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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Five Questions With Jill Muehrcke, author of Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope

Today, author Jill Muehrcke has stopped by to answer a few questions about her new book, "Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope," her writing, and her upcoming projects.

1. At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Jill:  I remember writing my first poem at age five and my first story at age six. My mom would give me a sheet of paper and I would fold it into quarters, crease it really well, then tear along the creases to make a little book. I would put a cover on the front, a table of contents inside, and number each page. I don’t think I thought I would be a writer. I thought of myself as a “book maker.” I wanted to be in charge of everything - not just the writing! I suppose that’s one reason I started my own publishing company and self-published several of my books.

2. What three important facts do you want readers to know about your books?

Jill:  First of all, I wrote my book Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope to provide readers with the tools of change. As one reader told me, “The people in Waking Up Happy don’t just tell what happened to them. They tell what they did about it and how you can do the same thing to change your own life.” The memoirs tell the true stories of change, and the exercises throughout the book provide the tools to create those same transformations.

Second, I am donating half the proceeds of Waking Up Happy to the Recovery Foundation (recoveryfoundation.org), which helps build new lives every day by providing scholarships to those who can’t afford to pay for treatment. So if you buy a copy, you will be helping to transform someone’s life by providing scholarships for those who can’t afford to pay for treatment.

Third, although the storytellers in Waking Up Happy have all recovered from intolerable situations, anyone can benefit from the book, because we all need to keep changing. If we don’t change and grow, we shrivel and die.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?     

Jill:  Maxine Hong Kingston, Harriet Doerr, Margaret Moorman, Amy Tan, Elizabeth Rosner, Antoine de saint-Exupery, Torey Hayden , Barbara Kingsolver, Fyodor Doestoyevsky – and a million others! Writers like Anne Lamott, who make me laugh, inspire me. Laughter, to me, is inspiration.

4. What do you have coming up in the future?

Jill:  I’m putting together a workshop that may turn into a full day of doing exercises from Waking Up Happy, discussing people’s results and insights, and sharing life stories. I’m very excited about how transformative such a workshop may be for people who are ready to embark on their journey of personal change.

5. What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?

Jill:  Take time to read and write for yourself. It’s the most important thing you can do as a writer, editor, and person. Read the great writers. Pay attention to how they use words and how they get their points across. Keep a journal. Allow your writing to be a living, daily part of who you are. Have patience; it will happen in its own time. Hold on to the knowledge that you’re in the right place, doing the right thing. Doing what you love.

My thanks to Jill for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions, and to Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for including me on Jill's blog tour.
About The Book:

WAKING UP HAPPY: A HANDBOOK OF CHANGE WITH MEMOIRS OF RECOVERY AND HOPE: Powerful, absorbing, and beautifully written, this first-of-its-kind book of transformation and healing includes memoirs of people who have recovered from addictions, harmful habits, and intolerable situations, along with exercises readers can do to make the same transformations in their own lives.
Half of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Recovery Foundation helping people build new lives – so every time someone buys a book, they will be helping someone TRANSFORM THEIR LIFE!

Amazon Link:http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Up-Happy-Handbook-Recovery/dp/1468126350/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

About The Author:

Juliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the award-winning author of many books and articles. Founder and editor of the international magazine Nonprofit World (snpo.org), she has studied at the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan and has a BA degree, specializing in English and psychology, from the University of Washington. Jill is listed in Who’s Who (MarquisWhoswho.com). In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga and eating ethnic food. For many years, in several cities, including Seattle, Honolulu, and Madison, she has written restaurant reviews.

Her latest book is Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope.

You can visit her website at www.WakingUpHappyBook.com.


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