I explain how you can talk loving affirmations to your children while they are asleep to assist them with life events such as building deeper levels of love and connection help them get over the fear of bugs, making better grades in school, and sitting still at the dentist office to have teeth pulled. It is very similar to when you talked to your child when you were pregnant with him/her.
Tell us something about yourself.
I have worked 23 years as a critical care nurse at the forefront of the mind-body-spirit connection. I took what I learned with my patients and brought it home to my family. I simplified it for your use.
What inspired you to write this book?
When had my first experience of doing a Pillow Talk with my nearly two year old daughter the results were so remarkable I had to share my blessings. Prior to my first Pillow Talk my daughter was not saying “I love you”, calling her brother by his given name, and not playing well with another little girl in her daycare. I spoke my first Pillow Talk and she started saying “I love you”, calling her brother by his name, and playing with the other little girl in her daycare.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
I knew I wanted the book published, and I had no idea about how to send out queries to have someone else publish it. I also had a very creative concept of heavy illustrations, meaning a lot. There are full water color illustrations on each page. I knew almost no publisher would have an interest in that kind of investment, and I did not want to wait around for their answers. Walsworth publishing was in my home state of Missouri and they could handle the color illustrations. The were outstanding to work with.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I never pictured myself as an author. I felt more like I had a calling to bring this information to parents. I felt like I really had no choice in the matter. I was moved very deeply by the response my children had to these very loving affirmations, and by sharing it I would lift the spirit of the world.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part of writing is being patient with the process. I would write for days without editing my thoughts. Then I sent it to my editor through email. She would send it back with grammatical and structural changes. I had a second editor that evaluated the content. I would then make the changes and set it aside for a few weeks. I would reread it with a fresh eye and make changes. Often I would wake up in the middle of the night to create the changes. This happened over about 18 months until I could read it and find no areas that caused me to pause. Then I knew it was ready.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I did not know that promoting a book was such a challenge. I really thought creating the book would be the hard part.
What are you reading now?
I am always looking at parenting techniques and self improvement courses.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have completed and will soon have for sale and e-book STARS the five steps to speaking a successful Pillow Talk. The book after that will be Pillow Talk: how self affirmations changed my life. It will be testimonials of how people have used affirmations in their personal life, and turned it around.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Make certain that your heart is totally in it. It is a very competitive business, and not many authors are making a living selling their books.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I created a brand and a website NurseNancyTalk.com. I also completed to process to be an affiliate on Amazon.com I go on air as a guest for radio shows. I send articles to bloggers. I will be doing some teleseminars and webinars in the next couple of months. I go to book signings. I speak wherever I am invited. I entered self-publishing book contest. I also respond to queries from HARO and the Reporter Connection. I went out to New York to ‘Meet the Media’ and learned about how to “pitch” the media and create publicity.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Anyone who is interested in more information on Pillow Talk can go to www.NurseNancyTalk.com