What are you most proud of in your personal life? I am very proud of my children, however, that is about them and their choices, not something I take credit for. So, the thing I am most proud of personally is that I finally broke free of the old patterns, negative thinking and limiting beliefs that kept me stuck in the push-pull drama of desperately wanting my life to be different and terrified of who I would be if it was.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I write both fiction and nonfiction and currently have four books in print with two in process, so I am indeed a full-time writer! I also speak and work with coaching clients in person and by phone and Skype, which is almost a second full time job. So, does that count?
What does love mean to you? This is a question I am exploring in depth right now as I dive into writing my book on relationships. My answer today is far different than it would have been ten years ago, or even a year ago, and it is continually evolving and deepening. I know what love isn’t. —that giddy infatuation that makes you willing to ignore the red flags slapping you in the face because you’re flying high on the delusion/fear/lust cocktail pulsing through your veins and zinging in your belly. And, love doesn’t require you to fight for it or keep you swept up in turmoil and drama. Love is honest, peaceful, safe and calm, yet also passionate, exciting, adventurous, mutually fulfilling and fun.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? There’s one thing that I have said about myself for many years—I can write anything. It’s true. I write self-help books, humorous mysteries, press releases, marketing and promo materials and anything else you can think of. In the past, I’ve written scientific, technical and legal reports—lots of them—and on the fiction side I’ve written a historical western historical suspense and a futuristic romantic suspense, to name a few. Yeah, I can pretty much write anything, however, I don’t always enjoy it. I love writing my Jolene Jackson Mystery Series because it’s a lot of fun. I love writing the self-improvement stuff because it gives me a chance to refine and define what I’ve learned, not to mention that it is just constantly flowing out of me.
Who is your publisher? Living the Life You Love is published in the US by Diomo Books, which is my company that I started in 1999 to get my first mystery novel, Hot Enough to Kill, into print. I’ve published eight titles with four currently available and two upcoming. I’m publishing my fiction novels exclusively as eBooks for now, which has been working great. I’m also published by other publishers in other countries. Living the Life You Love (Vive la vida que amas) is published in Mexico and in all Spanish-speaking markets by Amallah, a division of Santillana Publishing Company. It is published in Chinese by Mufone Publishing Company of Taiwan.
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Genre – Personal Development / Self-Help / Motivational