Interview with Rev. Eric Meyer

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing off and on. Mostly beginning but never really ending anything. Most of them came from some ideas, mostly philosophical, spiritual, and somewhat idealistic ideas. For this book, my first book, I started writing early in the year because I wanted to make sure that what I was doing at my church, and being a minister, was recorded. After sometime, I felt it was a good idea to put this out in a book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Our church, now called a Spiritual Center (Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies), have been doing some changing in the idea of seeing ourselves more and more into what it means to be divine. If we believe we have the divine within us, then what does that mean to us? Is it just about finding our being or is there more?
I actually started doing a new way of praying first. As a Prayer Chaplain at Unity, prayer had been important and I felt it needed to be changed when I realized how I prayed to myself and others. I felt that my new type of praying was about praying within, which means that the power of the divine comes from within and not asking the divine power to come to me (as a channel). Being a divine channel has been what most of New Thought and Unity have been teaching up until now. I wanted to get this into a book, because I realized that this prayer was nothing like anything else out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After becoming an ordained metaphysical minister, I felt that writing spiritual books might actually be up my alley. I've read quite a few books from spirituality, new age, new thought, etc and felt that I could do the same.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it is being able to express myself in the best way possible. It also brings out my thoughts and feelings and puts them into form and expression. Being an introvert, writing seems more doable for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
In this case with this book, I will say that I am pleased that people are open to the ideas that I am putting out there. Many of my ideas in the book are standard, and some... not so much.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on another book that I'm calling at the moment "Re-Defining Belief." I think this one might be interesting to many on what I think belief is and I'm not going to be using the general meaning through Websters, etc.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sylvia Browne, Cyndi Dale, Barbara Brennan, Doreen Virtue, Caroline Myss, Bart Ehrmann, and... Alan Davis (comics! ha!)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually look at what it is about and see if I would be interested in it. I also have quite a few that are based on older books that I have been told are good for those that have become ministers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was actually a trilogy in High School. A good friend of mine died and I had a hard time believing it. I created a story about how to try and keep him from killing himself. The first one was about seeing him not dead and we talked. After some talking, I realized that I was just dreaming. The second one was about finding a time machine (I was into time travel and the show Voyagers had been something I really enjoyed). I tried again to stop him but fell asleep. On the third, I saw him in heaven and realized that everything is what it was supposed to be. Of course, at the time being a Christian, the idea of him being in heaven is usually considered a no-no. But, I felt and wanted him in heaven.
What is your writing process?
I have a mental start with what I'm going to write and some parts of where. Then I start writing. Eventually things take more form and if I have to check references and such, I then do so after sometime. Major edits are usually after a good period of writing where I felt it is basically done but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be.
How do you approach cover design?
At the moment, I have been doing my own. I have some level of desktop experience with some desktop programs. I'm sure eventually, I'm needing a better computer with better desktop software.
I felt with this design that the title needed to be big and bold. I also wanted pictures, but selecting the right picture has been a trial and error. I already had these pictures and used software to add the little "bright light."
Published 2014-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Spirit Empowerment and Praying Within
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 43,100. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Prayer
Spirit Empowerment and Praying Within asks the question, “What does it mean to have the Divine or God Within you?” This book will dig into that question about what it means and what it means to be empowered by your Divine part of yourself – your Spirit.