People read to be either entertained, educated, or inspired. It is possible to be all three, in one book. Talented people are able to write books that entertain, inspire, and educate, without much trouble at all. It’s all in the storytelling.
Vicki Wushe, author and thought leader, talks with me about retirement. It's rather like sleep walking into an uncertain future for some of us - something many of us are too familiar with in this time of corona. Here's a question: Why not use this time constructively? Why not get Vicki's book The Wealthy Retirement Plan: a revolutionary guide to living the rest of your life in style and find peace with your 'found time'. If it really is 'found time'.
Alexandra's story itself is full of introspection and wonder and exploration. I know her as the author of this book, but she is a prolific writer and weave tales in fiction as well as non-fiction. Soul Celebrations was written to guide us on a journey into to our inner being; to help us learn to "approach the wonders of the physical universe selectively," in order to, "experience a merging with chosen aspects of nature and come away with a glorious sense of having participated in eternity."
They are not alike, and the writing process for each is similar but not the same, though I might have thought so before this talk. Yes, I might have thought, in error, that a fiction book is writing and a non-fiction book is writing, and you just do them the same, by putting your butt in your seat and writing. But with non-fiction you're more tuned in to your research and your fact basted content, and your focus is on making sure you don't mislead your readers. Whereas, in fiction, anything goes. Of course, you still have to get readers on board, dispel that feeling of disbelief, and in some of Amy's books, she adds a "this is true and this I made up" section at the back.
I invited Deanna on the show precisely because she has more knowledge and experience than many other designers I know. I want to impress upon all of you that cover design, and inside design layout, and creating marketing materials to support the product (your book) is more than a thing of choosing a template in Canva. No offense to Canva, but your book is more important than that.
Lisa never let the family problems hold her back. The third child in a family of four children, she has more stories of life growing up confused, than most. Weren't we all confused as kids? But this is different. This is confusion from being in a home torn by alcoholism. Perhaps something more. Whatever it was, the choice Lisa made was to get through it, get beyond it, and somehow, get over it.
Before you laugh or bring your skeptical thinking to the conversation, understand that I believe her. I believe trees and plants of all manner communicate with each other. Why shouldn't they then communicate with us? Holly tells us her mission is "to help people experience expansive joy in their lives through connecting with nature."
But, Debbie's strategies, her tactics, her advice, and her stories (about herself and about her clients) bring the book to life in a positive way business books rarely achieve. It's less a book about building business success, as it is a guide to take you on a positive journey to success.
But this is not about me, or best friends. It's about Tara's journey. Her journey from there (starting at 19 when she started her first entrepreneurial adventure) to here, where she calls Emerald Lake Books her "favorite business, by far." It's also about recognizing and seizing opportunity. It's about faith and joy. It's about letting your faith lead you along that bumpy path and guide you to where you should be.
The moral of most novels is …more complicated because the human condition invites a long, serious discuss on morals as presented in novels. Not to mention, some understanding of the hero's journey. Novels exist to entertain. They take us out of our ordinary lives and give us glimpses into worlds we would not know, otherwise. The moral in most of them is that being human is okay. Or, being an alien based on the author's human experiences, is okay.