Interview with Sharon Lamhut Willen

What's the story behind your latest book?
Someone once asked, "What's something you think you'll do throughout your whole life? The answer was easy, "Brush my teeth and write in my journal." Maybe that's one reason I had such detailed lists, notes, and journals when I sat down in 2008 to think about the territory I had covered, from health, to death's door, and back.

As I read those notes-my dream journals especially-I was startled by the resilience, synchronicity and generosity reflected there, much of which I wasn't aware of as I lived through it. I just had to write that story down.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew the topic of Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery would not be a mass-market book, not likely to attract a traditional publisher. I also knew the information and perspective I had to offer would be useful for anyone considering transplant (donor, recipient, or caregiver) and inspirational to anyone else facing life challenges. I had the manuscript, all I needed was to learn how to make it available.

I believe the same "angel guides" that helped me survive will help my book find the right audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Over the years I've written serious books and articles on career and business topics, and received positive reviews and awards for that material. That was satisfying, but the greatest joy I've experienced has been the pleasure of hearing people celebrate the heartfelt messages in my two early motivational books, "How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be" and "What to Do When @*It Happens."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading (online or on paper), outdoors with the trees and critters, in my craft room playing with color and design, and connecting with friends and family. Like many retired people, I don't know how I ever found the time to work.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember in elementary school, when I finished some assignment early and was looking bored, a teacher asked me to make up stories using our spelling words for her to use with younger children having difficulty learning to read. I got kind of hooked on manipulating words into playful adventures. In the sixth grade I won a Fire Department essay contest, and that opened my eyes to the power of non-fiction. The angst of young adulthood brought out poetry, and so it goes.
Published 2014-01-29.
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Books by This Author

Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,620. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
Vivid recollections and delightful anecdotes show us how the power and generosity of the human spirit come together to make real life miracles happen. An inspirational story of the journey through liver transplant surgery. Contains practical recommendations for those with health challenges and models of resilience for anyone who has ever asked, "Why me?", "What now?" and "Can I handle this?"