Interview with Angela Kaufman

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon and the authors of the Warriors Series who call themselves Erin Hunter. In Nonfiction, Robert Moss, Sonia Choquette, Dan Millman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I find mornings conducive to work and inspiration so getting out of bed is not usually a struggle. I typically am excited to see what adventures await, and when all else fails, the desperate cries of guinea pigs jonesing for lettuce will do the trick.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my work centers around Intuitive Relationship Coaching, so I devote a lot of time to working to educate, empower and inspire women to make energetic transformations. I love to paint, read, walk, and go on unusual adventures with my wonderful partner.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first I recall writing was in first grade, it was about a duck that whistled and was probably called something to that effect. Apparently my teacher liked it because it won an award.
What is your writing process?
First I develop an insatiable itch. Yes, I know that sounds gross, but this itch is more emotional than physical. Usually it is either a strong burst of inspiration or a strong bout of anger about something which does not seem right in the world. I write to teach, inform, inspire or empower, so usually I have to feel like something is off in society or missing in the world, and then I reflect on what tools from my experience or from the metaphysical or Spirit worlds could help alleviate this problem. Whether inspired or angry, the process is the same. I write way too much, go back, revise, edit and cut. When the itch occurs I find it easy to stay motivated until I have produced something. I would love to say that I create fancy outlines and drafts and use some technical method....but I don't usually.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I did not like to read when I was younger. Things changed when my school instituted a reading competition. I don't recall the very first book but among the first were the Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables series. The impact? An addiction to learn about other places, times, and possibilities through stories that has not fully been kicked yet.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King:
The Shining, Dr. Sleep. Why? Because they contain everything anyone would need to know to understand relationships, family, and the secrets of life. If you read them and did not glean these insights, read them again for the first time...

I love how King writes honestly about the complexities of human beings, placing them in real situations and capitalizing on their core drives and dark, as well as light, sides. His portrayal of the disease of addiction and its impact on families is the basis for both The Shining and Dr. Sleep. The supernatural stuff is a fun add on but is presented as an offshoot of the horrors we create in our own lives.

Diana Gabaldon's The Outlander, an amazing fantasy laced historical fiction that is completely engrossing. I have huge respect for Gabaldon's historical honesty, even when it creates situations which would be politically incorrect by modern standards. Her use of folklore, magic, mysticism and fantasy are submerged in such realistic stories that even the fantastic elements are easy to accept as real.

Also: Dan Millman the Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Sonia Choquette Diary of a Psychic. These two books hold significant insight for modern people yearning for spiritual connection. I believe King's books do as well, but his instructions for living are a little more craftily hidden in suspenseful stories. Millman's Peaceful Warrior beautifully presents a doorway for people ingrained in the mundane world to begin seeking and creating more in their lives. Choquette's memoir creates a clear and personable view of what it is like to recognize the innate connection to Spirit which we all have.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up around the corner from a library. From a young age I could independently access books frequently. My hometown is a small but diverse city where I was blessed to attend schools and live in neighborhoods with down to earth people from various backgrounds. We lived in a working class neighborhood and I was well connected to the stresses that existed in various demographics and cultures. Later I would become a Social Worker and become very interested in various injustices in the world and inequalities in society. Most of what I write about focuses on metaphysical and spiritual world that exists as part of the "real" world. I like to write books for real people living with real life issues but drawing on metaphysical wisdom.
Did you want to be a writer when you were a child?
I don't know that I had a set vocation in mind for much of my childhood, but I definitely know that writing was not even a thought in my mind! I enjoyed writing as part of school assignments, and received good feedback about stories or papers I wrote for classes, but I didn't see myself as a "writer". Even in high school I was encouraged to study English and get into teaching, but I could not see this being my path. By then I was interested in being a counselor or working with animals or in visual arts.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Like much of my thought process, its convoluted....Ken Follett's book Fall of Giants brought the scene of the Christmas Day Truce to my imagination- World War I, opposing soldiers took the time to stop killing each other and shook hands, smoked cigars and admired pictures of each others' best girls back home. This scene stuck in my mind and I wondered, why the hell can't we find enough common ground to get along during the holidays, or ANY day, now?

That started the itch...a year later the idea to remind people that we have more in common than we realize, and that even with our differences we can find enough understanding and common ground to call a truce with our fears, anxieties, hangups, in laws, and families during the holidays began surfacing in my mind. The archetypes of the Zodiac offer so much more wisdom than just horoscopes we read in the paper, and I thought it would be a fun and easy way to present tools that any one can use to survive their biggest holiday stressors by drawing on awareness of these archetypes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did not ever imagine that I would be an author. Fortunately I was blessed with two beautiful friends and teachers, Dayna Winters and Patricia Gardner, who taught me a great deal about the Wiccan religion and living a spiritual life. It was through my connection with these two phenomenal women that I contributed to 3 collaborative works published via Schiffer Publishing. Wicca What's the Real Deal, Sacred Objects Sacred Space, and The Esoteric Dreambook. Once I saw that it was possible for REAL people to get into the world of writing, it inspired me to consider the potential to write more.

My first solo writing project was a result of the itch returning to share how powerful yet simple it can be to undergo significant energetic transformation. The resulting work, Discover Your Inner Queen Mystical Path to Empowerment for Women, is a workbook which is central to the Inner Queen Kits. Aside from being my first book published on my own, it was also my first experience self publishing and a big learning experience for me.

Having seen how much of a positive impact an inspirational book can have, especially for people who are not ready for or interested in undergoing the personal coaching process, I decided to create more and have a series in the works for the future. After all, before I was ever ready to hire a personal coach or work with a mentor, I was able to absorb and digest much life changing information because of the writings of others. I like to think that somewhere, someone is looking for answers, and this is one more avenue for them to find what they are seeking.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Find something that you are passionate about, and follow your itch to create your story from that passion. The technical side is important, but you will learn that as you go. Don't inhibit yourself if you lack formal training or if you don't see yourself as "good enough" and be prepared for a long process with feedback, some good, some not so pleasant. All of it serves your growth, so jump in and start swimming.
What do you enjoy about being a writer?
I enjoy the process of connecting ideas which may not always fit together, I like the prospect of creating new opportunities for people to change their understanding or deepen their awareness. Part altruistic, I like to think what I write about can help people. Part selfish, I enjoy knowing that something I have made will be around after I am gone. At least as long as the internet exists....
What keeps you committed to success when faced with obstacles?
I think of others who have overcome worse obstacles. I think of Helen Keller, a lot, especially when I find myself complaining. I also reflect a lot on Stephen King. Here is a man who never gave up even when living in poverty, who was willing to work to cover bills but still made time to write, and whose tremendous success has not interfered with an understanding of humility and the importance of giving back to the community.
What are you working on next?
Since I was born on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer, I am working on two main projects next! One is a follow up to the Inner Queen Mystical Path to Empowerment Kits for women which will focus on attraction, love and relationships. The other will be a continuation of the astrology series. I hope these twins arrive by the summer of 2016.
Published 2015-12-09.
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Books by This Author

Sun Sign Guide to Holiday Harmony Practical Astrology for the Holiday Season
Price: Free! Words: 22,460. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This comprehensive guide combines humor with practical no-nonsense advice for surviving the holidays without breaking your budget, diet, or someone's neck, all based on a deep understanding of your Sun Sign and the Sun Signs of others. Maximize your strengths, avoid common traps, align with the Spirit of the Season. More than an e-book, this guide contains a link to Audios, Meditations & more.