Interview with Melissa Wade

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing helps me to connect with that wise part of myself. For me, writing is a spiritual experience. It is a process that helps me to discern deeper truths about myself and the world around me. I also am inspired by the thought that I can reach out to people everywhere and maybe change their life in a profound way. This is how the world becomes a better place, by helping people discover deeper truths about themselves and understand what's happening in the world and why. Then people are more likely to make changes and become active participants in their lives and world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really want to call them "fans." I would rather think of anyone who reads my books more as a friend sharing an experience with me in this challenging journey of life. Reading a book and sharing the information in it helps us all to connect and understand each other better. That is my goal.
What are you working on next?
My next work will be a non-fiction book that will include some poetry. It will be called, "Beyond the New Age." I will discuss spiritual topics, and the direction that I have felt humanity would benefit from going in. I can see how religion and "new age" spirituality has mislead people and caused so much apathy and disengagement with life and the physical experience. In order to help paint pictures and spark feelings, I will use poetry along with the discussions. I hope this book will help people to connect with their hearts and their common sense so that their lives can be richer and more rewarding.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot. However, I mostly enjoy books that really have significance and change me for the better. The authors who have really had an impact on me are: Derrick Jensen, Daniel Quinn, John Lamb Lash, Aldous Huxley, Henry David Thoreau, and Carson McCullers. I love literature and conceptual non-fiction. I hope to help reignite in our culture a love for books with substance that get people thinking.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't like what I see transpiring in the world today, and I would like to try to help make the world a better place. I feel deeply connected to nature and all the people in the world. I get up in the morning to get to work on motivating people and hopefully inspiring them to see what is really going on in the world around them. If I need a break from my activism, I get up to connect to nature by hiking or gardening, or I connect with my family and my pets. Connection and relationships are a huge and healing part of my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My group Free Your Mind USA is very important to me. I work on the website, or meet with my partners in the group via teleconference. To keep informed, I read a lot of articles about what's going on in the world, watch documentaries or visit alternative media sites. I'm also very interested in Shamanism, plant medicines, food and nutrition, and, of course, I spend a lot of time in my organic garden and travel to Allegheny National Forest whenever I can. I'm also careful to be present for my husband and children.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was about seven or eight years old. I had just seen the movie "Halloween" and wrote a one page horror story. It was so bad....
What is your writing process?
Every time I sit down to write, I try to channel a higher power. I want my writing to reflect higher truths and really mean something. I don't write simply for entertainment sake, I'm a "big picture" person, and I want my writing to reflect that. I know that writing such as mine isn't popular, but I believe it is important to the overall conversation. But writing, as well as just about everything I do, is about being authentic and helpful.

If I get writer's-block, I take a walk out in my yard, or work in my garden. Either of those activities usually sparks an inspiration.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not an artist. I struggle with cover design. For the cover of "The Pursuit of Happiness" I enlisted the help of my daughter. I hope someday I can afford to have a professional design my covers!
Published 2015-06-10.
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Books by This Author

The Pursuit of Happiness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,500. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Question yourself and the meaning of life through the stories of three women from three different walks of life. The way you view the world will never be the same again.