Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interview with memoirist Lina Sage

Today has a bonus guest. Lina Sage is out on tour with her memoir, The Last Ten Pounds: One Woman's Journey to Love (by shedding Fear, Anger, Hatred...and Everything In-Between).

As she tours, she’ll be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s choice) to a lucky randomly drawn entrant. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

A little bit about the author:
Lina Sage is a writer, speaker, producer and entrepreneur. She is the creator and founder of Chic Spirituality; a movement whose philosophy is to live your life with heightened awareness by surrounding yourself with things you deem beautiful. Lina believes balance of mind, body and soul, is the key to unlocking all things beautiful. Therefore, she enjoys physical activity to maintain a strong body and meditation to calm the mind. But she especially cherishes time spent with her beloved husband and dog because they are what brings her soul the greatest joy. Lina also likes to surround herself with great food and exotic travels around the world.

Welcome, Lina. Please tell us a little bit about your memoir.
Shortly after I was born, my family left Vietnam’s strict Communist regime by escaping on a tiny fishing boat in the middle of the night.

Luckily, Canada accepted us as refugees and we were excited for a new beginning. However, any hopes of a brighter future vanished before an abusive alcoholic father who’s repeated physical violence against my mom left me screaming for any stability. Sexual, physical and emotional abuse clouded my childhood years leaving me so damaged that it changed who I was meant to grow up to be.

In my early twenties, I bought a house and converted it into a full blown marijuana grow op.
Soon after, I entered into the world of elite call girls and became one of the most sought after girls in my agency. By my late twenties, I was on top of the world and the proud owner of a multi-million-dollar luxury day spa.

Just when I thought I had it all, I made the ultimate mistake that ended in me losing everything and hitting rock bottom.

I was spiritually broken and in desperate need of healing. I had no choice but to reconcile with my past. This decision brought me down a miraculous journey that opened me up to consciousness and enabled me to exist in the space I do today; that of uninhibited peace.

The Last 10 Pounds: One Woman’s Journey to Love (by shedding Fear, Anger, Hatred…and Everything In-Between) is my personal journey and a testament that it is possible to heal and transform. To be the person you were born to be.

As an author, what scares you the most?
I know people may not believe me when I say this, but I’ve gone through so much in my life that I no longer let fear dictate how I live my life. In saying that I would like to share one of my blog posts from my spiritual blog called Chic Sage (www.chicsage.com). 

The post is called Why We Fear the Unknown:

Benevolence won’t resolve affliction. Benevolence won’t conquer fear. Fear can only be conquered through the realization that we have no control of the unknown and the unknown is nothing to be afraid of. It is merely a deceptive excuse for us to run and hide. Rather, embrace the unknown like you would the sun. For in the unknown is where you’ll discover your potential and when it speaks to you ever so loudly, you’ll have but no choice to listen to it, for if you don’t, you’ll be going against your current and you’ll only have fear to blame. Swim with the current, let your light guide you. Find your creativity. Embrace love when it’s given. Ignore all negative nay-say. Believe that change can happen, beginning with one person – YOU!!!! Drive forward and make sure to breathe along the way. It’s not as scary as you think.

An excerpt from The Last Ten Pounds:
The frigid temperature and howling wind chill outside paralleled how I felt inside and I questioned how I even got here in the first place. Sure it was the considerable debt that made me feel like I had been thrust into a desperate corner but unknowingly it was so much more than that. The desperation came with the energy of wanting to release all the excruciating pain and anguish that had been building inside me my entire life. Instead of stopping to take a real look at myself, I opted to believe that the world was going to somehow release my pain. That the world was the very reason why I was so shattered. And the world would make amends and heal my wounds. Feeling empty inside impairs your ability to find any self-worth. So when it comes down to selling your body for money, it seemed hasty once the nerves settled.

You’ll be fine. It’s just a job. The oldest job in the world.

I walked up to the unassuming two story grey building that was located on a busy street. I had driven by this building plenty of times and had no idea what businesses it housed. There were no exterior signs nor were there numbers assigned to any of the offices. The only instructions I had was to walk up to the second floor and once at the top of the stairs to turn right and the office was the door to the right. I inhaled a deep breath and knocked gently on the door.

Thank you for sharing that with my readers, Lina.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Unknown said...

Thank you Lisa Haselton for hosting me today!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing :)