“Adolescent Angst” is in the Publishing Stage!

I’m so happy to report that “Adolescent Angst” is in the publishing stage! I’m currently finalizing the details with the publishers and I will provide links once the different editions are live. In the meantime, here is a description of the book and the cover:

Ever wonder what the mind of a teenager is like…especially a rebellious, troubled teenager? The poetry in this book, which I wrote in my teen years, honestly shares my thoughts and feelings when I was a teen struggling to live with my parents’ strict rules. Poetry was my “therapy” at the time.

If you are a teenager and wish to connect with someone who is going through the same tough times that you are, this is the book for you. Poems such as: The Chamber, Expression, Authority, and My “Other” Side, reveal my inner-workings as an independence-driven, identity-seeking adolescent.

This book contains twenty-two free-verse poems, written when I was a teen, and a Foreword, Afterword, and About the Poet, written by myself twenty years later.

Get a glimpse into the mind and emotions of a distressed teenager. Learn what it’s like to have overprotective parents and emotional turmoil, and be able to connect with someone who does. Whether you are a parent with a struggling teen, or you are that struggling teen, this book will help you get through your challenges.

Adolescent Angst

Interview with Carla Woody

Carla Woody

Carla Woody has been mentoring people toward conscious living for more than twenty years. In 1999 she established Kenosis LLC to serve human potential and support the vision: “One tribe, one world.” In 2007, she founded Kenosis Spirit Keepers, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to help preserve indigenous wisdom ways. Carla is the author of Portals to the Vision Serpent, Standing Stark: The Willingness to Engage and Calling Our Spirits Home: Gateways to Full Consciousness. She also writes articles related to personal growth, natural healing and advocacy of Native traditions, and is a fine artist. She makes her home near Prescott, Arizona.

Christine: How long have you been a writer?

Carla: I’ve been writing off and on since childhood. The first story I can remember writing was called The Empty-Treed Forest. Looking back, this was an environmental piece somewhat strange for a seven-year-old to produce. As a teenager I wrote bad protest poetry, and then set creative writing aside for a long time in favor of the academic reports and theses necessary to acquire degrees. In the early 1990s I picked up the pen again to start writing articles and books in earnest.

Christine: What types of writing do you do?

Carla: The themes have to do with spiritual evolution, natural healing, indigenous cultures, and advocacy related to Native wisdom traditions in danger of decimation. I cover these subjects in journal and magazine articles, as well as narrative nonfiction and fiction books.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Carla: I view my books and articles as vehicles for my lifework, a way folks can be introduced or as an adjunct to my programs. For more than twenty years I’ve been mentoring people toward conscious living. In 1999 I founded Kenosis LLC to support human potential through travel journeys working with Native spiritual leaders and healers in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and the USA, and mentoring programs integrating Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and sacred world traditions. Then in 2007 I established Kenosis Spirit Keepers, its 501(c)3 nonprofit extension, to help preserve indigenous lifeways through various projects.

Christine: What is your writing experience?

Carla: I have a passion for expression. That’s why I find it so important to, as much as possible, integrate some form of it into my everyday life and live through deeply held values. There were too many years I didn’t do that and felt cut off, which—of course—is how I came to do the work I do with others. In particular, writing and artwork are how I work things out internally and keep the creative juices flowing.

Christine: What have you published recently?

Portals to the Vision SerpentCarla: Portals to the Vision Serpent was just released on June 17, 2013. It’s a coming-of-age novel—a Hero’s Journey—that takes the reader into the realms of shamanism and the Maya world as a young man searches for his lineage and missing father. Interwoven are the struggles of indigenous peoples to preserve their way of life and tragedies that often come from misunderstandings. It’s basically a book about spiritual healing. Readers are likely to see themselves in various ways, the same as reported to me from readers of my nonfiction books Standing Stark: The Willingness to Engage (2004) and Calling Our Spirits Home: Gateways to Full Consciousness (2000).

My article The Last Spirit Keeper was published in Sacred Fire Magazine in November 2012, Issue 16, about the last Lacandón Maya elder in the rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico still maintaining his traditions against great pressure. My article Acts of Creation was just accepted by Stone Voices, a spiritually oriented, literary arts journal, no date on publication yet.

Christine: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Carla: I’m definitely a morning person and have a ritual that sets my day. I usually get up before dawn, feed the cats, have a cup of coffee, and meditate for 20-30 minutes. I’ve been doing it, in that order, for nearly thirty years. Then I start writing if I have a project, or other work. Several years ago I put Joseph Campbell’s writing practice in place: at least three hours a day. It became automatic, and often the time extends itself without me noticing.

Christine: What interests you about writing fiction?

Carla: I’m most interested in teaching stories. The reader learns or resolves something themselves through identifying with different characters, in the course of being entertained. As the writer, the same is true for me. The process is magical to me. It’s like a movie unfolds in front of me, and I just write it down. It’s particularly surprising when a new character appears to take me somewhere I hadn’t imagined.

Christine: How do you come up with an idea for a new novel?

Carla: The ideas present themselves. It may be something I want to explore myself, or a point I want to get across. Right now I’ve got two different ideas vying for my attention, both well developed. I’m not yet sure which one will win out to focus on first. It would be great to be able to split myself in two!

Christine: Are you traditionally published or self-published? Why did you choose that path?

Carla: I’ve published articles through professional journals and magazines since the early 1990s. When it came to my books, I specifically chose to self-publish through Kenosis Press, my own small press, for these important reasons: 1) they never go out of print; 2) the publishing process is truncated; 3) I have control over the content. Since my books are vehicles for my work, I continue to feel this is important.

Christine: Where can we find your books and websites?

Carla: Find Portals to the Vision Serpent, Standing Stark, and Calling Our Spirits Home on Amazon, or order through local bookstores.

Please note that I donate 10% of profits from book sales to Kenosis Spirit Keepers, the 501(c)3 nonprofit I founded to help us with our projects to preserve Native traditions.

You’re invited to visit Kenosis and Kenosis Spirit Keepers to learn more about offerings and sign up for free material and the Kenosis Inspirations ezine. Follow my blog The Lifepath Dialogues.

Christine: Thanks so much for joining us today, Carla. Your work and your books sound so interesting. Best of luck with your articles and books.

Interview with Carrie Golden

Carrie Golden

Carrie was born in a small city of Plattsburgh near the border of Quebec, Canada and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains. She now lives near Raleigh, NC with her husband and son, and a small cat farm.

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

Carrie: As a girl, I pretty much lived in my imaginary worlds. I felt like an outsider; different from the others mainly because of my hearing disability and my strange accent. The problem was I tended to act out whatever went through my mind. One time this landed me in the ER. When I was in 5th grade, a good friend and I decided, just for fun, to see who could write the best short story. From this single experience I discovered another way (safer too!) of bringing things to life. Writing changed everything for me. Since then, it helped me to stay out of the ER!

Christine: What types of writing do you do?

Carrie: I like to write different types especially micro-poetry, short stories, screenplays, and web novels.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Carrie: One day I’d love to be able to stay home and write on a full-time basis; in the meantime, I work in the banking industry as a Loan Servicing Specialist so my husband can complete his Engineering degree.

Christine: What do you like to read?

Carrie: I enjoy reading apocalyptic types of books that have elements of fantasy in them (books written by Terry Brooks for example).

Christine: What genre do you write, and why?

Carrie: I tend to write cross-genre. My favorite is blending Fantasy with Horror while sprinkling in a bit of Science Fiction. I primarily do this because I don’t like being confined to one genre.

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

Carrie: I have several short works published on Piker Press as well as Zombie Poetry and Literature for Kids

Christine: What seems to be the recurring theme(s) in your writing?

Carrie: Death and hopelessness as well as hope and faith. I like to include most if not all of these in my stories. No matter how bleak things get, if you just hang on, there is an end to this darkness and misery. The light is just around the next corner.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?

Carrie: On Twitter or on my writing blog A writer and her adolescent muse.

Thanks so much for interviewing on my blog today, Carrie. Good luck with your writing and your writing career.

Interview with Aoife Marie Sheridan

Aoife Sheridan

I met Aoife on Book Blogs – a great website to network with other authors. Aoife is twenty-eight years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan. She was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. She has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time writing a novel. She studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years, but with the economic downturn she was made redundant. She now spends endless hours reading and writing. Read on to learn about her inspirations and her books.

Christine: Aoife, what have you published recently?

Aoife: My works so far:

Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)
Four banished Angels,
A world created by the hands of God,
A Kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all.
Step into Saskia.

City of SecretsCity of Secrets (Part two of the Saskia Trilogy)
A war awaits her arrival,
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.
But will their love survive this battle?
For Tristan and Sarajane?
Step back into Saskia. 

Pending:
The Rise of the Rightful Queen (Part three of the Saskia Trilogy)

Aoife’s Other works:
Wisps
Nine

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

Aoife: I have always written but mostly poetry; it’s always been my way to deal with my emotions, no matter how big or small. Two years ago I lost two people I was close too. I had never lost anyone before, so I didn’t deal with it very well. One night I had a dream of a man and a woman on a horse, passing through a wall of fire. The dream lingered with me, as did my grief. So, instead of writing poetry, I started my story. My starting point was my dream and I worked my way from there. Eden Forest helped me once again deal with death and all that comes with it. So, in a way, I am very grateful for this story.

I always wondered why God created us and what was our purpose, but those questions are unanswered. So in my story I give you the answers for this world called Saskia. In the story, God creates a world parallel to ours for four fallen angels.

Death is something that I also question now, like why do we die? Is 60 to 90 years of life enough? Imagine having immortality…what would one do to gain it? And that’s where a lot of my plot lies. The greed for immortality, for powers that only God should wield, drives Saskia into war.

God decides to give one person all the powers that anyone could possess to banish evil before it destroys Saskia and Earth. This one person happens to be a young lady called Sarajane Anderson who lives in the mortal world (Earth) but is actually from Saskia.

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

Aoife: I have my own website: www.aoifemariesheridan.com
It displays my work, links to where you can purchase my books, listen to my interviews, watch my book trailers, and more.

Christine: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Aoife: I work full-time, so I write when I can, but always with pen and paper, never typing at first. I carry a pen and paper wherever I go and when an idea comes to mind I jot it down. Also, if I had any weird dreams (the ones that linger) I will keep them maybe for a different story. At present there are seven books I want to write. Since I started, I just can’t stop.

Christine: What types of writing do you do?

Aoife: My writing I would consider fantasy. I write about the impossible, of different worlds that have magic in them. I always feel this can’t be it. All of us on this little planet, floating in the galaxy…there has to be so much more; we just haven’t discovered it yet. Maybe in a couple hundred years people will look back and say, “They knew all along that there was more”. Well that’s what I like to think.

Christine: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

Eden ForestAoife: My favorite characters in Eden Forest would have to be:

Queen Bellona – she was the most interesting to write about. Bellona is all that is bad in the world. She is a combination of people that I have crossed paths with in my life. But she does not represent one person alone. Through her, I could vent the injustice of people’s ways and display it.

Second would have to be Sarajane. She plays the main character. She is relatable as in she isn’t perfect. I created Sarajane with flaws, as we all have them. Mine can be that I am selfish, so that’s the flaw I gave Sarajane.

I am surrounded by very strong women in my life, and I am grateful for this. I take a lot of their personalities and place them in my characters, or something they might do, or even a facial expression. I love to watch people’s reactions as they talk to me. If they stumble on a line, they may chew their lip in an endearing way. I note it and file it away for later.

Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Aoife: Yes, which I absolutely hate. I am so much more aware now. It drives me spare. But in another way it makes me feel better that I am not the only one who makes mistakes. LOL.

Christine: What music do you listen to while writing?

Aoife: My favourite musician would have to be David Guetta , Titanium, and She Wolf. I wrote nearly the whole two books to these songs. I find the words empowering and a story is told even in the beats.

Christine: What do you eat while writing?

Aoife: O God, I am really bad; I have a serious sweet tooth. I do try and control it. Sometimes I do, but other times I fail. So I love sour cream Pringles. Yum. Cadbury’s cream eggs. Love the centre. After that, I love Sprite. These are my three enemies yet my favourite things ever (apart from writing and reading, of course).

Christine: Where can we find you on the web?

Aoife:
My website: www.aoifemariesheridan.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Aoifemariesheri
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Aoifemariesheridan
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aoifesheri

Thanks for joining us today, Aoife. Good luck with your future novels.

Back to reading and writing

It’s been almost a week since I did any reading or writing in my books. I got involved in other life activities and put my work on the back burner. I feel refreshed and ready to dive back in, and I have some catching up to do.

So, last night I dipped my toes in the water. I read about 25 pages in Infinite Exposure. I’m down to the last 70 pages and it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to finish and write the review.

Last night I also wrote nearly 1,000 words in Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Rereading my journal entries for this book is an eye-opening experience, especially since I didn’t have an easy life emotionally. Adolescence was difficult, I have to say, but things are pretty smooth right now. However, I’m always working on something in order to try to better my life experience.

I’m looking forward to a change of pace next week because I’ll be reading some poetry. I just hope my energy and motivation to work continues.