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Interview with Elisabeth Seaman, co-author of Conflict-The Unexpected Gift: Making the Most of Disputes in Life and Work


Today’s interview is with Elisabeth Seaman, co-author of Conflict – The Unexpected Gift: Making the most of disputes in life and work.

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Vincent Lowry



1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Elisabeth Seaman – I am the co-author together with Jack Hamilton. We live in beautiful northern California.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Conflict – The Unexpected Gift: Making the most of disputes in life and work – the genre is self help
3) What is the book about?
It suggests practical ways to honestly address, talk through and benefit from resolving conflicts between individuals.The book stresses the importance of knowing yourself, clarifying and letting go of unfounded assumptions, apologizing to heal old hurts and moving forward by not only repairing relationships but also often improving them. Every chapter has real-life accounts of people’s unresolved issues and the creative ways they resolved them. There are also suggested activities for readers to practice what they are learning.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
From our mediation practice we learned that, even when people resolved their issues through mediation, they had no idea how this occurred. That led to workshops and trainings to help people learn for themselves how to resolve conflicts that arose in their lives. From that came the book, to reach a wider audience.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The first edition (2013) took about four years from inception to publication.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned that writing this book and the subsequent editions of it was a difficult, time-consuming and exciting process! I also learned that four authors can work harmoniously with each other when they have the same goal in mind. Also, we were all mediators!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
You will see our website and blog at ConflictResolution-theBook.com We have no book video but on the website you’ll see some videos of interviews.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
As our first edition was created by four of us, we hired an excellent editor who blended everything smoothly without losing the flavor or tenor of the book. The artist who created our cover did an excellent job for us. We had seen and been impressed by his work in The Christian Science Monitor. We were also able to get some excellent reviews and testimonials from our readers.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like to read historical biographies and historical fiction as well as essays, short stories and some poetry.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. His writing touches my heart and it is so lucid that I can clearly feel and picture his characters and their situations. If I can be fascinated by reading how the old car was being repaired, that is amazing to me.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I had the most loving, wonderful cat that unfortunately passed on earlier this year. I still miss him.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have an iPad, but I prefer to read books in print form. The iPad is great for reading books and periodicals when I travel.
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