What made you decide to write and publish your first book?

Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?

Central Florida, Big Island Hawaii

If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?

I escaped the tropic of torpor of Florida and journeyed to the Rocky Mountains and on to the Pacific Northwest, with my soul leading the way. I needed warmth, and Hawaii beckoned me home to myself. I resonate deeply with the notion of Kapu Aloha, sacred compassion, that fills the island consciousness with great healing and presence.

What made you decide to write and publish your first book?

To be of maximum service to God and my fellows. If I didn’t write and publish this memoir, it was going to eat me alive. It is still gnawing at me, but less aggressively.

How would you describe your books to first time readers?

A transformational memoir full of grit and grace and gratitude. The journey into dark neighborhoods of the human mind and shedding light on the shadowy corners of human experience. A poetic heart-felt perspective of the Divine Feminine that human consciousness embraces.

Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?

People who recognize they are addicted to substances or behaviors that are getting in the way of their extraordinary lives. People who are willing to be responsible for living an extraordinary life of resilience, compassion and service. People who want to know there is no challenge too great or no trauma too debilitating to overcome and be of service. Yoginis, Buddhists, holistic practitioners, recovering Americans.

What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?

Balboa Press told me mentioning my brothers bought me booze when I was underage or mentioning the Catholic Church could raise issues of libel and they encouraged me to cut it from the manuscript or use a pseudonym.

If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?

write it earlier
people thought I was too young to write a memoir in my 40s.
this is untrue.

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Interview with Amy Elizabeth Gordon

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