Pamela R. Young taught inner city kids for five years, periodically re-visiting The University of Texas in Austin to learn more about how to work with the delicious diversity of culture and learning styles she encountered in those public school classrooms. She got her PhD from that school and was a professor for the next twenty years, helping students discover and achieve their goals. After a two-year walkabout--stretching her perspective and learning from Indian shamans, Mind-Body therapists, and Yogis--she tossed the mortarboard and became a Holistic Health Practitioner, helping clients to achieve their goals regarding mind, body, and spirit. In a celebration of her spiritual path (which was greatly enhanced when she finally quit smoking) she now writes with the same intentions as Pam Young, P.R.Young, or Dr. Pam Young depending on the genre-- non-fiction, academic non-fiction, or fiction. She does NOT write romance. You can follow her blog, SkatingThru2012.com, or follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DrPamYoung.
When did you first start writing?
I was writing serious philosophy stuff when I was twelve -- in a blue spiral notebook. I'd just read some of the Great Books my mom gave us for Christmas and was contemplating what several philosophers had written. I wrote a baker's dozen of love poems when Peter Frampton sang, "I want you to show me the way...". I fiddled around with love stories as a teacher, but romance is not my forte. I'm still finding my niche. Burnout to Bliss series is a passion piece.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, BURNOUT: How a Quest for Truth, Introspection, and a Desert Lizard Restored My Faith, Book 1 of the Burnout to Bliss series, illustrates how “it’s never just one thing” when our life sucks. It includes the clumsy, destructive steps I took to survive the worst year of my life. It shows how real healing began when I camped with Indian shamans in Mexico where I overcame my fear – and how a desert lizard restored my faith. BURNOUT is scheduled to launch before Christmas, 2016.
My purpose in sharing this story is to illustrate the concept of professionally diagnosed burnout – aka nervous breakdown or “dark night of the soul” – from the inside out, from the perspective of someone who had the experience, to shed some light on that path for other travelers. That is the primary goal for any memoir. I don’t think I’m special, although one reader did comment that my story was stranger than fiction. But I hope that by sharing my story I can reassure anyone having a similar experience:
You are never alone. You are more than okay. No matter what you’ve experienced, you will get to the other side if you want to. And you will have all the help you need for your journey. If you choose to accept it.
This is not a how-to book. It is the personal story of my dark night of the soul.
Friends sharing a house in college frequently pledged friendship forever—“as long as the grasses grow and the rivers flow.” Years later, when circumstances bring them together again, they agree to share a house while they rebuild their lives. Can they really keep that old pledge now, when they have family responsibilities and struggle with their own challenges—especially when one brings danger?
My Final Quit is the friend who understands how hard it is to quit. Told with raw emotion and humor, Pam Young shares her journal from first toke to last and the realization that busting her addiction was really her soul’s journey to discover her Self. Written for both smokers and non-smokers, My Final Quit offers invaluable insights, useful tools, and great encouragement.