NefretitiM: Tonight on Literary Links we have the creators of The Word Search Oracle; Darity Wesley and Cristina Smith. Thank you for joining us today. What inspired you to write this book together? (For the purposes of this interview we will refer to the authors as C.S & D.W)
C.S & D.W: We have had many years of writing articles and other writings in the business world and have long wanted to collaborate on a more esoteric/spiritual/metaphysical project. After Cristina’s success with The Tao of Sudoku- Yoga for the Brain, her first book in the Sudoku Wisdom Series, it became apparent that our combined efforts could be to join my inspirational writings with word search puzzles and Cristina’s philosophical wisdom. This gave us, long time treasured friends, an opportunity to work together in a new way and it was and is a phenomenal journey.
NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?
C.S & D.W: Darity calls herself A Modern Day Oracle and has been writing ~The Daily Oracle~ and then ~The Weekly Oracle~ since 2006…We felt the title was synonymous with the intention of the Sudoku Wisdom Series, Word Search and Darity’s Oracle messages.
NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?
C.S & D.W: This is a fun perspective for personal development, self-help and opportunities to exercise your brain. As the subtitle reflects, this is Yoga For The Brain.
NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?
C.S & D.W: Darity began reading at a very early age, mostly to escape the experiences of her childhood. The opportunities to escape influenced her desire, from early in her life to learn to spell, to play with words, to create stories, to learn more words, create a vocabulary. These influences gave her the ability to express herself in many different ways. This interest in writing carried through her undergraduate work and on through law school and her 35 year legal career as a business lawyer.
Cristina has been writing pretty much all her life. Her mom kept reams of early writings to prove it. This process of collaborative writing with Darity and her brother Rick as well as her long time friend Melissa Morgan as editor, makes for extraordinary synergy. The love energy is almost palpable in just holding the book.
NefretitiM: How does your collaborative process work?
C.S & D.W: Cristina does all the work and I say yay!!! It is a great opportunity for us to play together as we create something new and different.
C.S & D.W: Darity still loves to read. She has several books going at one time, fiction, non-fiction, metaphysical/spiritual. Darity serves on the Boards of Conscious Humanity, Inc. and the School of Universal Learning, a newly chartered school in San Diego, California. She is also Of Counsel to the Lotus Law Center.
Cristina loves to read as she is curious about so many things. She enjoys supporting new authors as a book coach, cooking, traveling and communing with nature. She just found out about Goodreads and is really enjoying it!
NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?
C.S & D.W: Darity’s perspective is to enjoy the process, stay committed to what it is you want to create, trust your intuition and just keep putting one foot in front of the other, trusting your Self to your practice.
Cristina’s adds her encouragement for you to stay curious. Find one or two people who support you to talk to and stay away from naysayers. Be courageous in believing in yourself. And, remember you have a body and it’s important to take care of it- especially when you spend lots of time in the creative realms of the mind and imagination.
NefretitiM: Great advice! Thank you for joining us. Much success to you on your latest work.