Interview with Jane Elisabeth Kehl

Describe your desk
My desk is a scarred Stickley Brothers antique inherited from my grandmother. It sits quietly beneath a picture window looking out at a flower box dripping with daffodils, and the forest beyond. Where I actually write is wherever I actually am.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have an agent!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is when I get out of the way and something fresh comes through.
What do your fans mean to you?
To have someone connect with what I offer is a gift.
What are you working on next?
If I tell you, I probably wonʼt write it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Abraham Lincoln, Rumi, Eckhart Tolle and Aldous Huxley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Iʼm in the process of escaping a real, present-day Animal Farm, and Iʼd like to see how things turn out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I havenʼt actually grown up yet, though I am way past due. I suspect this influences my writing--hopefully for the good.
When did you first start writing?
I began, in earnest, when I went back to college--as what the writing professor then termed “a female retread.”
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for “Zen Baby” came when watching a DVD with the spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. He suggested the idea of contrasting the original story of an old Zen master with a story of what might take place in the here and now. And so I did. And now itʼs here.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Waiting for inspiration and being where I am.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In which lifetime?
Published 2015-02-07.
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