Our guest today is Lee Papa, author of the memoir, The Temple of All Knowing. Lee’s book is a memoir of her several years journey prior to her near death experience, through the completion of the 6,000 square foot Ganesha Center in Las Vegas. The book details the roadmap from personal darkness through spiritual, emotional and physical transformation. Since the completion of the manuscript the Las Vegas Sanctuary for the Spirit evolved by moving to a downtown Las Vegas location and now offers targeted classes and workshops while focusing on a Virtual Ganesha Center supporting individuals and corporations with programs and a Referral Network with expansive reach for optimal awareness.
Thank you for this interview, Lee. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Firstly, thank you for this opportunity to share my message with your readers. I am most appreciative.
As far as something about myself. I am a single mom of a 9 year old boy who keeps me laughing, loving and on the go. My ex-husband and I have a brilliant relationship co-parenting. I am a Holistic Entrepreneur which means whatever my medium: writing, speaking, teaching, private transformational advisory work and whatever else comes my way, it is with the approach of mind-body-spirit wellness and assisting humanity. Besides my son, I love mornings, teaching meditation, my dog, dark chocolate, travel, clean crisp bed sheets and a good belly laugh! Too much information? LOL.
As far as writing, I would say not until my 30’s. I would write for pleasure, enjoying the process of storytelling. I had a box of research about my father’s illness that I thought I would write about one day but never did. Once the near death experience occurred, so much shifted in me. I became more comfortable in my own skin and I started to have more of a voice. Writing articles here and there but not really publishing them. I love Facebook as a forum for my writing as well.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
A life of trauma and drama and deep despair that was created by the thoughts and words I painted on my life which brought me to the Light and a near death experience. This liberating journey shifted my life in extraordinary ways with lessons and tools of healing and expansion for all.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
It chose me. Through the near death experience, an intuitive channel opened and guidance flowed and it was part of my life’s purpose.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
I need blocks of time not just hours but rather days carved out. So, getting the time to run off to the woods and write was the challenge. But all challenges are just perceived as such, so on the flip side it was a blessing in many ways. When I carved out the time, I was able to accomplish a lot.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I chose to self-publish. It made the most sense for a new author and the type of book. I already had a platform and a following. It is a memoir but it is so much more than that. It is hope and inspiration. It is healing. It will get in the hands of who needs it.
Was it the right choice for you?
Absolutely. At times it feels like an expensive business card, but I never expected to write this book to get rich on it. I wrote it to help humanity.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Organically. When I am speaking, teaching and private sessions. Book tour, interviews, and social media.
How is that going for you?
Good. Previously, I have not put a lot of effort into marketing since I had a built in audience with the wellness center. And with my main focus being my private healing practice, teaching and the wellness center I founded, I was active speaking and spreading the word about the book. During a time of transition to allow for more focused time on getting the book out to broader audiences, I closed the center and now putting more effort into the marketing.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Do you have another job besides writing?
I call what I do, Holistic Entrepreneur as with all the different avenues of writing, private healing practice, speaking and teaching and whatever else comes my way, the thread is my dharma. My life’s purpose. To assist humanity.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
“They” are not going to call you. You need action along with the writing of the book. The hard bit is getting it in the hands of readers. Get on the phone and start contacting people.
What’s next for you?
I am in the process of re-creating my life to accommodate my new goals. Simplifying! I have just come off of a 6 year intense run. I am enjoying more “be” time. Enjoying my son, friends and dog. My next book will get underway in 2015 which chronicles a trip to Peru I took in 2013.
Thank you for this interview, Lee. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Thank you! I so appreciate the opportunity to get this message out.
You can find me on the web at, leepapa.com and on FaceBook under Lee Papa and/or The Temple of All Knowing. And to arrange a book signing or a speaking engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Temple of Knowing is available at Amazon.