Bo Bradley – Achieving the Balance Dream

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

Achieving the Balance Dream – 11 Secrets to Living a Life of Balance

This book is an easy to follow guide about how to get and keep life balance. It is full of easy, practical exercises that help you to implement balance into your day to day life without getting overwhelmed. This is from the back cover of the book:

Learn how to unlock the secrets to a more balanced lifestyle …

Many studies suggest that over 50 percent of all American believe their lives are out of balance. They feel overwhelmed, rundown, tired, depressed and anxious about their lives but don’t have any idea how to bring balance and harmony back into it. Achieving the Balance Dream unlocks 11 important and groundbreaking secrets to help men and women slow down, reflect and discover new techniques and tools to restore a balanced, happy and satisfying lifestyle.

Achieving the Balance Dream teaches readers how to:

• Become self aware and re-prioritize their lives to restore balance and harmony
• Apply tools and techniques to ground, relax and rejuvenate the soul
• Understand the value and importance of self care to mind, body and spirit
• Use exercises to create a healthier, happier lifestyle

If you’re one of millions of men and women desperately seeking to unlock the secrets of a more balanced life, Achieving the Balance Dream promises to help you succeed. The book guides and helps you realign your priorities and life toward a happier, healthier and balanced approach that satisfies, reduces stress and creates peace and relaxation. You will be amazed and delighted at the results

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in California and have lived in Sacramento, CA most of my life. I was a single mother of 3 for many years. All three kids are now grown and out on their own and I am married to love of my life. We have been together over 12 years and are more in love now than we ever were before. Something a lot of people don’t know about me is, I own 113 (no that’s not a typo!) pairs of shoes and my outfits ALWAYS have to coordinate….even when I’m wearing sweats and not planning to go outside.

What inspired you to write this book?

My editor told me I had to. Seriously. I started out wanted to write a different book on the why and how’s to ground yourself (a couple of methods on why and how to do this is in Chapter 2 of this book). She liked it but felt there wasn’t enough of a market for it. She said, “You HAVE to write a book about life balance. Seriously. It is the one question I get asked all the time and don’t know how to answer. You are the only person I know who is balanced! It’s time you shared it!.”

How did you choose the title?

After much going back and forth with suggestions and ideas with my editor, we decided we wanted to the title to be a positive one that would tell the reader what they would accomplish from reading the book.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Strangely enough I did not encounter obstacles when it came to publishing my book. It went so smoothly it was like a dream. I feel a large part of this is attributed to working with a boutique publisher who had the book from editing to end product and PR. They believed in the book and its topic so much that the whole process was rather organic.

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

I’ve always just written since I can remember. Words tended to flow easier for me on paper than out-loud. I was a rather shy child, tho most who know me now would never believe it. I got A’s easily when it came to writing stories and essays. I could easily turn a sentence into a paragraph and a paragraph into an essay.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes. I make an agreement with myself how much I will write per week, such as one chapter, one story, etc. When it is writing time, I put on music, and wear my Author hat. My Author hat is red and say’s “Author” on the front and “Ask me about my book” on the back. Then I start typing. :) If I am feeling stuck at home, I go to my local Panera armed with my laptop and wearing my Author hat. Much of this book was written there. I love the background hum of people happily chatting, the smell of fresh food and the energy in there is great. No one bothers you as you merrily type away or sit and stare off into nothing while pondering what to write.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

As this is a self-help book, my ‘characters’ were real people and real life events which I changed to protect their identities. I just ‘borrowed’ names that came to my head, without losing the importance of their story.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Nothing.

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

I love to read everything from self-help to paranormal romance. P.C. Cast and Stephen King are two of my favorite authors. I love their casual style of writing and how they give just enough detail to fire your imagination to see the book played out in my head. When I get into a book I am so absorbed and ‘in’ the book that I tend to tune out everything around me. Hence, why I can’t listen to books on tape in the car. ;)

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

Yes. Two of them. One is an E-Book that is currently in editing and will be available soon. It is called “Your Power Source Tap™ – The Easy Way To Be Grounded.” This is the original book I set out to write that shares how, why and when to ground with several different methods for the reader to try out and find what suits them best.

The second book is in process of being written (no title yet) and is my memoir as well as a self help book. It will help readers move themselves from living as a victim into thriving and enjoying life. They will no longer identified as an event that happened to them and the word ‘victim’ will no longer be used to describe them. Having lived through some traumatic and horrifying events in my life….most people do not believe me when I tell them because I do not live as a victim….nor carry the scars/wounding any more.

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

Remember that feedback is just information. You take it or you leave it. It is up to you. Having an editor is crucial….and can help you to avoid constantly rewriting your work, strive for perfection that you never reach.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Entrepreneurs, caregivers, and those who are so busy taking care of everyone else they’ve forgotten how to take care of themselves. If they are on the verge of burnout, or in the midst of it and want to get out of it and live a powerful, happier life in balance – this is the book for them.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Amazon.com