I don't have one desk. Every table, couch, and chair in my house becomes my desk when I feel compelled to write. My favorite spot is the table on my small deck outside. I would say that is my "desk" if I had to pick one and I love it. I share it with dust, leaves, and pines; depending on the season (I do wipe it down before I sit to write). It has a view of trees, birds, and life outside so I find I am very inspired when I use it as my "desk".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I think that it's not so much where I grew up but that I "grew up" that influenced my writing :)
When did you first start writing?
I first officially started writing March 21, 2014. I had an energy healing session that day on the phone with an intuitive healer in Rome, Italy. When I got off the phone I felt different. I felt compelled to open my computer and start writing. Concepts and phrases in rhyming couplets came to me and I knew I had to write them, that was when I really started writing. Prior to that the only writing I did was in my 20's, my sister and I would occasionally write new lyrics to music that we knew and liked. The lyrics would be funny satires about the things in our lives that were imperfect or weird. We wrote them and laughed and that seemed to make us get over whatever we didn't like. We did that for fun and I didn't even see it as "writing" but when I look back now I see it was the beginning of my experience with writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Like I mentioned in an earlier question about when I started writing. I had a healing session with an intuitive healer and on that day, seemingly out of nowhere, I started writing. I wrote for hours which turned into days, than weeks. Each day as I wrote, I read my Articulations to my mother and we were both astonished as to where these writings were coming from. After about three weeks she said to me, "You cannot put these in your drawer, you have to share them with the world" and that is when I realized I was writing a book. Most of the book was written in those three weeks. Through my healing sessions my writings became a cathartic healing experience. I realized that I was writing all of the things I had done at one point or another that brought success and abundance to my life. The writings were a reminder of what works and what doesn't. In the past when I saw life through these perceptions and applied these concepts everything I tried for, I achieved. When I didn't think and act like in these manners I didn't yield the great returns. The Articulations were and are a brilliant reminder for me and I feel grateful to have them and be able to share these simple truths and reminders with others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I sent my manuscript out for a formal review I received strong, positive feedback. I also was encouraged to be an indie author because in today's day and age even if you are formally published with a big publisher the author is still expected to self promote and be a huge part of promoting their book and story. So since I would be doing that anyway and it was very important for my book to keep the integrity and authenticity of its inspired and organic nature I decided to commit to it 100% and become an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is that I get to access a place within myself, yet beyond what I perceive as myself, that is empty, open, spacious, peaceful and truthful. Also, writing releases things that are trapped way down and lets them out, it is extremely healing and healthy. It is joyful to find, use, and let my inner voice out.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans?! That is a new concept for me, I'm not sure if I have fans but people mean a lot to me. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, author and yoga teacher. I love people and if people love me back does that make them a fan? Maybe, but whatever title they have they mean a lot to me, I so genuinely appreciate their support and interest in my writing. I am very grateful for them. If I have any "fans" I am truly a fan of theirs!
What are you working on next?
I though you'd never ask. After I wrote Turn Your Life Insight Out, I couldn't stop writing so the second book is already written (though it's not published yet). It is called Turn Your Life Outsight In, sort of a sequel to the first. In the first book you look inside yourself at your depths, heights, truth, center, and value so you can bring it out of yourself and use it your everyday life. In the second book, you look outside of your self (at the "Outsights") so that you can bring the wisdom, beauty, and power of the outside world into your life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of meeting a new day and being able to experience life with my family and friends. Also, doing something different than I did the day before and making a difference, for the better, in someone else's life and in my own.
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