Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
This is my first book and I just sent my next book, Understanding Pregnancy Sickness As A Gift, off to my editor. I am the mother of four incredibly passionate kids who lifeschool. I am so blessed to have an extremely supportive and loving partner who is an elementary school teacher and loves to cook. Our family loves to learn how to do things on our own, including hacking alternative medicine, recycling computers, and figuring out the mystery of how our lives unfold.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Understanding Your Child As A Spiritual Gift was inspired by my life with my husband and daughter. I was desperate to figure out how to stop the chaos, so I watched for patterns and began developing a theory. As I began to share my experience with others, I learned that we were not alone in our experience and that this theory was actually a new perspective on parenting. The more and more I talked about this new parenting theory, the more people urged me to write about it so that others could benefit from the theory as well.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write while listening to my four kids play with their friends.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Louise Hay, Heal Your Body, has probably influenced my work the most. I was inspired to finally write about pregnancy sickness because of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
What are you working on now?
Understanding Pregnancy Sickness As A Gift and Voices of the Young: B’Nai Mitzvah Drashes To Inspire You
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still trying to figure that out because I was not even on social media until I wrote my first book. I have met some interesting people who have interviewed me through Facebook groups.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just start writing. Commit to doing a specific amount of time each day or week and don’t forget how much can be done in small pockets of time. This book was written in thirty to sixty minute chunks. Let the ideas come to you and trust that it will come together.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Currently, I am reading Another Day by David Levithan. I just finished two fabulous books, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I love teen fiction and find it happens to be a great bonding experience for my daughter and I!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am planning to add to my Understanding series with Understanding Generational Patterns As A Gift,…Your Pet As A Gift, … Your Grandchild As A Gift, …Your Student As A Gift. I am also planning a memoir, Just a Taste.
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?
Heal Your Body, Louise Hay
Magic Eye Beyond 3-D: Improve Your Vision by Marc Grossman
and some herbal guide for the island
Author Websites and Profiles
Jennifer Griffin Website