What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
Meditate in TWO Minutes for the Lazy, Crazy and Time Deficient – A Guide to Inner Quite in a Much Too Busy Life
This is the ultimate way to learn to meditate and overcome those excuses of not having enough time. Sheevaun Moran shares many TWO minute meditations for every type of situation.
The myth of meditation is completely destroyed in this book and you really gain an appreciation from someone who has been there through stress and intense living.
There are even techniques to help deal with insomnia and issues while driving.
Tell us something about yourself.
I came about writing reluctantly. I was very shy and yet very curious. I started programming computers when I was 14 and that worked for my shyness. When I realized that I needed to be out in the world rather than in a closed room I ventured into sales and marketing. That’s when I was forced to write. First I wrote technical pamphlets and then the marketing materials. It wasn’t until I helped a friend edit a screenplay they had written that I realized that maybe writing was something I would like to do. So I wrote an article about the waste of electricity and sent it off to the LA Times and it was published immediately. That’s when I started to write more.
This book was written a while ago and I had to rewrite it before its current release because I gave it to someone to edit and none of it sounded like me.
What inspired you to write this book?
My own frustrations at gaining inner quiet and peace and the steps I take and have taught others. When I started seeing people make huge shifts in their jobs and careers just from these simple tips I decided the techniques needed to be shared.
How did you choose the title?
That was a long process and it evolved many times. I wanted to share the essence of the simplicity and hoped to convey the deeper meaning of what could be achieved.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
At first I hired a ghost writer and she couldn’t capture the essence of the simplicity of the techniques. Then I re-wrote it and my significant other at the time read it and asked if he could make some notes on the manuscript. He essentially made adjustments to every other line I’d written.
That’s when I put the book aside and early in 2010 decided to revisit the book and rewrote it within a month.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
After my first article was accepted by the LA Times I started writing weekly for several papers and found that it was very rewarding.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really. If I’m intrigued, inspired or just cannot seem to let go of an idea that’s when I write. It’s as if it has to be expressed or the idea will continue to tap on my shoulder until I write about it.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
It’s a guidebook and so there are no characters. With the exception of students sharing their experiences and my own voice.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that I really like the idea of bringing a complex set of instructions and ideas into a very concise and simplified manner. I learned that my dry sense of humor doesn’t always translate onto the page.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would not allow someone to try to convey my voice. I would also learn to edit sooner.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are those who tell stories and have an uplifting or deeper and often spiritual message. Authors such as Paulo Coelho.
I love Rumi and books from the early 19th and 20th century about the business tycoons who learned deeper principles and applied them to the building of industry.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes. It’s story based about how to get out from under negative psychic energies and another one on Divinity.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Have more faith in yourself that you can and are good enough for your ideas to be shared. Also, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says because it’s really all about what you are putting onto paper.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The ideal reader is:
– someone who is overwhelmed and wants some internal peace and quite
– a busy mom that cannot see beyond the few minutes in her day
– the crazed at work because they keep piling more on and it feels like they are going to break
– wants instant gratification for quiet
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?