Molly McCord, M.A., is a bestselling author, astrologer, and modern spiritual teacher with no religious affiliations. Her debut memoir, The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening, hit #1 in 2 Amazon categories within 3 days. The Art of Trapeze is the first book in her Awakening Consciousness Series, followed by The Modern Heroine’s Journey of Consciousness, in which she integrates Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey with spiritual growth. Molly released five books in 2013, including her contribution to the bestselling The Thought That Changed My Life Forever where she was published alongside such luminaries as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Bernie Siegel.
Often referred to as a Consciousness Catalyst, Molly’s popular website, www.ConsciousCoolChic.com was nominated by Intent.com for Best Spirituality Website in 2011. Molly’s weekly radio show attracted over 70,000 downloads in the first year.
Molly has a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy as a formal channel for understanding Global Consciousness with a Jungian perspective. She is TESOL certified and volunteers her time teaching English to college-level international students.
What inspires you to write?
I’m interested in offering people a deeper way to understand themselves as powerful individuals. My debut memoir, “The Art of Trapeze” includes travel, adventure, love, and authenticity, but I also aspire to connect these themes with soul growth and spiritual perspectives to empower anyone who has questions about their purpose. I truly believe everyone is able to powerfully create their dreams – and we are always exactly where we need to be.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start by collecting ideas and forming an outline, but I’ve learned to get even that flexible because a book often reveals itself to me unexpectedly. I’m old-school in my writing process because I tend to keep a journal or note cards handy to jot down ideas and inspirations as they hit me. I’ve learned inspiration can quickly disappear and never be found again, LOL! I tend to get some of my best ideas while I’m driving, so I will keep paper and pen in the passenger seat, and write down ideas at red lights – not kidding!
What advice would you give other writers?
Open up and follow your voice! Allow yourself to express what you need to say first, and then go back and edit or revise later. As writers, we have to be open to being surprised by our own unexpected insights. Try not to over-plan the story or characters because you will have new possibilities as the chapters develop.
Also, being creatively stuck comes with the territory of creation. When writer’s block rears up, I go for a walk to clear my head and disengage from trying to think too hard for a solution. I may not touch the keyboard again for a day or two because I’ve also learned not to force myself to write when I’m not in the flow. Forcing words on a page really doesn’t work for me, so I allow myself the needed space to disconnect, which has honestly taken practice. When I do let things sit and just be, eventually the words and ideas come flooding back in and the story takes off again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published in order to have complete creative control, yet I brought in professionals for editing and cover design to ensure all of my books are top-quality experiences for readers. I also had early-readers provide feedback and critique so I wouldn’t become a “self-publishing island”, so to speak! I enjoy the full process of creating a book and find it invigorating, so it is a wonderful time to be an indie author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Exciting! What a great time to see a long-standing industry shape and shift and transform.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Travel, Memoir, Inspiration, Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print