Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My calling is being in gratitude and helping others to find their way in this practice as well. So far, I have published four books on this subject: two Grace of Gratitude Journals (with lined pages for the reader to write in their own thoughts of thanksgiving with inspiring passages by me and gorgeous full color watercolor art by Tara Thelen. I have written a 4×6″ book called “Grace of Gratitude Reflections” which is filled with grateful passages about life. We also have a wonderful Coloring Book called “Path of Gratitude” filled with hand-drawn black & white illustrations by Tara, and then the left hand pages have the illustrations continued, with a short thought of thanksgiving and then lines for the reader to write in their own thoughts.
I live in the country of Southern Oregon, love it and enjoy friends and family, nature, pets, reading, writing, creating art, photography, people and meditation. I am a spiritual person and a licensed practitioner for the Centers for Spiritual Living. I teach classes and workshops and facilitate retreats on the subjects of gratitude, and finding more peace and joy in our lives. I am married and we have two dogs we adore, and two cockatiels. I am a stepmom to three amazing young adults, and grandmother to 2 young boys through my marriage. I love the rivers nearby and swim as much as I can in the hot summertime.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My soon-to-be published book is called “Daily Gratitude Reflections, 365 Guides to Great-full Living” and is filled with day after day of grateful thoughts, which I compiled from the emails I send out each day to people who sign up on my website. This book can be used daily, perhaps in the morning time, to start your day out in appreciation for all the good in life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My daily gratitude email list has helped me to write every day.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Many spiritual authors books have influenced me, including Deepak Chopra, Mark Nepo, Thich Nat Hanh, Carolyn Myss, Marianne Williamson, A Course in Miracles, Ernest Holmes, etc. etc. etc. I have a long list of spiritual mentors through their books!
What are you working on now?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Catherine Lyons has been wonderful assisting me with social media. We have a website www.graceofgratitude.com which is our main method of getting the word out about our books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write about what you love. Keep plugging away!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It is impossible to complain or feel lacking in your life, or mad or angry, if you are in gratitude for all that you have.
What are you reading now?
Carolyn Myss’ book, “Entering the Castle” is my favorite spiritual book I am reading right now; fiction-wise I have been on a jag of reading Kristen Hannah, devouring every book she has written.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After the Daily Guides, I would like to write a spiritual book, perhaps on gratitude. I am not sure yet, and I will listen and see what Spirit has in store for me.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A few of my very favorite spiritual books, probably Mark Nepo and Ernest Holmes.
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