About Jennifer Boyatt:
Jennifer Boyatt is a mom, healer, teacher, student, author, peace worker, public speaker, and life coach. She is the creator of the How to Move the Universe journey. Jennifer’s healing approach helps men and women to experience relief from fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety, isolation and many other life challenges. Jennifer’s goal is to help you recover your choices, your body, and your life. How to Move the Universe and Jennifer’s healing model(s) are based on her own lifetime of overcoming great challenges.
What inspires you to write?
It was time to write about what I have come through in my life and how I have overcome massive adversity, among other things: rage, fatigue, physical and emotional pain, depression, anxiety, poverty, fear, low self-esteem, widowhood, and family of suicide.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have been writing since I was 7 years old, so much of my creativity is spontaneous and if I get an idea, even if it is a scrap of an idea–a character, a scene, a setting, a dialog–then I write it down and I may expand it later. Most of my writing is fiction.
However, Thus Far: 14 Decisions That Allowed Me To Heal is a special book. It was time to write about my life. I started with brainstorming. I wrote down all the lessons I thought I had learned and all the turning points in my life that helped me to move forward. My original list was 23 items (not 14). But I thought about what would really help the reader, not just give a travelogue of myself. Some of the items I could merge together. So forth.
I knew that Thus Far was not going to be a big book. It took me a month to write. I wrote about one decision a day (plus intro and conclusion) and then, of course, I went back over it several times for revision until I was happy with what I wrote.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have a saying. It is “I write and I breathe. And sometimes I forget to breathe.” And so if you can identify with that, then just write in order to be alive. It’s wonderful to sell or get other validation. Of course, our creation is not complete unless we can share it. On the other hand, write just to be yourself. Writing is not about success. It is about expression, fun, love, etc.
Also: revision is your friend. I write content out, to get the ideas out, and it looks like nothing grammatically. My content/ideas is a completely different process than my grammar and editing process. I do the ideas first, blocking out the writing. THEN I take the time to organize it into more readability. For me, if I try to combine them, the latter gets in the way of the ideas and I get paralyzed. Maybe this style will help you too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted it quick and I didn’t have money to invest. I used Amazon’s CreateSpace and I am very happy with that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That I don’t know. I think people are always going to want hand held books. But there are simply other choices now. I think the future of book publishing is the future of all commerce–the personal and perhaps spiritual or heart-based interaction is going to be even more valuable precisely because there are so many options. And yet holy heck if you do not have all your “options” bases filled in, show up, so to speak.
What genres do you write?: I am concentrating on my healing offerings now. In the future I may resurrect my fictions which are mainly fantasy or speculative.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print