Author interview with Jessica Winkler by Marilyn R. Wilson
Please share a bit about your journey to become a published author?
My journey was a quick one. I manifested Julie into my life and from the day we met it was full on. I attended her week long writers retreat in Turks and Caicos where I started and completed my book. Before I met Julie I was working with a writer and struggling to get even the first chapter done. Julie informed me I did NOT need a writer and that I could do it on my own. She gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed to write the entire thing and publish it within a month. I ended up selling 75 copies in 1.5 weeks!
How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ?
The writers retreat was the best thing for me. It forced me to sit every day and just get it done. I really enjoyed having the other women around me also writing their books. The energy in the house and having Julie there for support is why I was able to finish it in 10 days.
What did you find most difficult about the writing and publishing process? What was the easiest?
The process of writing my book was grueling. I struggled having to look back on my life and dig up such terrible feelings that I so cleverly hid all my life. At some parts I actually had to have Julie type for me because I just couldn’t bare it all. VERY emotional times.
Writing a book has been the most life changing experience. After receiving the first few reviews of my book I felt a calm peacefulness that I’ve never experienced in my life. The anxiety I carried around in my life is gone. Writing this book has given me the healing I’ve so long needed.
What would you like readers to know about you?
My life has been a roller coaster ride of living my life to the fullest. I’ve done pretty much everything my heart has desired and that has lead me into some very interesting situations. Ultimately it has lead me to live in the most amazing place I’ve ever seen, Turks and Caicos Islands. I spent ten years traveling the world as a professional kite-surfer and now my book is allowing me to help people recover from trauma.
What title (or titles) have you released?
I just finished my first book. It is called Confessions of a Warrior: Embracing
Vulnerability. My book is about overcoming trauma using tools I’ve developed that lead me
to be balanced and successful as well as Lojong mind training techniques.
Do you have any new books in the planning or writing stage?
Yes I’ve started writing a fun one about my travel experiences. I’m about half way through the fourth chapter.
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