Interview with Steven McFadden

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Time with my wife, gardening, walking, drumming, house repair,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Other human beings inspire me -- the chance to know, interact, and get close to other people.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most often through the recommendations of friends and colleagues.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - it was about a pilgrimage I made to a shrine in Framingham, MA. I was required to write a 500-word essay for a Boy Scout Merit Badge, and at the time I thought 500 words was akin to a great mountain that I was required to climb. Now, after so many years of writing professionally, a 500-word essay on any topic feels akin to a Haiku poem.
What is your writing process
Step by step. Revise and revise.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Silent Snow, Secret Snow. Enchanting.
Describe your desk
Small, plain, busy. Nice big bay window beckons over the top of my computer monitor.
When did you first start writing?
In junior college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, it took about 40 years of life and learning to get to the point where I could write this about Tales of the Whirling Rainbow:

Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is a journalist’s account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an electrifying exploration of how those myths are resounding in real time. Veteran journalist Steven McFadden weaves the living myths together in a tightly written book that is eye-opening, and soul resonant.

Drawn from sources both ancient and modern, Tales of the Whirling Rainbow conveys adroit insights into key facets of North America’s unfolding saga. Learning to respect these knowings is fundamental to our spiritual growth and progress on the land going forward in time.

As the Sun awakens and earth changes intensify, our human lives attain high velocity. At this time and in this manner, elders across Turtle Island (North America) told me over the years, the human beings who are the different colors and faiths of the world will be moved. This will create opportunities to heal their web of relationships.
What are you working on next?
Another book about our land, our farmers, our food, our destiny. Agroecology. I'm also at work on a biography of the late Leon Secatero, former Headman for the To'hajiilee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
Published 2017-12-23.
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Books by This Author

Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones
Series: Soul*Sparks. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,990. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Sustainable living
Over the last decades many thousands of people around the world have recognized in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a vehicle for approaching land, food, labor, environment and community in a healthier way. Now, in an era with increasing shadows of environmental catastrophe, it’s time to expand exponentially CSA's vision and reality. This book lays out the vision and sounds a call to action.
A Primer for Pilgrims
Series: Soul*Sparks, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,780. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
This concise nonfiction eBook sets out key pilgrimage principles learned over the millennia, and also relates true stories of epic and important North American pilgrimages unfolding in our era. A pilgrimage is, of course, a journey, not only outward to a faraway place, but also, inevitably, inward toward spiritual growth, and to help maintain the balance of our land, our planet, our lives.
Teach Us to Number Our Days: Keys for Adept Aging
Series: Soul*Sparks, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,300. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Healthy aging, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
A provocative compilation of insights on aging with wisdom, gathered from the great traditions of the world, and the insightful thinkers and writers of all ages. Critics laud this small treasure as "deft," "graceful," and "beautiful." This profound Soul*Sparks title offers an engaging compilation of keys for adept aging. Readers will be enriched.
Native Knowings: Wisdom Keys for One and All
Series: Soul*Sparks, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
(4.00 from 1 review)
This original and powerful ebook offers a concise compendium of some North American (Turtle Island) wisdom teachings that help guide the Human Beings through an era of transition.
Classical Considerations: Musings Prompted by the Late Harvard Master John H. Finley, Jr.
Series: Soul*Sparks, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Philosopher biography, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Life’s foundational questions come elegantly to the fore in this skillfully crafted nonfiction story about the late John H. Finley, Jr. For 51 years Finley was the celebrated and erudite Eliot Professor of the Classics at Harvard. Luminous and compellingly relevant, his story leads readers into direct engagement with the fundamental wisdom questions of a fulfilled life.
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Myths & Mysteries for Our Times
Series: Soul*Sparks, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Acupressure & acupuncture
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is a journalist’s account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an electrifying exploration of how those myths are echoed in real time. Veteran journalist Steven McFadden weaves the living myths together seamlessly in a tightly written ebook that is soul-resonant