Monday, October 22, 2018
Interview with author Lucinda Bakken White
Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
Like so many others, I was shaped to fit into a cultural mainstream mold, and I wanted to share my personal journey of reclaiming my inner wildness, which allowed me to become my own authority and live a fulfilled life. It’s my hope that my story of personal transformation will help others quicken their process of self-discovery and healing.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
The book takes readers on a journey through my own process of realizing authentic wildness in a civilized world. I had a very successful mainstream lifestyle, as a corporate executive married to a Silicon Valley CEO with all of the lavish clothes, parties, and social events that come with that world. But it wasn't fulfilling. At a certain point I went inward and listened to my inner ache. It was a harrowing process, but I eventually figured out how to reclaim my genuine self and higher life purpose. I did have midlife women in mind when I wrote my memoir, but my story speaks to many people, whatever one's age or lifestyle.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
It can feel so lonely to live a life that's not on track with your authentic self. My hope is that readers will slay their loneliness by observing and adopting the methods I used to create deep connections, heal from the inside out and realize authentic wildness. Long after they put my book down, readers will be inspired to connect with the wisdom of Nature and their own inner voice, recognizing how much these two things go hand-in-hand.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Never give up. Your story needs to be told, if not for others at least for yourself. The process of writing and expressing your truth is powerful, transformative and healing.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The book publishing industry has been undergoing big changes. More people are utilizing self-publishing methods to get their messages and stories out there. People are reading books in electronic form, or having the book read to them through audio books, and I think we will continue to see increases in these numbers.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
I come from a highly productive, overachieving, mainstream family and community who thought I should be able to finish my book quickly. As a result, it was a challenge to carve out time and space to write my memoir. For two and a half years I said, "no, thank you" to many invitations and expectations. Most of all, I had to endure with the inner knowing and confidence that what I was doing was important.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Confessions of a Bone Woman will pull you deeply into my heart and soul and take you on a heroine’s journey that will most likely inspire big transformations in your own life.