Interview with Dr C. Edward Pitt

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
So, I'm not a naturally gifted writer. I write as much for my own catharsis and learning as for any other reason. But I want to help people too, to see people live to their fullest potential. I guess that's one reason I became a doctor. Writing helps me to share my experience to a broader audience, to help as many people as I can. And that makes me happy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Kintsukuroi Christians" is, like most of my work, a mix of benevolence and catharsis. As a doctor, I spend a fair portion of my time every day helping people with mental health concerns, but I also know what it's like to suffer from mental illness myself, and I've seen (and experienced) the knowledge gap that exists in the Christian church when it comes to mental health and illness. Kintsukuroi is such a powerful analogy for Christians who have suffered (and continue to suffer) from mental illness - it feels like your broken and useless, but God doesn't see it that way. He sees the cracks repaired with gold so that the vessel is more valuable because of the brokenness and repair. I wanted to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of mental illness in the Christian church by weaving the best theology and medical science into a single narrative so that they, too, can see beauty where there once was brokenness.
When did you first start writing?
I started experimenting with self-publishing in the late 1990's, and wrote regular monthly/bimonthly articles for a nationally distributed Christian magazine in Australia called Alive Magazine for most of the 2000's. Since then, I've done some sporadic blogging, and when the right inspirations strikes, I continue to write blogs and books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmm ... it's probably a repressed memory.
What is your writing process?
It's fairly organic, often researching and writing at the same time, and seeing where the ideas take me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually working, or wasting it on Facebook :)
How do you approach cover design?
Usually fairly organically. Most of my books have been DIY including cover art. That way the book is all my work from the ground up. I usually have some image in my head and I try and match it as best I can with the skills I possess. I've spent enough time playing around with Photoshop that I can put together something reasonable. Though I did go pro with my most recent book "Kintsukuroi Christians" and the results are excellent.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Google (and Smashwords, of course ...)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Mac fan boy. I can't go past my iPad!
Describe your desk
What are you working on next?
I'm not sure yet. I'm going to let everything tumble around in my brain for a little while and see what comes out.
Published 2017-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Kintsukuroi Christians - Turning Mental Brokenness Into Beauty
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 64,840. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Mental illness leaves hopelessness, shame, and brokenness in its wake, but brokenness isn’t the end of the story. In the ancient Japanese tradition of kintsukuroi, things that were broken became things of beauty as seams of gold decorated the former defects. Kintsukuroi Christians applies the best of science and faith to help transform mental brokenness into beauty.
Fats And Figures: Re-Examining Saturated Fat And What's Really Good For Your Heart
Price: Free! Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Is modern medicine wrong on saturated fat? Dr C. Edward Pitt cuts through the social media memes to examine the science. What does the evidence show about saturated fats, sugar and inflammation, can we prevent heart attacks and strokes, and just what is poly-unsaturated fat anyway? What really is good for your heart?
Hold That Thought Reappraising The Work of Dr Caroline Leaf
Price: Free! Words: 68,400. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Neuroscience
Does negative thinking make us sick? Does positive thinking improve our health and well-being? The popular Christian author, Dr Caroline Leaf, thinks so. Modern science disagrees. With 20 years experience in clinical medicine, & backed up by 300 current scientific references, Dr Pitt highlights the current science on thought & stress, & provides a new perspective on Dr Leafs writing and teaching.