Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Interview with Author Dr. Bonnie Lyon

Through the Tunnel: Unlock the Pain of Your Past and Find the Courage to Grow Up, Not Just Old

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
My clients continually asked me to “put my brain on paper.” so they could take me home with them. The result is my book Through the Tunnel: Unlock the Pain of Your Past and Find the Courage to Grow Up, Not Just Old.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe us your targeted reader?
My book is about hope and healing. It is for women 35 and older.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?    
I am more than my circumstances. I will not allow my circumstances to dictate the quality of my life.

4. What should remain with them long after putting it down? If Dr. Bonnie and all of her clients who shared their story in the book can heal their pain then there is hope for me!  I can too!

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
The process is in the journey.  The outcome must be greater than the frustrations and tediousness of writing.

6. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
My journey to becoming a published author offers a glimpse into the growing trend of hybrid publishing. Many clients in my counseling practice had been encouraging me to put my emotional healing methods into a book. I decided to use story-telling as way to deliver in an authentic voice my meaningful, hopeful message about one’s ability to overcome a difficult, painful life. Although I had been encouraged to self-publish,                                                                                                                                      I was deterred by my busy life and lack of sight from facing the complexities involved.
I learned of an alternative from my non-fiction book editor, Barbara McNichol, who recommended a hybrid book publisher. I liked the idea of retaining creative control and royalties while benefitting from many aspects that traditional publishing offers.                         I chose Dudley Court Press, a small hybrid publisher that specializes in non-fiction authors with a message to share. Hybrid publishing has been a positive decision for me and one I think more authors will pursue.
7. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Technical and working with a ghost writer where expectations were blurred. Dealing with my computer and the impact of low vision software was a super huge challenge. I spent hours upon hours scrolling through my manuscript to add, subtract or improve. It was like wading through a swamp of quicksand. My     computer shut down over 2 dozen times during this arduous process, causing me to remain on hold, for literally hours, waiting for technical support. In addition, when sent to a physical facility for repair we encountered: 1. a vacant building that was formerly a computer store.  2. apologies from geek squad saying, “We cannot help you with your low vision software. 3. traveling through the Atlanta heat for over 100 miles to find someone who was willing to at least look at the computer. It was an exercise in sheer grit. 

Secondly, the person I hired as a ghost writer was less then efficient. Barbara McNichol of Barbara McNichol Editorial was a boon to my spirits and gave me great hope going forward as she pulled the fragmented manuscript together. She made it flow as a whole document. The process of writing this book was painful at best.

8. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
We all have pain, disappointments and discouragements in life. My book illustrates
through current true-life stories that you do not have to be a victim of your life ircumstances no matter the genesis.

Author Bio
Dr. Bonnie Lyon is a counselor, author and speaker whose message has reached thousands of people, stimulating personal and professional growth. She lost her sight in her 20s, but that hasn’t stopped her from creating a unique vision of healing. Her dynamic and humorous presentations are loaded with thought-provoking empowerment strategies. Captivating audiences, reshaping their vision of what kind of life is possible, helping heal emotional pain and live the best present life, she has had a profound influence on attitudes and actions of those who hear her.


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