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Thank you for this interview, Kanta. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing? Kanta: My Amazon nickname is “The Minister of Art.” This is because I express myself in a variety of ways that all come from the place where creativity and spiritually connect. I write and illustrate spiritual books, paint sacred art, do spiritual coaching and guided meditation, and I create and officiate custom wedding ceremonies. I’ve been writing and making art since I could hold a crayon.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about? Kanta: It’s about how to shift your state to prosperity consciousness, AKA happiness. It provides a whole toolbox of ways to do that instantly. It also offers a process by which you can add your own personalized tools to your toolbox. And, it gives you techniques to dissolve unhappiness at its roots. All-in-all, it gives you an easy and fun step-by-step for making happiness your new “normal.”
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to cross over into other audiences as well? Kanta: I’m a New Thought author (which is a subset of the mind/body/spirit category), so part of my intended audience, is the New Thought community: members of Unity Churches and the Centers for Spiritual Living. I do guest ministry and workshops related to the ideas in this books and I’m happy to say that my books are finding their way into church bookstores.
Yes, I have been able to reach a broad spectrum of readers, as was always my intention. The principle that “happy” is the launchpad for successful outcomes is one that most people understand. So they get excited when they build an “abundance trigger” toolbox to play with. It’s the right thing at the right time.
Why did you choose your particular genre? Kanta: It chose me. We all have something. Some way that our Divine Source expresses through us, as us. For me, it’s ministry through art, writing and my speaking voice. I remember the first time the calling took hold of me, because it went so counter to the painful shyness I suffered as a kid. It happened in the tenth grade. I was sitting in Quaker Meeting for Worship. Something compelled me to stand and speak. And despite my desire to resist it, it was as if I was lifted up. My mouth was moving and words were coming out. I entered a flow state and the shyness fell away in the moment. Afterwards, I thought, “What just happened?”
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work? Kanta: Not really. I trust it. I mean, I have my moments. I’m human. But for the most part, no.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place? Kanta: I write at home, mostly. I live in a beautiful, quiet space, surrounded forest and near a river, which I love and for which I’m very thankful. I linger at breakfast at home with a yellow legal pad and make writing notes. Once in a while, I go out for breakfast and jot ideas in a pocket journal. I take my journal on long car trips, too. I get great ideas when I’m driving!
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process? Kanta: This book is based on personal experience, observation and practice, which over time, I refined and developed. From the age of five, when I began consciously using “abundance triggers” throughout my life, I have continued discover and practice what works. The book shares what I’ve learned so far and will help you do your own research and documentation of what works for you, so you can have a quick go-to, whenever you need or want it.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent? Kanta: As most writers know, independent publishing is where most of the energy in publishing is right now. I published it an indie book, via Createspace for the paperback and Kindle Direct Publishing for the digital version. So, my relationship with the reader is direct and intimate and the book is exactly as conceived and intended. I was able to produce it and get it out in a very short timeframe. After hatching it for such a long time, this was very important to me. I’m sure I will continue to publish some of my own books and guided imagery downloads, though there are some projects for which I intend to go the agent/publisher route. I like that it’s a buffet these days.
How are you promoting your book thus far? Kanta: My life and personality is naturally set up to sell books. I’m smiling, but it’s true. I feel passionate about getting “Abundance Triggers” into the hands of readers who can benefit from it. I enjoy engaging with people and I love social media. To me, Facebook is extreme fun. It’s so visual and intimate. The spiritual community is so amazing!
I also tweet, post on Google Plus, publish a newsletter, blog on my websites, guest blog, and have stared going on blog tours (this is my first, and I’m enjoying it). I write magazine articles and am a frequent radio guest. I upload YouTube clips. I’m a columnist at New Thought Families. I speak at churches, present at conferences, and facilitate workshops. I exhibit art at solo and group shows and talk about how to use various types of state-shifting images at universities and in other settings. I maintain an Amazon author page where readers can find all my books, bio, blogs and more. I have a Goodreads author page, as well. I produce a monthly newsletter. Readers who would like to sign up for this to add themselves on my website. There’s an add form on the left side column of every page. In addition, I’ve published complementary products, The Abundance Triggers Coloring Book (for teens and adults) and guided imagery CD, Abundance Triggers: A Journey of Self-Discovery. I discontinued the CD and will produce it as an Audible audiobook when it’s ready in its new format.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be? Kanta: Keep a balance between the creative you and the business you. If you want to take your work to those who will enjoy it and benefit from it, you owe it to yourself, your talent, and the Source of that talent to engage with the marketplace. But make sure to set aside time to create. Too much time in the left brain will dry you up and drain your energy. Otherwise, your sense of meaning and purpose gets lost. When and if this happens, it’s your signal to switch gears and let your creative self play.
What’s next for you? Kanta: I’ll have the third another book of sacred love poems, “Twin Flames” out soon. I’m working on the illustrations now. And I’ve got some other projects in line.
Thank you for this interview, Kanta. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web? Kanta: Sure. Thanks for asking. Main Web: http://KantaBosniak.com Additional: http://abundancetriggers.com Main FB: www.facebook.com/kantabosniak Author FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kanta-Bosniak-Author/152295488122486?fref=ts Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3228066.Kanta_Bosniak Booklist, bio, purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kantabosniak