E. O. Worth, author of The Secret Realm: Gia School of Awakening
Excerpt of Interview with E. O. Worth:
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
EOW: I lived in the inner city and attended Rochester City public schools until high school. Then I earned a scholarship to a private Catholic all girl’s college preparatory school. That environment is all about the survival mentality. My writing is much more colorful, and dialogue heavy because language shifts depending on what environment you happen to be in moment to moment.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
EOW: The Ugly Duckling. Turning into a swan, at the end. Life may not be what it seems.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
EOW: Joy. Joy of living on a beautiful planet, rich and abundant with resources, animals, plants, and good people.
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
EOW: In the second grade.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
EOW: Having the freedom to create something from nothing. Looking over a full page that flowed from my fingertips with such ease, and being surprised how the story unfolds as I create it. Similar to steps that appear as you walk up.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
EOW: Why Cats Have Whiskers
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
EOW: Write about what you feel passion for.
ZHP: Do you use Social Media?
EOW: Yes. Facebook.
E. O.’s Interests
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
EOW: Playing with my cats. Cooking, gardening, caring for the monarch butterfly nursery, hiking, running, biking, meditating or practicing yoga.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
EOW: Funny middle grade
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
EOW: Mark Twain, Paulo Coelho, Beverly Cleary, Richard Jesse Watson, Carl Hiaasen, and J.K. Rowling
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
EOW: The Alchemist, Ramona Quimby, The Ugly Duckling, Great works of Mark Twain. Theses stories are character driven. I seek out underdog stories. Achieving what seems to be the impossible. Going from a place of survival into thriving. Stories that make you feel emotion, and are relateable.
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
Excerpt of Interview with E. O. Worth about her process:
E. O.’s Process
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
EOW: Lemon, lavender, clove, and frankincense oils are diffused during creative processes. I sit on a ball or stand at my computer when I am editing or rearranging chapters.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
EOW: After a moving meditation, a bike ride or run, I find this the best space to be in the flow. Allowing words to stream through. I write on blank recycled pages spread out before me on the floor.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
EOW: I ask how they are feeling today. What would they like to focus on?
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
EOW: I imagine it is for everyone. Fear and doubt can become your best ally, once you’re able to see them as such. Until then anything and everything gets done before the writing. Cleaning the inside of the refrigerator or helping to fix the car engine comes to mind.
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
EOW: I like the idea of being involved in the process.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
EOW: Find chocolate, exercise, move around. Spend time with Mr. Sabotage, ask why the long-standing visit. Maybe even give him a few lines, in the book. Erase them later (Mr. Sabotage will never know).
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
EOW: Love is the way home.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
EOW: Non-fiction about my life story. A few short stories about interactions with wild animals all over the world.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
EOW: Impact and impressions from others I accept and listen to. Ultimately, I write what I am passionate about. Others may or may not like it. Everyone has a free will. I hope others will find their passion from my passion