Interview with Eleanor Healy

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In grade seven I wrote a story about another planet--the planet bon. Crazy things happened on the planet bon! I just remember being shocked when the teacher passed it on to the principal and the principal read it out to the whole school.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Narnia series rocked my world! I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the magical, fantasy style of the books. I wished I could go to Narnia! I cried, I laughed and felt such a sense of wistfulness when I read the last book. Over the years I've reread the series about twenty times. Each time I read them, I get something new out of the content. The spiritual themes running through the book with Aslan the Lion is touching and beautiful also. As I child I didn't understand all the nuances of the symbols, so when I got older I enjoyed the new depth to the stories. The Narnia books will always be my favourite ones.
How do you approach cover design?
The image was the most important thing to me. I wanted to find an image that depicted Little Red Riding Hood as a fully empowered character--as this is how I want you to see yourself once you've faced your Wolves (ie. Shadow work). When I found this image I was delighted! Everything else fell into place after that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
These books all satisfy my deep need for magical lands, make-believe characters and fairytales/mythology. I need a place to escape to that my inner child will delight in and skip through.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love humorous autobiographies:
Mindy Kaling
Tina Fey
Ellen Degeneres

All these ladies make me laugh my butt off! They are also extremely intelligent and deep, so their humor has depth and authenticity to it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually just read off my laptop with a simple adobe reader.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mobile entity. In other words, my desk is my laptop. I can be in the back porch or in my room or in a coffee shop. I like this kind of freedom and creative stimulus. My notes happen to be scrap pieces of paper, a handful of half-full journals and notebooks. I spend all my time rifling through these notes to string together a cohesive idea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the low-income eastside of Vancouver, Canada. My teenage years gave me practice running from gang infested parks and alleyways; my street smarts sharpened with every close encounter of the scary kind. After quite a few scrapes, I developed a tough exterior for my soft interior. Over the years I learned to bring my vulnerable side out in my writing and reveal my authentic self. This allowed me to connect more with my readers. So, I empathize with those who cover their True Selves up and I like to think that I inspire them to open up to reveal themselves.
When did you first start writing?
At the tender age of two, my parents taught me to read using a combination of flash cards and raisin treats. The rest, as they say, is history.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I spent years sabotaging myself at every turn. When I had a few disasters, such as being thrown in jail in Kenya and losing everything, I had a wake-up call. I turned myself around and figured out how to love myself instead of self-destruct. With my newfound peace, contentment and self-love, I wanted to spread my inspirational message to others. This book is a culmination of my life lessons mixed in with some self-deprecating stories from my younger years. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to work with yourself instead of against yourself!
Published 2016-10-10.
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Books by This Author

What Would Little Red Riding Hood Do? 7 Ways to Face Your Wolf and Live Happily Ever After
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,330. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
Do you destroy perfectly good opportunities and then agonize over why you would do that to yourself? Hint: it rhymes with mabotage. This fun, but practical guide will show you why we sabotage ourselves and more importantly, what to do about it! Chapter exercises are included to help you go from missing out to nailing it (self-love style)!