2. What is it about? The book expresses through a series of vignettes, how from our human and ego perspective we forget we are love and worthy, due to difficult and painful life experiences or arrogance. As a clinical and spiritual social worker and life transition coach, I’ve witnessed and worked with many people wounded and defeated by love, through dysfunctional family dynamics, unhealthy relationships, etc. In our woundedness we begin to believe we are not good enough and unworthy of love and goodness. To protect the fragile self, we may create defenses and barriers to love and happiness. This creates the common, yet painful mistake of making others responsible for our feelings and actions about love and happiness. This pattern continues for those who do not look within and do the inner work of what I call the “4 R’s”: Recognizing, Reconciling, Releasing and Reframing their core negative beliefs and behaviors resulting from difficult life experiences. More importantly Just Be Love offers insights and examples of ways to remember we are love; and I offer unique ways the divine expresses love and goodness to us, through our experiences with people, the natural world and communion with our Creator. The book weaves both the science and spirituality of love, providing you with inspiring messages from spiritual teachers, mystics, and poets, as well as my own insights and perspectives on ways to love.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? That the idea of unworthiness and separateness does not exist, these feelings and beliefs are of the ego and so it’s an illusion. That our difficult experiences are opportunities to remember we are love and our divinity. The human ego, wants us to forget we are love in painful experiences, while the Spirit/soul of us wants us to remember we are love. The different ways the Creator expresses and shows love through our natural surroundings, people and experiences.
4. What advice do you have for writers? Work the How: Be Honest Open and Willing with your writing. Don’t give up. Be yourself, be determined, resourceful, patient and committed to your writing process. Have fun and be gentle to yourself during this process.
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? It seems more people are interested in and writing a book. So the competition amongst writers, to get a book published seems to be increasing. The emergence of self-publishing industry offers writer’s greater opportunity to get their work published, with greater control over the publishing process. This creates more competition for the publishing industry as a whole. The trend now in printing and publishing industries is shifting from print to digital. use of ebooks over hard or soft cover books, allowing written material to be read on smart phones, tablets, etc. The use of social media to market books has offered a powerful marketing and communication link between author and public. Social media also provides the author an opportunity to offer online courses around their book material.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? Hardship with writing/grammar, due to learning struggles. Struggle with self-doubt, saying what I wanted to say, through the written word. My being too progressive in thinking and knowing, some people not ready for this type of read.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? I believe more people are ready to deeply explore within themselves their false beliefs and barriers to self-love, loving others unconditionally, and recognize the true and divine intent of love. My book, offers insight and inspiration on ways to love from a higher more profound perspective. I stress the importance of acceptance, changing what you can, and compassion for self and others. How these actions are fundamental ways to move forward toward greater love and happiness. Just Be Love is a book to return to again and again. Each time you read a chapter, you will discover deeper insights. The messages are intended to help you come to a higher awareness that our purpose for being, is to Just Be Love.