As an Interpersonal Relationship Specialist and Pastoral Counselor with more than 15 years of international experience offering training workshops and skills-based coaching, Toni’s passion is to help establish joy-filled, Christ-Centered environments that produce healthy relationships and increase resilience.
Toni is currently the Director of The Geronimo Center for Innovation and Leadership, which she co-founded in 2008 with her husband, Matthew. This Uruguay-based non-profit organization seeks to initiate a revolution of joy in the most secular and suicidal nation in the Americas by forming emotionally healthy leaders from all sectors of society who follow Jesus in transforming their world.
Toni’s undergraduate work focused on Spanish and Sociology. She also has a Master’s in Leadership and Church Planting from Columbia International University. While in Uruguay, she completed her diploma in Psycho-Spiritual Counseling from the Universidad Catolica de Uruguay in 2009. Other specialized training includes a certificate in Healthy Interpersonal Relationships from the International Trainer’s Association and PREP, inc., a relationship enhancement training based in Denver, Colorado. She is currently working to finish the three-year Thrive Leadership Training with Life Model Works.
Toni’s hobbies include karaoke, quilting, and sports. She loves being outdoors and spending time building joy with family and friends, especially her husband, their three children, and her poodle, Champagne.
What inspires you to write?
I long to inspire others towards an integrated, chirst-centered, joy-filled life by offering a new reality of what it looks like to live out of a relational mindset that can sense the Divine’s leading. I want others to know they are not alone, and that there is hope.
Tell us about your writing process.
My books are compilations of my journal entries from over my entire life! So, I journal almost daily about my emotions, relational conflicts, and difficult circumstances I face. I focus on my feelings as well as my body sensations. Then, when I feel urged to write a book, I spend 45 minutes in focused thinking time. I ask God to guide me and I try to sense His thoughts about the topic at hand. I do a “mind map” and brainstorm everything out on a big piece of paper using different colors for different themes. Then, I go to my journals and search for all of the entries that have to do with that topic. I usually use a voice recognition app to speak the stories into the computer! After all of the stories are written out, I sit again for a 45-minute session and pray through the order until I sense a direction of how to present these stories best.
What advice would you give other writers?
I LOVE working in intense 45-minute sessions. I LOVE mind mapping! I highly recommend retreats as well. I use three-day retreats to write four hours a day and then play and rest. Also, Chandler Bolt’s Self Publishing School was a GREAT assest to me when I was getting started. Click here for more info: https://xe172.isrefer.com/go/curcust/Tonimdaniels
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Honestly, I was praying about whether I should pursue more studies or publish a book. I had a publisher interested in the book I had almost finished writing. Then, I got an email about Chandler Bolt’s SPS and after watching the intro videos I was convinced that I needed to go for it. The Self-publishing school gave me everything I needed from structuring my time to coaching me through difficult moments. I could not have done it without them. Now I have all the tools and skills I need for many books to come! Check them out here: https://xe172.isrefer.com/go/curcust/Tonimdaniels
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The internet has exploded the old paradigm of book publishing. It is amazing to me what i am seeing out there and the possibilities through Kindle and other websites. My 15 yr old daughter is “publishing” her book one chapter at a time on a website for teens. It is truly amazing and there is no pressure to perform or get it perfect. I see a future where publishing companies are going to have to be very proactive to get business. Self publishing is the way to go!
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Family Health, Mental Health, Emotional Regulation, Healthy Spirituality, Inner Healing
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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