Friday, July 26, 2013

Author Interview – Paula Renaye

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What book should everybody read at least once? I’m working on a relationship book right now, so I’m rehashing all the stupid things I did in relationships—and all the pain and suffering and lost years my delusions and crazy thinking cost me. The very best book on the subject I have ever read is What Smart Women Know by Steven Carter and Julia Sokol. So, if you’re in turmoil over a relationship, get the book today and believe.

Are there any books you really don’t enjoy? There are a zillion self-help books on the market and there are two types that I will not read—those filled with airy fairy fluff to make you feel good in the moment and those written in an academic format and language. Both types bore me to tears. The “designed to make you feel good” books are more manipulative than tangibly life changing, and those with stiff and stilted language make my eyes glaze within seconds. Not surprisingly, I like books that are straightforward, direct and engaging.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? I am very proud of my children, however, that is about them and their choices, not something I take credit for. So, the thing I am most proud of personally is that I finally broke free of the old patterns, negative thinking and limiting beliefs that kept me stuck in the push-pull drama of desperately wanting my life to be different and terrified of who I would be if it was.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I write both fiction and nonfiction and currently have four books in print with two in process, so I am indeed a full-time writer! I also speak and work with coaching clients in person and by phone and Skype, which is almost a second full time job. So, does that count?

What does love mean to you? This is a question I am exploring in depth right now as I dive into writing my book on relationships. My answer today is far different than it would have been ten years ago, or even a year ago, and it is continually evolving and deepening. I know what love isn’t. —that giddy infatuation that makes you willing to ignore the red flags slapping you in the face because you’re flying high on the delusion/fear/lust cocktail pulsing through your veins and zinging in your belly. And, love doesn’t require you to fight for it or keep you swept up in turmoil and drama. Love is honest, peaceful, safe and calm, yet also passionate, exciting, adventurous, mutually fulfilling and fun.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? There’s one thing that I have said about myself for many years—I can write anything. It’s true. I write self-help books, humorous mysteries, press releases, marketing and promo materials and anything else you can think of. In the past, I’ve written scientific, technical and legal reports—lots of them—and on the fiction side I’ve written a historical western historical suspense and a futuristic romantic suspense, to name a few. Yeah, I can pretty much write anything, however, I don’t always enjoy it. I love writing my Jolene Jackson Mystery Series because it’s a lot of fun. I love writing the self-improvement stuff because it gives me a chance to refine and define what I’ve learned, not to mention that it is just constantly flowing out of me.

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Genre – Personal Development / Self-Help / Motivational

Rating –G

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