Interview with Julia Jankowski

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a 30 day guidebook for addicts and alcoholics to help them navigate through the strom of recovery. This is something my clients asked me to do because once they got out of jail they had nowhere to turn to stay clean.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Smashwords has very good reviews in the writing community. I was attracted by the fact that the founder had difficulty publishing his book and created a pleasant publishing experience for authors. I like that you have total control over what you publish and don't have to settle by changing your manuscript to fit in with publishers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like knowing that I'm helping people who are struggling with their recovery and that I can provide that safety net for them until they find meetings, a sponsor, treatment, etc.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are people who are looking for the right answers. Although there is no silver bullet or "cure" for addiction, I am in a position to ask the right questions to inspire a new lifestyle.
What are you working on next?
I will be working on a follow-up to "30 Days to Keep You sober." This will consist of interviews with alcoholics and addicts and I will put it in book form. My thought process is to give my readers something to read and indentify with so they know they are not alone. Recovery is an interesting path. Somebody's struggle with addiction may inspire somebody else who feels isolated. That's what it's all about, inspiration and support.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite is Author Janov and his Primal Therapy. His website is primaltherapy.com where his blog can be accessed. He talks about the reasons why people medicate with drugs and alcohol. He explores the main reason, pain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I look forward to making a difference in an addict/alcoholic's life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like gardening, cooking, going on nature trails, and taking lots of pictures.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love Kindle for when I'm on the go as well as researching old fashioned books stores. I prefer those with resident cats, comfy chairs, and dark roast coffee.
What is your writing process?
I only write when I'm inspired. If I don't have anything that drives me, I hit my garden for inspiration.
How do you approach cover design?
I like photographs that speak to me about the message behind my book. This is my second book and both have been inspired by nature.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like to read on my phone with my Kindle app when I'm on the go. Otherwise, it's a comfy chair, a few cats weighing me down purring, and coffee.
Describe your desk
My desk is clean of everyting but my laptop and my lamp. That way there is room for my four feline muses.
Why did your become a counselor?
I like getting off myself and helping others.
What underserved population have your worked with in your community?
I have done a lot of probono work with the court system collaborating with state attorneys, judges, and defense attorneys to consider treatment options instead of prison. I have been successful in highlighting the forensic side of incarceration. I would have to say the most underserved people in jail need advocates. I work with minorities, migrant workers, the LGBT community, addicts and alcoholics, the mentally ill, and those with learning disabilities. There are many people that don't have basic reading skills. Having a teaching background helps me accomodate them and most of them learn to read in our program. I remember one gentleman in particular that was raised in the mountains of Mexico and had never attended school. He is of Native American descent. He was raised to work on the family farm to support his mother and siblings and only spoke his Native language. With me he learned some English, some Spanish, and how to write his name. That was a momentous occasion for him and he became very emotional. That was the biggest smile I'd ever seen in the jail setting.
Published 2014-03-28.
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Books by This Author

30 Days to Keep You Sober: A Forensic Approach
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,250. Language: American English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Counseling / crisis management, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
30 Days to Keep You Sober is a support tool for addicts and or alcoholics that are looking for guidance to stay clean and sober. This book includes first-hand accounts of real people and their personal struggles with addictive personalities. It is the kind of book that offers readers a realistic outlook on why people struggle with pain that leads to addictive behavior.