Tell us a bit about your family.
I was born in San Francisco, CA at the end of WWII. (Yes, I am an oldie but goodie.) My dad was of 100% Icelandic stock, his family dating back to the 8th century in Iceland. My mom’s family lived in the Missouri Ozarks for generations.
They got together in Los Angeles where they shared a room in a boarding house. This was very unusual in the pre-WWII era. Verboten, actually.
But they worked it out. My dad had a job working for the government, building some sort of towers (he was an engineer) out the Mojave Desert. He wasn’t home Monday through Friday, so my mom had the room. She cleared out on the weekend, when he was home. So the two managed to share a room and minimize their housing cost without raising eyebrows.
Of course, my mom wasn't interested in my dad. “He’s a womanizer,” she told my aunt. “There are pictures of four beautiful women in his room. I’d never have anything to do with him.”
Turned out they were his sisters! My aunties. That problem removed, my parents proceeded to fall in love and get married.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
Regarding self-doubts and fear, the most important thing to remember is that they go away. Just leave them alone and they’ll go away, in the same way that a small child will go away if you ignore him or her. But that isn’t true, is it? Doubts persist and come back and hover below consciousness.
I try to stay in a mental state where writing and everything connected with it is a hobby. I do it for fun, not to attain riches and splendor. I don’t care about money, or fame. If I’m writing for fun, the self-doubts and fear don’t come up.
I find this almost impossible for more than a few hours. I think the solution is some kind spiritual practice: meditation, tai chi, chanting, or prayer. Another part of the solution is recognizing that doubts and fear are part of the writing profession, as well as human existence. Self-doubts and fear are normal. There’s nothing wrong with them.
What scares you the most?
The possibility of falling off my horse. I would go splat!
What makes you happiest?
Being at home with my husband and family. I’m in bliss sitting with my husband in the evening, watching Dexter reruns and holding hands. Also, I love to ride my horse. And I love to write. I like all the parts of writing, not just the blissful swinging-through-the-trees initial word dump, known as the first draft.
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m tough and I finish what I start. Actually, I’m driven until I finish what I start. Compulsive, they call it. Like a pit bull clamped down on the mailman’s leg.
What’s your weakest character trait?
I worry like crazy. Lack of trust, I guess. Given ten possible outcomes, I assume the worst will happen, and when it does, no one will help me. This doesn’t happen, but it’s always in the back of my mind.
Why do you write?
I can’t help it. I’ve always written academically or professionally, but in 1993 I had a personal disaster. After working like crazy to heal myself for two years, I had a gigantic transcendent experience, which left the plot of a book in my mind. A series, actually, which was delivered in an instantaneous inner experience. That happened in 1995. I haven’t been able to stop writing since. I’ve got two series going and a couple of miscellaneous books.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
No. I used to enjoy waterskiing and riding my horse more. I’ve always written; I had to in school and at work. I didn’t start writing as a full time profession until 1995.
What motivates you to write?
Words bang around inside my head until I let them out. That’s my daily experience. What’s behind the words is a desire to save the world, elevate consciousness, and heal everyone. I'm giving it my best shot. Looking at the news, I don’t seem to be having much success.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
That I’m alive and thriving. I have a wonderful marriage, three great kids, and two grandkids. Up above, I speak of a personal disaster. It was truly awful, the kind of thing that most people don’t get over. I did. That’s one reason I’m so grateful to be able to write. That’s why I write books that are uplifting and inspiring. (They’re also bloody, violent and sexy. Those do go with spirituality, oddly enough.)
The Long Awaited Sequel to NUMENON: A TALE OF MYSTICISM & MONEY
WILL WE HAVE PEACE OR OUR DARKEST NIGHTMARES?
Will Duane owns the tech revolution. It's 1997; Will's been the richest man on the planet for twenty years. He can sway governments and ruin lives. Will's latest mission brings him into conflict with all that's holy.
He and his corporate hot shots reach their destination, a Native American spiritual retreat. Their luxurious motor homes enter the Mogollon Bowl, a geophysical anomaly where anything can happen. Now Will can spring his trap.
Grandfather, the powerful shaman leading the retreat, seeks a world where love is king, a world of peace and harmony. This vision has haunted him all his life. His corporate guest is the key to making his vision real. Grandfather knows exactly what Will Duane wants.
A malicious force steps into the action. Both men's hopes are dashed, as a sacred place becomes the playground of evil. A malevolent power tries to claim their lives and souls.
You won't forget this modern day fable, a high-speed, high stakes fantasy with visionary roots.
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Genre - Visionary Fantasy
Rating – R
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