About Dr. LaRonda Starling:
Dr. LaRonda Starling is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, a National Certified Counselor, and an adjunct professor at a Christian university. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Master of Science degree in Counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. As a clinician, Dr. Starling provides therapeutic services (psychological assessment and counseling) in a private practice setting. Along with her clinical experience as a mental health professional, Dr. Starling has over fifteen years of experience working in academic environments; first as a staff member and then as adjunct faculty in both classroom and online settings. In all that she does (working or volunteering), she hopes that God receives the glory as she uses the gifts He has so graciously given her. Although Dr. Starling has always enjoyed writing, Be Still: Spiritual Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals is her first published book.
What inspires you to write?
I have always enjoyed writing since I was a small child. I was either reading or writing something. This current book, I can honestly say, God inspired it all.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started seeing these signs everywhere about being still. After a few of them, I felt that God was trying to tell me something. I begin to write notes on sheets of paper about what it may mean. Those notes became a book. I usually do outlining in my mind until I "see" the whole picture, then I begin to type.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I know this question is for fiction writers, but since I wrote my non-fiction book about people's relationships with God and self-care, I did talk to God many times during the writing and publishing process.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say write what you know…what you are passionate about. Have fun and enjoy every part of the writing and publishing process, and then celebrate.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was a tough decision, but I ultimately chose self-publishing because I wanted to be in charge of the timeline of the publication of the book. That was important to me, because writing is not my day job.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think as people enjoy books across the different formats, it is likely that audiobook publishing will become more and more popular.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Christianity, Self-help
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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