Interview with Birgit Baader

What motivated you to become an author?
I have always loved to make up stories, to listen to stories and to share stories. My work as a journalist and author allowed me not only to share fascinating Life stories and experiences of others, but also to play with words and use them to spread insights, information and "words of wisdom".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Painting images with words that allow others to see a lot of things that aren't visible to them. Playing with words & supporting others on their path.
What do your readers mean to you?
They are like my children - I love and care for them and hope they will get something out of my writings that supports & uplifts them.
What are you working on next?
I have another 8 books lined up in my head & heart, and many more ideas about potential publications :) So every day I write at least between 5 and 8am to finish them - it is my morning meditation, my small contribution to support fellow earthlings on their journeys, especially the young ones.
The books are all aimed at supporting young readers to cope with the immense challenges they face when growing up in modern Western societies, especially on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lynn Andrews, Seth Godin, Jostein Gaarder, Michael Ende, Chris d'Lacey, Terry Pratchett, Astrid Lindgren, Julia Dibbern, Otto Scharmer... - sorry, too many to list!!! I love them all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The birds singing at dawn... The red and orange glow of the first morning sun... The unknown exciting possibilities of a new day: never know what will happen next, so many exciting things to experience and to live through, so many exciting things to manifest. New ideas bubbling up all the time... The urge to finish what I begun... Our dog companion who patiently awaits me and greets me with joy no matter when/where/how. Many things... :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending as much time as I can outdoors: going bush, playing with horses, dogs, cats, children (in no particular order), swimming in rivers or in the Ocean, gardening, lying in the sun, walking along the beach... I also do "community work", travel around to run classes, workshop, lectures and do whatever I can to support Life on this planet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest: I prefer good old-fashioned hard copies, heavy and with dog-ears and all. As I spend a lot of time in front of a screen writing I love to take "real books" outside. I love to touch and feel the real pages...
Having said this: I mostly find books (no matter if ebooks or printed books) through recommendations or when doing research online.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was in primary school, a story about how I met a bunch of gnomes who lived in the forest behind our house. I had to read it in front of the class as my teacher thought it was "cute" - and that I had a great imagination. Little did she know that I had actually met them all and they had told me what to write...
What is your writing process?
I am actually best when "half asleep" - this is why I love getting up at 5am. I don't switch on the light, sometimes meditate, then simply let things flow out of me in a dreamlike state of mind... Sometimes I don't even remember what I have written and am surprised to see the words when I am reviewing the work at a later stage.
Blog posts, books, articles, workshop concepts, talks are best written during those early hours of the day.
During the day or at night time I often write promotional content and use my experience as an editor and journalist to "get things done".
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mum used to read me a lot of Astrid Lindgren books. I absolutely loved Pippi Longstocking and her adventures. She lived with her animal friends, was a free spirit and didn't seem to care what others thought of her. She was funny and wild, very caring and full of life. Pippi was a great inspiration to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I often see a picture in my mind that would "fit" the content of the book. For me it is important that the cover image gives the reader an impression of the "atmosphere" of the book. Over time I learned to collaborate with visual specialists who know their trade: graphic designers, videographers, marketing experts. They know current reader and market favourites and can find the best illustration of my work. It is not always what I would choose myself, but unless I really dislike it, I usually go with their "expert" suggestions if it somehow grasps the essence of what I want to share.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Lynn Andrews, Medicine Woman (and her other books in this series) - because she combines great storytelling with sharing deep wisdom and tools for self-development and consciousness expansion

2. Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking/Michel/Children of Bullerbue/Ronja - because she was one of the first bestselling children's book authors who empowered and inspired children to stand up for themselves and to keep their creativity alive despite of the restrictions the adult world imposed on them.

3. Terry Pratchett, Hitchhikers Guide series - because he challenges social structures, mind concepts & belief systems with great humour and depths

4. Chris d'Lacey, The Fire Within series - because of his intricate plot, weaving together quantum physics, shamanism, mysticism, magic, ESP and much more to expand the reader's perception

5. Hyemeyosts Storm, Seven Arrows & Lightningbolt - captivating stories & teachings based on the personal journey of the author that gave me confidence to walk my path when I was in my twenties...
What do you read for pleasure?
My books ;)
A variety of things: articles & books about Shamanism, New Science, Deep Ecology, Tiny Houses, Future Generations projects, New Consciousness, Womb Power...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle...
Describe your desk
Piles of notes/lists on scrap paper & books & magazines & note books next to a random assortment of crystals, pendulums, a Ganesha statue, dolphin sculptures & photos, angel cards, more dolphin pictures, a variety of heart-shaped stones, beeswax candles and - squeezed in the middle - my laptop and some hard drives...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Freiburg, a town surrounded by vast forests and mountains (Black Forest) and ancient Power Places. Our house was right next to a Park and close to the forest, so I spent my childhood days mostly outside, in trees, with forest beings... As my family is very outdoorsy and loves wild nature, we often went for long hikes, dawn walks, kayak trips, river swims and other adventures. As a child I visited old Celtic ceremonial places and lay on the stones who shared their stories with me... It was a magic world, and I am glad that I was free to roam it without too much interference. My parents were happy with me spending long hours on my own in the forest, sitting in trees or talking to rivers. So now, I am basically just sharing their stories...
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 6 or 7 years old. I used to sing my stories, but my family didn't always appreciate it... so I started writing.
Published 2017-10-15.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Power Tools for Power Kids
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 76,620. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Meditation, Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
Power Tools for Power Kids is a compilation of tools for young ones to nurture the connection to their inner power center & to unleash their "Super Powers". It is an in depths publication offering practical exercises & information for various age groups covering a wide range of topics & media such as breathing, visualisation, extrasensory perception, ritual & energy work, arts & crafts & much more