Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive and Well – author interview – Maria Andrade

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Paperback Writer welcomes our author for today, author Maria Andrade and her non-fiction book, Heart Magic; Keeping Love Alive and Well.

About Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive and Well

Love needs help!

One out of two marriages ends in divorce in the US. Couples applying the communication skills in Heart Magic are not merely “lucky in love” they are prepared to be harmoniously together for a lifetime. You can too!
Discover the 8 characteristics found in lasting marriages. Learn basic, “do’s and don’ts” to get along build trust and a strong joyful partnership. Personal case histories included.

Read the Excerpt!
Much has been written about how to find the “right person” to love, that “special someone” with whom we might share our life. “Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive & Well,” is a book about how to sustain love once you have found it! Relationships form the thread which binds all life. The heart and soul of a people are reflected in how they treat themselves, each other and the natural world. In fact, the future of a society rests on its children and what they are taught about love and relationship. We are in a love crisis in this country with one out of two marriages ending in divorce. We must become better educated in the greatest of all arts-the art of relating.

Hi Maria

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

Q:  Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

A:  It is a pleasure to be visiting with you! I got the idea for my book, Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive & Well, from the two decades I have spent helping people create healthy, loving and enduring marriages.

Q:  Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

A:  I thought about for awhile and realized I could reach more people if I could create a small, easy to read book, which could be used as a guidebook for how to get along and create trust in partnership. It is my passion to see people resolve differences in a fair way and enjoy each other daily. It is so much better than bickering and being unhappy. I think more people can become successful in what I call the greatest of all arts – the art of relating.

Q:  How did you come up with the title?

A:  I wanted a title that best described the content of the book, which describes how wonderful life feels when we live in harmony and with the one we love. The title Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive & Well, infers there is a way to do that. I tried to find an equally descriptive title for the Spanish edition.

Q:  How did you find an agent and publisher?

A:  I didn’t. My husband created a small press for his work and Clara Publishing was born in the 90s. He is a specialist in anxiety disorders, especially as it is expressed in the automobile and he sells his tapes, which are used in the car, all over the world. My book was self-published under Clara Publishing.

Q:  Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

A:  I think author and Cultural Transformationist, Riane Eisler who wrote The Chalice and the Blade and other great works, improved the quality of the book because she supported that I use her material on what are Partnership and Dominator traits and values. The book begins with this information so people can assess their way of thinking and communicating which has either positive or negative results in love and marriage. Moreover, I used two case studies of couples who use partnership or domination tactics in their way of treating each other. Readers have told me this is quite enlightening.

Q:  How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

A:  I wrote the book rather quickly in a period of two months.

Q:  How long did it take from start to publication?

A:  It took about 4 months from start to finish including editing. The Spanish version took longer, however, because the Latino language is varied and I had 4 people assist me in the editing process. They represented the way language is used in Spain, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. I did this so folks from varying parts of the Latino readership would find the book easy to read and understand.

Q:  Do you have any advice for new authors?

A:  My advice is to keep writing and trying to get your work out to the public. You must be willing to wear both hats as writer and a promoter. Like a good parent who helps your child find a place in the world a writer creates but must also try to get the work out to the world of readers.

Thank you, Maria, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success.

Thank you for inviting me to spend time here at Paperback Writer! I invite your audience to follow my Valentine’s Day Tour by going to, www.pumpupyourbook.com or if they wish to contact me for information regarding love and partnership or the writing process, I can be reached at: www.magicunion.com.

About the Author

Maria J. Andrade, M.S. M.F.T., is a psycho spiritual therapist and poet. She was born in Ecuador, South America and raised in New York and California. In 1989 she was initiated in Andean Shamanism by Amazonian and Inca medicine healers of Peru. She uses poetry, stories and ceremony in her work. Her poetry and articles on social justice has appeared in the nationally awarded winning, bilingual newspaper, “La Oferta Review” and “Vistazo” San Jose, California as well as in “La Opinion” Newspaper, Los Angeles.
Maria is a social and human rights activists who helped establish organizations such as Habitat for Humanity in Pomona, CA and FACTS (Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes Law) Los Angeles Chapter. She worked with Peace and Justice, a political activists group based in La Verne, CA and for 25 years served on the Board of the Carl Jung Society of Claremont as Program Coordinator gathering speakers and programs which bring transformative visions for the new millennium. She is founder of the “Heart Magic” workshops based on her book Heart Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well. This book focuses on important fundamental principles and communication techniques for sustaining a loving and lasting partnership.
She lives in California and has a private counseling practice with her husband Sy Cohn. You can visit her website at www.magicunion.com.

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