writing, because I can write about anything, there’s no pressure, and it doesn’t have to be read by anyone.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have been positively influenced by Jane Roberts, Louise Hay, and Esther Hicks.
What are you working on now?
When I'm not writing or marketing my book, I am planning my "Living a Joyous Life Workshop" Tour, which is scheduled for the Fall of 2018. This is an uplifting workshop for people who have been living the same day over and over, with little hope for anything different tomorrow. I show them how they have within themselves the ability to create a brand new tomorrow, filled with hope and joy. As a Reiki Master, I also give Energy Healing sessions.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If a book is too intimidating, start by journaling – on any topic. Get the flow of words going, play with words and phrases, and express yourself freely. Not all of the journaling will turn into a book, but you are letting your voice shout out. Soon, your journaling may result in sequential thoughts that beg to be written as a blog and/or published as a book. Every person is unique and each of us has a story to share with others. You will find your story, eager to be expressed.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't give up HOPE!
What are you reading now?
I like the works of Esther Hicks and Abraham-Hicks, and read their books and articles, and listen to their YouTube videos. I prefer nonfiction, particularly spiritual, metaphysical, and biographical books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I believe I will be writing a second book based on the "Living a Joyous Life Workshop" Tour I’m developing now.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Believe it or not, it’s “Getting Ready for Roddy.” That was the first book I “heard” (none of us were reading yet) in kindergarten. It’s all about being patient, and having everything prepared, before implementing a project. Of course, to me as a 5- or 6-year-old it was all about “Roddy the Mixer Truck and Sam the Mixer Man” and a backyard swimming pool (didn’t know there was such a thing at the time) being created. Even now, 65 years later, whenever I try to rush something before taking the appropriate steps, I always say I’m “Getting Ready for Roddy.”