Interview with Rivka Levy

When did you first start writing?
Professionally, when I was 21.

In University, I managed to track down a cocaine dealer who gave me a full and frank interview for my term paper for a class I was doing called 'The Underground Economy'. My professor gave me a B - but told me I should become journalist, as what I lacked in detailed economic analysis, I more than made up for with interesting anecdotes.
What's the story behind your latest book, The How, What and Why of Talking to God
I wanted to give readers a fast, punchy introduction to how to start talking to God, and how to turn their lives around, that wasn't preachy, 'religious', or overly heavy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write stuff that seems to fall between the more traditional genres.

Like, I talk about God, but I'm not pushing religion on anyone. Or, I write about God-based holistic health, and then I find that there is no category that actually fits into: it's not just 'spirituality and religion', and it's also much more than 'health and fitness'. I didn't want to have to squash my writing to fit the existing norms, as the whole point of it is that it's holistic - it draws information from across a whole range of areas, and synthesizes it into advice that works, for real people and their real problems.

So indie authorship definitely seemed the right way to go.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I sold 35 copies of my first book, The Happy Workshop, here!

I hope to come back and write that I sold millions more of the How, What and Why of Talking to God, Causes and Cures of Depression, and my latest book out soon, 'Talk to God and Fix Your Health'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Self-expression, and sharing profound ideas with others.

I also like the unpredictability of where my writing could end up, and who could be seeing it, especially with the advent of the internet. I'm connecting to people all over the place, and I don't even know it.
What are you working on next?
My next book is due out in the fall sometime, BH, and it's called: Talk to God and Fix Your Health.

It's the first in a planned 'Talk to God and Fix Your Life' series, and it tells readers the real reasons why they're getting sick, and practical, easy stuff they can do to stay healthy and happy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That every single thing that I'm going to do today - and that each of us is going to do today - is meaningful, somehow.

Even mundane things like cooking supper, washing up and brushing your teeth get a lot more exciting when you understand that a human being affects the world profoundly with every single on of our thoughts, words and deeds.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Obsessing over how to get people to read my stuff...

And knitting, and trying to catch up with chores, and thinking deep thoughts and talking to God. (Yup, that's why my house nearly always looks like a bomb's hit it...)
What is your writing process?
I get an idea of what I want to write about, I sit at my keyboard - and then whatever comes out, I go with the flow. Often, the final product is completely different from what I originally had in mind, but frequently better for it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love books that give me more information about how the body, mind and soul are really all just working together, and on the same team.

Things like Candace Pert's 'Molecules of Emotion' were fab, as they combined some hard science with a pretty dramatic personal narrative.

Any book that mixes stories about real people with practical ideas or insights is top of my list to read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I guess, my blog. But as the proud seller of around 40 books to date, I have a bit more figuring out to do, when it comes to marketing my books.
Describe your desk
Messy but efficient.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In about 3 different countries.

It influenced me in many ways, not least that I can't seem to deal with, like and accept 'boundaries' the same way other people can. I'm always going for breakthroughs and different ways of doing things that challenge the orthodox or conventional view.
Published 2015-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Causes and Cures of Depression
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,080. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression
CAUSES AND CURES OF DEPRESSION is the ultimate pocket guide to understanding the real reasons why you're getting depressed, and what you can do to start making your depressions a thing of the past, the drug-free way.
The How, What and Why of Talking to God
Price: Free! Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
The insider's guide to talking to God that will teach you everything you need to know to kick-start your conversation. Includes the eight ancient secrets of how to talk to God in a way that will transform your life, plus scientific proof that talking to God really works.
The Happy Workshop
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,320. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An eight week journey to finding lasting, genuine happiness - even when things aren't going your way.