Interview with Carolyn Jaymes

Did this story really happen to you?
As much as I feel I have to pinch myself to believe it's true now and again, it really is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New England, an area where as Don Henley so succinctly put it "where old world shadows hang heavy in the air". New England in the 60's and 70's often had a buttoned-up and puritanical way of looking at things - at least in my family. This influenced my writing from the perspective of wanting to be free to express myself without judgement, and trying to keep outside the box I was brought up in. Most of my family has passed away, and I can only image what they are thinking about this book, as they watch over me from the other side. Do it now - ask forgiveness later is how I have chosen to look at it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is my story. It's all out there: raw, emotional, and authentic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It took me awhile to get going. I received lots of prompting, but I was a bit of a chicken-shit. I put it off so long because I was afraid and apprehensive to "put it all out there", but finally decided to give in. As scary as it was to get going - the book flowed out of me in a month's time, undoubtedly channeled from my spirit guides. All said and done, I'm very happy I did it. If it can help one person to become awake and aware to our connection with source, it will be worth it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being authentic. It's almost a therapeutic process for me.
What are you working on next?
The next part of the journey. The next book picks up right where A Life By Request leaves off.
Who are your favorite authors?
Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Alfred Hitchcock, Dr. Maya Angelo
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to be happy, and spread the feeling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hanging out with my family, playing with my dogs, watching great movies, cooking dinner for friends, swimming, walking on the beach at sunset, and I'm addicted to solitaire.
What is your writing process?
1. Get a cup of coffee. Dark roast only.
2. Start up the computer.
3. Turn on classical baroque music.
4. Request guidance from my spiritual guides.
5. Be quiet and relax for a few minutes.
6. Breathe.
7. Start writing.
8. Lose all track of time.
9. Get startled awake when my dogs start barking at something.
10. Finish writing, turn on some rock and roll I can sing to.
11. Repeat the process.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, by far. Connecting with like minded people. It a great way to make friends too.
Describe your desk
Glass top with white wooden trestles. L shaped. It's messy, but not too bad. I try very had to get organized, but too often my ADD kicks in. I put what needs to be done in one pile, and there are pens, lots of my favorite pencils, writing pads and journals scattered around. I never seem to be able to remember which pad or journal has which to-do list, but I can usually find what I am looking for.
When did you first start writing?
November 2016
What do you read for pleasure?
Murder mysteries, metaphysical books, inspiration, and a chick-lit book every now and again to read at the beach or on vacation.
Published 2017-06-14.
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Books by This Author

A Life By Request
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 81,110. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Spiritualism, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
A walk-in soul's journey from earth to heaven, and back again. A true story of love, life, and the other side. Carolyn Jaymes's true story of how the love of her life returns to her from the afterlife is an extraordinary tale about the power of love and its ability to transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. If you’re curious about the spirit world, this is for you.