Interview with Joanne Rodasta Wilshin

What do your fans mean to you?
I love hearing my fans' success stories and how The Happiness Path has positively affected many different aspects of their lives. There's nothing better for me than to read about their healed relationships, as well as their big and little successes, especially the ones that had seemed impossible to happen.
What are you working on next?
Since I've just published The Happiness Path, I'm very involved in getting all my social media working properly. I'm also completing a novel that tells the story of a woman who makes unexpected discoveries about herself and the nature of the world while she finds her birth-mother back in the early 1980s, before the Internet could help her search.
Who are your favorite authors?
For non-fiction, I really like Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, etc.). What an interesting brainiac and fascinating story-teller. Austin Kleon is also pretty inspiring (Steal Like an Artist, etc.). Also, anyone who gets published in the New Yorker. That magazine!! How do they do it??! For fiction, Donna Tart, Anthony Doerr, Junot Diaz, Ian McEwan, MarKus Zusak, Joyce Carol Oates (read her Twitter feed, if you haven't already), Adam Johnson. And many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live on an island looking out on the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington. It's gorgeous! I'm also a morning person, so I'm not one to stay in bed. Every morning, I sit down and write what I'm going to create that day. Then I get to watch what unfolds. It's a fabulous way to live life, this Happiness Path way!
Also, I'm really curious, and I love to experiment with ideas (I'm an INTJ on that Meyers-Briggs chart). This week I'm testing out an idea that was inspired when I read about the Wonderbag. It's a fabric container you can wrap around a pot of barely cooked food in, and it'll slow cook it all day long. I'm wondering what other materials one can use to accomplish the same thing. I'm wondering this because we're going to cruise our boat to Alaska this spring, and I'm thinking about using the idea on the boat. What do you think?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot. And draw. And think. I have a family, so I spend time with and for them. I'm a mariner too, so I'm always advancing that skill. And I play the piano and create websites.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm in a book discussion group. And I have friends who are readers whose recommendations I've grown to trust. A lot!
What is your writing process?
For non-fiction, I outline. For fiction I have to let the characters inform the story. I also have discussions with the topic, which may seem weird, but I'm pretty intuitive. I've found the topic really has a lot it wants me to know about itself.
Also, I have to feel myself when I'm writing, or reading what I've written. If I get a weird ache in my stomach, I know I have it wrong. I keep at it until that feeling changes to something very comfortable and happy. Otherwise know as The Happiness Path!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Orphan Master's Son - because the main character was an incredible survivor, and because the writing is incredibly elegant.
The Call of the Wild - again, a survivor story. Buck brings learns to join the full forces of his physical, mental, and intuitive qualities.
The Book Thief - I read this book three times.
Where'd You Go Bernadette? - I read this book three times too. I've never read a book about a genius woman.
Published 2015-10-20.
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Books by This Author

The Happiness Path Group Guide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,290. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
The Happiness Path Group Guide gives you all the tools you'll need to run a Happiness Path support group. It explains how to set up your group, what to say, and how to handle group situations. Leading a Happiness Path group deepens your understanding of how your thoughts and beliefs transform into experiences, and how you can use this knowledge to benefit you and yours.
The Happiness Path: Your Mind is Your Paint Brush
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,540. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
The Happiness Path teaches you to uncover and heal your subconscious thoughts that sabotage your success and undermine your happiness. The Happiness Path repairs your life. Reading it will be a turning point in your future!