Dr. Barbara Sinor – Author Interview

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

Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery: Twenty True Stories from the Soul

The addiction stories found within Tales of Addiction are not from the well known. They are not from celebrities you find in books written by another celebrity. These stories are true-grit tales told by people you will never meet but whose words will haunt you for months, years maybe. The contributed stories were collected by the author for over two years as she advertised for a “Call for Stories” in papers, journals, workshops and lectures. All stories received were placed into appropriate categories. Interwoven throughout, the author’s son and herself share their story of pain and struggle.

What the reader will discover in Tales of Addiction:

  • How an addict’s life begins
  • Understand the difficulties in taking initial steps to uncover denial
  • Intimate details of how many stay straight and sober
  • Gain a new perspective about our national addiction population
  • Learn why that Something More means so much to so many
  • What happens when the adict or alcoholic loses their battle
  • How you can help

Tell us something about yourself.

Dr. Sinor maintained a private counseling practice for over thirty years and is now semi-retired to continue her writing. She counsels individuals exploring the healing and recovery of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood abuse/incest, adults of alcoholics, and consults for substance abuse/addiction recovery centers. Sinor is the author of five books and received her Doctorate in Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies in 1997. She received her Master of Arts degree in John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness and graduated with honors from Pitzer College receiving her Bachelor of Arts. She lives in northern California with her husband and dog, Goldie.

What inspired you to write this book?

While working with individuals through the years, I noticed that the majority of my patients who had been sexually abused in childhood, were also addicted to drug and/or alcohol; or, their perpetrator had been addicted while the abuse was taking place. This correlation lead me to investigate addiction recovery; also, I had a son who was an alcoholic and any information I could find to help me understand what he was going through I searched out. Soon, as the years pasted and I had coauthored my fourth book, Addiction:What’s Really Going On? I knew I needed to write this book.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

My last three books have been published by Loving Healing Press, Inc. Having the same people to work with in publishing a book has been very helpful to me.

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

I have always loved to write. As far back as 7th grade when I wrote my first short story I have enjoyed writing poetry and prose. I was encouraged along the way by my professors at all the institutions I attended also.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Interesting question! If a writer doesn’t learn something from writing a book, how does it benefit them? Of course, I learned a great deal from writing Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery. I learned how brave I was to face death; I learned of the courage of those who face staying sober and straight each day; I learned of the pain and suffering that comes with drug addiction; and, I learned how compassion is the biggest gift we can give our loved ones who are addicted.

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

I haven’t gotten past being interested in psychology books! I also soak up all the metaphysical/spiritual books I can find to broaden my knowledge in self-growth. I just finished reading One Soul, One Love, One Heart by John Welsons. A marvelous book which follows much of my own beliefs. Another book I enjoyed last year is The Shack by Young, so inspiring! I love to read Gary Zukav’s work, as well as, Joan Borysenko.

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

I would like to begin my first fiction novel before too much longer. It will be metaphysical in nature – but that’s all I know so far!

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

Don’t rush your writing and editing. Take your time, a few years, to write a book. Write from what you know or have experienced personally and find a good agent or publisher that will work with you openly. Be sure you get advance reviews for your book before submitting it to a publisher.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Tales of Addiction was released April 15th so I have been doing quite a bit of promotion. I started a Book Blog, had my web site updated to focus on this book, and scheduled lots of blog talk radio interviews. I also joined FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a few other networking sites. We had a Free Book Drawing located on my web site. I felt this was something new I could offer to wet the appetite of prospective readers!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Please visit my web site and Book Blog noted below for more detailed information. Tales of Addiction will be available online and in all bookstores throughout the nation. It will also be available in the UK, Australia, Canada, and other countries abroad.
Web Site: www.DrSinor.com
Blog: www.DrSinor.blogspot.com