Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write nonfiction and have one book published that I am currently promoting with a book tour. I am a coach and facilitator with 20 years experience of adding abundance to lives of women.
I am now in my 60s and have ditched the clutter and have started a new life. This is the topic of my second book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Gratitude Prompts: everyday Prompts for practicing kindness (to yourself)
I wanted to bring a book on gratitude that was based on getting the feeling of gratitude rather than rattling off perhaps the same 5 everyday.
The book is used intuitively so the prompt chosen is best for you that day.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write with Nanowrimo camps. I write longhand and then type it up.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Esther and Jerry Hicks
There are a great many authors and books.
What are you working on now?
I am writing about letting go of the first two phases of your life to be able to create a life that celebrates who you are now without the shackles of both past glories and successes.
It’s post empty nest, maybe also bereavement or divorce. We are living a 100 year life. Reaching 60 or 70 still has between 30 and 40% of life to come. This is not a time to coast into old age.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Given the nature of Gratitude Prompts, I felt it was best to get out with people showing them, reading from the book and sharing my story.
I also have the book listed on all online retailers and on my own website – www.karenpurves.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be disciplined and write everyday
Use an editor and designer. These will pay off in the long run.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Life is not about easy or quick wins, it’s about showing up everyday with a full heart.
What are you reading now?
Bolder by Carl Honere
What’s next for you as a writer?
Do Camp Nanowrimo in July 19
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?
Gratitude Prompts to add a new spark to my gratitude practice.
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
The Vortex by Jerry and Esther Hicks
Discernment: Reading the signs of Everyday life by Henri Nouwen