Heidi DuPree is an author, healing therapist, holistic nurse, and Certified Traditional Naturopath with over thirty years of experience in healthcare – half in clinical nursing and half in energy medicine. For over two decades she has avidly studied energy healing, natural health, and the science of transformation. After completing a Doctorate in Traditional Naturopathy, she became certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board. Heidi is also an ordained healing minister, and a musician.
What inspires you to write?
The intention to help others is my inspiration in all my writing. It is my passion. There is a lot of suffering in the world, and if I can help another through my professional and personal experiences, concepts, and techniques, that’s pretty amazing.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is very intuitive. I start out with an outline, but the finished book may look little like the original outline, other than the original intention for the book. I use the same techniques and process in my writing as I do with the clients in my healing practice. I write about the healing process using the healing process! It starts with awareness of where I am blocked, getting to a place of compassion and acceptance, trusting in the process, and finally letting go of how or when I will arrive at the end. And that’s when the magic happens! In that state of surrender, writing becomes an adventure and I never know what person or information will cross my path to take me to the next step as I progress through the project.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise writers to focus on writing as a process rather than a means to an end. The process itself can be a life-changing experience of discovery. The process of writing can teach you not only more about yourself, but more about others as you observe people in developing your characters, whether fiction or nonfiction, and more about whatever your chosen subject matter is, like a program of self-study. Enjoy the process!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish to maintain quality control of my book. The cover image came to me in a vision and by publishing independently, I could select the best professionals to execute that cover vision, as well as the content, and the interior design — and oversee the process. Independent publishing also allowed me to get the book into the hands of readers more quickly.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing industry is rapidly changing in this information age, and I think the process will become streamlined with books available much more quickly, especially ebooks. But I believe (and hope!) there will always be a place for print books. I think the availability of audio books will be expanding as well as the demand increases.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
body/mind/spirit, alternative medicine, natural health, spirituality
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print