Interview with Monica Iglesias, author of “You Are a Powerful Creator, My Little One: Creating Happiness”

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

It is close to home and something I wish I had when raising my children.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I find that Long hand with a notebook and pen allows for inspiration to flow better when getting the initial ideas out on paper. That way I don’t get distracted with the mechanics of the computer and get frustrated when I can’t remember a password or the computer doesn’t work the way I need it to and then the inspiration is gone.

Do you think writers have a normal life like others?

Yes. They can. I am a COO of a small business, a mom, a presenter, etc. I just ended up putting some pretty inspiring ideas on paper, contracted an illustrator to draw some pictures and put it in a book format.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

The process. Sometimes it is slow, and sometimes it flows. The publication and design process when it takes communicating ideas to others.

Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

My books are based on actual events. The stories I write are actual journal entries, turned into a children’s book to inspire other children to create their own happiness, peace, love, courage, etc.

Do your novels carry a message?

Absolutely, That no matter how big or small, we are powerful creators of our own happiness and we have the power to influence the happiness of others.

Are there any books that you are currently reading and why?

Change you thoughts, Change your life, by Wayne Dyer – Discovering the Tao de Ching and applying it into my life.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

The remainder of the children’s series “You Are a Powerful Creator My Little One” Creating Light, Creating Peace, Creating Courage, Creating Celebration. As well as a Youth Series, and my own self-transformational book, “Create the Most Amazing Life Possible for You – From the INSIDE… Out!”

It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

Absolutely! They say, “Your mess is your message!” I will be honest and forthright with you. My message today is how to EMPOWER CHILDREN! Ask me how I know? I began my earliest memories in abuse. I promised myself I would never be that kind of parent. When I became the abusive parent I feared, That was a wake up call for me to change my life!

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

NEVER did it occur to me that I could do this. English was one of my most challenging subjects in school. I didn’t like it much and I didn’t think I was ever any good at it.

Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

Some of it. I run a small Internet Service Provider company. I also teach classes and do presentations based on my books. I dabble in Real Estate. I am a mother of 4 children, a wife and I am even known as a mentor, intuitive and spiritual guide. Quite the spectrum of interests I know.

Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?

Being the owner of the company, My hours are when I determine them to be, but I find my focus on the other areas of my life do interfere with my writing. I have the tendency to put them as a higher priority than my writing, and the writing gets left for the time I have left over. I am changing that though, and putting more focus and emphasis on writing.

Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?

NOT! It takes a lot of time and money in my experience before ever seeing a dime. Since the only true marketing is from the author themselves. In fact, I was told that only 1/10 authors are successful financially.

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

Yes. You just dig deep, put your thoughts on paper and go for it. Anyone with a desire can write, but not all are meant to.

People believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?

I don’t feel any different. But people see it as glamourous because the published author is someone who has followed through to completion of an idea. Many people have the ideas and think about writing a book but never get around to it.

Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished?

I have over 50 children’s books alone to write and get into print. Only the first book is in print. Book 2 and 3 are in process. Not to mention my other books I am working on. I celebrate every step of the way, but I have a long way to go still. I am just embarking on my journey.

Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you?

Sure, there are days I want to throw in the towel and give up. It would be so much easier to do nothing, right? But I feel that the message I am sharing is beyond me. I wouldn’t be satisfied if I gave up.

What is your motivation for writing more?

When asking my creator how I could be my highest contribution to the world, I was told to share what we have created in our home with others through children’s books and more. So I find my spirit driving me to continue in order to benefit the lives of others. In lifting others, I am lifted.

Which book would you want adapted for the silver screen?

“You are a Powerful Creator My Little One” There are a lot of directions it could take. It could become Something like “Inside Out” or FROZEN or even a childrens TV Series if in the right hands.