Today’s interview is with Marie Feather, author of PEACE.
1) What is your author’s name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Hello Vincent! Thank you for giving me the chance to get featured on your blog. I write under pen-name Marie Feather and currently live in Toronto, Canada. I am a student at the University of Toronto.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The title of my book is P.E.A.C.E. and it is a self-help book.
3) What is the book about?
This book would be useful to anyone who has gone/currently going through a rough time or just trying to find ways to achieve inner peace and gain confidence. It takes you on a journey from realizing that you have a problem to finding ways to heal yourself, learning how to love yourself and accept yourself for who you truly are, and finally towards setting brave goals without being afraid to follow your dreams no matter what. This book has 5 chapters and 50 quotes and each chapter is a step forward towards finding peace within yourself.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Inspiration came from many different directions. It came from movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, songs I’ve heard and people I’ve met, but most importantly it came from my own story. I started studying abroad, away from home, when I was 15. It was something that I felt I needed to do, and my parents supported me in this decision as they have throughout my whole life. They are the people who I can always count on and who always got my back no matter what.
When you study abroad you spend most of your time away from your family and this grown-up life teaches you lessons that you can never learn by staying in your comfort zone. I never thought how hard it could be for me and I made this decision anyway. I had depression for 4 years since the year I left home, some of it was the result of people I met during that time but mostly it was the loss of confidence, fear that I won’t manage studying and homesickness. 1 year ago, I realized that this is not something that has the right to continue and I locked myself at home for a month trying to figure out who I am, why am I hurting still and what can I do about it. My parents have supported me always but it was me who had to gain back belief in myself and love myself again in order to feel better. It worked when I realized the most important thing: never ever ignore your pain no matter how busy you are, face it instead, spend time dealing with it letting all your emotions out, then you will feel better. I ignored my feeling for far too long, tried to keep myself busy all the time instead, and that was the biggest mistake I’ve made. One-on-one time with my pain worked and I finally felt at peace. I overcame depression, got my old- (but better and stronger)-self back and wrote this book to help everyone out there to feel better, by sharing my thoughts and my story.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I’ve spent about two months writing it and another month editing it.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Of course, I did. As I said I used other sources of inspiration throughout the process as well as looked for quotes, that could fit within the topic of my project and communicate the message well. I found a lot of motivational speakers, psychologists, and writers who shared the same point of view that I had.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I do have an Instagram blog (https://www.instagram.com/marie__feat…), where I try to write inspirational/motivational posts whenever I get time, studying it can be challenging sometimes. I also use it as a platform to connect with readers and promote my book. My DM is always open to anyone who wants to talk especially if it’s someone who is struggling as I did not so long ago.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I worked and still am working with Pageturner, press, and media and so far, they have been more than helpful and supportive. They took my sketch for the cover to a whole new level and my literary agent is always there to support me with my book and marketing. One of the things they did was also getting my book featured in the magazine. The advertisement for it should soon be published in “Publishers Weekly” magazine.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love reading self-help/ psychology-related books, I also enjoy reading detective novels and my favorite author is Agatha Christie. Although I’m always in search of something new and always ready to explore new genres and authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
It’s always hard to distinguish one book from every other book you’ve ever read but I would say that simply because of how much this book impacted me and touched me as well as helped me to get out of depression – it’s “Inward” by Yung Pueblo.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I always wanted to have but never gotten an opportunity, maybe in the future.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I am old-fashioned when it comes to reading and I love paper more than anything else.
Thank you for the interview and for this opportunity.
My heart goes out to everyone who is struggling right now. I hope that my book helps you at least a little because if it does then one of my most important goals in life will be achieved which is using the pain I had to help others avoid it.
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