Friday, November 30, 2018

A Conversation with Poet J. Autherine @loveautherine #poetry

November 30, 2018 0 Comments

Janet Autherine is the author of Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, and Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Reclaiming Your Heart in order to Live and Love Harmoniously.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that tell the stories of strong, vulnerable, courageous women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process. Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica.

Growing into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica, as well as her experience raising her three sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them.  Her goal, through her writing, is to empower adults and children to see themselves as unique and amazing, already blessed with the ability to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.

Janet was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School.  Janet continues to practice law but wakes up at 5am almost every morning to cultivate her inspirational writing and introduce readers to great books through her publishing company, Autherine Publishing. She is a proud introvert and running and reading are her peaceful passions. 

Her books are available on Amazon and she blogs at

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Inside the Book

Wild Heart Peaceful Soul
Author: J. Autherine
Publisher: Autherine Publishing
Pages: 158
Genre: Poetry


Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that provide inspiration to strong, vulnerable, badass women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process.

Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica. Poems such as Quiet Storm reveal the pain of sudden loss, while The Rebel Soul carries with it that air of doubt or uncertainty we all feel when in love.

The pain and struggle of women who love deeply and pour into others without first filling their own jars is prevalent throughout, as is the reoccurring theme of reclaiming your heart in order to live and love harmoniously.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul has the ability to pick you up in moments when you feel broken or not good enough to be loved and provide the strength in the love you always need as we search for the one who is worthy of our love.


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Q: Welcome to The Writer’s Life! Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process. Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning? When did you come up with the idea to write your book?

I am really excited to share my first book of poetry and inspiration, Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul! This collection of poems and inspiration is a love offering to strong, vulnerable, badass women who lead with their hearts, love deeply and sometimes fall hard.  The poems are inspired by my own journey spanning 30 years; it also dives deeply into the vulnerable hearts of women globally. Many of the poems capture the pain and struggle of women who love deeply and pour into others without first filling their own jars.  The poems and inspirational quotes provide empowerment by holding a mirror to our common struggles and motivate us to care for ourselves and rise above our challenges.
My writing journey started as a child in Jamaica, I spent a lot of time memorizing verses both in church and in school (songs, poems, written word).

After moving to the United States, I started reading everything that I could find by great authors, such as Dr. Maya Angelou. Her poems, “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still, I Rise” gave me the courage to walk confidently in the world. Books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison also sparked my love for issues that are close to the heart of women. As women, we spend our lives caring for others and putting the needs of others first. This often comes at a cost to our emotional and physical health and well-being and Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Many of the poems in the chapter, Wild Heart, deal with self-sacrificing behaviors that eat away at our self-esteem. The poems in the chapter, Peaceful Soul, are empowering and help us find our way back to being the “Phenomenal Woman” that sister, Maya envisioned for all women.
Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Poetry usually comes from the heart. The words come from a very vulnerable place. I would advise writers to focus on truth and authenticity of emotions.

When you leave your heart on the page, readers can relate to you and it will resonate with them. In Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, I tried to capture the stories about love and life that women only speak about to their best friends, if at all.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

My books are published by Autherine Publishing, which is a company that I started. My primary goal is to publish content that is inspirational and will motivate readers to live boldly and confidently walk into their purpose.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

During the writing process, it is easy to get discouraged, especially when writing inspirational material. As a writer, you wonder if any of it really matters. I was really surprised when I posted a few excerpts on my Instagram page (@j.autherine) and realized that it was really resonating with readers. I am always surprised at the marketing process. I encourage writers to start building their audience through a website and social media the minute that they begin writing the book. By the time that the book is published, readers will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of your work.

Q: What other books are you working on and when will they be published?

My next book is Everything’s Irie: An Island Girl’s Approach to Mindful Living and Being. It is the story of how my childhood in Jamaica has influenced every step of my journey.  It is a testament to how a loving home, hard work, optimism, a good education and some good fortune can inspire a young girl to stay grounded through many of the struggles of life.  As a tribute to Jamaica and the many islands that bring us fun and "Irie" times even when the people that serve you with a smile are fighting their own battles, I coined the term “island mindfulness”; Island mindfulness is focusing on mindful living and being; it is living in the moment, whatever that moment brings, knowing that you can weather any storms that will come your way.  It will be available on Amazon January 2019.

Q: What’s one fact about your book that would surprise people?

Readers will be surprised by the mix of vulnerability and empowerment. A reoccurring theme in Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul is reclaiming your heart in order to live and love harmoniously.  Chapter 1, Wild Heart, takes the reader on a journey of self discovery — being an empath in a sometimes harsh world, feeling broken after losing love, not feeling good enough to be loved, facing rejection and abandonment, and navigating life with a heart that just wants to love unconditionally. The second chapter, Peaceful Soul, is an empowering meditation on the peace that comes with reclaiming your heart — finding strength in the love and support of sister friends, practicing self-love while responsibly loving others, and finding joy in loving those that are worthy of our love. As readers journey through the book, it feels like a best friend just poured her heart out to you as you sat in a coffee shop together and you bothleave feeling closer, stronger and empowered.

Q: Finally, what message are you trying to get across with your book?

Live boldly! Embrace all that you are! Embrace your journey! You can be both strong and vulnerable at the same time. Most importantly, care for your mind, body, heart and your soul because it is difficult to live your best life unless you are in a healthy place physically and emotionally.
Q: Thank you again for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and the story of women globally through poetry. I am thrilled that poetry is again being embraced.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A Conversation with Juliet Huck, Author of '50 Ways To Get Your Way' @juliethuck #interviews #vbt

November 19, 2018 0 Comments

“Persuasion in NOT a call to action – it is a directed action. It is time to break up the myth that persuasion is a call to action. To “call” is to “invite.” This puts all the power in someone else’s hands. While to “direct” is to “control.” This is the ultimate way to give you the power you need to get what you want. Inviting someone to do something allows them to say no. You must lead or direct them to what you want in simple words, statistics and/or visuals proportional to the magnitude of your need. Think of a traffic cop. They are not inviting you to take their direction. You are clearly persuaded to do what they want you to do as they are in control. Moving someone to decide in your favor is not always easy but there are steps which you can take that will get you what you want.”
--From 50 Ways to Get Your Way by Juliet Huck
Juliet Huck is an expert in persuasive communications with 25 years of experience. She was born in Marietta, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. During her career, she has worked with the US Department of Justice for the Enron litigation, Exxon Mobil, Boeing, and law firms, such as O’Melveny and Myers, Kirkland and Ellis, and King and Spalding, among other high-profile clients. Juliet is the author of 50 Ways to Get Your Way and The Equation of Persuasion: Securing Decisions in Your Favor.
Her latest book, 50 Ways to Get Your Way, offers insights for skillfully using persuasion in work and in life by forming meaningful relationships. It is the first book in a series that will teach readers how to get what they want in all facets of their lives.
50 Ways To Get Your Way
In 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY, Juliet Huck shares the lessons she learned while growing up on her family’s farm in rural Ohio—values such as being grateful, nurturing relationships, and listening intently, which she used to build a successful career as a persuasion strategist working with corporate clients and on high-profile legal cases. Huck teaches readers how to be persuasive in a manner that is honorable and respectful, while making genuine human connections.
The tools Huck shares in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are familiar, but the author notes that many of these values are missing in the current social climate. Using beautiful images (many photographed by the author) and conversational prose, Huck encourages readers to commit to a practice of awareness—of self and others—and guides them through the dance of building relationships that will help them achieve their goals. While all of the pearls of wisdom presented in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are essential ingredients for developing into a solid human being, several offer the building blocks for becoming an exceptional person who gets what he or she wants. Being empathetic by learning what other people find meaningful, paying attention to the effect that one’s tone can have on others, telling a compelling story, letting go of expectations to minimize disappointment, and understanding the importance of clarity when asking for assistance or sharing plans are just a few of the gems that Huck examines in her book.

Huck acknowledges that the principles outlined in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are not “rocket science”; however, she believes they are timely. “Observing the current environment, I could not sit back and be silent about how we are treating each other—especially when we need something from someone else. I felt instead of fighting with others, it is time to remind us of the beautiful things that can connect us,” Huck said.
50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY was written with the intention of helping people fulfill their personal and professional needs by mastering the art of making genuine connections.
Welcome, Juliet! I am so excited about your new book, 50 Ways To Get Your Way. Can you tell us why you wrote it? 
Juliet:  Observing the current environment in our world, I could not sit back and be silent on how we are treating each other – especially when we need something from someone else. I felt instead of fighting with others it is time to remind us of the beautiful things that can connect us.
Why do you think the times have changed in the respect that we no longer converse with our neighbors like we used to back in the day?
Juliet:  I believe that technology has completely changed how we communicate. We are in an environment of extremes and overwhelmed with a tsunami of information on a daily basis.  Social media has changed everything – from good and bad. Unfortunately it has allowed us to throw stones at each other from behind the bushes without consequences. The fact that someone would get death threats because they speak in public is quite shocking not matter what the circumstances. I constantly ask what happened to our common decency?  Please, thank you or I am sorry; I am still baffled how these words have disappeared from out vocabulary.
What was it like growing up as a farm child in rural Ohio? What do you miss about it?
Juliet: Growing up on the farm was challenging for me.  This is another reason I wrote this book.  I could not see what the farm was giving me. I couldn’t wait to leave. My friends didn’t have to be up at dawn and in the cold wet fields or out in the extremely heat and humidity during middle of the Ohio summers. I had a hard time when my friends would be at the pool but I would have to be home with Mom canning tomatoes and beans for the winter. But it made me a problem solver, a good cook, a state bread champion at the age of 11 and a lover of animals. The thing I miss, believe it or not, are the winters when it would snow. No work, no school and everyone came out from town to our farm to sleigh ride on our hill and we had a blast.     
Were your parents strict?
Juliet: Yes my parents were very strict and needed to be with 7 of us.  If you weren’t at the table when my dad sat down, you didn’t eat.  Every Sunday there were quarters lined up for each of us that were to be put in the basket at church.  As hard as it was sometimes it taught us respect, consequences for our actions and gave us a work ethic that I am proud of.  
 What was it like when venturing out on your own after living your whole life on a farm?
Juliet:  It was amazing venturing out. I was like a butterfly out of the cocoon. Naive and curious, I had so much I wanted to explore and I could not wait to go to New York.  I heard music, saw movies and photos and I loved fantasizing about how much there was to do the big city.  My friends still laugh at me that the first time I saw a salad bar was at college.  I remember thinking – you put all these things on a salad?
In your book, 50 Ways To Get Your Way, you say, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know—and what you know about them.” Why is this important?
Juliet: I have observed when most people want something from someone else they feel they need to sell themselves first and the conversation ends up being all about themselves.  We must stop and take the time to find out what is important to your decision maker.  If you don’t know what is important to them how do you know if they are even interested in what you are asking for.    
You teach your clients that the golden rule is to get our of their own shoes and into the shoes of their audience which can be challenging. Why is this the most important step one can take?
Juliet: Again, if it is all about you it is hard to get anyone to give you anything.  The ability to relate is a key component to persuade anyone.  If you can see things from their point of view you will make them feel important and you will now begin to build trust and credibility.
Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers and fans?
Juliet: I hope the readers to know that this book has a big heart and it is an easy read.  I also thought it was important to combine these lesion with thought provoking photos to make it more interesting.  

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