Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
"The best of your Ancestors and the magic of the cosmos is in your DNA"
About Jan: Author of fiction & non-fiction self help
With the wisdom of everyday unsung heroes and the human condition, we carve a new path.
As a philosophical muse of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world and nature, I do not hold to any one particular tradition as one higher truth or one size fits all.
Viva la diversity!
Even as a young child, I recall being held captivated by the other-worldly magic of indigenous cultures, saints, mystics and shamans. As a teen, I read and anything spirit world that my adolescent soul hungered for. Inspired, I first scribbled then dabbled with typewritten short stories, articles and founded a funky alternative secondary school newspaper 'Cool School News'. After many years of work in Human Services, evening ferocious spiritual, quantum or philosophical studies engrossed while raising children (all much food for character and story seeds) followed by a long arduous post-secondary completion of world religions, philosophies and spiritual sciences and still, I do not follow any one tradition.
During one life-defining year that turned into many years, I cocooned in a northern Ontario sanctuary and began to polish numerous stories, books and course materials that had long been in various stages of completion. I am a 'been there and done that' post menopause Nana, altruist. With all of the hubbub of spiritual gurus in the world, my heroes lean toward those more authentic ideals such as; my spirit world muses who consist of an ancient multi-cultural mystical sisterhood, angel guides, my Mother, Great Grandmother, family and friends. I admire the 13 Grandmothers as well as former social services clients, a medicine woman daughter and son who all live a life less ordinary.
There is still so much more to do, share, explore and discover with more novels in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Angel Guides, love communication Workbook Journal"
is a companion guide to "Angel Guides, love communication".
After many years of hosting private "Basking with your Angel Guides" workshops", I decided to make the curriculum available to more people in an easy to follow yet powerful work at your own pace journal book.
Nearly forty years in the making, I am proud to offer the world this little gift from our Angels and Spirit Guides.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Typically, ideas come through me during the midst of a normal day, especially while driving. When I sit down with my laptop in hand, I do a quick Angel Guide tune in connection and simply allow whatever ideas flow. Sometimes, I confess, this includes coffee.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Robert Service, Voltaire, Margaret Caven, Richard Mousseau
What are you working on now?
Edit revising my literary fiction novel "Soul Skin". I also have two novels finished; "izzy's Ghosts" and "Maddy's Wings" which are being mentor edited as I write this. I am currently deep into another novel entitled, "Crazy Annie".
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Aside from www.mybookplace.net,
Amazon Author Central is the best
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you sincerely enjoy the process of writing, don't ever give up!
Ignore naysayers because the joy of writing is your sacred space and that enjoyment is contagious that flows through your work.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never take the hurtful words and deeds of others personally!
What are you reading now?
My own novel, for revision: "Soul Skin". I still enjoy reading it and am always surprised to find hidden insights and humour.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am looking forward to re-launching "Soul Skin", launching "Izzy's Ghost's" and spending time writing "Crazy Annie"
What is your favorite book of all time?
Margaret Caven's; "I Heard the Owl Call my Name"
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