DiAnne, as an empath struggled with her random unsought connections to others throughout her life to understand why she experienced life so differently than those around her seemed to. Not until she began to discover what empathy can be, that it is a skill to be desired, honed and controlled was she able to make sense of much that life was presenting her.
She is a certified Accunect tm and BodyTalk tm Practitioner and an Accunect SelfCare tm instructor and empathy coach who lives, writes, practices and teaches in southwest Washington State.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a dairy farm in rural southwest Washington state, the oldest of many. I have always loved stories and was an avid reader from the time I learned what to do with a book. Books often transported me far away to exotic times and places. Places where I learned new and exciting things.
When I realized how much others were seeking to understand their own empathic abilities, those same abilities I had accepted and was learning to use more skillfully, writing about it just seemed the way to share that.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the late 80's. I remember walking into my first creative writing class at the local college. The class was held in a conference room and the conference table looked gargantuan. I sidled in and nearly bolted as I listened to the other students talking about their latest stories; was the arc paced correctly or the heroine to gutsy. I found out that there was both the beginner and intermediate students there for this first class and after that we newbies were all together. I'm so glad I stayed. That one decision opened a new way of expressing to the world for me. Just as I was beginning to have a little success with short stories I let life get in the way. We adopted 3 more children and writing seriously got put on hold.
Not Crazy, Confessions of a Closet Empath. The Sensitive Soul’s Journey into….Another Way leads the empath through the first steps in gaining skill with their empathy. Helping them begin to grasp what they have been dealing with all their life and another way to use the gifts of empathy to benefit themselves and those around them.