Thanks to Tracee Gleichner, at “Review from Here” for the interview
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Kanta: Abundance Triggers is a guidebook for shifting yourself from not feeling good to feeling good so reliably and consistently that happiness becomes a new normal. It offers a whole toolbox of techniques and it also offers a process to create your own personalized “abundance triggers” too.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
Kanta: Yes. One day several years ago, I was sitting in my rocking chair talking with a client. And I thought, “This stuff needs to go out to more people. This is too useful to only share with one person at a time.” I guess you could say I felt a sense of stewardship and responsibility about what I have to offer. Or perhaps, more accurately, what’s expressed through me, as me.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Kanta: I have an amazing support system, for which I am profoundly grateful. My family, in-person and cyber friends, editor and proofreader, technical brainiacs, readers and reviewers. But ultimately, the strongest support I have comes from within.
A lot of it comes through dreams. I wake up and I have new ideas, directions, and words. I just know where to go. Other times, too. In meditation, when I paint or sew, and especially when driving on the highway. One reviewer who is an intuitive said it was channeled material. In the neighborhood of channeled, maybe. But not at that specific address! I have to work at it like every other writer and “channeled” is too strong of a word. Inspired, yes. I thank that inner co-writer every day!
Your biggest critic?
Kanta: That comes from within too, but from a less evolved part personality part. Call it the ego, pain-body, shadow, or the negative self. We all have it and it’s a fool. The more we heal it the less we care what anyone else thinks. Getting older helps, too. There’s a popular notion that people get more cautious as they age. That’s not what I observe in my own life or that of my friends. We’ve gotten bolder and wilder. Not reckless, just more comfortable in our own skins and with our own choices. Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Kanta: I go out to lunch and I buy something pretty to wear.
What are you currently working on?
Kanta: A new book in my series of sacred love poems. It’s called Twin Flames. The poems are finished and it’s out to the reviewers. I’m working on the illustrations.
Is there an author who inspired you to write?
Kanta: I learned to read early and read everything I could get my hands on. I liked folk and fairy tales, Joel Chandler’s The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus, and Aesop’s Fables, and stories from the Bible. But to pick one author, I’d have to say Watty Piper. This was the pen name of publisher Arnold Munk, who retold a story that had been circulating around for a while and presented it with great illustrations. The Little Engine That Could electrified me. I wanted to become someone who inspired people through art and writing. So, that book set me on my path.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
Kanta: Presenting ideas in a conversational way, so that they’re accessible and anchoring them with stories and invitations to creative play. Many of my books have a creative journaling component. When people get to express themselves, good things happen.
What is the most important lesson that you have learned from life so far?
Kanta: When you’re happy and grateful, things go better. Happy is the launchpad. And it’s surprisingly easy to be happy, once you know how!