Interview with Johanna Bouwman

Why do you write?
A woman once said to me that all writers are defective malcontents who are dissatisfied with aspects of life. Perhaps, she is right. Or not. I write because I believe I have something to say.
What makes you write?
Good question. Why are we innately drawn to some interests and not to others? Some people are good at talking. Me, not so much. The gift of the gab is a skill I have always admired and yearned to have, but I am naturally contemplative. That's just the way I am. Writing helps me to appreciate the contrariness of people and life.
Do you find writing easy?
I love it when the words flow easily into paragraphs that read well. But then there are those days when inspiration is nowhere in sight, or the words stubbornly refuse to form sentences that make sense. Writing entices, challenges, frustrates, and exhilarates me like nothing else can.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading: 'Reality is Not What it Seems - the Journey to Quantum Gravity' by Carlo Rovelli. Publisher: Penguin Books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Along Came A Horse' is about learning to appreciate life; irrespective, of the challenges, the frustrations, and the regrets.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a revised edition of 'uncapIdeas to Tackle Life's Challenges'.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was a fictional piece called 'The Mysterious Smuggler'.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order, my favourite books are:

1. Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
2. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
3. Our Ageing Brain by Andre Aleman
4. Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman, PhD
5. Performance Anxiety. A Workbook for Actors, Singers, Dancers and Anyone Who Performs in Public by Eric Maisel, PhD

These books provide me with insights into the human psyche.
Do you also enjoy reading fiction?
Yes, I do read fiction from time to time. I recently enjoyed reading 'The Last Bookaneer' by Matthew Pearl (publisher: Penguin Books).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to walk, swim, read, and to enjoy the company of loved ones.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The gift of experiencing life for another day - helped by the family dog impatient for his breakfast (and his daily walks).
Published 2018-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Along Came A Horse
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,600. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Just when you think you are reading about the life of someone else you realize it is, in actual fact, all about you. For it is in the art of appreciating your life story and what it has to teach you that you get to choose the option of functioning from a position of strength.