Today I have romance author Seann Vinyasa-Billson on my blog. Her Promise series of romance books begins with Sexual Promise.
What or who inspired you to start writing?
My grandmother on my mother’s side wrote poetry and so did her father. She also read tea leaves and he read palms. I also write poetry and read oracle cards for clients.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
A lot of my experiences and me are in my books. Only one book is out at the moment, the first in the Promise Series. However you will see much of who I am in every book because I am writing about what I know about. It gives people a glimpse into what it is like to be an intuitive & to have dreams that come true on a regular basis. It also demonstrates what my interests are and what pushes my buttons.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
My next project is actually almost completed and it may be available before this interview is published actually. Fingers crossed. I seem to be dragging my feet on this one because it is very personal. It is a memoir and a ‘how to’ work with your dreams. It actually gives people a background to some of the characters in Sexual Promise. The name is Dream The Answer – A Memoir – My Eyes in the Sky. There is an excerpt on my website.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
The best advice I have received about writing came from two separate sources. The advice was to keep writing. The best form of marketing is the energy you are exuding to the world by continuing to write and share regardless of what the outside world’s feedback may look like at any given moment. The second best piece of advice was to make time for writing. Get up early and have a clear intention on when you will write. The worst advice I ever received was not to self publish because that was vanity publishing and no one will take you seriously. As we can see in the world today that is complete hogwash.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I have to answer this question because it really gives you a glimpse into my personality. I do both. When ideas fly out of me, I have to do an outline so that I do not lose the information I am getting. To me, it was much like preparing to write an essay exam in University. I found I fared much better if I did an outline before writing; now having said that, I also stay focused on one idea and develop a character with freestyle writing.
Please tell us about your current release.
Sexual Promise is a book that delves into psychic ability, alcoholism, time travel, romantic relationships and religion. The characters offer different sides to these topics so that a reader can decide what they think and not be told what to think.
How did you come up with the title?
I was in my living room one day and felt that I needed to write a novel and all of a sudden I heard the name “Sexual Promise” given to me and that I would self publish. It was one of my clairaudient experiences.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I am a huge fan of Edgar Cayce so I read one of his books about Atlantis. I also read some material from Ruth Montgomery.
If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?
The next book is called Atlantis Bourne. It delves more into what life is like in Atlantis as well as keeping up with what is going on with the characters in this time – 2014.
Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?
I have two places I like to write – Our bedroom because it is our sanctuary and it carries a sense of peace yet passion inside our room. The second place is a window seat at Tim Horton’s. It does not matter to me if the place is full and noisy because I can tune my environment out when I am focused. I am focused because I am on task without housework beckoning to me. It is much like being in our bedroom. Shut the door and voila, housework is out of sight.
What book are you reading right now?
Breathing Spaces by Katrina Repka and Alan Finger. A book about breathing and yoga. (non-fiction) Very good!!!
They are gorgeous, they are armed and promises are made. The tribe must be kept together in a future that is hard to control.
Rhea is the High Priestess in the land of Atlantis. She receives visions and is called to act. Enlisting three of her tribal members, one of which is the love of her life, they time travel together into the year 2013.
This is a mission that begins by manipulating Connie, a writer, of whom Rhea had given a three year notice. Now it was time for the tribe to enter into Connie’s dreams while trying to remain alive in Atlantis.
They are the characters in the book being written by Connie. Challenges arise when they cannot control what is written. Time is running out in Atlantis resulting in the possibility of a backup plan being executed.
About the Author
Seann Vinyasa-Billson (1968 – whenever) was born in The Pas, Manitoba. Original birth name was Shauna Hicks. Due to her love of travel and change, she has lived overseas twice, served at two different resorts, has a degree in Sociology and can reupholster furniture. Seann is considered the Jane of all trades with an “I’ll do it myself” attitude. Being a wife and mother of two keeps her hopping.
More recently, office assistant turned Oracle, Seann now entertains us with her romance novel series, a memoir combined with a ‘do it yourself’ book about dreams.
You can purchase Sexual Promise on Amazon.