Tampa Bay Books
Interview with Sue Sabella, author of Transitions to Transformations
When did you begin your writing journey?
I began my writing journey about 6 Years ago when I was going through a divorce and suffering from illness and great financial difficulty.
I needed an outlet to express all the turbulent emotions inside of me and also needed to put my focus on something positive which not only help heal me emotionally but also to share my experiences and be a cheerleader of sorts for others who are going through the same things I previously had.
I have several blogs on wordpress.com, the best website in my opinion to have a blog because people worldwide read wordpress.com blogs. I have readers from Scotland, India and all around the world.
My wordpress.com blogs are:
“Metaphysically Chatting”- for all things metaphysical including psychic hygiene and spirit encounters.
“The Good News”- for all things good. It’s time to focus on the good things in life.
“The Women’s Advocate”- support and guidance for women concerning abuse and other women’s issues.
“Life On A Dime”- Ideas for living within a budget for fun and recreation.
“Appetite For Life”- All about loving yourself on the journey to weight loss.
“It’s Been My Experience”- Anything and everything that happens to me that I like to pass along.
When I was a child I wrote in a diary and about 6 years ago I started keeping a journal and the poetry, songwriting and writing in general came to me.
Poetry and songwriting was the beginning for me, this made me feel like I still had something to look forward to despite all the drama I went through.
I compiled all the poems I wrote that healed me emotionally and created my very first book.
Please share about your latest book.
My very first book is named “Transitions to Transformation: Your Soul’s Poetry”
This is a poetry book that is positive and takes you from transitions to transformation.
I divided this book into three parts:
“The Winds of Change”- About life’s little mishaps that seem to “blow us away”
For example: divorce, illness, abuse and financial difficulties.
“Dark Night of The Soul”- Which is about all those dark emotions we go through dealing with our winds of change.
After all, we must cross the moat to get to the castle.
The last section is “Into the Light”- which is all about the ways we can recover from the winds of change and dark night of the soul so we may return to our original state of happiness.
What are some takeaways you would like your reader to get from reading your book?
I would love it if this book inspires others to use poetry and writing as a healing tool. I would also love it if my readers get inspiration, hope and most of all emotional healing.
What is the best advice you have received about writing?
I was really inspired by that writing is a healing tool not only for myself but for others too.
What is your advice to beginning writers?
Don’t be too harsh on yourself and don’t be too much of a perfectionist-
Let your words flow as you can always go back and change things later.
Inspiration comes in a divine flash so always keep a journal nearby.
If you’re feeling like you are running out of inspiration, walk away from your project until you are feeling more energized and inspired.
Writing from experience is the best because it comes from the heart and readers will connect with you more.
Most writers are readers. What books are on your “to-read” list?
“The Cinderella Complex” by Colette Dowling
I first read this book at the tender age of 13. It was about how women are trained by society to fall into the trap of being a damsel in distress, depending on a man to fulfill their every need when they need to rely on themselves for their own happiness, prosperity and fulfillment. I’m so glad I read this book as it taught me at a young age to be independent in my own well-being and not to look outside of myself for happiness.
“The Writer’s Way” by Julia Cameron
This book and author really inspired me to write from the heart and not to judge myself too much, that anyone can write as long as they get out of their own way from self-limitations.
“Eat, Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert This is a real-life account of a woman who learned she must find joy within herself instead of looking for it outside herself from romantic relationships.
“Why Is This Happening To Me…Again???” by Dr.Michael Ryce
Dr. Michael Ryce explains why we go through the same difficult situations over and over again because of thought projection. This really changed my life and got me out of my stinking thinking.
Where can readers find out more about you and your book?
My book is available on BOTH kindle format as well as print version on amazon.com
I have two Facebook pages:
Transitions to Transformation: Your Soul’s Poetry
Transitions to Transformation Radio Show™
Question for fun’s sake—what was your favorite childhood toy and why?
My favorite childhood toy was my Barbie Camper, it was about 3 feet long and it inspired me to travel. I loved my Barbie Doll and she represented to me freedom of expression and women’s independence.