Today I’m interviewing Heidi Siefkas, author of non-fiction / inspirational “With New Eyes: The Power of Perspective”. Thanks for visiting.
Have you been writing for a long time?
I have been writing for roughly ten years. Not all of that time has been as an author, but as a blogger as well as writing pres releases and marketing copy. I started writing books in 2012. I published my first book in 2014.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I wanted to inspire others. In a former life, I was a classroom teacher. I felt that the classroom and the high school audience wasn’t a good fit long-term. However, through writing and speaking, I have found a way to teach, inspire, and entertain readers without walls.
Is this your first book? If not, can you tell us about your first book?
With New Eyes is my second book. My first book, When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything is my first. It debuted last September and it, too, is a true story of survival and life change. Through losing everything: health, marriage, and career, I found the upside. When All Balls Drop inspires you to not only survive life’s obstacles, but also thrive and spark your own life change.
With New Eyes, my newest book, shares the details of architecting a new life, Life 2.0. It is an entertaining, inspirational account of life change that shows you how to tap into the power of perspective in unique ways. Full of mishaps, bold decisions, sassy humor, and adventures, With New Eyes inspires you to conquer your fears, head for adventure, and embark on your own life 2.0
Why did you choose this genre?
I write what I know best, which is from real-life experiences. I’m currently writing my third book, Cubicle to Cuba, which features a humorous collection of stories about my travels to Cuba, Peru, New Zealand, Italy, and other far-flung places.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read everything that you can get your hands on, not only in the genre you want to write. Also, write as often as you can. It doesn’t have to be for a book. Write in a journal. Give your feedback on the books you read in the form of reviews. Start a blog.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
My first book, When All Balls Drop, is transitioning to movie. Additionally, I host various events and signings through the year. This fall, I will be co-hosting the South Florida Writing Retreat in Fort Lauderdale this October 24th. To learn more about my books, film, and events, visit www.heidisiefkas.com.
About the Book
Author: Heidi Siefkas
Genre: Memoir / Inspiration
Heidi Siefkas lost her health, her career, and her marriage after she was struck by a one thousand-pound tree branch. While she made great strides in her physical and emotional recovery in the months that followed—an arduous process that she chronicled in When All Balls Drop—Heidi wasn’t content to merely survive her setbacks. The time was right to build a new life. One she could live on her own terms.
But what would a redesigned life look like? In her quest for answers, Heidi returned to her childhood home in Wisconsin, dove into the South Florida dating scene, revisited old flames in New England, sold her first home, jumped out of a plane, and traveled alone to South America. Every leg of her journey provided a healthy dose of perspective.
With New Eyes is full of mishaps and bold decisions, all seasoned with sassy humor. Through her signature down-to-earth vignettes, Heidi inspires you to conquer your fears, head for adventure, and be the captain of your own ship.
Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently writing her third book, Cubicle to Cuba, which features a humorous collection of stories about her travels to Cuba, Peru, New Zealand, Italy, and other far-flung places.
Heidi invites you to share photos on social media that show where you are enjoying With New Eyes (#withneweyes). You can connect with Heidi at http://www.heidisiefkas.com, Facebook, and Twitter.