We have coauthored this book: Martha Char Love, MA in Educational Psychology, MA in Depth (Analytical) Psychology, PMA in Art Therapy; and Robert W. (Bob) Sterling, BSEE in Electrical Engineering, MRE in Religious Education.
While working as colleagues together at Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, in the 1970s, we accepted the tasks of teaching and operating a Career Guidance and Assessment Program (Career GAP) that served both the community college students and as a storefront for the general population. Martha had experienced the impact of growing up in the South in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and came equipped with a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a license in School Psychology. Bob was raised in Northern Ohio, carrying the direct impact of WWII in Europe, with an Electrical Engineering degree, a Masters in Religious Education, and Industrial experience in Electronics. The convergence of our two personalities and experiences of our own personal traumas enabled us to critically look at and question what was happening in counseling methodology, particularly when dealing with a wide variety of social problems. It is from this initial work that this book is based.
Since that time and for the past 35 years, both of us have continued to work and study independently in the field of education and psychology, always exploring the awareness of the instinctual gut response and how this awareness might paint a new image of human nature. In 2005, we began sharing our independent studies and new clinical research work together once again (thanks to the internet and email). With Dr. Michael Gershon’s recent neurological breakthrough identifying the gut brain, we were inspired to write this book as an account of our life’s work exploring the psychology of gut intelligence, and what that means about human nature and the future of our species.
Martha presently enjoys living in Honolulu and is semi-retired.
What inspires you to write?
Experience is my muse! Writing doesn’t come easy to me unless I have a life experience that beacons to be shared. In the case of “What’s Behind Your Belly Button?”, my colleague Robert Sterling and I had each been recording for many years our experiences exploring gut feelings and gut intelligence with people as a universal instinct. We were inspired recently to put our writing in a book form when Dr Gershon’s work was published, as his work validated our work and provided the biological science to support our psychological research and clinical findings on gut instincts and the second brain.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a non-fiction writer and I use a combination of outlining and free form, generally starting with writing short pieces in free form on my topic without regulations. It is my experience that if I first cover the topic in short narratives from every angle I can imagine, it will all fit together once I make an outline and begin filling it in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write a little every day and if you can not write one day, then write a little bit the next day. Just write at first and don’t judge it. Once you have been writing on your book for a while, try making an outline. If an outline does not emerge at this time, keep free form writing and try to write an outline a little later in the future. Once the outline forms in your mind, where you are going with your book, you are home free!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We self-published because we thought it would give us more control over our content. We had turned down a major publisher’s offer many years ago with another book we were writing on the same subject, gut instincts and intelligence, because they wanted us to change the content to popularize it. So, this go around, a few decades later, we liked the idea right away of the freedom that comes with self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It does seem that self-publishing with companies that publish on demand is the future. This saves the trees, only printing when people actually buy the book, and allows many more people to author books. Certainly hope this trend continues to grow and people enjoy the accessibility of publishing.
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