About Beca Lewis:
I write, breathe, illustrate, promote, dream, speak, teach, coach, and share how to shift perceptions to an unlimited viewpoint that results in good for everyone. At least that is my intent, and it drives me to continue even when I don’t feel like it, or when I would rather just sit down and read other people’s books.
I am the author of five non-fiction books based on my system called The Shift®. A sixth book is advice for young women. I have also published two short stories about love and ego, with another on its way.
Almost done is a full length fiction book about possibilities and answering the call. In addition, I have written numerous courses based on The Shift®.
For the past sixteen years I have writing a blog called The Shift Ezine. I also write and illustrate the free daily email series called The Truth 4 Today. I wrote another free daily email called The Daily Nudge, and recorded a meditation series called Grace Notes. My husband, Del Piper, and I recorded an audio series called Reality Shifts.
I am also doing a Podcast series called Shift The Story.
Bottom line, everything is always about The Shift and how it changes everything to be better than we thought it could be.
How I got here:
At sixteen I started my own dance school and spent the next 14 years teaching dance. At twenty-eight I put myself through UCLA and earned a Master’s in Dance and started a dance company.
After graduation, instead of returning to the dance world, I decided to learn more about the business world. I worked at a variety of jobs mostly chosen so I could learn more about myself and how the world works.
Sometimes I took a job to make enough money to support myself and my three children, someday I might write about those jobs and what I learned. Eventually I ended up working for 20 years within large financial firms as a Certified Financial Planner.
I have been married, divorced, married and divorced, until I finally got marriage right. I am a mother, grand-mother, and step-mother.
When not working, I am reading, or perhaps working in the garden in rural Ohio, or playing with our combined family of 8 children and 5 grandchildren.
The Shift Series:
Living in Grace: The Shift to Spiritual Perception
The Daily Shift: It’s Not What You Think. It’s Better Than That
The Four Essential Questions: Choosing Spiritually Healthy Habits
The 28 Day Shift To Wealth: A Daily Prosperity Plan
The Intent Course: 28 Days To Discovering and Living Your Life’s Intent
Love’s Silent Sweet Secret: An Adult Fable About Love
Golden Chains And Silver Cords: An Adult Fable About Letting Go
A Woman’s ABC’s of Life: Lessons in Love, Life and Career from Those Who Learned The Hard Way
Working title: Karass
What inspires you to write?
I write because I have something to say. I write because I love how words can change everything and open up new worlds and ideas to anybody, no matter where they live. I write because I have to, even when sometimes I don’t want to. I think every writer understands that!
Tell us about your writing process.
For my fiction writing, I get an idea and then start trying it out within my coaching or teaching practice. I keep playing with it until I see that it works. For my book Living In Grace: The Shift to Spiritual Perception, I first taught the class The Shift® for eight years knowing I would write a book about the ideas. It still took me another 3 years to actually get the book in the order I thought made the most sense. Other books have followed the same pattern, but haven’t take as long.
Fiction is a bit harder for me, although fiction is what I love to read. Since it is less about sharing an idea, and more about telling a story, it is a process that I am new too. My first fiction book is taking me longer than I thought it would, but I have discovered I can’t get away entirely from sharing the same ideas I have shared in my fiction books.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
YES! I have no idea where the characters are taking me, and that makes it fun to just follow along. When I get stuck I try daydreaming the characters to find out what they are doing, and where we are going next. Mostly I just sit down and let the story unfold. The work comes in editing and making sense of it after the story telling is over.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write because it is what you do, not because it is a way to make money, or become famous. That may happen, it may not, but if you don’t write then you haven’t fulfilled what you are here to do, and that is a tragedy for all of us.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my first book in the 90’s with a publisher. When I came to the second book, he decided that the timing wasn’t right, but I KNEW it was a book I had to write. This was in 2002. My husband and I jumped in with both feet, took the last of our savings and self published. Every thing I have done since then has grown from that book (Living in Grace).
Now I use Create Space and Scrivener and Amazon at a fraction of the cost, and say thank you every day for the ease of doing it. I like having control of what I am doing. Sometimes I miss the support of my small time publisher that I had for that first book, and the money he spent to promote it, but support comes in different ways these days. I do use and editor, and will use a book cover designer for my fiction book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ah – a crystal ball. In the late ninety’s I new that eBooks were coming, it was just that the technology and the willingness wasn’t there yet. It took Amazon to really make it happen.
What’s next? I don’t know, but I hope it takes the best of Indie and the best of a support team and blends them together.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Self Help, Spirituality, Fiction, Mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print