Author interview with Elsa Mendoza of ‘You Can Quote Me On This: Words to Empower You and Awaken Your Consciousness’
This book is not your ordinary book of quotes. It is a compilation of 102 originally written thought provoking and inspiring and quotes by the author about the bits and pieces of her life experiences, observations and insights in the form of quotes. There are comments on how each quote came about.
Are you looking for a little inspiration in your daily life? Do you love the power of quotes? Combine these two together and you get ‘You Can Quote Me on This’, and today Elsa Mendoza has kindly joined me to share the observation and wisdom observed and documented within these pages. Elsa, where did this idea for exploring and expanding quotes start?
It just started from a burning desire to write. It’s one of my listed goals that was just taken for granted for 2 years, waiting for me to start.
Where did you turn your focus when it was time to stop waiting and start creating? Did you investigate any areas in particular to get the ideas flowing?
No research was made. Half of the book was written based on my life experience of pain and success. My memories, observations of current events and experiences were my references.
Having the book largely comprised of your experiences and points of view will no doubt cause you to retain a strong connection with the book over time, even after publishing. What did you find the most rewarding aspect of during the process of creation?
Seeing the stuff that have been stuck in my head for two years finally formed into words, the feeling of my proof copy and the scent of the pages. It’s the entire process of writing. But after the process, what I consider the most rewarding are the feedback I have received from the readers that the book has changed their perception in life. My intention to uplift, motivate, inspire and rewire the thinking of people has been accomplished.
What thought rewriting do you hope readers to carry forth with them after they’ve finished reading?
That we are people of power, people of peace, people of joy, people of love and most of all we are ONE.
Was this message the greatest thought rewriting that your experienced, or have you learnt more from other messages?
I learned that I can actually write!
Has the knowledge that you can actually write spurred you to work on a new writing project, and if so can you share a little taste?
No specifics yet. But for sure it’s non-fiction again.
I hope that you’re able to nail down the specifics in your mind soon! Although you haven’t decided what to write next, can you identify what is pulling you back to continue on the writing path?
I write because it’s a way for me to express myself and speak to many more people in this form.
As that desire to speak to many people is strong, is it important for you to keep detailed notes about projects that you want to communicate about in the future?
Yes. I have unfinished manuscripts/drafts. I go back to each of them when I’m inspired or have a new idea.
Are these manuscripts or drafts detailed to such a point that you know the ending or objective that you want to share, or does it come about later?
It unfolds as I write.
When your writing is unfolding, do you find it important to follow a routine to encourage the words to flow with less friction?
I write only when there’s an inspiration, non-stop flow of words, new ideas. I do not force myself to write everyday. I do not have set number of words. I like to make it easy for myself so that I can produce a book with a relax energy invested in it that the readers can relax too. I write in two locations: my small corner office and at the living room.
Is there any music you switch on the corner office or living room?
No music just complete silence.
As you’re not using music to keep the thoughts flowing, what do you like to do to unstick yourself when you become a little stuck?
I take naps and exercise.
After the naps and exercise have done their job, what do you do to make sure your book is high quality?
I do self-editing and it’s done after writing the entire book. Then I consult the editor’s expertise.
After editing comes publishing. What have you learnt about this process?
If you need further guidance, enroll yourself in a self-publishing school now. You will get a lot of support, you will learn and get many tips and guidance in a self-publishing school and will meet more authors too.
One tip that often is tossed around in publishing circles is the concept of an author brand. Was this something you considered when bringing ‘You Can Quote Me on This’ to the world?
I have not but I am definitely considering creating my personal brand on my next book.
What is your personal brand or goals outside of authorship?
I am a Transformational Life Coach. My job is to help people achieve their specific goals in life, empower, encourage, motivate and so much more. This is the intention of my book as well.
Empowering, encouraging and motivating are really solid goals. Are they supported by a central philosophy?
I cannot judge. I am love-d. I am a co-creator of, to and with God. Gratitude in everything.
Gratitude is so important, and I’m sure I’m joined by the readers in stating that I’m very grateful that you’ve shared your growth and experiences sharing the thoughts in your book. Moving outside of your book, I’m hoping to take a little opportunity for you to share a little of the life behind the author. We’ll kick off the fun with: What is your favorite quote?
“I think, therefore I am”-Rene Descartes
What other careers or fields do you feel that you would you enjoy sharing your thoughts in?
Interior Design, Scriptwriting for plays.
Who decides what morality is?
What is your zodiac sign?
What is your favorite ocean?
Where is the line between insanity and creativity?
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
The glue is of low quality…hahaha surface is smoother/non-stick
*Laughs* Yep, low quality glue only sticks as far as the bottle! If you were able to invent a monster what would it look like and what would you call it?
It would look spiky and electrifying and will call it BOLT.
Sharp, pointy and electric! It sounds like it needs a good strong cage! Have you tangoed in the snow?
Not yet, but I’d like to do it next time.
What happens if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?
Batman becomes Batpire.
*Laughs* That sounds just cool enough to work! Are you left or right handed?
What is your favorite Jellybean flavor/ color?
I am not a jellybean fan. But the red color is attractive to me.
I’m not always convinced that jellybeans are for eating, but a big jar or contained filled with hundreds of red jellybeans could be a unique touch of interior decoration! If all of the world is a stage, where does the audience sit?
Everywhere as there is no beginning and end.
How are the colors in rainbows made?
I am not sure but it has something to do with the sunlight hitting the water that creates a reflection…..
What happens when you get scared half to death twice?
I don’t easily get scared but I remember when I was younger, I just couldn’t move my body. I just froze.
If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
I will just create flying dogs.
Awww, so cute! I don’t know why but I just feel dogs fly with their ears so I can picture lots of dogs with flapping ears right now! What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
Coffee and strawberry
What is your best tip for authors?
Enjoy and keep on writing no matter what.
Before you return to empowering and encourage your clients, can you motive the readers to pick up a copy of your book by sharing your favorite quote from it?
“Even before a need arises, an answer has already been provided”
Elsa, thanks for providing the answers for the curly questions we’ve tackled today and I hope that you are able to continue to connect and inspire new readers with ‘You Can Quote Me on This’.
Excited to read the book we discussed today? Find it here on Amazon: ‘YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THIS Words to Empower You and Awaken Your Consciousness ( ASIN: B0721HWK3V )‘.
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