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Friday, July 17, 2015

Feng Shui For Writers / M.C. Simon Author Interview


I’ve got a special author interview today! M.C. Simon is talking about a book that can benefit all writers: FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS. Check out the details below and her interview. 

Title: Feng Shui For Writers
Series: How To Master Your Life
Author: M.C. Simon
Genre: Non-Fiction
Format: Paperback and Kindle
Length: 152 pages
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: IML Publishing
Kindle Price: $7.99 Kindle
Paperback Price: $29.26 Kindle

DISCOVER HOW TO MASTER YOUR WRITING LIFE

The fully illustrated, comprehensive FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS provides all the dots that you have to connect to control the flowing Chi for each writing category. What is harmony for a romantic novel writer is different from what is harmony for a journalist writer, and for sure very different than for the writer writing for the horror domain. To bring the Feng Shui technique into the writer’s life, it is not enough to merely explain general principles and ideas; we have to dig deeper because the branches of writing are so numerous.

Find Out HOW TO:
  • Attract productivity, successful publishing and money using Feng Shui
  • Overcome writer’s block with Feng Shui help
  • Organize your writing place to achieve your goals
  • Influence your writing life through colors
  • Use crystals for creative writing
  • Use lighting to Feng Shui your writing space
  • Choose the plants that will boost your creativity
  • Influence your “writer’s zone” and the creative mind
  • Boost your children’s creativity (yes… children are young writers also)
And much more.

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1. What inspired you to write this Feng Shui For Writers?

To make the explanation short, while I was working on a novel, I realized that my surroundings didn’t influence me as I wanted.

I suddenly noticed that the Chi flow around my desk and office was stagnant for what I needed to write. Instantly the cogwheels in my brain started working at a high-speed level, and a new creative idea was born… I have to Feng Shui my office, to let the Chi flow freely, to accurately boost my environment for this writing project. I did it… and for some time I wrote like never before; I almost couldn’t be stopped by any external influences.

But… after a while I realized something; I couldn’t keep this information only to myself. I had to share it with my fellow writers. Thus started the process I dubbed “the birth of my second first book”. Yes, like this I referred to my project through which the book “Feng Shui for Writers” was born. I called it “the birth” because even the smallest ideas we have, cross through a birth process before manifesting into this world. I called it “my second first book” because it is my first published book, but the second one to be implemented and emerge from the embryo phase.

And this book was born for YOU - the Writer!

2. What books would you compare to Feng Shui For Writers?

As I know, Feng Shui for Writers can’t be compared with any other book. There are tons of books talking about Feng Shui, but none are dedicated to the writers. There are also several articles on this subject, but all of them are general and don’t treat each writing genre, as this one does. I can say that until this moment, Feng Shui for Writers is unique.

3. Did you do special research for Feng Shui For Writers?

Yes and no. Because Feng Shui was one of my subject of interest ever since I’ve decided to be a writer, all the research I have done during my life, I applied in this book for the writer’s world, trying to separate the information according with the type of writer everyone is. For more details about this, you can check an extract from the book on my website: Who Is A Writer?

4. If you have a pen name, can you explain how you came up with it?

M.C. Simon is my pen name indeed. I really love my real name, but it is hard to spell in English. At least until now, each time when an English speaker wanted to say my name, it brought a huge smile on my face. None of them succeeded to say it correctly. Therefore, I decided to choose M.C. Simon as a Pen Name, which, in fact, is only a short form of my real one. This gave my readers the chance to say my name with a correct pronunciation.

5. What are a few things we would find in or on your desk?

Other than a regular laptop for my daily computer activities like checking emails, and the writing laptop that I use only for writing articles and books, you can sure find tons of “To Do” lists, notebooks, and colored watermarks. I simply love colors and everywhere around me that’s all you see; the only exception to this rule are my clothes because I mainly prefer black clothing.

6. Can you tell us about your journey to publication?

Since the moment when I decided to self-publish, I focused only on the steps that I must do to reach my goal. I have to admit here that the main role was played by my husband, who is my webmaster and designer also. Because he is an expert in these fields, it was not too hard to first see my Kindle book up on Amazon and after that even easier to touch the physical version of Feng Shui for Writers. For us, the hardest part of this process was the painting phase for the illustrations in the book. We decided to manage all the steps ourselves. 

Therefore, all the paintings included in the book are our own doing also; I painted all of them and my designer converted the paintings to digital format. This process was… let’s say about 60% of the time dedicated to publishing our book.

7. How long have you been writing?

I suppose I have been writing since the first day I learned to write J . But the decision to become a writer and a published author was made exactly one year ago, when at the same time I decided to quit my job as an engineer and also to move from the country in which I was born and lived.

8. What lessons did you learn early on in your writing career?

Maybe it will sound like a common lesson, but I think the main one that I learned was to always believe in myself. If anyone can do anything on this planet, this means I can do it, also!

9. If you could write anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Anywhere where there is an ocean or a sea, and I can hear the waves crashing on the shore.

10. Your advice to new writers.

Never forget that the real power in this world belongs to the writers. Through their words, through their imagination, they can really influence on all levels life on this planet. My advice is to never forget this important mission that a writer has: to make this world a better one. Always write from your heart. Nothing else matters. Always, always, always rise up after a fall. Never give up. Your book is there inside you. Your mission is to make it real.




BIO:

Writer, translator, engineer, researcher, project manager, blogger, eternal student… these are only a few words to describe MC Simon.

She strongly believes that energy is ours to use freely, and we need only to open our hearts to regain the lost perception of our true powers. She thinks that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. For this reason, M.C. Simon has never hunted the information but rather waited for the right moment when she would be ready for the information to find her. In the same way, she knows that when someone needs her, the Universe will proceed in such a way that the meeting will take place.


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Please leave a comment for M.C.! :)


51 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Just the book I need at present "How to Master My Life".
    Many aspects of my life are going pear shape......lol
    Yvonne.

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    1. This one is all about writing and would be perfect for any writer or poet such as yourself, Yvonne. :)

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    2. Thank you, Yvonne.
      There are so many tools for "mastering" our lives around us. We need only to notice them. Feng Shui is only one of them. :)

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  2. Sure sounds like an interesting take. One thing I never get though is writer's block, so maybe the feng shui around here is just right

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    1. You're lucky that you never get writer's block. I had it for months once and it was not good.

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    2. Thanks for the comment Pat :)
      In fact... this book was written while I was crossing a huge writer's block.

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  3. Wow, this sounds like a great book! Nice to meet you,M.C. Your advice to writers #10 is beautiful and I will re-read that today for inspiration. I read a book on Feng Shui many years ago and implemented some of the ideas. I still believe in energy blockages caused by clutter. I would love to delve into this subject for improving my writing space. Thanks for the wonderful interview, Chrys!

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Lisa and thank you for your kind words! :)
      Since I decided to become a writer, I simply fell in love with the writer's world therefore, I wanted to learn as much as possible so as to be able to help any new writer. It is really a great journey!

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    2. I'm glad you liked our interview, Lisa! Feng Shui is truly a fascinating subject. I studied it years ago. :)

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  4. It sounds like a really interesting book, though I'm sure all my science-based, skeptical friends would pillory me and accuse me of "special pleading" if they found out I believe in or don't entirely discount certain of the things they often mock, like astrology, Feng Shui, and homebirth. Right now, my small room is so cluttered and needs better organization, not to mention more free space.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Carrie-Anne :)
      Talking about your "science-based, skeptical friends"... believe me, I know what you mean. I myself am an engineer with lots of technical specializations :-) But... Feng Shui advices work great for engineers also.

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    2. Well, you don't have to tell your "science-based, skeptical friends." You can enjoy it all yourself. And when they ask how your so zen and successful, mention the book then. ;)

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  5. I've heard about Feng Shui and read a few articles about it, but haven't applied it in my own life yet. This looks like a must read. My desk and writing space can get messy and uninspiring sometimes.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Medeia!
      Feng Shui is about un-cluttering and about much, much more. For weekly articles you can check the FengShuiFor Writers website.

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    2. I've studied feng shui but haven't applied it yet either. And I had just moved too (in April), which would've been the perfect time.

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  6. Seems like an excellent choice to read at this point in time. Great thoughts and nice of you to share!

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    1. Thank you so much. Blogoratti :) By the way, I like your name :) How did you come up with it?

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Blogoratti!

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  7. I'll try anything!!!! Truly love this idea, and I think making the right move in a positive direction does more than anything.

    Great interview too!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Yolanda :)
      For sure you'll feel great applying Feng Shui remedies. Not only for your writing life, but for anything that can make your life better.

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    2. I'm glad you loved this, Yolanda. :)

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  8. Interesting interview! Good luck with the book!

    betty

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    1. Thank you so much, Betty! :)
      By the way... the main photo on your website looks gorgeous! I almost wanted to sit on that bench.

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    2. Thanks for leaving M.C. a comment, Betty!

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  9. Interesting conversation--I would be curious about the practice in Asia and if there is a link between it and writing there.

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    1. Thank you Sage. There are lots of great Feng Shui websites owned by masters from Asia. Until now I didn't find any other book about this art that is designated for writers. The only connection between this book and the practice in Asia is an email I received from a known Feng Shui Master, talking so nice about my book. Sincerely speaking... I was so happy reading their review.

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    2. MC's idea about applying Feng Shui rules to writers is truly unique. I love it!

      How neat that you received an email from a Feng Shui master. That is awesome, MC!

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  10. I'm not so sure I believe in Feng Shui, but interesting read!

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    1. Thank you, Madilyn :)
      What's interesting when working with energies is the fact that even if we believe it or not... the energy is everywhere and works just fine for everyone. Have you noticed in your life, events or things which... logically, they where not suppose to happen? If yes, well... on a hidden level you somehow influenced the changes. Feng Shui is only one way to influence things on our path. There are so many others :) I am sure you already mastered a method.

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    2. We appreciate your comment regardless, Madilyn! :D

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  11. Fascinating information about Feng Shui. I know nothing about it, but perhaps I need to. Enjoyed the interview. Best of luck to you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Beverly! :)
      There are many great websites about Feng Shui. Still... if you want to know more about this ancient art applied to the writer's life, you can at anytime visit my website FengShuiForWriters.com
      Anyway, I am sure you already mastered this technique on an unconscious level because I see you are a prolific writer :)

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    2. Feng Shui is really neat and can be used for many aspect of our lives.

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  12. Thank you for having me, Chrys!!!
    It was a pleasure and an honor at the same time!
    Many thanks to your readers also. I had great moments interacting with everyone!

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    1. You're so very welcome, MC! I was excited to have you on my blog because I knew many of my writer fans would be interested in your book.

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  13. I've always been intrigued but more so than ever now! A wonderful presentation for what promises to be a positive source of creative inspiration!
    Thank you both for sharing :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diedre!

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    2. Thank you so much, Diedre :)
      Please keep us updated if you decide to apply the Feng Shui remedies into your writing life.

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  14. I've feng shui-ed my room but never my writing area. Hadn't considered it before.

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    1. I'm going to do Feng Shui my writing area. :D

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Liz.
      It happened same to me. While I was writing on a novel, I noticed that my room was Feng Shui-ed to influence different aspects from my life, but... the creativity and productivity aspects were blocked. After I made some changes and my Muse suddenly visited me :) , I decided to write this book. Moreover... There are already two readers who sent me photos with the changes they done after reading the book. One already knew about Feng Shui, the other one was a "non-believer". For both of them the results were instant and amazing and they decided to write about it. I would be happy to know what influence it has on your writing life. Is not necessary to buy the book. You can check the weekly free advices on the book's website.

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  15. Chrys I think you did a great job on this interview with MC.

    And MC, ... if you only started writing in this manner a year ago I feel you have a great career ahead of you!

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    1. Thank you so much, John!!! You just made my day. I hope your "feeling" comes true :)

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    2. Thanks, John! :) And thank you so much for visiting!

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  16. I like the reason you came u with a pen name. I really enjoyed the interview.

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    1. *up with a pen name.

      Sorry about the typo. My broken arm still isn't fully functional.

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    2. Thanks for leaving a comment, Mary, especially with your broken arm. I hope it gets better soon!

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    3. Thank you so much, Mary! How did you succeed to have a broken arm? I hope you will completely recover soon! It happened to me also two years ago when I fell on ice. But the good part was that I was on my way to office, therefore my company gave me lots of money as compensation. Definitely, I suppose the ice was Feng Shui-ed :-)))))

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  17. Thanks for introducing us to MC's work, Fey. If I were a real writer, I would definitely have a pen name. My current last name triggers an immediate conversation about food and I have to confess to not being the heir to a billion dollar company.

    Good luck with the work!

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    1. Thank you too, Slamdunk :) You say "if I were a real writer"... well... Your last article "Bug TV" seems to be written by a very good writer :) I enjoyed it a lot! I even subscribed to your newsletter and can't wait to read more.
      Good luck to you, too.

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