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Born in New Jersey, in close proximity to New York City, I have lived and worked in southern Big Sur since 1973. I have lived a life of rugged interaction with the elements of nature, in the wildest area of this region. Arriving here in the forest with a group of hardy souls, and making my way through the intense commitment and hard work of creating a ranch from scratch, I learned how to make the most out of the least.
My activities here include raising a ranch from the raw land, including various structures, barns, and outbuildings, creating and maintaining a dairy and fruit business, and raising my family, while writing and making artistic items by hand. I have a highly respected local food distribution business and am a working artist.
I am the author of “Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory”. I am a creativity and life energy coach, specializing in helping women who feel a need to reconnect with what matters to them, define their own success, and find a way to use what is going on today to help them achieve their goals. My specialty is women in the third act who want to find purpose and take their experience to a higher level. I help with issues of personal worth, purpose, and connection, offering the fruits of my own experience in an effort to pass along the lessons of life in a constructive way.
I am the mother of three grown sons, as well as a grandmother of three boys and one girl.
I have served on various boards and community organizations for many years, including the school board that established an independent school district in this area. I currently serve on the Planning Process for the California Coastal Trail, Big Sur section. Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Council as local representative. I am the local representative for the Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Committee. My local business affiliations are numerous, including membership in the Professional Women’s Network of the Monterey Peninsula. I am inducted into the Woman of the Year Circle of the National Association of Professional women.
My business is recognized by the Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating. I am listed in the registry of the Continental Who’s Who.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Big Sur, California? The simple fact of having been here for so long and facing the challenges of Big Sur has been a point of pride for me. This is amplified by being able to write about the experiences I have had here and use them as constructive examples in my work of helping people to turn their problems into challenges, and their challenges into opportunities. It’s a fitting use of the experience, and I am proud that I have been able to not only survive difficulties, but to write about them in a positive way.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have always enjoyed books and reading, and began to write as a teen, inspired by my high school teachers. They were both encouraging and strict, which gave me a sense of what makes the words I write important. Mrs. Marion Shelby impressed upon me the importance of being responsible as a writer to not only describe a situation, but to propose a solution. This has served me well as a model for not only writing, but for all of life. Mr. William Morse allowed me full reign in my creative writing, and encouraged my use of imagination to create images. When I saw the power that words have to transform our perceptions, I knew that I must use them.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment during my upbringing was tumultuous and difficult. One of the things that I have done in my writing is to find a way to turn this around to a positive and useful slant on that type of thing.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? IN the fall of 201, I resolved that I would write something to be published. It turned out that the first book I started wasn’t the first one to be published, though.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Finding the lights of other minds coming to visit and inspire me when I needed ideas, at just the right time, has been wonderful. I am so grateful for the support of the many beautiful souls who have gone before.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Having readers come to me and tell me that they love my book and find it to be useful is the best reward I could have.
How many published books do you have? One. Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Before
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? My book was inspired by a need to connect with meaning and turn experiences I have had that were very difficult into tools that others can use to improve their lives.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Just keep writing, even if you don’t quite know what you are writing about at the moment.
"Prevail" is written for you if you want to learn more about how to get more energy to do the things that are important to you and get your life going, winning at doing the things you love. Get out of the rut, and up onto the big road! It's a practical and down to earth guide to taking action to reconnect with what matters to YOU.
It starts with Betty's story, and moves into yours.
Quotes from great thinkers weave through the book to deepen the perspective, serving as cheerleaders and companions on your journey.