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Clara54 Talks With Author Terri Spahr Nelson


Thanks so much Terri for bringing my readers up to date on your latest, Reflections from Women Book Series. Before we start, can you give us a brief bio of Terri S. Nelson?

Terri Spahr Nelson is the editor of the Reflections from Women series and author of several publications. She also developed the “Women’s Collaborative Empowerment Model” for writing and publishing—the foundation of the Reflections from Women series. The books are published by Sugati Publications where a percentage of the profits go to agencies serving women and girls. Terri is also a national consultant, speaker, published author and psychotherapist. She has provided numerous trainings and retreats for women and for helping professionals. Additionally, she has been interviewed by national and international media including: CNN, NPR, 60 Minutes, BBC, Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, and others. Terri also maintains a private psychotherapy practice and provides consultations and trainings for national and international programs. In addition to her professional contributions, Terri has been married for 31 years, has an adult son, and has been a community activist and volunteer for peace, justice and healthcare issues. For information about the “Reflections from Women” series, go to www.reflectionsfromwomen.com or Sugati Publications at www.sugatipublications.com.

2.  I was so happy to have my essay selected for inclusion in Reflections from Women on Life’s Turning Points, your first book in the Reflection Series and to review your second book, The Moment I Knew, for my readers at Clara54.  Can you tell us how your Book Tour for these books unfolded?

Thank you, Clara. We were thrilled to include your essay in our first book.  Your story about your journey of renewal and starting over touched so many women.  I knew that it would be a welcome addition since you  left our readers with a sense of hope about starting over after a challenging course of events.  Your essay spoke volumes about the power of persistence and believing in yourself.

Our book tours in 2010 and 2011 took on two different forms.  We had a traditional tour of visiting sites from coast-to-coast (literally, Washington DC to Washington state!)  We focused our attention on independent book stores and women’s groups.  Many of our visits also involved writing workshops and discussions with emerging authors in our audiences.  Most importantly, I was able to meet and share the stage with several of the authors in our books.  It was wonderful to finally meet some of the authors.  I only wish I was able to stop in every city where our authors’ live.

The second part of our book tour (with book two) was a virtual book tour.  We spent one month sharing our book, the essays and our authors on blogs across the US and some international sites as well.  It was a great experience to meet other bloggers and to provide guest blogs on their sites about topics in our book.  For example, one of our authors who wrote an essay about parenting in our book shared some tips on another blog for their readers.  It was a great collaborative and sharing process.

3. Are you currently accepting stories for your 3rd book in The Reflection Series?

Yes, we are accepting short essays for the next book which is about women and politics.  Our next book is called 51%:  Women and the Future of Politics.  We want to hear from women about what they want, need and expect from our government.  We also want to hear about any recommendations for change that women have about politics or politicians.  This book is all about women’s voices, women’s perspectives, and the differences between men and women when it comes to politics.  We are hoping to appeal to a diverse group of women from across the country so that a range of women’s opinions will be included in the book.

There are three ways to be a part of this next book by May 31, 2012.

  1.  Submit a brief essay for consideration.  Go to our website for details after 4.10.12 at www.womenandpolitics.us
  2. Complete our national survey and give your feedback/comments which may be used in the book:  In English:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/USpoliticsandpoliticians

In Spanish:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/la_encuesta

  1. Answer our question of the week and like our Face book page in which your comments may be selected for inclusion in the book or to receive a gift copy of the book. Look for us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/51-Women-and-the-Future-of-Politics/289940501070765

4. Explain about the selection process, the book’s title and art selection as well.

As the Editor and coordinator of this project, as with all of our books, it is important to ensure that a diversity of women and their experiences are represented.   That’s part of what makes our books so unique.  We don’t just focus on one perspective or the predominate view.   We want to hear from all women (and in this next book, we want to hear from men too!) We also value feedback from our authors and encourage a collaborative process.  In our Reflections from Women books, the authors were involved and selected the title, the cover photo and the charity recipients from our book profits.  Our authors are so much more than just writers.  They are the heart and soul of our books.

5. Define for us, if you will, your formula for success?

There’s a great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson about success.  It speaks to me about the true meaning of success—beyond dollars or name recognition.   While it is certainly validating to know that others like your work, what more clearly defines success to me is whether my  work has made a difference—either in the lives of the authors, the readers or, maybe, somehow, in our world. I am hoping our next book will have that kind of impact—perhaps it might affect some change or maybe it will get people talking about the potential of women in the future of politics and our government.

6. Are there other creative pursuits you’d like to share outside of your Reflections from Women Series?

Life is good and busy for me now with the Reflections series, the upcoming book and my consulting work (not to mention the other pursuits outside of work!)  I cannot imagine doing anything other than what I am doing now—except for maybe more time to focus on my own writing.  For now, I love hearing from others and working on a collaborative piece of work.  Our books are like a great chorus—all of the amazing voices come together for quite a show in the end.  I can hardly wait to see the book!

7. How can women interested in contributing their stories find you?

As our business card says:  women and politics.us—we’re on the web, on Facebook, on twitter, and on the move.  Join us and be a part of the movement for change!  You can find us at: www.womenandpolitics.us  or on Facebook by searching 51% women and politics, or at the publisher: www.SugatiPublications.com.  The Reflections website (which includes a list of all of our authors) is:  www.ReflectionsfromWomen.com.  I hope to hear from your readers.  Tell me that Clara sent you!

Email me at tsnelson@womenandpolitics.us

Thank you for inviting me to be on your blog Clara and for sharing the information about our new book with your readers.  If they are not interested in submitting an essay, I hope they will check out our Face book page and answer our question of the week.  This week’s question is:  “What is one change you would like to see occur in politics or the way our government is run?”  I’m looking forward to your response! 

–Terri Spahr Nelson

What an inspiring interview. Terri is an awesome author and woman activist. I hope you all feel inspired by her message and read the book:)



On Writing The Personal Essay…

I’ve been doing a bit of personal writings for various submissions this month and have decided that I love it. Anytime you have a passion to inspire, motivate and empower another person on their ladder to success- go for it. In 2010, one piece I’d written ended up being selected for inclusion in When One Door Closes- A Reflection for Women On Life’s Turning Points. This women’s Book Series by Terri Spahr Nelson have garnered national attention.Yours truly had the pleasure of reviewing its 2nd book in the series, The Moment I Knew, in 2011 for my Clara54 readers…

Monday, I will be bringing an interview with the author herself! Yes, Terri has agreed to take a few questions and bring us up to date on her recent book tour, the book selection process and the submission deadline for inclusion in her 3rd book in the Reflection Series. It’s been a hectic week with writings, submissions, guest post inquiries, posting updates to my blogs and motivational site for women and working my nurse gig… and yet things seem to flow along quite well in the end:)

 Any personal writings on your agenda?

Book Review-The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments

She was a child in the 60s living with a family of abusers. Her sexual abuse at the hands of her brothers would remain their secret. When a lady she admired for being strong willed and outspoken came to her rescue, she had to deny everything and keep the family secrets… 

The doctor gave her two choices: a. “You can stay home and wait for the miscarriage to complete” or,

 b. “You can come to the hospital in the morning for a D&C” an invasive surgery to clean the fetus from her womb…

He is sixteen, her only son and brother to her two daughters. They are  a loving family. He loves them and they love him. He has ADHD and they will always take care of him until the punch and that became “The Moment I Knew.”

The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments, is the 2nd book in Terri S. Nelson’s Reflections From Women Series. It is an awesome compilation of 3o women spanning the globe, who bravely share their essays and poems with other women and men on their journey to wholeness.

Some of the stories are heartbreaking. Some uplifting and all inspiring in their message of hope, renewal and growth. I remember when my essay was chosen for the premier book in the series, When One Door Closes: Reflections from Women on Life’s Turning Points, published in 2010. It’s a feeling of euporia and humility. As the women of The Moment I Knew can attest; Being among such brave and strong women from such diverse backgrounds, all coming together to share their journey, becomes a humbling experience.

The stories in The Moment I Knew draws the reader into the devastation of miscarriage. Death. Abuse. Diagnosed Illness. Divorce and Separation from family and culture… It also shows us the resilience of women, even when mired in weakness, indeciviseness and fear.

The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments is an easy read with 188 pages. It’s also a book that’s going to inspire you to keep going even in your darkest days. I truly kept these women stories in my mind long after finishing the book. The update about each author at the end of their essay is an added bonus. 

To purchase a copy of The Moment I Knew and the first book in The Reflections from Women Series, visit www.sugatpublications.com

 Thanks to Terri S. Nelson for providing a complimentary copy of The Moment I Knew for review.

The Final Results- Reflections From Women!

Finally, the day has arrived! Clara54 invites you to the official launch of When One Door Closes-Reflections From Women On Life’s Turning Points! A great & inspiring account from 53 women on their personal trials & triumphs that comes from living life experiences. Thanks to Terri S. Nelson for selecting Yours Truly as part of this massive outreach to other women on their journey into being the woman they’ve always wanted to know! (ok, that’s my bit!)

Please visit the reflectionsfromwomenblog for info on purchasing a copy of this timeless book for yourselves & the women in your life…Peace.


Just received an email from Terri today…The Book is coming! I’m so excited that I just can’t hide it:) Anyhoo that gem should be in my hands by Monday at the latest. I’m hoping you guys signed up for a copy of When One Door Closes- Reflections From Women On Life’s Turning Points, by Terri S. Nelson and featuring yours truly!

The book is a collection of women stories and a testament to how women can truly pick themselves up from a fall & with the spiritual guidance of the benevolence (GOD) truly “rise up and walk!” with grace & dignity.

I will keep folks updated & you know this… AND coming in March, a true treat from a fifteen time award winning author ( and that’s just from one of her three novels) who kindly consented to featuring excerpts from some of her works at clara54. I cannot wait because I’ve read her latest book of poems/prose, all 107 pages of it & I’m a “fan”.

Anyhoo, that’s in the works people. (more info along with profile) Tomorrow, however is another day and I’m about to prepare for a grueling ‘day’ gig 😦 Does anybody out there need a nurse who works from home? Just askin’…

BTW: Some great gossip headed your way as well…EXCITING!