Mindi Meltz

Biography

Mindi Meltz has worked in many landscapes as a writer, counselor and teacher, and holds an MA in Transpersonal Psychology. She grew up on the coast of Maine, and now lives with her husband in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her first novel, a wilderness love story, is entitled "Beauty" and available on Amazon Kindle or in print at her website.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being an author wasn't a decision I made from a choice of paths, or some kind of business plan, but rather a sense of necessity that began as long ago as I can remember. Writing is why I am here; it is something I have to do in order to survive psychologically and spiritually. The realm of my imagination and dreams has always been as real and important to me as this world is, and I need to be in it, and I need to translate it into a language that others can understand. I don't know why, but this is just what I have to do. When people consider whether or not they want to be writers, or ask themselves "is my writing good enough," these are questions I don't understand. When I don't write, my life loses meaning. Therefore I am compelled to write; I was born a writer; I have no choice. If a piece of writing I do is not "good enough," I will work on it until it is, because I have something to say--and so I must make it understood.

Writing is the way I make meaning out of life because it is an act of weaving the world together. What I mean is that metaphor and symbolism—which are such major components of writing—are a way of revealing and maybe even creating, through consciousness, the interconnection of all life. If one thing in nature reminds me of another thing which reminds me of another thing which reminds me of my own feelings, etc., then by making those connections I am able to empathize with nature or other people by literally experiencing what I perceive within my own body. I am also able to understand myself better by what I see in nature or in others. In order to imagine the inner lives of characters who are living experiences I have never had, I need to practice empathy. And in order to empathize with others, everyone needs to practice imagination—which is what novels ask us to do, which is why they can change the world.

Why did I become an "indie" author? I assume for the same reasons any author does… because the big publishers were too narrow-minded to give my work a second glance. In my case, it is too poetic, too long, and too outside the mold of any genre.
What is your writing process?
I get impatient with routine, so I don't have a specific commitment to write every day or at certain times. But I do make a commitment. It changes during different phases of my life, but I usually commit to writing several times a week, scheduling it in as I go. I write in all different place, indoors and outdoors. When I'm home, I like to curl up somewhere. I never write at a desk: it feels too rectangular. On the other hand, I do like writing at coffee shops. The presence of people around me who are not interacting with me directly, and the vague ambient noise, somehow help me to focus. Well, that and the chocolate.

I don't have any particular ritual for beginning to write, but I do need space and time in my life to dream--I can't just suddenly shift into writing mode after doing practical tasks or work all day. I find writing to be a sacred activity. I don't mean that I have intended it to be sacred, or that I have set out to write in a sacred way, but rather that I have become aware, when I think about it consciously, that it feels like a conversation with something divine. When I write, I become more meditative, and am filled with that certain sense of wonder that washes away ordinary bounds of thought or time. But it isn't a dramatic experience, and I haven't always been consciously aware of it. It's just like when I go for a walk in the woods, and my whole attitude and being subtly shifts, because I know—even if I'm not thinking about it—that I am in the presence of Everythingness, and I feel it relating to me.

When I write, my whole being is involved. Writing is a sensual experience to me: I feel what I'm writing about in my body, and it helps me to empathize with and vivify the story. Writing is a whole-being experience. It involves right-brain creativity, left-brain organization, body, spirit, and of course heart. It involves wandering aimlessly in the dreamworld, and it also involves writing and rewriting outlines, referring back to notes for consistency, and being extremely organized. Plot developments involve a combination of calculation and intuition. I think a lot when I write. Words don't just flow into my mind; I consider each one. I see the world in metaphorical layers. I interpret everything as a dream. When I create characters, they become real and they live, like people I know, and to some extent they--and the interactions between them--create their own stories, and I learn from them.
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Books

Lonely in the Heart of the World
Price: Free! Words: 389,290. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this epic literary fairy tale, a princess descends from her tower to travel through realms of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water in search of the prince who never showed up. Through passionate relationship with the outcast people, gods, and creatures of these realms, her journey of erotic and spiritual awakening helps to heal the loneliness of the world.

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