APKY/AMP: Hello Karen, I’m Akinyi Princes of K’Orinda-Yimbo. It’s great to have you here with me at AuthorMeProfessionals. To get down to the interview, please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?
Hi, my name is Karen Downing and I am a spiritual teacher and intuitive reader. I was inspired to write this book after working with my clients, and seeing certain patterns emerge. Creating your Life Path is all about the process that it takes to turn your dreams into reality, each step in the process comes from the personal experiences of myself and/or my clients.
APKY/AMP: Sounds very inspirational. So, what genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
My main focus is on self-help and metaphysical books. I would consider other genres in the non-fiction category, but it is most important for me to have the idea come through first and then decide what category it fits into.
APKY/AMP: That’s wise, I’d say. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message of the book is to inform readers that they are truly the creator of their own life.
APKY/AMP: Okay, so it’s not simply destiny, I suppose. Tell me, simply out of curiosity, what have you had published to-date?
I have published the eBook, Creating your Life Path: One Dream at a Time. This is a self-help book designed to give readers astep-by-step guide on how to turn their dreams into something tangible in their lives.
APKY/AMP: I see. And do you have any advice for other writers? This kind of writing seems to be currently much in demand.
Just start writing and do not judge the words as they come out. Try being in the flow of the energy and then you can always go back and fix any errors.
APKY/AMP: I think I’ll note that down since I’m an incorrigible each-paragraph-and-page-written editor! Anyway, as readers, why should we buy your book?
This book will assist anyone in understanding the process of goal-setting and the state of mind it takes to reach those goals.
APKY/AMP: Right. How much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
I do as much marketing as I can. It is a vital part of being your own brand, as every author is. I try to keep up on as much marketing and social media as I can manage.
APKY/AMP: Then you must be on top of your tech game I assume. Have you won or been shortlisted in any competitions and do you think they help with a writer’s success?
I have not entered any competitions so far.
APKY/AMP: That might come yet! Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
I prefer to write in my home office.
APKY/AMP: Still the best place for that peace and quiet, isn’t it? Do you write under a pseudonym? If so why and do you think it makes a difference?
No, I do not. For me, my name is a part of my brand.
APKY/AMP: Absolutely. Makes things all the more authentic. Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
I do not currently have an agent. I am pursuing a relationship with a literary agent, as I do feel that they can lend some valuable insight to being a successful author.
APKY/AMP: May I ask about what you are working on at the moment / next?
I am currently starting a book which explains the emerging new chakra system.
APKY/AMP: Oh, great. Chakra fascinates me and I hope I’ll get a copy. Do you manage to write every day?
No, but I do take time to do marketing every day.
APKY/AMP: Yes, marketing does seem to take up a lot of the writer’s time and effort. What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?
Everyone suffers from writer’s block from time to time. To work through it, I just sit down and start writing anything, even if it is nonsense. The more that I can stop over-thinking things, then eventually I am able to work through the block.
APKY/AMP: And do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and off you are with it?
I just start with an idea and then begin writing. Usually about halfway through the book, I pause to outline the entire work to ensure that there is continuity and completeness of the theme. From there, then I just work on each section until I feel the entire book is finished.
APKY/AMP: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
I prefer first person, as it is more relatable.
APKY/AMP: Yes, it does draw the reader in. What do you like to read?
Astrology books or a really good mystery novel.
APKY/AMP: Okay. So where can we find out about you and your work?
You can find out more about me on my website AurorasMessage.com or by following the Aurora’s Message page on Facebook. To purchase Creating your Life Path, please visit http://aurorasmessage.com/creatingyourlifepath_book.html
APKY/AMP: Thank you, Karen. I now invite you to include an extract of your writing:
Do you realize that you, yes YOU, are the creator of your own life? That means that if you can give yourself permission to do so, you can create everything you want and need. There is no secret or magic needed. All it takes is mindfulness of your emotions during this creation process. When you are faced with the question, “What is my purpose in life?” Do you feel overwhelmed, out of place, or maybe just don’t know where to begin? Your life path is waiting for you, if you allow it to emerge. You may not see the entire path at first glance; therefore, you have to dream it into being, one goal at a time. Yes, you can dream your life path into reality. All it takes is an understanding of what you want to create, and an awareness of your own conscious and subconscious emotional state.
APKY/AMP: Wow.Thank you once again, Karen, and I wish you all the best for your future efforts..