Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Misti, and I am currently in the process of releasing my first book titled Misti Moments. I have been blogging via social media and my website for several years. I am interested in reading, teaching, speaking, healing, spirituality, philosophy, metaphysics, family, friends, travel, health, writing, and living life to the fullest! I am an avid truth seeker, a hopeless romantic, and a little bit of a hippy chick. I thrive on inspiring others to rise above the obstacles of life becoming the wisest, authentically happy, and spiritually fulfilled version of themselves.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
After suffering a brain aneurysm three years ago which left me with severe neurological damage including numbness in my mouth, face, hand, and temporary vision loss in my right eye, I didn’t know if more bleeds were on the horizon for me. I had a ruptured hemangioma in my brain stem that was functioning as a benign tumor and was rapidly growing. I was told that once a bleed has occurred, one is 50% more likely to incur more of them throughout their lifetime. At the time, I didn’t know if one day I would wake up unable to speak or write. As a result, there were things I wanted to share with my children in the event I was no longer with them or was unable to convey thoughts to them due to neurological damage. I wanted to pass down the pieces of wisdom I had gleaned from various moments I had experienced throughout my life. Occasionally, I would share them on social media, and people began to plead with me to publish them in a book. I began to see that these wisdom bites were profoundly impacting others, so I decided to assemble them into a book. My book is titled Misti Moments. Misti Moments is a series, and this book will be the first volume of the series. It is a collection of moments that will hopefully serve as messages from the heart to the heart.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write based on inspiring moments. I am not one to sit down and write an entire novel. I write when something moves me. I allow the moment to take over and yield, via the written word, what it is there to share with me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Any and all ancient texts such as the Bible, the Vedas, the Tao Te Ching, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi library, the Summarian tablets, and on and on and on. I am drawn to authors like Wayne Dyer and Maya Angelo. I love a Course of Miracles and find books by Esther Hicks incredibly helpful for my spiritual growth. The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy was a profound read for me. I appreciate deep thinkers with philosophical approaches and books that connect us with divine intelligence, higher wisdom, and the true meaning of life. I gravitate to books that help fill my heart with more love for both myself and others.
What are you working on now?
From a career standpoint, I am working on my first book release, Misti Moments – The Collection, which is scheduled for release this fall. In life, I am working on being the happiest most authentic version of myself.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Believe in yourself. Your voice matters. A story was put inside of you, because it is meant for the world to hear it. Don’t uproot in doubt what you planted in faith. Go for it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That would be from my mother whose last words to me were, “It’s all about the heart.” That pretty much sums up what this entire experience call life is all about. In the end, all that matters is the heart and how well you allowed it to both give and receive love.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading a book titled, Gap Hacking Your Purposeful Career. It’s about how to harness the gap in your consciousness in order to discover your life purpose. The basis of the book is rooted in understanding the knowledge of ancient Vedic Astrology. I’m absolutely fascinated by it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The plan is to continue the Misti Moments series with new volumes released sporadically. I have several other books I am currently working on all written in the same format as the first volume, The Collection, being released this fall but with different themes.
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?
The Bible, A Course in Miracles, Tao Te Ching, and Maya Angelou: 365 Selected Quotes on Love, Truth, and Happiness.
Author Websites and Profiles
Misti Rains Website