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Oddly enough, the author was formerly formally trained in the Conservative Arts of engineering and economics before diving into the wide, wily, wonderful world of woo-woo wordsmithery.  She considers herself to be a level-headed “nouveau gnostic” and compassionate fun-loving gal, but most of all, a collection of spirit-molecules currently posing as an individual human being named Debbianne DeRose.  She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she can swim regularly in the seas of woo, buoyed always by her Jersey girl sensibilities and sense of humor.  After all, there’s nothing serious going on here.

Interview with Debbianne DeRose

Do you have a favorite quote or passage from What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation that you'd like to share with us?

Favorite? Not really. Most of the vignettes are better in their long form. But here's a snippet to give you a taste:

“We’re sending you to a really good oncologist.” Yikes. A straight dose of liquid terror shot up my spine. I remembered a silent vow I’d made to myself many years ago, that if ever I should come down with a cancer, I would use energy healing to take care of business. I sat stupefied by the pop quiz I’d just been dealt. Could I really walk that kind of talk in the face of such chilling news? My head was spinning as I half-listened to the gynecologist talking a little too enthusiastically about robotic surgery.

The sheer power of my own creativity was confounding. I’d managed to create an ovarian cyst bigger ‘n Dallas that was suspected of harboring mutant cells and of being temperamental—they feared the thing might explode if they didn’t get to it soon. Dammit, I just knew this had something to do with my mother.

If you met an alien from another planet and were asked to recommend one or two books to him/her/it that would summarize humanity, which books would you choose?

Actually, I have met an alien from another dimension but he was way smarter than us and telepathic, and therefore needed no such primer. Conversely, he gave me some schoolin’ as to why we humans are so nutty and how to rise above the psychic soup and have a good time with Earth life.

I like that “him/her/it” qualification, by the way, because there’s no reason to assume aliens have gender like us. Poor things must be missing out on the nookie!

How do you feel about taking no for an answer?

Pretty psyched. I mean, if I come up against a wall, it means my higher mind has a better plan in store, so I get curious what it’ll be, and stay open to new instructions. The Art of Allowing becomes second nature after practicing it for a while and experiencing pleasing outcomes. I’ve also noticed that sometimes saying “okay” to a “no” can result in a shift that actually generates a “yes” shortly thereafter. If I relax and keep a positive orientation, the right doors open when I need them to.

After reading What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation, what do you most want people to take away with them?

A smirk. And maybe, just maybe . . . a remembering that life is supposed to be fun and that they are the voluntary and uber-powerful architects of their own experience. But that’s kind of a tall order, so we’ll go with the smirk.

Do you ever write while intoxicated?

Nah. But then I hardly ever imbibe these days. Guess I’m getting old or something.

Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

Negatory. If I didn’t like the thing, I’d stop reading it early on or just skim it. Anyway, there’s no room for regret. Everything serves a purpose . . . even if it takes me a minute, or a decade, to figure out what that purpose has been.

What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a work set schedule? What are your surroundings?

Often I wake up at some ungodly hour of the morning with a download and start cranking it out in my cozy woman-cave workspace. Or sometimes I get inspired to write while attending some sort of woowoo event. I start scribbling in a notebook and I can’t get the words out fast enough. It’s almost like automatic writing or channeling . . . or doctor’s training. Then later on, when I’m in the right mood, I edit. It’s much better to let the creative flow gush on its own terms first without regard to editing.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Hmmm . . . I haven’t been given any writing advice really. Maybe because I have no formal writing training, or because I live under a rock? I will, however, share the best piece of general advice I’ve gotten, from a Marianne Williamson book: “Would you rather be right or happy?”

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

Well, it used to be Clairvoyance, but I’m kinda over that now. Now I’m in hot pursuit of psychokinesis. I’ve gone to Spoon-Bending class at the Monroe Institute---that’s one of the stories in my book. Today, mangling silverware. Tomorrow, full-on alchemy, baby!

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