Interview with Kyczy Hawk

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love yoga and I love recovery. I see different aspects of their mutual support over and over. Just when I think I have said all I need to say on the topic, something else comes up. I actually HAVE to write; I can't not express myself. I am grateful to Smashwords for offering me a platform to publish the shorter books and manuals that accompany my other work.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is so fulfilling to get a note from one of my readers. Sometimes I will meet a reader in person and their eyes will light up- a nod of recognition and it is like we have known each other for a while. Without readers I would be whistling in the wind.
What are you working on next?
Yoga, chakras and recovery is the next book that is tickling my mind. I have led workshops and retreats on this topic and it has been well received. Sometimes it is good to have the information all in one place. A Smashwords book is just the venue.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read mysteries and particularly like those that have a protagonist who had found recovery (Block and Jance to name two.) I read everything by Anne Lamotte particularly as I "knew" her in her drinking novel days- way back when. I read non-fiction and meditation books: Rolf Gates and Judith Lassiter are two, and anything by Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Han and HHTDL. I am all over the map. Cereal boxes if there is nothing else.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most of the time I pop up happy. Life! Everyday is an adventure. Even when my body aches and I feel dull, I know that there is something that will happen that I didn't expect. Also discipline. I have to get up to do what needs to be done. It is a practice of yoga: tapas. I wish each day were like that but not always. But I get up just to give life a chance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time practicing meditation and yoga, teaching, and pondering the eternal verities (spacing out). I can do that when I am walking, riding my bike or knitting. Pretty much anytime. So thinking and writing, practicing yoga and meditation and being with my recovery peeps. Life is good.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story in seventh grade that had to do with some sort of Rube Goldberg machine that would do my chores. It was given a negative comment by my teacher saying it sounded too much like something that would appear in the New Yorker magazine. Now I think back and say "And that is a bad thing?" I was twelve!
What is your writing process?
I throw up on the page and go back and polish. Most of the time I trust the fallow times (I don't write every day at a particular time) so I write when I write and it ususally comes out in a spew. Then I have to go back and make it ready for prime time. That can take 2 or 3 rounds of scouring. I do have a challenge: I want to write fiction. That is the time the page stays blank for days at a time. I don't know how you all do it!
How do you approach cover design?
I use Fiverr for my covers. I think of a pallet and from my meditation I have an idea of what sort of form I want. I prefer not to have gender identified forms or racially specific forms so I go to neutral designs. I have had a few of my covers redone as I have matured. Some I love for their quirkiness.
Published 2017-08-17.
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Books by This Author

From Burnout To Balance: Three Steps To A Life Of Equanimity
Price: $2.19 USD. Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga
In three short step this book will guide you to use to discover the impacts of overwhelm and burnout, and to convert this energy into a more fulfilling life. Yoga and addiciton recoery principles are included to broaden the base of tools and to add depth to the discovery path leading to a balanced life.
Santosha / Contentment How Gratitude and Acceptance Can Bring Contentment
Price: $2.19 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga
Meditation, writing exercises and yoga are used to help the reader discover this jewel of yoga practices; Santosha (contentment).
SOAR: Teaching Yoga to Those in Recovery
Price: $9.89 USD. Words: 22,280. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / arts & humanities, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga
Success Over Addiction and Relapse; a comprehensive guide for yoga teachers who wish to teach in recovery and treatment centers and to present addiction recovery infused classes in studios. This book gives outlines and methods for teaching, educates the reader about some concerns in addressing trauma, and provides tools to enhace relapse prevention.
Addiction Recovery with Yoga: Using the Koshas for Healing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,760. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
(5.00 from 1 review)
Recovery from all manner of addiction requires a lot of diligence and vigilance. Behaviors and substances can be amended with the twelve step programs. They offer a phenomenal foundation. The yoga therapy model can enhance recovery and help prevent relapse. The five layers of all beings, the koshas, provide a wonderful framework. Lots of tools for healing are included.