What a joy that one of my stars on WordPress, Erika Kind has accepted to be our Guest of the Week! Erika is a great writer whom I adore. She has a heart of honey. Her smile says it all. She has written books, promoted them, granted interviews, across continents; and is making a great impact worldwide. She is also an amazing blogger. Meeting this sweet loving woman is one of the blessings I have had on WordPress. When, despite her tight schedule she accepted to be interviewed on Success Inspirer, she made my day. This interview will, without doubt, be a very enriching experience for you.
You are welcome to Success Inspirer.
Thank you for your kind invitation to this interview, Romanus. I feel honored to be considered as your guest here.
Thank you. Please, kindly introduce yourself so that we may know you better.
I am living in the Principality of Liechtenstein (located between Austria and Switzerland) but I am Austrian, born in Vienna. I am a mother of 2 teenage boys (13 and 16) and one grown up girl (20), who has just moved out. I am caring about my family, a house, a big garden, two guinea pigs, and a tortoise. I am running a practice for Aromatherapie and Self-Development, where I offer massages and products with essential oils, Spiritual Healing, Matrix Transformation, One-to-One sessions, and recently Emmett-Therapy for long-lasting pain relief and muscle relaxation within only instants. Also I am the author of 4 books. Another book is already written (in German). But I am considering translating and publishing it first in English. I give workshops, seminars, and lectures regarding connecting with the power and beauty we really are to let go of limiting thoughts of fear in order to expand ourselves into this world and live a life according to this authentic Self. I am a professional singer and also produce my own songs, which are found on my blog at http://www.erikakind.wordpress.com where you will also find information about my books.
What do you like about the job you do?
To make others see their wonderful light everybody carries within.
What don’t you like about the job you do?
I love what I do and I do what I love! Actually there is nothing I do not like.
How did you become a writer?
My life was ruled by fears and the effort to impress others with my achievements in order to find respect and love. It never worked out but I was worn out. I was scared of being criticized, of being questioned. So I was hiding the voice within which seemed not to fit into this world. But this flame inside never extinguished. One day I realized that something in my life had to change and that I had to make the decision either to break down or to break out. I waited far too long that others changed for my benefit which of course never work. I changed my thoughts, my attitude, and my life started to transform. I became courageous and spoke up or simply accepted people the way they were, stopped taking things personally, and turned towards what I wanted from my life, towards my dreams. There came that moment when all of a sudden all these insights merged into one and like in an explosion I realized that I never needed to fear anyone or anything.
No one can ever limit me or scare me unless I let them. But in the end it is only me who limits myself. So it is also only me who can be unlimited! That insight was so profound in that moment, so mind blowing, so exhilarating that I wanted to share this with as many people as possible.I wanted everybody to feel this feeling of liberation and true freedom like I felt at that very moment. Everybody is beautiful in their unique ways. And everybody has something precious to give which only they can give. That was the moment when I started writing “I’m Free”.
How many books have you published so far?
I have published 4 books: One poem book “Wie das Lebenschreibt…” with German and English poems in 2010, “I’m Free” in German in 2012, “I’m Free” in English as an extended and modified version of the German one, and “Enjoy Life!” again a poem book with 24 English poems available only as an e-book on amazon.com
Which is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book still is “Your Sacred Self” by the legendary Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. This book put all the little puzzle pieces together which made me see a bigger picture and understand so many contexts. That again motivated me to provoke the changes in my life.
What are you talking about?
In my books, lectures, seminars, and posts I am talking about who we really are, about the reason we come here, and our purpose. Once we get an idea of this all (although this is only the tip of the iceberg) we automatically change our perception. We need to feel who we are in order to find our place in this world. We need to feel who we are in order to make use of this immense creative potential and power we all are blessed with.
What are the common themes that you treat in your books?
It is about becoming aware of who we are, unveiling the illusion we might have lived by now, changing the look at ourselves and the world in order to focus on what we want and not on what we don’t want; because only then can we realize the dreams which are burning within. And those dreams are meant to be realized. They are not only wishes but memories of what we intended to experience and realize within this lifetime.
Many have difficulties having their works published. What about you? How are you getting your books published?
I self-published three of my books. My first poem book was my way of checking out the world of being a published author and I learned what mistakes not to make again and where to focus better. The publisher of my German version of “I’m Free” took me under contract. They published the book because they thought it was worth to spread the message it contains. The English version was self-published again at Balboa Press, which was an amazing experience of support and professionality. “Enjoy Life!”, my e-book, was self-published with Amazon which also cost me nothing because I did it all over the net by myself.
How do you market your books?
I had a worldwide marketing and social media campaign going for my English version of “I’m Free”. It went out to almost every newspaper and bookseller, media. I gave interviews writing and radio interviews (which I still do) and that was also the reason I started my own appearance in the social media world. I would not have my blog without “I’m Free”. Now through my blog and other social media outlets I can promote my books or events.
Tell us about some of the thrilling and frustrating moments you’ve had ever since you started writing, publishing and marketing your books.
I have to confess that I never had a frustrating moment since I started writing. Every step was a step further. When I started writing “I’m Free” I wasn’t sure yet if it would ever be published. I did not set myself under any pressure and so I still handle it. One thing led to the next and the most thrilling moment by today regarding my writing career was my book signing event at the I CAN DO IT convention of Hay House in Pasadena, in October 2014. I had one hour to sign and give away 75 books. I was out of books after half of the time. Even the display copy and all the ones on the sales tables were gone. I was signing at the same time as Doreen Virtue was signing right opposite to me. It was an event where Wayne Dyer, Gregg Bradon, Bryan Weiss, CarolinMyss,… and all the great authors gave workshops and lectures. Two years prior I was at this event joining Wayne Dyer’s lecture. I had never ever thought back then to be there again as a published and officially promoted author only two years later.
Amazing indeed! How lucrative is it to write and publish books? Can that alone put bread on your table, take you on vacation to where you want to go and enable you to stretch a hand to those in need?
Haha… I am sure it can! And perhaps one day I will be able to say that this worked out for me. But to be honest, when I started writing it never was my goal to make a living of it. I just wanted to have an outlet to spread the message. Of course it would be a dream-come-true if I could make a living only from that. Because then I could afford it and focus on writing more. I will see…. Everything is possible!
Who are your role-models? I mean writers and other figures that have inspired and shaped your life? Tell us what you like in them; and in what way they have influenced you?
First and foremost it is Dr. Dyer. As I mentioned before, his book(s) opened up new points of view on life and everything beyond which made me look differently on myself and others. But there is also Eckhart Tolle, Esther and Jerry Hicks, and Dr. John Demartini, They all made me check out life in different ways which led to so many insights and new beautiful developments in my life. All of them had their challenges before the result of that insight unfolded. But you don’t reach a new shore before you cross the waters.
What are you working on right now? Tell us more about your next book.
My next book is already written and I already sent the manuscript out to some publishers. But I did not sign up for another contract yet since I am not fine with the conditions. I think there is a reason that it doesn’t work out right away. As I mentioned already, I am thinking of translating it into English and publishing it first that way. I can reach more people. It makes so much more sense and since I am blogging I spend about 90 % of my time in English anyway. The German title of the book is “WundersindkeineLaunen des Himmels” which in English is “Miracles are not depending on heaven’s mood”. It is about how we ourselves are the creator of our own little world and also how we all influence the world around us.
Tell us about your writing habits: the best times you write; what do you do before you start to write? Do you have a regular schedule for writing?
I love writing in the mornings. Everything is quiet then, nobody is home and my concentration is high. That is when I do my Monday posts for example. But basically I can write at any time of the day when I have time. Only when my boys are playing with their PlayStation in the same room I am working I switch to other things.
Is it better to publish e-books or traditionally published books? Tell us the difference and the advantages and disadvantages.
I don’t have too much experience with e-books since I still read real books. But I am sure that this is the way it will develop over time more and more. Less space capacity is needed, easier to store and carry around, cheaper… My Amazon e-book was an experiment of checking this platform out. Basically I never want to give up on publishing in the traditional way.
What are your dreams as a writer?
To make the reader smile, feel better, encouraged, and motivated. I want to make the reader feel their flame inside and to see the whole glory they are.
If God blesses you with a lot of money as a writer what shall you do?
It always depends on how much money; but it would be great if I could focus more on writing that way, travel around the world and speak for compassion and tolerance, and support environments for people in need, may be refugees, homeless, … I just want to say: You are not alone!
There are many people, both young and old who want to write but fear to start. What advice would you give them?
Simply start! You don’t need to know if ever your manuscript will be published. Just write and act as if. I did not know either if I would publish what I had written. But during the writing process itself I gained so many insights about me, my life, and the subject. When I was done with the book I was prepared to go for it. And it worked out! Just do one step at a time. And when you don’t feel well with it, wait! You’ll feel the moment, when it is right for you, and then go! No matter, how scary it may appear, there is nothing to fear about. It is only new territory, that’s all! We only can get used to new territory when we enter it! Everything else will follow.
What of those who have unpublished works in their machines or drawers? What can they do to have these works published?
First they need to know whom they want to reach with their books. That can be important to know which way to publish might be ideal for them. If it is novels or poems they might start with a platform like amazon or Create Space for keeping the costs low and just checking it out. Maybe talk to other writers about their experiences and listen to their tips. If you can afford it I would recommend a professional publisher who does all the set ups and editing, creates the cover, and does all the background work. That is the easiest way when you start and don’t have any experience.
Apart from writing, how do you spend your free time? What are your pastimes?
I love my garden and making it a little oasis. I love being in nature and it fills me with its energy. That can be when just sitting in the garden or on my bench behind the house and just perceiving my surrounding. My most favorite time to spend is when I can be in California and gazing at the ocean. I can spend hours there, just letting my thoughts flow. Those are the times when I get amazing insights, solutions, ideas, and visions. My breakthrough and decisions to write “I’m Free” took place at a beach in California.
Tell us what your blog is about.
The purpose of my blog is to write about all the things I also write in my books. I want to spread love and compassion, awareness and faith!
What have you gained from blogging?
I’ve met the most wonderful people in this world. I’ve made close friends, and I experience so much love. What astonishes me the most is the giving and receiving and the high level of support and tolerance in the blog sphere. Wherever you come from doesn’t matter but is welcomed. Everybody is not only accepted but most of all appreciated for the difference they make in this world. No matter what culture, country, or race you come from, if you are “healthy” or “ill”, the only thing that matters is what you give and share. And that is what brings this special spirit into the blog sphere because we all share a part of our being.
What are the challenges you face as a blogger?
The time factor! I am happy that I could create a wonderful space with my blog where people like to stop by and get some inspiration. But there are times I can barely catch up with the posts of the wonderful peeps in my community. They all deserve to be honored for their work because everyone has something special to share and everyone gives something from themselves which needs to be honored. Yes, my only challenge in blogging is the time limit.
Everywhere around the world women are clamoring for more leadership positions. How do you see this?
To me it doesn’t make a difference whether there is a man or a woman in a leadership position. Today women are in better places regarding education compared to 40 or 50 years ago. So everybody shall have their chance. The decision should not be between male and female but who is more suitable for a certain position.
How do you rate the key female leaders in the world? If you were in the US would you vote for Hilary Clinton? What would you say to Americans concerning her candidature?
I am not informed enough about the election campaigns and the different candidates. So I cannot say anything but that I hope the elected candidate will have their focus on the benefit for the people and the world in general.
Do you have any message to give to all those who have supported you especially through your books and maybe through your blog?
I would never be where I am today if only one person on my path was missing. I am very aware of that fact and deeply grateful. But I am also grateful for the ones who challenged me; because they forced me to look deeper inside of me. I would have never had my breakthrough without them.
Regarding the blog sphere I thank all of you for taking the time and reading my posts, for every like, comment, reply, reblog, nomination! I thank you for granting me your trust and opening up to me. I take this with highest responsibility and appreciation. I thank you for every suggestion, question, praise, insight, loving and encouraging word. I love my blog and being here. But I can only do it because of all of you.
In particular I thank my closest friends for being there for me when I went through a dark valley once. You all know who you are.
I thank you all, my friends, for making me this blogging experience a dream come true and therefore for making it possible for me living my dream. I can only do that because of you! Thank you from my heart!
One person alone cannot change the world. But together we can!
Success Inspirer wishes to thank you immensely for accepting to be our guest.
A huge Thank You to you, Romanus! You gave me wonderful questions and the opportunity to talk about the things that matter so much to me. Thank you from my heart for your effort and your support!
Do you like to meet Erika on her site? I highly recommend this. Go to https://erikakind.wordpress.com.