Interview with Pauline Edwards

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved the craft of making books. Going from handwriting chapbooks to self-publishing just seemed like the natural way to go. I love the creative control it allows.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All the completely ridiculous ideas that pop into my head when I'm trying to come up with good rhymes, synonyms, metaphors, etc. It can get pretty absurd sometimes the things that will occur to me. It's fun!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my hope for humanity! I really want to inspire people to explore their spiritual selves, because I believe that the world would be a better place if we all showed a little more compassion towards each other, but we have to start with compassion towards ourselves. In today's mainstream society, it's not easy to follow a spiritual path, but if my writing can help those who are seeking feel a little less alone, or a little less in the dark, then I have done my job.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a fan of J. Krishnamurti, Margaret Attwood, Robert Frost and Lily Allen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. I think that goes for most writers!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a course-pack readers can use to learn all about stones and crystals, and their use in healing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I lead a very pleasant life that consists of dreaming, meditation, yoga, eating vegetarian food, channeling Reiki energy for people, giving Tarot card readings, and maintaining my blog. Sometimes I teach English. Sometimes I perform with my band.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Meandering the quiet hallways of Smashwords of course.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm pretty sure the first story I ever wrote was a book I made for my brother about playing soccer. I wrote, illustrated, and bound it myself with construction paper and yarn.
What is your writing process?
A lot of my poetry is channeled, but when it's not, my process is something like "live through an excruciatingly painful experience; process it for 2-3 years; keep it on the backburner as long as possible; abruptly drop everything I am currently doing to write poetry non-stop for weeks." That's usually about how it goes I'd say.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and I think it shows in the imagery in my poetry. I write about nature a lot, so the ocean, mountains, and trees of the pacific northwest are definitely in there.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember...I have diaries from when I was 9 years old with poems in them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Mineral Kingdom Speaks, was entirely channeled. The idea just came to me late one night, and I started writing. I was really surprised to read some of the poems the next day, because there were a few I didn't even remember writing.
Published 2014-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Into The Fire
Price: Free! Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Free!! Please share with your friends! Into the Fire is Edwards’ third collection of poems. Written between 2009 and 2013, the poems depict a transformational period of her life. Recovering from the debilitating effects of years of chronic pain and grief, Edwards writes about a journey towards light and love.
Exchanges With Self And Others
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Thirty-eight poems by Victoria, B.C native Pauline Edwards. Subjects include dreams, spirituality, and landscape.
Conversations With The Sun and The Moon
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A collection of poems from my teenage years. Themes include love, drugs, depression, dreams, spirituality, and nature.
Mineral Kingdom Speaks
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 960. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A gem of a book! Edwards captures the essence of 15 different mineral specimens in this collection of short poems. For rock hounds and crystal lovers alike! Those with an appreciation for the metaphysical will uncover a treasure trove of information and observations on everything from auras to the zodiac.