Today’s interview is with Stormie G. Steele Ph. D., author of the self-help and spirituality series Life Through The Storm.
I posed some questions to Stormie so that we could learn more about her and her books. Here is what she had to share:
DM: What are the titles and genre of the books you want to tell us about?
SS: The title of my book series is Life Through The Storm ~The Healing Journey and The Journey of Forgiveness, both are in the self-help, and spirituality genre.I will mostly speak about The Healing Journey.
DM: Can you summarize your book in one short sentence?
SS: Life Through The Storm ~The Healing Journey challenges the seeker to modify old beliefs and adapt to new found revelations that encourage the development of mind, body & soul integration – Divine entitlement!
DM: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
SS: My intended audience are those who are being challenged with the impact of abuse (any form), and how such impact misinforms personal identity and potential for living. Life Through The Storm ~The Healing Journey is a practical guide for inner healing. It was not written for one’s personal entertainment, but as a gift of counsel, for the reader, to put into practice not only as a template for healing, but also as a part of daily living – for life.
DM: How did you come up with the title?
SS: The title of my series was derived from a portion of my life’s experiences. The unexpected personal storms have truly caused a constant flow of life, thus – Life Through The Storm was born.
DM: Tell me about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
SS: The cover art of my book was initially designed by myself and a professional using images from my sister (professional photographer). The concept, that of renewal being birthed out of turmoil seemed to work. However, I later re-worked the cover using some of the same images, along with tools from CreateSpace.
DM: What are your biggest writing influences?
SS: Thomas Merton is absolutely one of my biggest writing influences. His writings, especially New Seeds of Contemplation inspired this private soul to open and share needed insights with others. Additionally, I admire and respect Cecil Murphey – our stories are similar. Cecil shares his personal challenges (courageously) as an incest survivor. Also, Murphey’s Unleash The Writer Within, The Essential Writer’s Companion resonated with me.
DM: How do you hope to connect with the reader of your book and why?
SS: I want the reader to exercise the principals that aids in inner-healing. Why? Because they too become bearers of the fruit, and vessels of light for healing.
DM: If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?
SS: I am yet pondering that question.
DM: Can you give us a fun fact or a few about your book or series?
SS: A couple of fun facts about Life Through The Storm series, each presents a 21 day challenge/adventure towards personal empowerment. Additionally, the reader, the potential doer of the work, gets an opportunity to see themselves unfold in increments of healing that can literally redefine their lives. To me, that speaks volumes.
DM: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
SS: Although there are numerous authors – Thomas Moore, Gary Zukov, Gary Chapman, etc, who write about, or touch on healing/forgiveness – I’ve not personally read other books similar to mine.
DM: Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
SS: My talents/hobbies include being a vocalist, Djembeist, drum circle facilitator, voice-over talent, and artist/photographer.
DM: What can we expect from you in the future?
SS: I am currently working on my 3rd in the series, really excited about this one, my husband (also a writer) will add an extra touch.
DM: What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
SS: To help make Life Through The Storm series successful, readers can continue their personal healing journey, as well as, encourage family, friends, etc, especially whose experiences are similar…that healing is possible.
DM: Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?
SS: My advice for writers who wish to publish: Accept your personal experiences as a map that can lead to wonderful disclosures, trust what you have to offer. Never compare your works to others. While it can be quite useful acknowledging the advice and knowledge from established authors, it is essential to trust your own voice/rhythm for success. Lastly, take the time to write, and re-write as often as needed – yet, without judgement. Know the difference between critiquing and judging.
DM: Can you give us an excerpt from your book to intrigue and tantalize us?
SS: Here’s an excerpt from ~Life Through The Storm ~The Healing Journey :
“The practice of forgiveness is a ritual of healthy monitoring, that of emotional, mental and spiritual influences. It is making sure that debris – via thoughts, daily living, memory, beliefs and perceptions are in alignment with insightful principals and conscious living.
Anyone of us who can attest to living a life of balance and well-being – do so with an allegiance to healthy monitoring…it is a practice. The nuances, idiosyncrasies or minor offenses from others become almost invisible when the practice of forgiveness becomes the norm.” ~Stormie Steele
About Stormie G. Steele
Stormie G. Steele is the founder of Life Through The Storm, a ministry encouraging spiritual & personal development into more than 100 countries around the world. She holds a doctorate in holistic life counseling, and recognizes The Holy Spirit as The Supreme Voice of Counsel. Stormie enjoys facilitating drum circles, and teaching. Her professional career is a tapestry of music, art, television & radio.
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How to Find Stormie’s Wonderful Books:
Life Through The Storm Book Series