Laurie has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Registered Nursing. She Is a retired psychiatric nurse and former individual therapist. Her book, developed through personal and professional experiences, helps people turn life’s challenges into building blocks for a good life.
1. Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
My book “ 101 Tools to Build a Good Life” came about from my personal struggles with Seasonal Affective Disorder, my education as a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and my experience as a former therapist and now retired psychiatric nurse. This book grew out of workshops and presentations, groups and individual sessions with thousands of people in order to encourage more people to manage their life’s challenges which can include depression, anxiety, stress, and many other issues.
2. Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
This book was 40 years of mental health experiences and my own process in the making. Plus reading hundreds of books, many borrowed from my local libraries!
3. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The actual writing is the most difficult for me. Speaking the words out loud before writing them down helps.
4. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
My first booklet “The Depression Toolkit” in 2002 showed me that many people appreciate a practical, easy to follow method to manage their life’s challenges.
5. Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
I may not love to write yet I love to read. I read several hundred books a year - most from the library. I have so many favorite authors it would be too a long list.
6. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have notes begun on “101 MORE Tools to Build a Good Life”
7. What does literary success look like to you?
My passion is to help people manage and improve their own mental health and how they approach their life’s challenges. The more people that have my book, the more people I can help make a difference in their own life.
8. What inspired you to start writing?
I was giving Community Education workshops in the winter of 2001/02 and shared the list of tools I found helpful in managing my depression when a participant raised her hand and said “This would make a great book I would like to buy!” In just a week or two I had a first draft to share at my next workshop. After selling thousands of copies, in 2018 I revised and greatly expanded my book into its present form.
9. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, walk, spend time with family and friends, and offer workshops or presentations to any groups to encourage people to manage their own mental health and life’s challenges.
10. Do you have a website or social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) where readers can learn more about your work?
My website is AGoodLife4U.com, my Facebook page is BuildAGoodLife4u, each offers the link to buy my book. I’m available to meet with people in the Twin Cities area. My book is already shelved in the Anoka County Library collection.
I hope to have a Kindle edition of my book available within the month.