September 25, 2017

Blog Hop About Writing! Q&A About Writing Plus Links to Other Writers

Charlie Nox at  http://charlienox.com/2012/11/08/blog-hop-qa-about-writing-plus-links-to-other-writers/ invited me to participate in a Blog Hop designed to introduce new authors to new readers. If you’ve come here from the link posted on Charlie’s blog, wel­come! If you’re a reg­u­lar reader of mine or came upon my blog by chance, I’m about to talk about my upcoming projects and then link you to some other writers.

Thanksgiving is this week and my life is overflowing with gratitude and abundance.  The feast we’ll share with dear friends is a symbol of this ~ we will be 22 peeps plus many four-legged family members, around a bountiful table filled with great food and wines, stimulating conversation and a big expression of love and gratitude. This is my idea of heaven, and now that I have a cool new house with a dining room big enough to accommodate my big dining table, I’ll be having lots of dinner and conversation gatherings. With so much electronic input these days, it’s a real treat to sit with friends and share a great meal and conversation.

And now for the questions!

What is the work­ing title of your next book?

My first book is called Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. I’m now playing around with the cover, title and some of the contents to refine it. This one popped out so fast that it seemed more important to birth it than make it perfect.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I just spend a year in Tennessee after pulling myself out of every aspect of my world to take a leap of faith into love with my sweetheart. In the absence of any distractions, I turned that time into a sabbatical and the book came to me. This followed a friend’s suggestion that my work seemed to be helping women on the cancer journey to heal and deal with matters related to femininity, intimacy, libido, sexuality and relationships. I’ve been on the cancer journey myself for 23+ years and am a sex educator, and I realized that there aren’t a lot of good resources to help with this intersection. Until me!

What genre does your book fall under?

Probably a few ~ intimacy and sexuality; cancer and health and wellness; and relationships.

Which actors would you choose to play your char­ac­ters in a movie ren­di­tion?

Well, well, well. This isn’t really a story, although it does have parts of me in it along with stories of other women. I’d choose some women with cancer who are interested in helping bring this message to the world, along with some of their partners. Auditions would be great fun!

What is the one-sentence syn­op­sis of your book?

This book will help you to know that you are beautiful, desirable and sexy and that you can have a fantastic intimate and sexual life after a cancer diagnosis.

Will your book be self-published or rep­re­sented by an agency?

Self-published, and I’m now researching for a new fulfillment house. Let me know if you can recommend a good one!

Will your book be self-published or rep­re­sented by an agency?

There really aren’t any ~ that’s why I wrote this one. There are a few that touch some of the topics:

Women, Cancer, Sex by Anne Katz

Intimacy After Cancer ~ A Woman’s Guide by Dr. Sally Kydd and Dana Rowett

Intimacy After Breast Cancer ~ Dealing with your Body, Relationships and Sex by Gina M. Maisano

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

There’s a story here… my own 20+ year journey with breast cancer and how it decimated my sense of beauty and desirability was the beginning. Been working on this for a long time and what great research I’ve had to do to learn about what it takes to know I’m sexy, gorgeous and HOT. Then about 2 years ago a very dear friend received a second breast cancer diagnosis. I felt compelled to go with her to all her medical appointments ~ there were a lot because it’s more complicated with a second diagnosis. I saw with her, took notes, asked questions, helped her sort it all out and make decisions. We also made a plaster cast of her breasts, did lots of energy work, meditation and talked a lot about having cancer and being single. As I was driving her to surgery, she turned to me, put her hand on my shoulder and said, “I think this is your work….helping women on this journey.” The light bulb lit up and there it was ~ the work I’m meant to do. The book came soon after that.

It’s all about the inner work that builds a strong foundation for a great intimate and sexual life, and lots of tools for happy and healthy sex after a cancer diagnosis. Even though the focus is on breast cancer, this book is applicable for anyone on the cancer journey who has experienced challenges with their sexuality.

Here are some writ­ers whose work you can check out next:

Wendy Strgar, Good Clean Love  http://daily.goodcleanlove.com/making-love-sustainable/2012/

Charlie Glickman, Good Vibrations:  http://www.charlieglickman.com/blog/

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