Interview with Katherine Ayers

How did you start your writing career?I’ve enjoyed writing as long as I can remember.  I got interested in writing stories in college and have continued to journal over the years.  A couple of years ago a friend asked me to submit a poem on words to the Non-Violent Communication journal.  I am beginning to stick my toe in the water regarding publishing. More recently I submitted a poem on turning seventy to the Story Circle Network newsletter.  An artist friend of mine who reviewed my portfolio saw my expressive paintings and encouraged me to put them in book form.  I had already written about my paintings as a way of integrating the experiences that surfaced a weeklong intuitive painting workshop on Molokai.  Then it was a matter of putting the material together in a book form.

Tell us a bit about your book From Frozenness to FreedomI was interested in writing a book that could be healing to others.  The experiences that surfaced for me  through expressive, intuitive painting were transformational and healing.  I wanted to share this with others.  I have always believed in the power of the arts to heal, whether it be dancing, music, painting, poetry or prose.  This book is an intimate story of transformation that takes place at a beautiful retreat center on Molokai.  The process of being guided and immersed in painting over a ten day period created a life changing experience for me.

How did you research for this book?This book emerged out my personal experience

Who is the publisher and why did you pick them?Xlibris is the publisher and I picked them because I wanted to self-publish,HI  and they offered promotion as part of a publishing package.  They also created a website for me 

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?On my website 

Anything you'd like to add?
I would like to say that expressive, intuitive art, for me, is a powerful healer of traumatic experiences, as well as a source of inspiration and a release of old beliefs and concepts that are no longer serving me.  I want to emphasize that it is important to have a safe and supportive guide, therapist or spiritual friend when negotiating traumatic experiences.  I do not recommend trying to deal with traumatic memories by oneself, as that can reinforces the aloneness and lack of safety present during the original traumatic experience.  There are practitioners who are specifically trained to work with trauma.


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