Interview with Charlene Jones

What are you working on next?
Hard at work on what I hope is the last draft of my memoir, My Impossible Life. After returning from being held hostage for three days by two armed criminals, i learned first hand about PTSD and what it demands from life. During the next year I met a teacher, the contentious and Tibetan recognized Leslie George Dawson, who hailed from Toronto and had gone to the same high school as me.
India, drinking chang with Mongol men in the north, twirling beads for hours in a Tibetan temple in Dehra Dun, flying to Australia living in the slums, then on to retreat in New Zealand where, just 21 years old, I spent three months in complete retreat: silence, no tech, only meditating up to 20 hours a day.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am enamoured of people brave enough to write their own story: Kathy Pooler, Daisy A Hickman, Jennifer Monahan, Laura McHale Holland, without being famous. Joan Didion is a famous author whose work drives me to the edge of my teeth.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live in paradise.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching meditation, coaching people as a Soul Guide through their stuck places and their misery, reading the dreams people have at night, performing poetry, being engaged by my granddaughters and their two lovely parents, and whenever I can building a fire on the stone terrace that borders the lake I live on all these provide me with sustenance.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I flip through lists: I was attracted to Brain on Fire before it hit the charts. My inner guidance lets me know which books I'll enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first poem I wrote was for my dog. I was six years old. I have never felt good writing stories. It's either poetry or books.
What is your writing process?
Too detailed to imagine. I revise and revise and revise and revise and...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the books that entered my blood stream at a young age was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it five times, absorbing the message about being a writer, no matter what.
How do you approach cover design?
Elves help me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Memoirs. Otherwise I like nonfiction: Grammar Man, THe Moral Molecule, THe Brain that Heals Itself
Published 2017-10-09.
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Books by This Author

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,310. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Medicine Buddha, long practiced in lengthy meditation retreats by Tibetan monks, provides the Visualization basis for this examination of the seam between Visualization Meditation and Neuroscience. The easy to understand writing explains clearly how Neuroscience proves what we imagine has a profound effect on our brains, our minds and our lives. We can improve physical, mental and emotional health
The Stain
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,750. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Collective Karma, the repetitious patterns human life demands, threads through the lives of Tahni, Mary and Diana. Following horrific events in Tahni's Native American life, Mary and Diana struggle with similar catastrophic experiences. Which one will free them and will it be in time to release them all from The Stain?