What inspired you to write your memoir?
I have had a very interesting life, a life that taught me a great deal. I would define that primarily as how to move from a place of anger and pain to a place of living in joy. I wanted to pass on that information to others, to help others learn how to heal and to know that it is always possible to heal.
About your Book:
The book follows the author from her upbringing in rural Scotland in the fifties and sixties, through life in England in the seventies, when she was a radical activist and one of the first environmentalists, finally coming out as a lesbian feminist and working against male domination in northern England. During that period she also worked on an organic farm in Wales. She then moved to northern California, where she worked as a mechanic, raised organic free-range hogs, and built her own house out of recycled lumber in the backwoods. She began some serious healing work, dealing with childhood issues of molest and abuse. In her forties, she had a series of remarkable epiphanies and began to question life very seriously. In the end, she discovers a level of unconditional love and forgiveness as she takes off traveling on her own, embracing the fullness of the free spirit she is.
Mikaya Heart is an award-winning author and a coach in the art of being fully alive, using shamanic methods to help people to learn how to operate from a place of trust instead of fear. She writes on subjects as varied as shamanism, orgasm, lesbianism, sports, travel and politics. She has been studying the nature of reality since she was very young, and loves to pass on what she has learned to others. She is presently based in northern California, but grew up in Scotland and travels the world constantly, spending a great deal of time alone in Nature. Her greatest joy is kitesurfing, a delightful dance with water and wind. Her work is consistently called inspiring and empowering.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self published it, simply because it is so hard to get a traditional publisher to pick up a memoir unless you are already well known. I used Dog Ear Publishing.