Born on a highway in the middle of the night, my early childhood years were spent being passed around from family to family wondering what I needed to do for someone to keep me. When I was four years old, a Mormon family adopted me and I grew up trying to be perfect so there was no reason for my new family to give me up.
By the time I turned 30, the realization that I didn’t recognize the life I was living shattered my illusion. It was a facade, built to please everyone around me. I didn’t know the REAL me – and neither did anyone else! I’ve spent the last 7 years learning to recognize the person staring back at me when I look in the mirror.
My soul searching has brought me a belief that each one of us has a source of infinite wisdom within us and I am committed to help others on their journey of Self-Discovery. I offer assistance via my blog and personal coaching practice at Butterfly Maiden Intuitive Services.
What inspires you to write?
As an author, I write from a place of authenticity and transparency with the intention of helping my readers to connect with me as well as feel safe in exploring their own lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
With the memoirs, I simply freely wrote as if I were having a conversation with a good friend. I also included journal entries to help convey the emotional circumstances in each situation.
With my pending books, I am compiling the classes that I teach into an e-book format and it’s more methodical than the memoirs. I use the class outlines, and then take notes on discussions that came up during each class. The questions the students ask provide rich material for the books.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write from the heart without concern for the critics. Somebody, somewhere is going to criticize your work, and it’s ok. Start growing a thicker skin right now – and remember, just because your work gets criticized doesn’t mean they don’t like YOU.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The idea to write a book about my early childhood years, my adoption, and the search for my biological parents has been rolling around in my head for a very long time. I started writing in 2007, but the subject was still too emotional for me to tackle.
I finally decided to break it down into pieces that had a distinct start and end, so that I wouldn’t get lost in the magnitude of the history. And I have also focused on the healing necessary to delve into these sensitive topics.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that large publishing houses will diminish in importance. I also believe that a revolution for legitimizing independent authors is underway, and that a standard commitment to integrity ought to be implemented across the board.
What genres do you write?
Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Self-Help, Spirituality
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print