Interview with Michelle Zarrin, author of From My Heart to Yours: Based on a True Story

Publisher: Balboa Press

Publish Date: February 15, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Sofia, a young woman from a sheltered upbringing, is in for an unexpected ride when she marries Earl. As their stable union twists unnervingly through health issues, betrayal and shattered hearts, Sofia sheds layers of naivete, deepening her perspective of life. Beautiful life lessons learned from preschool children may heal her scars; but can they help her to endure the greatest tragedy of all? This story offers a powerful and inspiring journey into the soul.

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. "-Anonymous

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

“From My Heart to Yours: Based on a True Story” is inspired by my own life. All the incidents in the book are what I have gone through in real life. However, in order to protect my ex-husband’s privacy, I turned the part of the book he is in fiction. The chapters after the divorce are a real-life reflection.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

While I was writing the book, everyone asked me if it was a cathartic healing experience. My reply always was that I had already healed from everything, hence why I was able to write a story about it.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

Initially I wrote the book to share all of the beautiful life lessons I have learned. And in the process, I learned that the formation of letters, words, sentences and paragraphs are an expression of my soul. My creative outlet in this lifetime is writing. I find power behind words. I find courage underlying sharing a story. And I know that each person in this world has a story to share, an inspiration to enlighten upon others.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

I do not find writing difficult. If I find myself staring at my screen for too long, I just start typing what is coming to my mind at that moment to begin the process, and then I go back and fine-tune what I wrote.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

The track “Adagio” in Songs From a Secret Garden is what I listen to while writing. Sometimes I put the song on repeat and allow it to play over and over and over again. I believe music is the universal language of the soul, conjuring emotions and memories.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Quirk as in a peculiar habit or ritual, I do not have any. But while writing the book, I would go to a resort in Laguna Beach, near my home in California, and set up a mini office in their lobby. It overlooks the ocean and the occasional slight breeze that would make its way into sitting area filled me with fresh inspiration :-)

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

At this time, I have been writing blogs. It has been the natural next step in my writing to share my perspective on life and spirituality.

Q. What are you currently reading?

“How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist” by Andrew Newburg M.D and Mark Robert Waldman. I was curious to know what they had to say.

Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

As far as writing style, the first author that comes to mind is Arthur Golden who wrote “Memoirs of a Geisha.” I was so intrigued by the poetic collection of words to describe a scene or thought.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I believe each year traveling to one place that I have not been to before. This year, I am planning a solo getaway to the Grand Canyon. I would prefer to go alone because while there, I want to hear what Mother Nature has to say to me.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

Except for Hailey, Idaho, I lived in each of the cities that I have written about in my book. I am currently a resident of Orange County, CA and had also lived in Paris, New York City and Tehran.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Each morning after my meditation, I pray. And I include the readers of my book and my blog in my prayers. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for taking an interest in my writing and in my perspective, and I pray for your peace and happiness.

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