Interview with Colleen-Joy Page

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a conservative small town called Alberton in South Africa, with humble good values and a community who worked hard to make ends meet. I experienced this early world as closed minded and fearful - this was during apartheid South Africa, and so I soon realised that "asking questions" and challenging the status quo was frowned upon by many. Because I felt that I could not openly speak out and ask questions about religion, spirituality, purpose, equality and other topics of importance to me, I wrote. If you had told me that one day I would publish and write I would never have believed you! Writing was very personal, a shy little girl wrestling with big questions. My great grandmother gave me an old type writer (with ribbon) and I happily typed essays and poems to myself till the early morning hours. These are very happy memories.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote from a very young age as a form of contemplation and self inquiry. It helped to see my thoughts and insights in the written word. My professional career as a writer began in my twenties when I wrote for a magazine for several years. This lead to being asked by a publisher to publish my first book. This was a surprise to me, as I had never considered myself to be a writer, although my message and what I wrote about mattered deeply to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Continuing with the Apple Tree theme, I now focus on empowerment and enlightenment, in the context of our "true nature". Since the Apple Tree became my symbol for the true self, I continue to write and teach this important work of self discovery, self realisation, self empowerment and self enlightenment. Anyone, in any culture, and in any context (from boardroom to temple) can wake up to their true selves.

My work now focuses on combining personal teachings and story, with modern science and ancient wisdom teachings - leaving no room for doubt about the nature of reality and the self.
What motivated you to become an author?
Pure inspiration. I used to experience great fear and shyness, but my inspiration was stronger than my fear. Ultimately this inspiration and my Apple Tree showed me how to heal my fear and shyness. Now the fruits of this journey have left me tuned in to great peace and love. Not much of my old identity and its baggage is left to bother me - for which I am eternally grateful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving words to the wordless.

Expressing the silence of truth - and watching this love in motion illuminate and enlighten the hearts and minds of those I serve.
What do your fans mean to you?
There is great love for the students and the people who follow my work. When the student appears the teachings arise naturally. I do not identify with being a teacher or author, I see these things as verbs - they are doings, the happen through me and inside of me. These have the texture of great love and this love is uninterested in the outcomes. I do not identify with the role that my life expresses, and yet I am immensely grateful for this also.
What are you working on next?
I have completed a fiction novel that is in editing, and have several new books in the pipeline. There are a number of courses (online and class based) that I offer as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Most are teachers before being authors.

Sri Nisargadatta is my hears favorite, although his works are transcripts from verbal teachings. I find his dialogues to be amongst the most beautifully and accurately worded expressions of truth that I know of. His work "I am that" has been by my side for over 4 years now. The covers are tatty and bend from many readings.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My heart is moved by an impersonal love for my work and for those it serves.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching, contemplating and expression the same work in artworks (painting and drawing).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Other than stories written at school, the first time I was paid for a story was for an advertising company who needed a short fable story for a charity that looked after orphaned physically handicapped children. I illustrated and wrote a story about a broken toy bear that was discarded and then found a home. This was so successful for the charity that I wrote and illustrated a 2nd story about a magic button. I'd almost forgotten about these.
What is your writing process?
I learned from Steven King to never edit while writing, and this is a key. My inspiration takes over and it feels as if the writing happens. Many pieces are written in one sitting. It never started that way, it took years to learn to not let the surface mind hijack the creative process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Frank Herbert "Dune" series made a big impact on me as a teenager - I was inspired by the wisdom that was present in the story.
Published 2016-05-17.
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Books by This Author

Bloodlines and Baggage
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting
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DID YOU KNOW? ...Financial problems can be linked to dishonest transactions committed by our forefathers. ...That trauma from even 3 generations ago can be influencing you today. We all carry baggage from our bloodline. And we carry gifts. If our hands are full of baggage, we can't receive the gifts. This book will teach you how to open your hands, drop the baggage and receive the gifts.