COMING BACK TO LIFE:
The Next Big Thing: A meme for writers
Thanks to Jeanne Hess, author of the wonderful book, "Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games," I was tagged to participate in "The Next Big Thing: A meme for writers." The meme is sort of like a game of tag and offers a wonderful way to introduce the work of different authors to a wider audience. I'd encourage you to read Jeanne's post to learn more about her work and the other authors who were part of her tagging!
Before responding to the questions, I want to introduce the two women I'm tagging. One of the most enjoyable experiences of publishing a book has been connecting with other like-minded writers and I just love the work of both of these gifted authors! If you're looking for inspiring and thoughtful ideas, I'd encourage you to check out their books and the articles on their websites:
Kayce Hughlett, author of "As I Lay Pondering: Daily invitations to live a transformed life." diamondsinthesoul.com
Polly Campbell, author of "Imperfect Sprituality: Extraordinary enlightenment for ordinary people." imperfectspirituality.com
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
My current book is "Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the soul when life's just too much" (Hay House).
2) Where did the idea come from?
I was first motivated to write this book after crossing the threshold into motherhood and realizing that as my life became busier, my desire for carving out time to listen within and connect spiritually only seemed to deepen. Over time, the book evolved into looking at this predicament of busyness more generally (not just around parenting) and exploring how we can stay connected to what matters most as we tend to the fullness of our lives.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Ha! When I watch "Modern Family," I feel like that show tackles some of the issues I address in my book: how to keep a sense of humor in everyday life and keep things fresh and alive, how to stay connected to our priorities and the people we love, and how to keep things in perspective at the end of the day.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Even amidst life's busyness, it is possible to stay connected to our wisdom and our humor and the things that matters most by taking a balanced approach to how we engage in day-to-day life.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I had the great fortune of working with Laura Koch (Gray) out of the New York office of Hay House. She's an incredible editor to work with. My literary agent is Krista Goering, who has also been wonderful.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft?
In some ways, I wrote the book over the course of a decade. From the time I landed on the particular frame of "Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit," it was the better part of a year.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It has similarities to Polly Campbell's "Imperfect Spirituality." I've also been very inspired by Wayne Muller's book, "The Sabbath," Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions," Pema Chodron's "Start Where You Are," and Karen Maezen Miller's "Momma Zen." I'm sure their influences are reflected in my book.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It was a blend of my professional work as a psychologist and my personal quest for finding balance and wellness in my own life. I was inspired to apply the best of the psychological/spiritual practices and theories I've learned to the very ordinary, human moments of everyday life—and I sensed that others were equally hungry to do this in their own lives.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
One thing I loved about working with my editor at Hay House was that she was very supportive of letting me weave personal narratives along with self-help information and client and student examples. I remember once being told, "You can't be both Erma Bombeck and a self-help author!" But I love that she saw the potential to bring together my desire to convey useful information and to share this through stories from real life that hopefully inspire self-compassion and laughter. I also loved the opportunity to write about how we can restore a sense of balance in our lives in a non-formulaic way that invites readers to connect with their own wisdom.