Please find the interview with Ann Gadd below, author of Sex and the Enneagram.
What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Ann Gadd and I live in Cape Town, South Africa.
What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Sex and the Enneagram – A Guide to the Passionate Relationships for the Nine Personality Types. Genres: Sacred Sexuality/ Self-help. Psychology.
What is the book about?
The book examines the Nine Enneagram Personality Types and how they engage in intimate relationships in their healthiest emotional states and less so. Most importantly, it guides readers as to how to become more sexually present, as well as questions to journal. Also included is how to identify Types from dating adverts, what happens in divorce, what each Type brings to a relationship and why you’d be attracted to each Type amongst other topics.
Where did you come up with the idea?
How we engage sexually mirrors much of how we engage with life. Understanding what blocks our full sexual expression, helps understand what is blocking us from the full enjoyment of life. Sex is such a powerful influence – where we can experience the greatest joy and the biggest trauma. I felt that it would make for a powerful book if I combined what I know about the Enneagram Types and merged that with sex. The growth that comes with “getting” ourselves at a deep level could potentially be enhanced by examining our sexuality. I’d had the idea for a while, but was busy with The Enneagram of Eating, once that book was off to print, I started on Sex and the Enneagrams almost straight away.
How long did it take you to write it?
I had the idea many years ago, so started observing, researching and reading in preparation. My big stumbling block was the thought “Who am I to tackle something so profound?” It nearly stopped me, but I persevered. Once I started actually writing, it took just over a year to complete.
Did you learn anything from the project?
I believe we write about what we most need to learn. So yes, I learnt a huge amount about human sexuality and I must add, healed a few of my own wounds at the time. The book was initially about 30 000 words longer – way more than agreed with the publishers, so I had to tighten it up before handing it over to the editor who did the same. I really got involved in the subject and was constantly in awe of what I discovered.
Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? I love working with Nicola Rijsdijk (editor). She really questioned me over certain issues and having an interest in the Enneagrams herself, was a good sounding board. The cover I designed myself (I was a graphic designer for many years).
What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
For 20+ years I seldom read anything but non-fiction. Then I joined a bookclub and started reading fiction which I now enjoy. I’ve always been adverse to crime and sci-fi, but that being said, have just completed The Silent Patient, which I did enjoy. Don’t have a huge amount of free time to read because I’m into writing another book, but happy to help where I can.
What is your favorite book of all time and why? It’s hard to pin it down to a single book. For years I loved The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Both favourite authors of mine. More recently I’d hand the prize to Educated, The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing. All three had great stories to tell and captivating prose.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Two over-indulged cats (Enneagram Seven – always on the go and Type Eight – built of solid stuff and rules supreme) and a Type Nine retriever (merges with me and is very keen to please).
Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Kindle yes, and like it, no. I like books, the smell of the newly printed paper, the feel of them, turning pages… I know it’s not great for the planet, but my books are printed on certified sustainable sourced paper.
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