Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Interview with author Pauline Robertson
Can you overcome divorce with positivity?
1. What inspired me to write your book? Friends and family were my advocate's in pushing me to write my story. They all said it was time to share my experience of divorce and how I chose to handle it with grace and patience.
2. What is it about? It is a memoir about a period of my life. The devastation of divorce and how I chose to handle it. Live my long-time dream of moving to Southern California. Being on my own for the first time at the age of thirty-eight. How I healed, grew and the great experience's I had on my journey. Crossing the line to find out the answers to my most sought out question. Why do people make the choice to have affairs?
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? Even thru the most difficult times of your life, whether divorce, a move, a career change. Fear will step in, sadness or hurt. But they will learn that life can go on, and can be even a better, more fulfilling journey into a new adventure. A person will learn that it is ok to be alone and rediscover themselves. Learn to do what they like and don't like. Be happy again.
4. What advice do you have for writers? Take the time to focus and write your story. It may change many lives for the better. Being vulnerable is a good thing. It shows others that you are just as real and may have experienced similar things as another person.
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? It seems that the book publishing industry is heading more into independent publishing. With access to the internet and being able to publish an online book is so much easier now than looking for a publisher to pick your manuscript and publish it. As a writer you don't have to wait years anymore to have your book published.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? First making the time to finally actually write it. It was in my head for at least seven years. I kept telling myself I was going to write it, and never sat down to do it. One year I moved and never connected my cable television. So it was either write or stare at the walls. The hardest part was reliving allot of the times that I was writing my book. There were times as I was writing I just cried thru the whole chapter. In a way it was healing to get it all out of my head. Chapter seven was the toughest. The relationship I was in was very controlling and a bit scary for me. When I started that chapter, I closed my computer for weeks. I just did not want to relive it. One day I decided, why am I going to let someone have power over me, who isn't even a part of my life anymore. Once I had the manuscript done, it was realizing for the first time that I put everything out there, and showed how vulnerable I was. That is a first for me and was very scary.
7. If people can buy one book this month, why should it be yours? There are many people who have and or, are experiencing divorce. If my book can help anyone to know that they are not alone and that they will heal and life can be even greater than it was before. They do not have to fear new beginnings. It is uncomfortable, they will know as they move forward on their journey to heal that they will learn so much about themselves and be happier for it. It will give answers to those whose marriages have ended in affairs. They may have a better understanding of it all and be able to heal quicker and move forward in their life.
Pauline Robertson is the author of I Have Worn Both Pairs of Shoes. Her website is www.paulinerobertson.com
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