Annie Burnside, M.Ed. – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family provides a framework for parents who desire to infuse greater spiritual awareness into everyday life within their own family. It offers 22 methods and 15 universal, life-affirming themes to get started, including many tools—such as books, music, movies, and activities.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, but have lived in the Chicago-area for the past eighteen years. I am a former elementary school teacher who took ten years off to raise my three children. I re-entered the workforce as a professional soul nurturer—one who helps others awaken to their own truth in all aspects of life by providing the tools and encouragement to look more closely at their inner world.

What inspired you to write this book?

I began to break down my spiritual insights and teachings into digestible bites for my own children, and conscious parenting became the most important aspect of what we offered them. Other parents noticed and started asking for guidance so I began speaking on the topic locally. Soon it became apparent that there was a book inside of me ready to emerge.

How did you publish this book?

Through referrals I found an agent, and he found my publisher. It took several months for both. I trusted the process and through many rejections and rewrites uncovered much about myself that I will always cherish. The whole process has been very empowering.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and even as a child knew that it was a real gateway for me to express my deeper self. I won a few writing contests in grade school on topics fairly similar to what I write about now. Before the book, I filled many, many Intuitive-Gratitude Journals with my innermost observations, feelings, and contemplations. I have always been a very reflective person.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part for me is getting started each day. Once I decide to create the space to do write by choosing it as a priority then the inspiration comes rather easily. Once I claim the time and the space for myself, I am available to my own imagination and insights.

How do you do research for your books?

I utilized the hundreds of books that were my teachers throughout the years. I also revisited my journals pulling out the gems that I had discovered along the way in my own process. Mostly, I culled my offerings from firsthand experience in both my personal and family life.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that I am unafraid to share myself with the world. My book shares my personal spiritual journey and has been a huge step in my living an authentic life.

What are you reading now?

I tend to read mostly non-fiction books that are spiritual/metaphysical in nature or novels that look closely at themes related to self-discovery. I am currently rereading one of my favorite books called Oneness by Rasha.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

My favorite authors are those who are in my field—Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Esther and Jerry Hicks, and Marianne Williamson to name a few.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, my next book is being written within my journals right now. It will be a book that focuses on the illuminating moment derived from the dark night of the soul. Life challenges will be opened to uncover the underlying meaning and gifts.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Go for it! Truly, if you write from your heart, not your mind, your book will write you.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I have hired a wonderful publicity team in California, and I created a notebook full of marketing ideas for me to personally explore.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can visit to learn more. Thank you!