“Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.” David Spangler
Are you part of a community, personally or professionally? What does it offer you that you value?
My blog post today is a bit different. Recently, Brad Swift, a member of my writing community, tagged me for a blog tour, The Next Big Thing—my very first! The way it works is that a writer answers questions about her/his next book (or one recently published), tags five other writers and passes it on. The next week those writers do the same thing, so it’s a great way for writers to connect with a larger audience.
I love this idea because it’s about community. As I’ve often written, one of the major world shifts we need to make is from competition to community. That’s why I’m grateful to be living in a town where writers are a community and the writers I’ve tagged below are a part of that. We’re here to support and help each other so that we are all successful. It’s a great way to live, so check out these special people at the bottom of my answers.
What is the title of your latest book? Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness which I published in June 2012.
Where did the idea come from for the book? I never planned to write a memoir, but ten years ago when I was out of work and had reached a point with a novel that I couldn’t get past, a woman suggested to me that I’d lived an interesting life in an interesting time and should write about it. Desperately needing a new project, I began reading my journals from the 1960’s to the present. As I began writing, the process of exploring my past was spiritually transforming and became part of the story.
What genre does your book fall under? It’s a memoir.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I’d love for Kiera Knightley to play me. Kevin Costner would be perfect for Neal. Judy Dench would be perfect for my mother. Of course the book spans about 40 years, but I’ll let the director solve that problem.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness is the inspirational story of a woman’s search for her true identity apart from society’s expectations, her commitment to following her passions of dance and writing, her desire to find a soul mate, and the gift she receives by integrating spirituality into her life.
Was your book self-published or represented by an agency? I published the ebook through Kindle and Pubit and the paperback through Create Space. It’s available on all three and on Amazon.com.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I took almost ten years to write the book. I was teaching full-time, and I have no idea how long it took to complete the first draft. I probably spent at least two years just picking and choosing the most important stories. Then I had to pare those down and focus the story more on the main theme. I did extensive rewriting for several years because the book was originally too long.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Every story is unique, but my guess is that any memoir written by a woman who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s would have similar themes. It’s not about abuse or alcohol and drug addictions as many memoirs are. Of course, part of it could be called a “dance memoir” but even that part focuses on how dance increased my mind/body connection and contributed to my spiritual awareness that we are all One.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I realized that I had used many practices, such as meditation, affirmations, chakra balancing, and releasing my fear, that dramatically changed my life for the better. When I was younger, I had no idea it was possible to live mostly free from fear, so I wanted to inspire others so that they could create the lives they desire and be free from fear.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? During the 1960s and 1970s when I was a modern dancer, the entire art world was experimental, breaking all the old rules and supporting authentic expression. It was a fascinating time.
In everyday life, men and women were struggling with the male and female stereotypes that no longer served us.
The book also has a strong love theme. I write about several major relationships with men all of whom were very powerful forces in my life. In one way or another, each helped me grow and explore the nature of love. But loving oneself and spiritual love are also themes that run throughout my story.
Please take a look at these fascinating writer friends:
What does your community mean to you? Please comment.
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