Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written two books. “Meditation Illuminated: Simple Ways to Manage Your Busy Mind”, which is a primer for beginning meditators, and “Ignite Your Sales Power! Mindfulness Skills for Sales Professionals.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I was inspired to write my first book to give beginning meditators the simple explanations I had longed for many years ago when I first learned about meditation. The inspiration for my second book came since I wanted to share mindfulness techniques with those in my profession.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m known to get some of my best inspiration around 4 a.m., so it’s not unusual to find me at the computer typing away while the rest of my household is sound asleep.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Thich Nhat Hanh, a world-renowned mindfulness teacher and author of many books on living mindfully.
What are you working on now?
I’ve been working on a book on mindful eating for many years, and I hope to have it out within the next couple of years!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promote my books on Twitter: @joy_rains and also on my own website: www.joyrains.com.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Advice for new authors: even if you feel as if you’re blocked, just write something. There’s something about putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard) that helps loosen the words from the recesses of the mind so that they can come to life on the page.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Set deadlines for yourself to get projects completed.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading “No Boundary” by Ken Wilber.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Perhaps to become a bit bolder and let my imagination find new places to investigate and write about.
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?
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
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