Meet the Book Nerd


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About my books
– I’m a spirituality writer with a grounded, practical side. I notice what works and then share it. I like to include humor, and offer the reader opportunities for play, imagination and creative expression. There are dual purposes here. First, to amuse the reader and set a pleasing pace. Second, to help her process and internalize the material, so it becomes a resource she owns and can draw on anytime. I’m an artist as well as a writer, and I illustrate my own books. Most of the central images in my book covers derive from original paintings. My most recent book is Bye, Bye, Mr. Malicious! How to Get Your Happy Back and be Done with Narcissists and Sociopaths.

How and when I made the decision to be a writer
-The impulse to write, make art, and focus on inspiring ideas happened all at once. I was five years old and had just learned to read when my parents gave me a copy of The Little Engine That Could. Bam! I loved that book, with those wonderful illustrations and change your thinking; change your life message. After that, I started making up stories and pictures to go with them. I guess I’m still doing this, because. I think of my books as illustrated letters to friends.

My advice for aspiring writers
-What immediately comes to mind is the advice Bucky Fuller gave to a ten-year old boy named Michael, who asked Fuller if he was a doer or a dreamer. He answered indirectly, but went right to the heart of the matter, in essence, saying, “Both. Dream it, then do it.” He wrote:

“The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done -that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.”

In other words, start with a service mentality. How can you contribute through your writing? Give your mind these questions to work with and stay open to the answers. What needs to be said? How does your authentic voice naturally want to express it? This applies in an obvious way to non-fiction, but it also does to compelling and deeply satisfying fiction as well. Narratives in which the subtext is beautifully interwoven with the story, never overwhelming it, but rather a mostly subtle presence until the emotional climax. Read others’ work. Notice what you love and ask yourself why. Practice. To be a writer, you need to write. Stop thinking of writers as different, greater, or precious creatures. Go indie, because that’s where the energy is. And by all means, find a really good editor.

Upcoming projects
-I have some fun projects I’m working on while I promote Bye, Bye, Mr. Malicious! A book for engaged couples, a sweet little story book for kids 6-8 and another for middle readers and their parents. It’s a project close to my heart that I’ve been working on over a period of many years. It’s related to a series of paintings I’ve used as teaching, coaching, and lecture tools. It will come out on Kindle. I also have a recovery book for adults that’s been simmering for a while and that I’m excited about. I’m moving forward on these now that Mr. Malicious is launched, but I’ll still keep promoting it until women are fully respected in the home and in the culture. Or for the rest of my life, anyway. I would love to see a new normal established during my lifetime. Our world is changing and all of us have a part to play in creating a climate in which men and women are truly harmonious and equal partners. Let’s make it happen!

You can find my books on Amazon and other booksellers. Here’s a link to my books on Amazon:

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