Interview with Diane Silver

Published 2017-04-18.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was writing the book proposal to sell Your Daily Shot of Hope to a conventional publisher when I realized that even if a publisher purchased my book that day, Shot of Hope wouldn't be out until the end of 2017. It was late November 2016, and I didn't think people could wait a year to get some shots of hope. This book was created as an antidote to the despair I saw all around me after the 2016 presidential election in the United States. I didn't think any of us could wait for the old channels to churn. Although I've published two other books through conventional means, I knew I couldn't wait, and so I asked an indie published friend for advice and, well, here I am!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Decades ago I took a year to read an amazing book called "365 Tao" by Deng Ming-Dao. I picked it up because it offered an easy way to learn about the Taoism. I did learn a bit about Taoism, but what became more important to me was the daily practice of reading a meditation and contemplating it. As I journeyed through that year with the Tao, doing one meditation a day, I became calmer and a bit kinder. Two years ago, I decided to write a daily meditation book that I wanted to call 365 Love, but when I saw so many people fall into despair after the last presidential election, I realized that what we really needed was a book of hope. Thus, I set out to write 365 meditations on hope. This is Volume 1 of a planned four volume set. This volume includes enough meditations to provide one shot of hope a day for more than three months. My wish is that readers will find a new perspective on hope through reading this book. I want them to find a place to rest, gain perspective, and re-energize. Let me know what you think.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm not certain I should admit this, but to me writing is like a chocolate sundae, or even better, great sex. Writing is intimacy and connection, joy and understanding. I learn about myself when I write. I figure out the world, and when I hear the reactions of readers, and I learn that I've touched them emotionally in some way, then that's the best thing of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. Writing is a act of communication. At its best, writing goes even further than that. It is an act of communion. Writers and fans are engaged in a voyage together. One can't exist without the other, so let me take this opportunity, to say THANK YOU for reading my work.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the final volumes of the Shot of Hope series, which will focus on daily meditations for awakening, transformation, and joy. Next up are several books I've tentatively entitled The Joyful Heretic series. Written for those of us who call ourselves spiritual but not religious, The Joyful Heretic series will be one part memoir, one part theology, and one part do-it-yourself.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are too numerous to count. Among those I love are Anne Lamott, whose essays never fail to touch me and make me laugh, and Karen Joy Fowler, who's most recent novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" changed the way I look at humanity. That may sound grandiose, but I dare you to get to the end of that novel without having your perception of human vs. animal upended. I also love the work of Laurie J. Marks whose dares to imagine an alternative to war in her elemental logic series of novels. Awesome!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love, laughter, the view off my back deck, and a good cup of coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a wide-ranging career that bounces from science writing to grant writing, personal essays, and magazine articles. I commit politics from time to time, hike, lift weights, brunch (gotta have that coffee), chase scientists around and document their adventures in the mountains and on far-flung shores. I take and sell photographs, dance when I can indulge my passion for rock-and-roll and hard-driving blues. I walk the dog, an old pug my partner and I inherited. I love.
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Books by This Author

Your Daily Shot of Hope Vol. 2: Meditations on Awakening
Price: $5.66 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement
This book provides the tools we need to thrive in unsettling times. Drawing on 40 years as a spiritual seeker, survivor, and activist, Diane Silver creates daily meditations that enable us to awaken to our own power to heal ourselves and our world. These are vitamin pills for the soul. This is the second of four volumes of meditations.
Your Daily Shot of Hope: Meditations for an Age of Despair
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Containing ninety-three short meditations written to evoke feelings of hope and love, Your Daily Shot of Hope provides vitamin pills for the spirit. Take one a day to strengthen your soul.