Interview with Tanis Helliwell

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in grade 12 in secondary school and not doing very well by the way, some of my more academically successful friends entered a contest to write the best story for our yearbook. I decided to write a story too but was so insecure that I never put my name on my story. I won but when the story was printed and the award given in the assembly it was announced that the author was unknown. This accomplished two things. First my self-esteem increased about my writing ability and secondly I decided to risk rejection in future to stand for what I believed in.
When did you first start writing?
I never intended to be a writer. I have kept a journal all my life and did a degree in English and Psychology in University, but my marks were never super. For years I taught spiritual courses, conducted a therapy practice specializing in spiritual transformation and worked as a management consultant.

Then......one day, in my early thirties when I was meditating, I heard clearly that I had to go into retreat for three months and write a book. What topic I asked? We will tell you at the time I was told. Obedient to Spirit I complied and wrote my first book Decoding Destiny: keys to mankind's spiritual evolution. The 5000 copies were sold out and, after I had taught the information in it for 20 years, I rewrote this book as Decoding Your Destiny: Keys to humanity's spiritual transformation. I wrote my first book because Spirit wanted it and I write books to this day for the same reason.
What is your writing process?
Although my Summer with the Leprechauns and Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns books read like novels, they are actually non-fiction, as are all my books. Because I write facts I need quiet and concentration for weeks at a time when I write. I need to focus on what I think of as my highest truth. The way I can most help my readers. Yes, I love humour, and especially dark Irish humour, but underneath I always see a point of deep learning and transformation and I want to help my readers to enjoy both the laugh and the learning.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were two stories I read as a teenager that deeply impacted me. The first was Lauren van der Post's, People of the Kalahari, about the bushman of the Kalahari Desert in Africa. The second was People of the Deer by Canadian writer Farley Mowat. Both of these peoples were going extinct and I felt called, even as a young person, to do something to help. I wrote to both of these authors to ask what I could do. Neither wrote back to me and now I answer all emails from my readers because I know how important it is to communicate with anyone who is moved enough by my books to write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I still love reading paper books however I feel that more and more we will be moving towards ebooks. I work a great deal with the etheric realm—a higher frequency where our thoughts create our reality. The internet, web, cell phones all use the ethers and this is the next stage in our evolution so I am using ebooks to communicate in the ethers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy when writing is discovering a deeper level of knowing myself and then joyfully offering my 'ah ha' to my reader.
What is the topic of your last book?
My latest book is Manifest Your Soul's Purpose. It gives readers the spiritual tools to balance their personal and soul goals and to manifest them successfully in the world. Many spiritual people have difficulty manifesting material abundance and I give techniques in this book to do this. I was born a mystic who communicated with beings in other realms and yet I have worked all my life in the real world as a management consultant and psychotherapist. We can be spiritual and still successful in this world.
Are you writing another book currently?
The book I am writing now is Uncage Your Heart. Although I am teaching courses in this subject and feeling very inspired by what is emerging, I am at the same time in a six-month dry period with my writing. I am going through more deep transformation myself so that I can write from this place. I hope to start writing again soon.
What do your fans mean to you?
It takes me about two years to write a book from start to finish and I do it because I feel others might benefit from what I am writing. Readers are my friends. I talk to them as I write. I laugh at what they will laugh at. I am warmed by them writing appreciative and caring words to me about my books. Thank you so much readers.
Published 2013-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Hybrids: So You Think You Are Human
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 46,140. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Angels and Fairies, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
Myths, religions and archaeological discoveries around the world discuss the presence of intelligent non-human beings who have interbred with humans creating hybrids. Tanis Helliwell offers convincing evidence about the existence of 22 different human-hybrids, including elementals, angels, dolphins, giants, dragons, centaurs, pan and many others.
Erkenne deine Bestimmung
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 78,070. Language: German. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Mysticism, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Das neue Buch von Tanis Helliwell ist jetzt veröffentlicht.
Erfüllt eure spirituelle Bestimmung und werdet zu einem bewussten Schöpfer!
Erkenne deine Bestimmung ist ein Leitfaden für die Menschheit. Dieses Buch enthält das, was ihr braucht, um euch auf die Transformation der Welt, wie wir sie kennen, vorzubereiten und um die neue Realität mit offenen Armen begrüßen zu können.
Embraced by Love
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Tanis Helliwell’s poetry evokes the mystery of spirit in its beautiful forms—be it lovers, beloved friends, nature, or God. A term sometimes used to describe this kind of poetry is ‘sacred poetry’ because it contains teaching lessons that assist us in our spiritual transformation. A celebration of love and life, reminiscent of the witty and intimate teachings of Hafiz and Rumi and
Manifest Your Soul's Purpose: The essential guide for life and work
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,780. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Make a difference in your life, work and world! Manifest Your Soul's Purpose assists you to live your highest potential. Tanis Helliwell guides you in seeing how to apply spiritual truths in your everyday life. Develop your Spiritual Intelligence. Reprogram Yourself for Success. Increase Your Life Energy. Master the Material World. Cultivate People who Feed Your Soul. And much more.
Decoding Your Destiny: Keys to Humanity's Spiritual Transformation
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,820. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Mysticism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Fulfill your spiritual destiny and become a conscious creator! Decoding Your Destiny is a road map for humanity. This book contains what you need to prepare for the transformation of the world as we know it and to embrace the new reality. Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going? These eternal questions are answered in this groundbreaking book.
Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns: A true story of a mystical tour of Ireland
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 50,560. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Angels and Fairies, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Tanis Helliwell's Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns is a romp to the sacred sites of Ireland accompanied by a leprechaun who is helping her and her thirty fellow pilgrims.For anyone planning a trip to the sacred sites of Ireland, or to Ireland itself for that matter, this book abounds in nuggets as precious as the pot of gold that the Leprechaun holds at the end of the rainbow.
Summer with the Leprechauns: the authorized edition
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 57,430. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Angels and Fairies, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
An astonishing true story about one woman’s journey to Ireland where she lived in a cottage with leprechauns. These seldom-seen beings taught her about the evolution of elementals—the race to which leprechauns, faeries, elves, trolls belong. Far more than a faery tale!