I wrote this book because I discovered that when I begin my podcasting journey, my life changed drastically for the better. There were so many new things that were happening to me and the podcast was my companion during this time. I wrote this book because I learned that a podcast is so versatile that it can change lives in many different ways. I felt that I needed to share this message with the world. I think that people podcast for fun, but a large segment of people wants to podcast for money. Money to seems to have become the pinnacle of success. I used to think money meant success, too, but even after I made a lot of money during my career, I realized that it was empty in a way. You can earn money and you can lose money, but ultimately, success to me is a state of happiness to hold onto, each and every day.
I began a podcast to compliment my business. I realized quickly that I had be honest with my podcast and be honest with myself and admit that I did not enjoy my work. I continued working because it paid well, but podcasting about this business not work. I discovered that I could only podcast on what mattered most to me: being a happy person. I stopped my “business” podcast, or rather transformed it, and I began to focus on happiness and helping other people. My new focus was on content that relates to life coaching and helping others get unstuck. I discovered that creating a podcast focusing on positive messaging and happiness ultimately created more positivity for me. You can't escape disasters here and there, but if you focus on living a positive and happy life, that is what you will begin to get. Not only did I learn that, but also discovered that I could create a legacy, create new relationships with people all over the world, reinvent myself, gain authority, and I can have enormous amounts of fun. I discovered podcasting might be one of the greatest tools to help any individual achieve happiness. I decided to write the book to show my proof of this, and to plant the seeds for other people so they, too, can have the life that they desire and deserve.
What made you decide you wanted to become a podcaster?
I'm not really quite sure why I wanted to become a podcaster. I had a life-changing experience through listening to one podcast episode that I stumbled upon which focused on eliminating depression. This podcast helped me a great deal to overcome the depression that I had been suffering from for many years. The podcast directed me towards living a more spiritual life and helped me focus my attention on other people instead of myself, which ultimately eliminated my depressive state. A few years had passed and it seemed that my inner voice was telling me to begin a podcast. When the conditions were right, I started my journey and it has been amazing!
1) The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Husseini 3) The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls 4) 1984, by George Orwell 5) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer fiction books that fall into the genres of contemporary, dystopian, speculative, or drama. But really, anything that tells a great story with character development that makes you love, or hate, or pity the protagonist as he or she affects your everyday life will grab my interest. And smart. I like smart writing, smart ideas.
I started my professional life as a Catholic priest in Sri Lanka. I fully believed in all of the doctrines of the church. Five years later I started having doubts. After struggling with these doubts I ended up in the opposite camp of being a materialistic non-believer. Utterly unexpected were the profound personal experiences that opened my heart to spirituality in all the religions. I wanted to share my new found insights with others. That motivated me to do further research and write this book.
Along the way of writing, did you experience any writer's block?
I had some misgivings about starting to write since I could easily become vain and proud as a writer. Hence I approached Amma, the famous hugging saint, and asked her about it. Amma encouraged me by saying that I should write. The writing came easily at the start. Three months later I could not proceed even though I tried hard. That was truly a writer's block. I told Amma about it. She laughed loud and hugged me twice more. Then I realized that it was her special blessing, and the writing proceeded smoothly afterwards.
I walked out into the barnyard and saw one of the horses hogging all the space under the shelter while it rained. I thought, "people do this too. We can all be oblivious to the needs of others. That would be a great children's book!"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a white lady, a child of privilege. I grew up with lakes, horses, dogs, cats, love, two parents, foster siblings, and enough to eat. We weren't overly wealthy, that's for sure, but my parents were always able to help me out in a pinch. Appreciating my privilege leads me to commit to giving back in any way I can.
While in the second grade, at the age of seven, I was a quiet and restrained kid. I started to conceive and create storylines. But the actual pen-to-paper transfer of storylines began at the age of twelve.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Deep South where hurricanes and tornados are guaranteed every year. I have also lived many years in southern California. I have experienced firsthand, as an adolescent, numerous episodes with hurricane force winds which shook and occasionally damaged my family’s home to some degree. And of course, the periodic earthquake tremors in southern California: One moment you are lying in bed; then suddenly, your house starts to shake for twenty or thirty seconds. And you ask how did this influence my writing? Well, as a result of the info that I shared previously, I was inspired to write a supernatural thriller titled Nature’s Wrath: The Lord Is Coming For You. No, I’m joking. But seriously, as I was growing up, I was not a very talkative person. But I would listen and observe people. I noticed how they would respond or react to specific stimuli. I made mental notes of what I perceived to be the good and the bad personality types, and they were eventually incorporated into some of my storylines over the years.
I start with an outline! Having written many research papers, I knew that organizing the book was crucial. There had to be a flow.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I can recall, beyond comic books (which were AWESOME), were from Beautiful Bible Stories. It was part of a set belonging to my grandmother. I read it at every opportunity until it fell apart.
I really enjoy using Kobo. I got it for Christmas a few ago and I haven't found the need to upgrade or change brands.
Describe your desk
My current desk is a very heavy big solid chunk of wood. Atop of my desk sits a laptop notebook stand to raise my Dell laptop. I also have a Dell 3 piece speaker set complete with a woofer. The notebook stand was purchased on the wish app and the speakers are almost fifteen years old. A notebook usually sits to my right so I can take notes as I write.
One afternoon i was thinking back to when i lived in British Honduras ,now Belize ,as a kid and how much things had changed. I started to write a short essay and before i was through it became a full length book Child In paradise..
What is your writing process?
I suppose I should have one but I really don't, most of my books start out being based only on one paragraph. Writing fiction is like living real life you never know for sure what the day will bring, and most of the time there are twists and turns along with plot developments that just pop out of nowhere and surprises me just as much as it does my characters. Fiction is like being in a flight simulator, you can do things that would kill you in a real airplane and still live to tell about it.. It's about the same with fiction you can venture into areas where you would never tread in real life, sometimes when I really get stuck or bored there's Murphy's law.to fall back on and I think what is the worst thing that could happen right now.