Today’s guest is Eve Picquette, author of the self-help book, Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships: 10 Shift Keys – What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries. A licensed attorney, she served as director of risk and quality management at hospital corporations in California and Arizona for thirty years. She is also a certified NLP life coach, matrix, EFT and Angel Therapy practitioner. Eve Picquette received her MSN in community mental health at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis.
Thank you for this interview, Eve. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
As an attorney, I have done a lot of writing in my career, but this is my first book.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Many of us, myself included, have been caught between working hard to fix everything in our lives – which didn’t work well – and dreaming and hoping that the elusive law of attraction would kick in and make our lives better. I believe that angels have inspired ideas that actually work for us, down through the ages. The book contains some of those ideas that work. I wanted to live the Prayer of St. Francis – “…let me sow love… where there is darkness, light….” I wanted to feel happy and have happy relationships – but I was not.
This book, Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships – 10 Shift Keys – What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries, is the result of my search for practical solutions that really worked.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I have read so many books that helped and inspired me. I wanted to share, in hopes that what worked well for me would be of interest and value to other readers.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Self doubt is the greatest challenge. I continue to want to fix something, rewrite, or add one more thing of value. It is difficult to say – this project is complete!
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am self published on Amazon’s Create Space.
Was it the right choice for you?
Yes, the process has been smooth and easy. I love design and wanted to make a beautiful gift book that would also show well on kindle. I wanted to be in control of the cover, the interior layout, font, fleuron choice and angel illustrations. I was able to have everything done just as I wanted. Any delays were mine – I kept wanting to do or add just one more thing!
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I am working with Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book. I am good at many things, but marketing is NOT one of them. I needed help!
How is that going for you?
Very well, but I will have a better story later in the year.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Giving away copies.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I have had a long career as a hospital attorney and risk management director. I am presently writing and teaching graduate level students in healthcare administration.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
If you don’t have a lot of money to invest on learning marketing – Go to Warriors Forum and look at the kindle marketing products and their reviews. There is much great information for a reasonable price. Jeff Shaw’s program is known as one of the best paid programs for kindle authors.
What’s next for you?
I am beginning on my next book, which is about continuing to step into the light, even if you feel like you are in the “dark night of the soul”. Sometimes when everything seems to be going well – life zaps us back into the dark. This book also is from my own experience, and what I found works to “get out of the dark” in which we sometimes find ourselves. It will be done in early 2015.
Thank you for this interview, Eve. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You are invited to visit my author page – https://www.amazon.com/author/eve-advisorisin, Facebook at AdvisorIsIn and my page at AdvisorIsIn.com where I offer advice and techniques to help you open your heart for the happiest relationships and life, as well as Free Angel Readings and other gifts – click on Angel Messages!
Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships is available at Amazon.