Shifting Your Mindset is a process that will not only help you face those battles from your past but will help you heal the emotional scars attached so that your future won’t be held captive by them.
Sylvia: Welcome Shawnee. Please give our readers an introduction of yourself and a little about your book.
Shawnee: Hi Sylvia, I’m Shawnee Palmer. I’m a mother, a therapist, and an author. I have a mental health private practice that I’ve owned for 3 years and worked full-time in for 2 years. I love working with people who have depression, anxiety, and unresolved grief or trauma issues. I believe in holistic wellness approaches that help my clientele improve their quality of life.
Sylvia: Wow, what an interesting profession. What inspired you to write your first book?
Shawnee: While on my own healing journey, I was able to document what worked and didn’t work. I felt that the things that helped me would be of value to others. So me gathering data about myself and the population of people I worked with helped me to realize that writing a book will impact more people on a macro level than the 1:1 services that I offer.
Sylvia: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Shawnee: Yes, I feel that most people are their own enemies and I want people to see how they don’t have to be against themselves due to the trials and tribulations they’ve experienced throughout their lifetime. I want them to feel that they can shift into a healthy and more controlled way of living through making changes on their mindset.
Sylvia: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Shawnee: The hardest part was giving examples of my experiences and feeling exposed. I’m a very private person and many who meet me wouldn’t think I’ve battled with half of the things I have due to how I present myself. So for me to speak my truth, that’s a major feeling of having a peace of mind and freedom, which I had been striving for, for such a long time.
Sylvia: How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Author: I started off writing the book for teens and things weren’t going as planned with the feedback I was getting from it. I made a few changes to my writing style, then decided to jump into this book. I knew that people needed quick and direct guidance on their healing journeys and I wanted to provide them with a great starter through my book.
Sylvia: How do you combat writer’s block?
Shawnee: It took me two years to write this book because I was inexperienced and doubted myself a lot. I found that being intentional and setting aside time to just write whatever comes to my mind helps the most. If I do not give myself a time frame and don’t rush myself, I tend to perform better. I also read books myself routinely to stay inspired.
Sylvia: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Shawnee: No matter what your ideas are, start putting them on paper so that you’re not holding onto ideas and dismissing them. Eventually, the ideas will pile up and feeling too overwhelming. Write them down and set them to the side if necessary. They may not work for your present book however it may be a good idea for a future book.
Sylvia: What marketing techniques have you used to sell your books and which ones have been most successful?
Shawnee: I’ve been on podcasts, doing live interviews, and building a relationship with people prior to releasing the book. The most successful tool has been the free content that I routinely market to others.
Sylvia: Why should we buy your book?
Shawnee: You should purchase my book because I’m called to help others on their life journey, to remove old obstacles that prevent them from moving forward in life. I’m here to help others recognize themselves for who they truly are not who they’ve been taught to be.
Sylvia: Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
Shawnee: I like to write in my bed. I write late at night because that’s when my thoughts are more clear and I’m able to be my best creative self.
Sylvia: What projects are you currently working on?
Shawnee: I am working on creating some courses so that I can work with those who need more guidance outside of reading the book.
Sylvia: What is your POWER WORD? Why this word?
Shawnee: My power word is EMBRACE. Embrace every single aspect of who you are today so that you are able to prepare yourself for tomorrow. Your future self needs you to accept your current self in order to make progress towards your life goals.
Sylvia: thank you!
Shawnee: This was great, thanks alot!