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Kindle Author Interview: Dana Taylor

Dana Taylor, author of Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation & Me, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation & Me?

DANA TAYLOR: This book started out as book on healing modalities to pass onto my daughters and somehow turned into a spiritual memoir. In a lifetime search for health and happiness, I’ve had some interesting experiences and traveled some unconventional roads. I’m fascinated by the new meeting of science and spirituality. The first drafts of the books dealt with a lot of healing concepts with small personal anecdotes. The early readers were ho-hum on the concepts and more interested in my journey. So, the book morphed into my story with the ideas tucked inside.

Here is a review that I think captures the book well:
Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation & Me by Dana Taylor

Like her mentor Agnes Sanford, Dana Taylor’s spiritual memoir Ever-Flowing Streams is breaking through twenty-first century conventions. Dana Taylor’s healing journey blends New Age healing modalities like Reiki, vibrational healing and past life therapy with her Christian faith. Ever-Flowing Streams reveals how to tap into limitless healing energy streams flowing from the Universal Energy Field that’s available to everyone.

I found inspiring insights and practical how-to’s that help heal the mind, body and spirit. Ever-Flowing Streams includes step-by-step prayer and energy healing guides such as "Heal Thyself”, “Energy Work”, “Feel the Stream”, “Energy Exercise”, “Forgiveness Meditation” and “Distance Healing Meditation”. Ever Flowing Streams is dedicated to helping others discover their innate healing abilities”.

—Elaine Gavalas, Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Yoga Therapist and Weight Management Specialist. Author of Yogi in the Kitchen, The Yoga Minibook for Weight Loss, The Yoga Minibook for Longevity, The Yoga Minibook for Energy and Strength, and The Yoga Minibook for Stress Relief
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

DANA TAYLOR: I hope that mainstream America will give it a chance. I’m a middle class person, a wife, mother, grandmother. I have a college education, but not a string of Ph.D’s behind my name. There are many people coming from traditional Judeo/Christian backgrounds that are dealing with health and emotional issues that will find my book encouraging. A lot of people have felt boxed in by traditional thinking and are afraid of breaking the box. Ever-Flowing Streams doesn’t break the box, but it expands the barriers.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

DANA TAYLOR: Writing has always been a steady drum beat in my life. When I was about eighteen, I heard my mother telling relatives, “Dana’s going to write a book someday, and you’re all going to be in it.” That was news to me. At that time I was a theater major. But, mothers know these things. In college, I wrote show scripts. As a new mother I wrote an article that sold to The Ladies Home Journal. I journaled and tried to write novels. At twenty-eight I “heard” a voice tell me, "You need more life experience to write. You’ll write later." So, I lived and scribbled. In the 1990s I joined the OK City Chorus of Sweet Adelines and for seven years I was the show writer/producer. That was great fun. Then, in 2001, after working five years as my husband’s secretary in his law practice, I was a mess from the stress. Thankfully, he fired me. Suddenly, I had time. My daughters were teenagers. The house was quiet. I sat down at the computer one day and heard—"Now." I began the first scene of Ain’t Love Grand?, which was a healing, joyful experience. It was picked up by the first publisher I sent it to and won the Golden Quill Best First Book Award. I joined the RWA and learned a lot about writing through that association and wrote several more novels. But my life was taking other turns and I think my writing in the future will be used in ways I don’t really know at the moment.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

DANA TAYLOR: The inspirations bubble up from the oozing tar pits of the creative conscious between 4am-6am. Later, between 9am-3pm, I hunker down in front of the computer and try to find words for the mind pictures.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

DANA TAYLOR: I love writers who can turn a phrase in unexpected ways. Stephen King in The Dead Zone was a revelation. Lately, I’ve discovered Edward C. Patterson through the Indie Authors, who is an amazing writer. One of my favorite books is Peace Like A River by Leif Enger for its storytelling and spirituality. I’ve enjoyed the whimsical books of Sarah Addison Allen. I love stories that break out of the third dimension.

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

DANA TAYLOR: The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Neffenegger.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

DANA TAYLOR: This is a new release. I’ve got the usual Twitter, FB, Author’s Den, Constant Contact avenues in place. This book does present a real challenge in marketing because it doesn’t fit into any proven genre. I’m hoping for a lot of WOM—word-of-mouth.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

DANA TAYLOR: It’s where the readers are. Authors can go directly to the audience without any middle men. Amazon has made it fast, easy and affordable. The Internet allows me to market all over the world from my den. I have my books on other outlets, but Kindle is where the action is.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

DANA TAYLOR: Don’t rush to publish. Have your book edited by at least eight different people.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dana Taylor writes stories with a mystical touch. Her work as an energy healer influences her tales of flawed humans seeking spiritual and emotional healing. Born and raised in California, she graduated from the University of Redlands. She has been published in various magazines, including the Ladies Home Journal. She hosted the Internet radio program Definitely Dana! at HealthyLife.net. and won various contests with the Romance Writers of America, including Best First Book from the Desert Quill Awards. Her published works include Ain't Love Grand, Shiny Green Shoes, and Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance. Her latest release is a spiritual memoir entitled Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki & Me. She is a founding member of the on-line community SupernalFriends.com and can be reached at supernalfriends@yahoo.com.

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