Interview with Maree Stachel-Williamson

What do you read for pleasure?
A lot! I go to the library every week and read all sorts - non-fiction books on topics like vegetable gardening and composting, alternative medicine and healing, psychology, crafts like NZ flax weaving, vegan and raw diets and singing.
When it comes to fiction, it really depends on my mood. I like action and thriller stories (can't stand the same stories in movie format though), well written romance and erotic novels. I also love historic and culturally specific stories that immerse me in a completely different world to my own. The odd sci-fi book or fantasy world is fun to escape into too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived in suburbia until the age of 11 and biked around the neighborhood a lot with friends. From 11 on I lived next to the sea - living what felt like quite far away from most of my school friends, I ended up spending a lot of time walking along the beach, in the hills or swimming. I spent a lot of time in my head and would write down my thoughts in a journal as well as put my ideas into short poems.

All that solitary time had me thinking and questioning a lot about how people live, what the purpose of life is and in general 'philosophizing' about the world around me. It was the continuation of questioning and wondering that led me to helping people as a therapist. People get so confused these days about what is right for them and how to feel satisfied in life. In a way, my writing is just an extension of the work I am already doing.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far, I've been writing about topics that can be difficult to talk about openly. Obviously I am very appreciative to anyone who purchases my books, but what I really hope for, is that I help people find answers and comfort in the things that are deeply important to them in a way that they feel comfortable.

Fans mean a lot because when I see that people are interested in my books and want to read more from me, that helps immensely with my motivation to continue writing. I need to know people will benefit from it.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working with my husband Jan on a book about Female Sexuality and how to release stress about issues to do with sexuality.
Published 2014-12-14.
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Books by This Author

The Baby Dilemma: How to Decide
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 17,590. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Decision-making & problem solving
Do you find yourself feeling excited and ready for parenthood one day only to be confused and completely unsure the next? Are you overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to do? Parenthood is a huge decision to make - one that will change your life and you forever. Gain personal insights and clarity through completing 21 exercises designed to help you discover what is right for you.
Female Masturbation: From Simple Pleasures to Mind-Blowing Orgasms
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex guides & how tos, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Women's sexuality
Learn all you ever wanted to know about female masturbation: How it positively affects stress, pain, vaginal health, self-esteem and sexual confidence. Numerous orgasms including G-spot and multiple. How to use toys for pleasure - Ben-Wa balls, vibrators, anal beads, dildos and much more. Develop your sensuality and improve your sex life and relationship. Very informative book - no holds barred.
Stop Painful Sex: Healing from Vaginismus. A Step-by-Step Guide
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Women's sexuality, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Sexual health
For women suffering from vaginismus. What is vaginismus? What causes it? Most importantly: how you can heal from it! This book will take you through a healing process that you can take in your own time. Discover, learn and be guided towards an enjoyable sex life. Includes the authors personal journey with vaginismus and how she got rid of it. Comprehensive, informative and straightforward.