Interview with DiAnne

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a dairy farm in rural southwest Washington state, the oldest of many. I have always loved stories and was an avid reader from the time I learned what to do with a book. Books often transported me far away to exotic times and places. Places where I learned new and exciting things.

When I realized how much others were seeking to understand their own empathic abilities, those same abilities I had accepted and was learning to use more skillfully, writing about it just seemed the way to share that.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the late 80's. I remember walking into my first creative writing class at the local college. The class was held in a conference room and the conference table looked gargantuan. I sidled in and nearly bolted as I listened to the other students talking about their latest stories; was the arc paced correctly or the heroine to gutsy. I found out that there was both the beginner and intermediate students there for this first class and after that we newbies were all together. I'm so glad I stayed. That one decision opened a new way of expressing to the world for me. Just as I was beginning to have a little success with short stories I let life get in the way. We adopted 3 more children and writing seriously got put on hold.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For many people empathy is that connection we long for but aren't sure we ever can make. We wish to be part of someone or something so we can share deeply who and what we are yet always feeling alone. For others they are so connected they truly don't know what feelings are their own and what they are picking up from others. The vast majority of the population has the physical ability to be empathic and falls between these two extremes but If you're highly sensitive, intuitive or psychic it can be very difficult to differentiate between your stuff and someone else's.

As I have learned to negotiate within my own empathic gifts I realized that there was a great need to have more understanding around what was happening within the sensitive person and particularly for them to realize empathy is a gift to be used by them not to be at the mercy of. You can learn to take advantage of your ability to feel empathy and let go of having to always feel pain from it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a nephew S. B. Sebrick that writes and publishes his own novels which, by the way,are very good. I admire him greatly. He has assisted and encouraged me constantly through the complex process of publishing my own books.
Published 2015-07-23.
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Books by This Author

Not Crazy: Confessions of a Closet Empath.
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 45,660. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
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Not Crazy, Confessions of a Closet Empath. The Sensitive Soul’s Journey into….Another Way leads the empath through the first steps in gaining skill with their empathy. Helping them begin to grasp what they have been dealing with all their life and another way to use the gifts of empathy to benefit themselves and those around them.