Monday, June 25, 2018

Interview with women's fiction novelist Flavia Brunetti


(Cover artwork by Cinzia Bolognesi)
Novelist Flavia Brunetti joins me today. We’re chatting about her new women’s fiction, All the Way to Italy.

Bio:
Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso. You can find her city blog on Rome at whichwaytorome.com and her portfolio of published writing at flaviinrome.com.

Welcome, Flavia. Please tell us about your current release.
This is an airplane read in the best sense of the word (I hope), the kind of book that goes down easily but says something—a travel tale for the new generations. I think my favorite description of it is actually on the back cover: “This is the powerful story of those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.”

What inspired you to write this book?
I grew up calling two places home—Rome, Italy, and a little town near San Francisco, California. This was both amazing and, at times, somewhat difficult. I grew up loving traveling and spending a lot of time in airports, but the separation from my family, and the pull of belonging to more than one place at the same time, was a bit of a constant—and as I grew up and met other people who wandered, I started to think more about the sense of belonging, the need to feel home, how our cultures mold us but can also serve as roots for us to grow into something both traditional and brand new. I wanted to write a book that a fifteen-year-old girl could hold in her hands when she was faced with a big change, that would help her to know that everything would work out for the best, even if she wasn’t her own best friend yet, even if she felt like the world, because of where she’s from or what she’s suffered, wasn’t on her side. I wanted to write about the strength of memories but also the strength of carving your own way, with an open heart and mind to absorb all the lessons there are out there, gently. Maybe most importantly, I wanted to write about kindness in a world climate that struggles with embracing different cultures.


Excerpt from All the Way to Italy:
“This is a story for the third generations (the fourth, the fifth, the sixth generations), for the not-so-lost generations, for the hybrids. For the people who feel more at home in an airport than they wish they did, who yearn for one place to call home but also always, inevitably, long for something they do not know, miss places they have yet to behold, people they have yet to meet… For the ones that see Rome everywhere they go—or Tunis, Paris, Dublin, Aleppo, London, San Francisco, you name it, it’s yours. You bring your home with you.”


What exciting story are you working on next?
At the moment I’m focusing on my city blog on Rome, Which Way to Rome. I love writing the Instagram captions, which very often end up being mini-stories, paired with my favorite pictures from an afternoon stroll through the city. I want to start working on a sequel to All the Way to Italy soon: either exploring Little’s story a few years down the line when she’s graduated and moved to a different country, or a flashback to Sira’s youth. Which would you guys like to read next?

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My aunt still has my very first attempts at poetry, when I was a tiny girl in Rome learning my letters. Writing has always been a constant for me, through all the changes, and it’s been both a challenge and a great comfort.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
In my “day life”, I work for an international humanitarian organization. I used to think that this had nothing to do with my writing, but in truth, it’s allowed me to travel, see places, and live in cultures that I possibly otherwise wouldn’t have run into, and that has been the source of a lot of inspiration (and the urge to write about transnationalism!). Finding time to write… Balance, I think, is tricky in most situations, and I don’t always manage it, but I do my best. What’s worked the most thoroughly for me is breaking down what I need to do into smaller squares through a to do list; if I’ve had a long day at work, I’ll get through at least one thing on my writing to do list. And if I need a break, I take it!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I wouldn’t classify this as interesting, but… I have a really hard time writing without eating, even if it’s just nibbling on something. White chocolate-covered raisins, and the little Reese’s bites, are my kryptonite.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a very long time, I wanted to be a veterinarian, and this was a dream from when I was a little girl all the way up to high school when I realized two things: the first was that I did not have a proclivity for either math or science, two subjects a doctor needs to be good at; the second was that, at times, I’d have to put animals down. So there went that (especially for the latter reason, since I think the former could have been won, since we can do anything we put our minds to!), and lots of dreams came after that. But, in all honesty, through all of the dreams, writing was always there, from the beginning until today and, I have no doubt, for the rest of my days J.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I’m passionate about Rome and Italy, but also about traveling and adventures in general, so I’m thrilled to hear from readers about their experiences – I’m always reachable through my blog Gmail, whichwaytorome@gmail.com, or you can find me on my blog and social media.

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Buy page:
Amazon | Also available on most other platforms, both in print and e-book formats

Thank you for being here today, Flavia!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Interview with writer Diane Goldner


Helping me wrap up this week is writer Diane Goldner and we’re focused on her self-help book, Yes, You Can Heal.

Bio:
Diane Goldner is an internationally known healer and the author of three books, each endorsed by one of 3 of America's top doctors. She helps people transform physical, emotional and spiritual challenges. She is a former journalist. She has discussed healing with Dr. Christiane Northrup, bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, on HayHouse Radio and television, and given talks and workshops at healing centers around the country.

Welcome, Diane. Please tell us about your current release.
I have poured my 20-years of experience as a healer into Yes, You Can Heal.

I share case studies, and I show people how they can heal themselves. There are guided meditations, and a lot of ways to connect inward and receive insights about your life, and what will create more radiance and flow for you.

What inspired you to write this book?
Hardly a day goes by where I don’t read about someone or hear about someone and think: “If only that person knew about energy healing, it would help them so much.”

It could be a pop star who had to cancel a concert tour due to fatigue or illness; a young woman suffering from the debilitating effects from toxic shock syndrome; people who have suffered in these crazy shooting attacks.

It could be someone dealing with the cancer and the side effects of treatment or a woman who wants to have a baby, but for some unknown reason it isn’t happening.

So many people can be helped, so easily, and so profoundly. As a journalist, when I discovered energy healing—and realized it was real--I thought it was the biggest scoop. I still think that it is a very important story that needs to get out there.

What exciting story are you working on next?
There are several more books that are half written. One is the sequel to my book Awakening to the Light: My Journey from Investigative Journalist to Energy Healer. This is the very intense personal story of my transformation. It’s better than sci fi (a genre I love!) There are so many dimensions to life. I also will be writing a book on healing relationships—so many people want help in this area; and one on healing emotional patterns. In the short term, I will be coming out with some audio courses later this year and some webinars, including on getting out of debt and living in abundance. I wrote a piece on clearing money issues for Money.com – “I use invisible energy to heal money issues” – and I’ve gotten calls from people as far away as in Britain, Qatar, and Singapore and all around the U.S. so I know this is something that could help a lot of people.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wanted to be writer almost as soon as I learned how to read. Reading opened up so many worlds for me and touched me so deeply. I wanted to be able to do that for others.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I was a full-time writer for many years as a journalist, Now I am a healer, first, and writing happens around that, but it is also a part of it. I just naturally want to write about things that I find compelling. So I am always writing, whether it’s for my healing newsletter or for a book.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I write, I always want my writing to carry the energy of what I am saying.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer. Or a geneticist. I was always interested in why people are the way they are.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I love to connect with my readers. Because of that I’ve created a webinar, 5 Ways to Add Light to Your Life, that I am offering to you when you buy my book. There is a link on my website at DianeGoldner.com so you can send me your purchase receipt and email and I send you the webinar. I also love to receive emails and am happy to talk to book groups and reiki circles and will offer your group a group discount on books if you contact my assistant, AmyCole@DianeGoldner.com.

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Thanks for being here today, Diane!