Sermons on the Couch: A Year of Inspirational Reflections
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What is your book about?
It’s a collection of 52 secular sermons. I start with a point of inspiration and then use quotes from great minds and incorporate popular songs for hymns. My hope is that people find connection, affirmation, and validation.
What inspired you to write your book?
I had been posting weekly sermons on a large, private Facebook page for a while. Some regular readers encouraged me to create a collection. I put one together and submitted it to a Hay House contest and won first place!
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m blessed to be retired so I get to create my own schedule. I like to linger over breakfast and then tackle my to-do list- writing, errands, etc. Afternoons and evenings are my more laid-back time. I like to read, watch some true crime or catch Rachel Maddow.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I love connecting with my readers. When they share that something I posted came at exactly the right time or was helpful to them, I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
There are a couple authors whose books I wait for with baited breath. First is Louise Penny- I can’t get enough of Three Pines and Chief Inspector Gamache. The second is Richard Osman and his Thursday Murder Club series.
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
I’m living proof that it’s never too late and you’re never too old- my first book was published when I was 59. The second is to keep trying. The first time I entered the Hay House contest, I didn’t even get honorable mention. But, I worked on my proposal, resubmitted, and won first place.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I come from a long line of swearing Italian women so I tend to have an, er, colorful vocabulary at times.
What’s next for you?
I’m still writing weekly sermons and, fingers crossed, Sermons on the Couch II. I’m also working on an historical fiction novel set in Oregon in the 1920’s-30’s.