Interview with Julie Hoyle

When did you first start writing?
I started unexpectedly in 2007. At the time I was on a train heading from London to Nottingham in the UK and I had nothing to read. Then I remembered having picked up a free magazine in a Mind-Body-Spirit store, which I had stuffed into one of my bags. I pulled it out and saw the magazine was called, 'Connections'. I settled in and began reading an article written by Barbara Brennen, an American healer and author of the book, 'Hands of Light.' In the article, Barbara detailed the importance of owning one's creative energy and utilizing it purposefully. Something inside me clicked. I heard an inner voice say, "You can do this. You can write articles and essays that inspire people." There was such urgency in the message I did not think twice. I had nothing to write on, so I borrowed a pencil, opened up a paper napkin and began drafting my first article. After tweaking and editing, I sent the article, 'Aligning With the Truth of Who you Are', to the editor of Connections. A short while later, the editor wrote back saying he wanted to use the article. Now I write for a dozen or more magazines. I have also written two e-books and created several online courses.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I started writing, several friends suggested self publishing would be the fastest and easiest way to go. Smashwords was recommended several times. What I liked most about Smashwords was the level of support indie authors received, so from that point on it was an easy decision.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The site is easy to navigate. Potential readers are able to work their way around effortlessly. The format options are great too and being able to gift clients with coupon codes or free copies of my books is super. Last but not least, the many publishing partners Smashwords is affiliated with means that my books have an enormous reach, which is something I could not have done on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating space to become quiet and focus on my inner world. Suspending the known for the unknown is a process of self-discovery, sometimes effortless and sometimes really challenging. The biggest gift though, is hearing how my writing has motivated someone to trust his or her own intuitive wisdom.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean everything. I write for them. Without feedback I would not continue. Here are a few of my favorite examples:

"Be careful! If you read this book (An Awakened Life) your life will change."

"I read the book. It can't be true. She must be an alien."

"The writer must be pulling the wool over our eyes. Nothing like this could ever happen in real life."

The author is toying with us, isn't she?
What are you working on next?
I am working on a series of workbooks on how to access and develop intuitive wisdom. I am creating an intuitive art course and updating 'An Awakened Life.'
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Sufi Masters, Llewellyn Vaughan Lee and Irina Tweedie, as well as Robert Moss and Sogyal Rinpoche.
Published 2015-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Living An Awakened Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,670. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
In, 'Living An Awakened Life,' Julie Hoyle shares inspiring anecdotes from her life-changing spiritual journey. She also includes simple, yet powerful self-inquiry exercises designed specifically for the reader to access his or her own intuitive wisdom. A 'must have,' this book is an incredible guide for anyone who is committed to living a life aligned with the heart and aligned with purpose.
An Awakened Life - A Journey of Transformation
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 34,240. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
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After being tapped on the head by a Yogi-Shaman in a dream, Julie Hoyle's world turned upside down. She later discovered the Yogi was revered in India and was known for giving spiritual initiation. To understand the far-reaching effects of this Yogi's touch, Julie embarked on a journey of self-discovery, leading her to India, the Ukraine and back again to a hurricane torn island in the Bahamas.