Interview with Marese Hickey

What prompted you to write your eBook series The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results?
I've actually made a short video of the background of this series which you can view on https://youtu.be/fxSppCh0_N0
How did you come up with the strange title for How to Love Yourself in Less Than 50 Years?
The Dalai Lama has been shocked to be told of how common it is for people in the west to not love themselves. From my own life and my experience as a clinical hypnotherapist, I have found it to be very common. If I can show even one person how to love themselves, I will have changed the world for the better because that would be like throwing a stone in a pond. The ripples of well being just spread out and affect those connected to that one person. I chose the title because I thought it was a bit humourous in the context of Western culture that pretends we can have a quickie nirvana or instant change in our personal development. It just doesn't happen. There is no substitute for investing the time that it takes to grow in wisdom and compassion. I do understand that your inner world can shift in a moment and your perspective can change from that moment. But integrating that change into your life in a meaningful way takes time.
Do you attend a writer's support group?
Years ago I did a creative writing evening course. The teacher was great, and I met some interesting people. We attended the follow-on course and then the teacher emigrated. So (like the old Mickey Rooney movies!) we said - We can make our OWN writer's group! So we did. It's down to two of us now and we meet about every month or so. We have a news catch up and have tea and cake (very important!) and I do a bit of Reiki on my friend's Chihuahua, Flynn. Eventually we start work. (Wouldn't want to overdo it!) We write some creative pieces for fun and then set out our goals for our next meeting. I really enjoy our meetings because writing is so solitary. It really helps me to have time out with a like-minded person and I always feel rejuvenated afterwards.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fiction - Jodi Piccoult, Diane Chamberlain and Sheila Jeffries. Non-fiction I read mostly metaphysics and am a major Jack Kornfield fan. I also like Gregg Braden and Elaine Aron.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cats walking on my head looking for their breakfast!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As well as being a writer, I am a clinical hypnotherapist and master energy healer and an animal healer. In my spare time I read a lot (surprise!) and I enjoy listening to classical music or jazz.
What is your writing process?
My first book was torturous because I didn't know what I was doing. Now I just do an outline of a non-fiction book and take it from there. I do plan to write a novel but not just yet. I am enjoying writing non-fiction at this time.
What are your favorite books, and why?
My favourite fiction book is Jodi Piccoult's Leaving Time, because the surprise ending is so well crafted. My favourite non-fiction book is Jack Kornfield's The Wise Heart, because it makes Buddhist psychology so accessible.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy both novels and metaphysics. I used to read thrillers but I have gotten to the stage where I don't want to be reading about violence when there is enough violence in the world. I like books that explore how people get to where they are and how they find a way forward in this mad world. We need stories to feed our spirits and that's what I enjoy reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that one!!!!
Describe your desk
It has a broadsheet newspaper to soak up Large Wet Cat Paw Prints as a damage limitation exercise before His Lordship reaches the keyboard.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote excruciatingly bad poetry when I was fifteen.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm no spring chicken and I decided that if I was going to get published I better do it myself!
Published 2016-11-20.
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Books by This Author

The Tale of Harry Three Paws - The true story of cat that lost a leg and became a Community Cat
Price: $3.94 USD. Words: 14,810. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Cats, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Tale of Harry Three Paws is the moving and inspiring true story of a courageous tabby kitten who overcame heart breaking rejection to become a furry force of friendship in a community. Harry Three Paws tells his uplifting cat story with humour, wit and verve. The perfect read for crazy cat lovers and fans of ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ and ‘Solomon’s Tale’.
How to Love Yourself in Less Than 50 Years Move from Low Self-Esteem to Self-Compassion and Energise Your Life, Soul and Spirit
Price: $2.98 USD. Words: 35,200. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
In How to Love Yourself in Less Than 50 Years, Marese Hickey shares effective tools and techniques based on eighteen years' experience as a clinical hypnotherapist and master energy healer. This gentle and compassionate starter kit includes meditations, exercises, healing techniques and personal reflections on her own journey to good self-esteem. Kindness to self is the first step in finding out t
The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results Vol. 3 Yes to Life! How to Accelerate Positive and Lasting Life Changes
Series: The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Self-Hypnosis
Clinical hypnotherapist and master energy healer Marese Hickey shares powerful and simple techniques to unblock your life and get out of a rut. To make progress towards the life you really want you need to have both your conscious and subconscious mind working co-operatively. It’s easier than you might have thought with the right tools. Life is short so learn how and get started right now – today!
The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results Vol. 2 Mind Direction How to Use Your Mind to Improve Your Well-being
Series: The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
Want to create a future that is better than the past? Learn to use your own powerful subconscious mind now to transform your life for good. Take control of your own mind and learn to accept yourself exactly as you are. From this bedrock of radical life change, successfully change your self-talk and energise your life. Tap into the power of intention to direct your own life, your own way.
Letting Go of the Past
Series: The Power of Inner Change for Outer Results. Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Energy Healer Marese Hickey, author of How to Love Yourself in Less Than 50 Years, offers expert advice for those who are ready to finally be free of the past. She shares a powerful, simple energy healing tool to release of the chains of the past. Links to demonstration videos included. Why hold on to the heaviness a moment longer? Buy it and start to let go now.