Anna-Karen Sorensen is this week’s Moonlight Mondays author! Her interests include photography, medicine and the state of it, writing/poetry, philosophy/psychology. Anna-Karen currently resides in California, U.S.A
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
Less a novel than a book of poetry and image. “A Fate Unwound Too Soon.” I wrote the poems in order to share what I felt and learned as a caretaker of the tiniest of premature babies. One thread has run through the whole of my experience in the NICU: the rise of the unheralded sympathy that is native to all things. What I expect to see in the intensive care setting is the most noble form of compassion, the love of parent for child, but what I witness is much more: the acts of kindness between strangers. At the center of this giving, I always find the too early born babe, the angel who brings with it the knowledge and revelation that initiates the rise of sympathy that is expressed as compassion.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?
I am now writing poetry, using photograph, and am moving into a book of cartoons.
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?
It takes a brave heart to love a baby with wings.
4. Do you have a favourite character that you have penned to life and why is this your favourite character?
The preemie is my character at this time and I do hope that I have brought the little one to life for my readers.
5. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing?
My family definitely does and has supported me not only in my writing but in my years of caring for the too early born. As far as friends, they do not know I write.
6. What are you currently working on?
The second companion book to “A Fate Unwound Too Soon”–the first companion book, “Going Deeper: Angels and Dreams” hopefully broadens the images in the principal book and is out now. The second book, which I am writing as you ask, is. Going Deeper: The Mania of Love and again deals with expanding the image that heals with the movement of wisdom back into one’s conscious Life. I soon will start on the Cartoon book as it allows one to speak in a different voice/tone.
7. What has been your greatest challenge as an author thus far and how are you dealing/have dealt with it?
The overwhelming software I have to master to move past the old way of promoting a book. It is exasperating but also rewarding.
8. How do you deal with criticism and how has it helped you as a writer?
I have not had much negative criticism but I am new to publicity so shall wait and see. The books serve a purpose and those who will benefit from them will lead the way forward.
9. How has social media helped in promoting and marketing your books?
Well it is about the only way isn’t it? Even publishers want to see your media base. Having said that, I have enjoyed it as it allows the significance of the books to find its audience.
10. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging?
Finding the time to do it.
11. How do you measure success as a writer/ author?
I do not think we necessarily know where the importance is in the life of our books. It may well not be a measure but an occurrence which is not witnessed by us.
12. What short term and/or long term goals have you set?
I have this series of three companion books, then the cartoon book that will be light, then a second cartoon that will teach and lead, then an audiobook of the book “Fate…” with lullabies in it. “After that I am doing a series of short stories on my experience in the NICU.
13. Do you have any upcoming book releases or events?
Not on the schedule but the second companion books should be out by May/June.
14. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)?
Almost anything poetically philosophical. Rumi etc.
15. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing?
Follow your heart. Use your mind for common sense to guide you along the path, but never be pushed off that path.
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