Interview with S J Toole

What are you working on next?
The Origin Myth of Me, Compendium and Chronology; a sort of reference guide to the first book, more like a map including the characters and historic references. Presented along timelines with familiar events, for a more in-depth view of history and myth.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love many authors; Dostoevsky and Sheldon, for fiction- Jung and Frankl, for Psych- and Dee Brown for a Historic View of America. Of course above all these Joseph Campbell for his insights on Theology and Mythology.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My passion for my children, otherwise my other passions for research; Indigenous Peoples, Belief systems in general, and Art. I also love Music and the outdoors. But truly I love spending time with my family and friends at home, whatever I am doing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy creating art and am currently working on illustrations for a Children's Book, for another Author. I also volunteer working with people through equine therapy and wellness animals.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually, they are books I have already read and I often purchase the ebook, for convenience of "quick reference", or reference material. (To be honest...I just use a search engine, what ever source pops up first, I grab it.)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first full length story is called "Threads", it is an exploration about timelessness. The second was a research study, called "Cradle boards" a hermeneutical study. (That one is great, exploring the Indigenous use of cradle boards and those who had experienced of cradle boards as Native American, infants. I Interviewed many people for that on, I loved it!)
What is your writing process?
It is strictly intuitive, and then I return to my reference material for quotes and structure.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a late reader, but I had many stories read to me by my sisters and mom. When I was very small, I loved Little Bear and the first non-picture book was; Watership Down. The Chronicles of Narnia were next. The first full book I ever read was "The Mouse and the Motorcycle", then "Run Away Ralph". (Like I said, I was a late reader.) As a Teen, I just loved "Clan of the Cave Bear".
How do you approach cover design?
I love Art and so I just, draw upon the images that move me. Art that tells a story and includes powerful archetypes is very meaningful to me, and I find myself often drawn to those. Also images with true historic value, help translate a lot of information. I am extremely moved by Petroglyphs, Hieroglyphs and ancient pictorial imagery of all types. I find ancient symbolic imagery also very powerful, (full of archetypes).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Frankl's, Mans Search for Meaning; a wonderful perspective on what it is to be human. Campbell's, Power of Myth; his insights into Theology and unifying message about myth is sublime. Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamozov; is a transcendent view into the minds, emotions and lives of so many characters, his expression from the experience of each person is astounding. I love his use of super long sentences! The Book of Enoch is an incredible perspective upon ancient literary writing. The detail and epic length of that one is mind boggling. Especially the clear and coherent style of the narrator. Finally the Ancient Sumerian epics, I feel are among the most valuable historic records of our human experience. Their great antiquity and numerous translations across nations and time lines, place them above and beyond all other known works.
What do you read for pleasure?
I research for pleasure, so most of the books I read carefully and repeatedly; are books with historic value, always informing my own journey about the timeless human experience. I enjoy all books with historic value, especially the rare and remote texts of great antiquity. Returning to great epics of any kind, every 5 years or so, is especially enlightening. Because what and how I understand the meaning of those great writings, changes as I become older. Included in those are all Biblical texts; I suppose that is why they call them "Living texts". The more time passes, the cumulative body of my own experiences with new literature, continues to add to my previous experiences with the books I have already encountered. I really feel that in a strange way, I share a relationship with my books, I love them very much, (especially the beat-up, old musty ones, with yellowed pages!)
Published 2015-06-18.
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Origin Myth of Me: Reflections of our Origins Creation of the LuLu
Price: $11.19 USD. Words: 78,110. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Reference / Quotations
An Exploration of Ancient Myths and the meaning they hold in the modern world. These Ancient Mythologies; dusty and worn out, can become new again offering us keys to the hidden doors, of our own unique belief systems of today. Visiting the epic literature's of ancient people and beings, which seem peculiar and exotic; once encountered, begin to inform our personal hero’s journey-