Author Interview with Sarah Saint-Laurent of ‘Energy Healing Made Simple Om Kitty’s 8 Day Chakra Activation Journey: Bonus: Learn To Banish Your Doubts About ‘Woo-Woo’ and Stop Worrying What Others Think (The OM Kitty Series Book 1)’
OM Kitty is a wise and witty guide and mystic who once lived a small, stifled and unfulfilled life. Luckily she is a cat and so has 9 lives. She chose to liberate herself from caring what other people think and followed her heart and began a deep dive into spiritual awakening and living according to her inner GPS. With each life, she has acquired wisdom and practical experience and now shares her mystic and divine journey with others. In this first book in her series, she takes readers on an 8-Day Journey into Energy Healing and Chakra Activation. Simultaneously, she teaches readers how to stop worrying what others think and to live their One True Life… finally!
Today I’m chatting with Sarah Saint-Laurent, author of the book ‘Energy Healing Made Simple Om Kitty’s 8 Day Chakra Activation Journey’. Sarah, your book is an interesting cross between humor and spirtuality, which is a bit of a different cross from many of the other spirituality based books on the market. How did you find this viewpoint of ‘OM Kitty’?
I was gifted with the concept of OM Kitty through a shamanic journey I initiated. I wanted to find a new, novel approach to sharing the journey of deep spirituality with readers, particularly those who have fears about exploring what many consider to be ‘woo-woo.’ It’s not ‘woo-woo.’ It’s ancient and natural, even scientifically supported. It has nothing to do with religion or faith practices. It is not an obstacle to any religious background or preference.
The idea of removing the ‘woo-woo’ factor is a really interesting way of tackling the hang-ups that people might having reading a book about spirituality. Did you need to do any research to ensure the information that you were trying to communicate was accurate?
I am a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach and a Reiki Master. I used teachings and techniques that I use with my private clients.
Did you also try to integrate aspects from your own personal experiences into the book as well?
Yes, very much so. The book mirror’s my own journey into spiritual awakening.
Was the ability to show the audience a spiritual awakening the most rewarding aspect of writing this book for you, or were you fulfilled more by something else?
The feedback. I am stunned at the overwhelming and positive response the book has received. Readers write me or message me through Facebook and let me know the book is changing their lives.
Did you even feel that level of positivity from your first review? How did that very first review feel?
Amazingly flabbergasted. I was blown away that such kind words were being offered to my personal form of art.
That great feedback must have made it very easy for you to want to pick up the pen metaphorically speaking and continue writing. What has this feedback spurred you onto writing?
Energy Healing Made Simple is the first book in a 5 book series. Book 2 in the series will focus on Empaths, those who are highly attuned humans and sometimes referred to as Highly Sensitive People. But I think that term is misleading. Empaths are miraculous and if they understand their super-powers, will some day probably save the world.
Hmmm, I probably would not have drawn the link that empaths are the same type of people as highly sensitive ones. That is an intriguing idea. I’m going to have to watch out for the release of that new book to check it out. As you are writing now, can you give us an insight into the writing process that you use?
I am constantly writing books in my head. Writing comes very easy and naturally to me. It is my favorite thing to do. I even enjoy the editing. Sometimes I can write for 7 hours at a time as if the book is being downloaded into my brain.
Wow, writing for 7 hours straight is impressive. Do you use techniques to allow you to physically write for such long periods?
I write longhand and type. When editing I will print out typed chapters and edit by hand using a red.
And how do you tackle the writing process?
I edit any book I write several times. I then hire professional editors. I think editors and beta readers are essential.
And how long does it generally take you to write a book. For example, how long did it take for you to write ‘Energy Healing Made Simple’?
This particular book took me about six months to envision, write, edit and publish.
And when you were at the stage of publishing you obviously needed a cover with the Om Kitty on the front, which I have to say is a brilliant move as it really makes the book stand out from all other spirituality related books I’ve seen before. How did you go about getting it designed?
I hired an artist named Stellaris.
And now that you’ve been so successful writing such a helpful book for others, do you have any suggestions on how other authors can tackle the self-publishing process?
Steady does it. Avoid overwhelm. If you feel overwhelmed, get up and walk away and come back to it later. I have to remind myself constantly, ‘This is as easy as I allow it to be.’ This is especially true when it comes to the parts of publishing that are not writing-based, such as marketing and technology.
That is great advice that I haven’t heard before. It’s really easy to get swept away from what you are trying to accomplish and that counsel just helps place it into perspective.
You wouldn’t have ever had the idea to write a book in the first place if it were not innately yours to do.
Again, just taking notice to ground yourself on those ideas while writing is fantastic advice. Do you think that the future of reading and writing is positive with all of these technological changes that you’ve mentioned that you and I’m sure most other people in the world get swept up into?
We need books. We would be nothing without reading. It is essential.
I agree. Reading is essential. Who are your essential authors?
My favorite Non-Fiction writers are Martha Beck, Ph.D., Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Ph.D., Caroline Myss, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and many others. I have been reading self-development for 30 years. I also read a lot of books on quantum physics so I have a whole other list of science-based Authors.
What are you currently reading?
Patagonia: The Camino Home by Katharine Elliott
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.
And now we’re reached the final section of the interview. My favourite section, the Quick Fire Questions Round. Answer the following questions with as little time as possible.
If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
I study animal totems so this could go on forever because I understand the mystic powers of animals. But today perhaps I will say The Spider (animal totem for writers) and The Great Blue Heron (animal totem for personal power, determination, and self-reliance.)
Ooooh. I like that answer. I now want to get you back on another author interview to see what else could be imagined. Can you stand on your hands unassisted?
Which are cooler? Dinosaurs or Dragons?
What is your favourite word?
Thank you very much Sarah for joining us today and I hope that you are able to help many new readers with their finding their chakras and I wish you the best of luck for you next book. And let me know when it comes out, I’d be very interested in understanding those nuances in people.
Want to connect with Sarah? You can find her here:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saintlaurentcoaching/
- Website: http://www.SaintLaurentcoaching.com
- Twitter: @SarahsIntuition
- Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Saint-Laurent/e/B01K0OWL1G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1472287793&sr=1-1