My most recent book is, Chasing the Shark: A Journey from Fear to Freedom. It’s a one-of-a-kind book that relates, in a unique way, the fear of risk and the unknown to limitations of life in general. Using scuba diving as a platform, “Chasing the Shark” leads readers along the path to self-empowerment and realization.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer and snow skier, and the founder / CEO of Giant Strides LLC, a company devoted to promoting personal development and achievement through positive living and life coaching.
I am also a co-author in the upcoming book, “A Juicy Joyful Life.” A former corporate director in a Fortune 500 company and a former office manager of a NY law firm, I am also a certified PADI Rescue Diver, a licensed NJ real estate agent, and a Wellness Coach with Herbalife International.
What inspired you to write this book?
I decided to write this book after I faced and successfully dealt with my own fears and a number of life-changing experiences. It is my intention to help people gain deeper levels of self-understanding through a practical and effective process of discovery and actualization.
How did you choose the title?
Once I conquered my fear of water and became a scuba diver, I found that I really enjoyed diving with sharks! These experiences are recounted in my book. The title is a direct reference to how I earned the right to swim with them and the freedom I gained by doing so. The title is also a metaphor for conquering fears head-on.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I decided to self-publish my book so that it would be immediately available as part of my seminars and speaking engagements. I’m hoping that my courage and the story I tell will ignite others to dare to take a long look at their fears and what has been limiting life for them. The self-publishing company I chose, Author House, made the process easy, effective and rewarding.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I always loved to write! I started in high school when I took a creative writing course and had a ball! Decades ago, when I worked for an insurance company, I was the editor of the office newsletter called the Bergen Gazette. I was also a state-wide reporter for this national company. The desire to express myself and help others always fueled my desire to write. It’s in my blood!
Do you have any writing rituals?
The only ritual I have is acting on inspiration. It can come when I’m bike riding, walking, meditating, falling asleep, or upon waking. If I need to write on a schedule, I get quiet and let my mind lead me down the right path.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that I could actually do it! I learned I could trust my instincts and write a successful book that attracts readers and does indeed help others.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Probably not. I needed the experiences I had to further my motivation and to bring me to where I am today.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
Most of the time I read self-help books by authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Jerry and Esther Hicks, Dr. David Hawkins, Carlos Castaneda, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen, to name a few. For fun, I enjoy reading light fiction or stories about animals. I seem to have a hunger for learning and living life the best way I can.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I currently have only fleeting thoughts about a next book, but the possibility is always there to lock onto a subject and run with it.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Trust yourself and follow your heart. I know that sounds cliché-ish, however it’s important to let your feelings flow so that you can create from your soul. I found the self-publishing route to be quite rewarding, since you can also opt into marketing programs that will help put your name and your book out there. If you can get into a team publishing project, that can also boost your readership.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
My book is written for people who feel that there is more to life than what they are living now and want to learn how to get there! Basically, it’s for those who want to go from “no, I can’t” to “yes, I can.”
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My book can be purchased at Authorhouse.com, Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com, and from my website at www.giantstridescoaching.com. Follow me on Facebook at giantstridescoaching and Twitter at rosannemasone.