The Book I Was Meant To Write – Danielle Rondeau author interview

by Marilyn R. Wilson

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What would you like readers to know about you?

I am a multi-passionate explorer; a published author, speaker, lawyer, coach and poet. After hitting a breaking point as a stressed-out lawyer, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery, recovering from an eating disorder, training as a life coach, and rekindling my passion for writing. I have published a memoir called I Am Enough: One Lawyer’s Epic Journey To Fill The Void and a book of poems called Remembering Wholeness: Poems On Being Human In All The Ways That We Are.

I also host workshops and retreats dedicated to helping others to re-write their life story to the one their soul is aching to tell. I speak with passion and vulnerability on a wide range of topics including, overcoming addictions, reducing stress, cultivating self-acceptance and inner peace, living your soul’s story, and creating a more beautiful world. I practice law at Killam Cordell in Vancouver.

Please share a bit about your journey to become a published author?

I first decided I wanted to write a book when I was 12 years old. I began writing one then, but life became busy with all the normal things – school, boys, parties, university, travelling – and the dream got buried for a number of years. When I was six months in to my first year as a fully fledged lawyer a number of events a came to a head leading me to a moment where my soul woke up. I remembered my dream. Within a month I had started a blog. By the end of my first year of writing and nearly 100 blog posts later I knew I would write a book. Next thing I knew I was introduced to Julie and signed up for her live workshop. By the end of the weekend I had a vision and a plan sketched out for a self-help book for stressed-out lawyers, a publisher and a team to support me. I immediately dove in.

Writing was easy at first, but as I was still on a journey of personal transformation, as more true versions of myself emerged, what I had written no longer resonated as what I wanted to share with the world. About six months in I was frustrated and set the writing down. Some more months passed, and with encouragement from Julie and others in my life I picked the book back up, re-writing it from my deeper truth. A few months later the same things happened again. A truer version of me emerged and the words I’d written were no longer the ones I wanted to share. I put it down. The third time I dove in was two years after I had done the workshop with Julie. This time I was determined to get it all out and send it to my editor before I could change my mind about what I wanted to say.

A month of intense disciplined writing followed, and I did it! I sent my first full draft to my editor. She sent it back with her comments a few weeks later, but as my journey would have it, I received her feedback just as I was entering one of the most deeply transformational few months of my life. I couldn’t even look at her edits. I shut down completely for a few months. When I emerged I knew without a doubt that the book I had written was not the book I was meant to write. The message I received was, “You are not meant to tell people how, you are meant to tell your story.” The relief and internal peace I experienced was profound. Fortunate for me Julie was gracious and understanding, and allowed me to change the genre of my book from self-help to memoir.

From that moment I had no more doubts that this was the book I was meant to write. The words flowed effortlessly, and I received a deep sense of satisfaction and peace as my story took shape on the page. It was an act of to my purpose. There were moments of ecstasy where experienced deep connection to something divine. Once a rough draft was complete, Julie’s team helped to guide me through the editing and publishing process, and to make sure my fears of being seen did not get stop me from birthing the book into the world.

Publishing the book required me to grow into the woman who could stand in the world without judgment or shame in her own story. This is something I will forever be grateful for.

How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ?

When I am in the content generating stage I find it does not work to force it. Therefore in generating a rough draft I usually work madly when inspiration hits. This may involve some discipline, however, such as setting aside large chunks of time every day and making space in my life for the words to flow through me.

When it comes to editing, I sometime take a more regimented approach, but even then I find that if the energy is not aligned, it is better to let it go and come back another time. Listening deeply to my own truth for when there are words in me that are ready to emerge and then putting the structure in place to allow them space to be born – for me, this is the magic.

What did you find most difficult about the writing and publishing process? What was the easiest?

The most difficult part of the writing process was coming to accept over and over that the ideas my mind had about what I wanted to write and had written were wrong. Learning to let go of something I had created over the course of many, many hours, and to trust in a deeper wisdom that was telling me to create space for something more true and beautiful to come out was at first very challenging.

The easiest, most effortless, part was the period of time after I would listen to that wisdom and create space for something more true to emerge. The magic of that co-creation was worth it every time –  feeling like I am a vessel for something that is partly me, partly divine; the ease with which the words come when I am in alignment; and experiencing the blissful full body resonance of their arrival. It is like being in head-over-heels love. Time passes in this flow space and I do not notice. I am fully present. There is nothing sweeter.

What title (or titles) have you released? Please include a short synopsis of what your book is (or books are) about.

I Am Enough: One Lawyer’s Epic Journey to Fill the Void:A memoir of self-discovery. Told with grace and vulnerability, animated with intelligence and humour, this dramatic heart-wrenching tale follows the tumultuous inner world of a stressed-out professional as she embarks on a three-year-quest to find meaning—exploring countless careers, relationships, life paths and belief systems, and finally taking back her life, and ultimately, herself.

Remembering Wholeness: Poems on Being Human in all the Ways We Are. A collection of over 180 poems exploring the depths of human emotions and character traits, the workings of fear and confusion, the power of passion and love, deep spiritual connection, the magic of creation, and simple daily life. They are raw, heart-wrenching expressions of what it means to be human in all the ways that we are.

Do you have any new books in the planning or writing stage?

I am currently writing a philosophical, poetic self-help book, tentatively called Re-Write Your Life. I also have an idea for a dystopian /utopian novel in the early planning stages.

What do you hope readers take away from your books?

I hope my writings offer solidarity and a safe space – a sense of “its okay to be human” and “its okay to be exactly who you are in this moment”. I hope that readers will be inspired by my journey and find they have the courage within themselves to embark on a self-discovery journey of their own. I want nothing more than for others to discover the beautiful possibility of living life from their own truth, and to experience the peace and freedom that comes with choosing the path of their soul.

Links –

Website – www.daniellerondeau.com
Blog – www.daniellerondeau.com/blog
Facebook – www.facebook.com/dldrondeau/
Instagram – @rondeaudanielle
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-rondeau-57184a47/
Twitter – @rondeaudanielle