Meet Tiffy Rose. She Is The Author of Her Debut Release “The Big Trap: Just One last High.” Interview Courtesy ~ Off The Record …

Meet Tiffy Rose. She Is The Author of Her Debut Release “The Big Trap: Just One last High.” Interview Courtesy ~ Off The Record …

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends and Visitors,

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Please meet my special recovery friend Tiffy Rose and she is also a fellow author as well! She is about to release her second book soon, but I have her first book on my “Goodreads List” and is my next book to read. I have been hearing some amazing book news of her debut release titled “The Big Trap: Just One Last High.”

And cannot wait to begin reading it. I decided this year I am going to start sharing more recovery authors and the books they write just as I do over on my “Cat Lyon’s Reading & Den Blog” 

I hope you all will support Tiffy by ordering a copy and make sure you leave a review on Amazon like I will when finished … I hope you enjoy learning more about her!

~Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author/Advocate

 

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MEET AUTHOR T. ROSE and INTERVIEW by “Off The Record”

 

First off, tell me about yourself?

I am a mom of two; my daughter has two boys and one girl. My son has two girls and they all are the light that warms my heart daily even when I am unable to see them.  I love gardening around the house I bought 4 years ago, a gift to myself on my twelve-year Sobriety anniversary. I also enjoy sitting at my favorite restaurant Oceanside and staring out over the expanse of the ocean to the horizon reflecting on how grateful I am for the life I have today.

I am blessed with over sixteen years in recovery, after a twenty-five-year addiction to cocaine. I am a Recovery Advocate and Life Coach helping those still struggling to find their way through the waters of recovery and the entire stigma that comes along with being an addict. Writing has become a meaningful and deeply satisfying way to meet others and fulfill a strong conviction to help other souls on their life journey.

 


What made you want to become a writer?

I began writing my personal story to explore and understand my life events and make sense of ‘the how and why’ things happened as they did, and the how and why I became addicted to cocaine. A simple daily journal I had begun writing early in my recovery as a self-therapy tool, ultimately became the framework for The Big trap. From what appeared at first a random array of unconnected personal life events and impulsive choices, steadily emerged recognition of interconnectedness and cause and effect of my addiction and the life I had chosen to maintain it.

Writing out the steps and then later reading professional psychology and addiction literature revealed commonalities between myself and others I had known in and out of recovery and I began to strongly believe I could offer something of timely value and benefit to those in need. The question of why I believed I could and should write a recovery book was answered by the majority of people I had shared some part of my story with over the years who lamented, “You should write a book. Thousands need help.” They were right and I knew there was no turning back and a writer was born.

 

Tell me about your book The Big Trap: Just One Last High?

The Big Trap is a metaphor for addiction maintenance. Addicts telling themselves and wanting to believe it as well, the immediate act of getting high right now is this last one, the last high, and then no more, we stop. The story recounts my life events from earliest childhood memories and facts I could accurately verify as the path, the stepping-stones more or less, to my ultimate addiction. It reveals early traumatic events, the horrors of abuse I suffered within an extended alcoholic family, and being a child rape victim. It illuminates the subtlety of neglect, isolation, and the harsh environments to create lifelong conflicts and anxieties that untreated or ignored undermine normal healthy development and often result in efforts to self-medicate that are far too often the origins of destructive addiction.

I engaged that path as a teenager with alcohol and followed with marijuana, largely at first because it reduced the mental anguish and softened the effects of physical injuries. Ultimately, my judgment being too poorly developed to be wary of the seemingly perfect man I later married and trusted to protect me, introduced me to cocaine after self-imposed abstinence from alcohol and weed had steadily improved my life quality. He said; “Just once, just try it please… if you love me you will just once.”  

I was hooked without any idea of how powerful and life-altering the shiny little lines of white was. Up to that point, my earnest efforts to be a good wife while being the successful career woman at the forefront of the emerging personal computer revolution were extremely productive and financially rewarding and the book illuminates the good and bad choices so many of us make and why.


I had worked my way through college while holding down a full-time job by night to become the sole woman Electrician and Electronic Technician in a male-dominated field. Within the picture-perfect family life and career of two professional go-getters moving up that everyone on the outside looking in only seen two functioning addicts hiding the big secret. Casual occasional recreational coke use had steadily become addiction chaos and all the success tumbles down line by line within a year of that first fiery nose burning line.


The monster of more and more drugs took over landing me on the streets for ten years chasing… more! It takes the reader through the days and nights of those living our here, dealing drugs, using drugs and all the violence it holds. After multiple overdoses and seizures almost daily in the end, it was that last trip to jail that I realized I needed to stop. I requested the in-house jail rehab program for my housing stay during that one-year sentence and began what is today my complete recovery.

 

How do you feel it was received?

The reviews I have received from those who have read my book are great, I’m grateful that I was able to touch them with a story that gives a clear picture of the destruction addiction causes and the hope that can be found in recovery.

 

Now that it’s published would you do anything different or change anything?

I have changed some of the verbiage in the current edition that is available. In the first edition, the scenes where the rapes occur were much more violent and they have been toned down to allow placement in Juvenile Detention Centers, Adult jail facilities, Rehab Centers, and Sober Living Houses as aids and facilitation tools, as well as useful guidance in an easy good reading format.

 

I believe you self-published; tell me about that and more about why you went down the self-publishing route?

Yes, I did publish my own book, though I didn’t use the traditional self-publishing route. I created my own publishing business, Tiffy Rose LLC-Publishing, for the current title and those in the process and those planned.  I chose this route after I tried the traditional way of publishing my work without success. I did like so many others send out hundreds of query letters to Literary agents but I received either no response or agents telling me these types of stories are rarely picked up by the mainstream publishing houses.

At 56 years old I determined I didn’t have the luxury of time to wait for unknown people or entities to decide my book was worth their time and investment, so I invested in myself and away I went self-taught into the book publishing arena. I bought the required legal copyright and distribution marking criteria, the publishing software and here I am. Like a Publisher and owner, it allows me access to placement anywhere worldwide, and owning the copyrights I don’t have to worry about who else gets a say in where it goes from here.

 

Have you written anything else and if so where can people find it?

I am now in the final stages of finishing up my second book as a sequel to Trapped. The Big Trap is more about how I got there and the second book is about, how I and others make it back. It is focused essentially on the steps of recovery and sobriety and how to get there and stay. I illuminate the variety of myths and pitfalls of outdated perceptions of addiction and how harmful they can be if taken as gospel when current research and subject trails define newer methods of treatment that are more often effective short term and long.

My sixteen years in recovery I utilize to define how to search out well hidden or ignored cause/effect relationships that often underlie the addiction cycle and how to navigate the problems every addict trying to recover likely will encounter. I explore how to deal with many types of stigma and discrimination usually encountered and the tools I have learned along the way to share with others trying to find the right recovery path and its steps and conquer the obstacles.  A third book, a true life mystery has been outlined and I will publish it in early 2020.

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The Big Trap: Just One Last High!

About The Book ~ The Big Trap: Just one last High
Details:

  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Tiffy Rose LLC; 2 editions (March 5, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07B8WS8PD

How does a demure hard-working young Southern Belle climbing the corporate ladder at the forefront of the computer revolution get trapped in the dark underworld of drugs, crime, and prostitution?

This is the true story of Tiffany Rose Baker’s long journey from the hot West Texas plains to the executive boardroom by day and the shimmering club scene by night in sunny South Florida. Smile with her as years of dedication and hard work conquer the highest mountains and cry with her when misplaced trust and a line of cocaine leads to the depth of despair and self-destruction.

The Big Trap is an intense and thought-provoking examination of the dark secretive world of drugs and vice and the high price of substance abuse.

The Big Trap… Just One Last High, is the voice of one but the story of many who live day and night in the shadows of a pharmaceutical wasteland.

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A Message From The Author:

“I wrote the Big Trap as an extension of my research into the how and why I became addicted and stayed high about twenty-five years. It wasn’t enough to just know, I wanted to fully understand with certainty because at the time I first got straight again I wasn’t at all sure I would stay that way.  If one person gains control over substance abuse destroying their lives, or if only one person gains insights into their own path to certain success from The Big Trap, then my journey to the bottom and back and sharing it with others has purpose and power.”

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Thanks Author Shout For An Amazing Author Interview~Author/Advocate, Catherine Townsend-Lyon.

Thanks Author Shout For An Amazing Author Interview~Author/Advocate, Catherine Townsend-Lyon.

“Writing is a solitary task; it is a hobby for most of us, it is funny and smooth, other times writing is like a horror, getting a smooth writing experience need a lot of patience, time and spirit to keep performing. During hard times we strive to search for an answer here and there, on all topics and LIFE”

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Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a Best Selling Author of The Kodel Publishing Group with her shocking debut memoir titled; “Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat.” Catherine’s Memoir is both in-depth and raw as she takes readers on a journey of many important topics that ‘touched’ her life, starting as a little girl into adulthood.

She had taken a dark path, trying to elude the past childhood pain and traumatic events. She began using gambling as a coping skill and escape into a “dream world” to forget, if only for a few hours from the haunting memories of her childhood sexual abuse, parental verbal and physical abuse, and lived with undiagnosed mental/emotional illness for years. Shaping the “perfect storm, she became addicted to gambling with alcohol abuse. So, something like gambling to be for fun and entertainment became her worst nightmare and almost took her life, twice!

Now in recovery eleven plus years, Catherine has become well-known in the addiction/recovery communities, and is a loud advocate of gambling addiction, mental health, and the expansion of Indian Casinos, State Lottery offerings, and Internet gambling venues that needs to stop across America.

Catherine’s featured in many media and recovery publications like Columbia University’s Media Release through the 2×2 Project ~ Gambling With America’s Health. And most recently interviewed for Time/ Magazine online article titled “Addicted To Anticipation”  She is a former writer and columnist for “InRecovery Magazine” and a freelance writer for Keys To Recovery newspaper and column “Quit To Win.”

She is also an “Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger” for “Addictionland”  of Founder/Author, Cate Stevens along with other recovery experts along with other recovery experts like Christopher Lawford Kennedy and Tommy Rosen.

Catherine lives in Arizona and So. Oregon. She is married to her husband for 26 years. She is a ‘Cat Lover’ and has three, Princess, Boots, and Simon Peter.She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming. She owns an online business called: “Lyon Media, Book Promos, and Literary Consulting.”

 

 

Author Interview

 

Why did you write and disclose personal family experiences? Were you afraid of backlash or judgment from family and others?

Well, I felt that is what writing a memoir is all about. Since my book is about my life of many topics including gambling addiction and recovery, I wanted readers to have an in-depth view of how my family life was growing up can later become some of the roots to WHY some may turn to addiction in the first place.

I, nor many do not grow up in an “angelic” family dynamic. Some grow up in a dysfunctional or abusive situations. That was some of my experience, and later became added “fuel” to my addiction. I wanted to “set the back story” so to speak so readers had an understanding of how many of us may turn to addictions instead of knowing there are places we can get help like through counseling or therapy when your “past comes back later in life haunting you.”

As far as backlash, family needs to understand this memoir is not about them, it about how I was affected by how I was raised and disciplined. How I was also sexually abused as a little girl, and I stuffed that way for years without my parents knowing until adulthood. You will have to read my book to learn how all that turned out. I had to brave enough to share the good, the bad, and all the ugly to others who did or are going through these same issues, if you are going to write a memoir, you can not worry of backlash. I am trying to help others through my book. For me, that is what I focused on.

What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine or do you have any weird, funny, or unusual habits while writing and what are they?

Not really. My first book came very easy for me. And believe or not I hand wrote the memoir in 6 1/2 spiral notebooks by hand! At that time, I was not writing a book, I was writing for myself to heal and forgive myself and to see all that gambling addiction and alcohol abuse had taken from my life. The book part and becoming published happened a year later as “divine intervention” I always say.

I am almost done with book two, but I am also co-writing another memoir, so it will release before mine. I did release a new compilation book with several other others and Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin in Dec. 2017 titled;  “TEN THE HARD WAY: True Stories of Addiction and Recovery”  and Thank goodness I have an exceptional editor, as my own second book is also hand written! The only weird thing, I love writing when it’s raining. But I am not an outline or draft type of writer. I just let the words flow out of me onto paper and by the seat of my pants!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I can thankfully say no to this question. One of the best pieces of advice I had received from another writer was, “write what you know.”

Unfortunately, I know too much about gambling addiction, recovery, mental health challenges, and childhood trauma. All these topics have ‘touched’ my life and I advocate about them passionately …

What is the single most important piece of advice for aspiring authors?

I pass on what was told to me in the above answer “write what you know” or write what you “feel passionate about.” If you love animals? Write an animal children’s book. If you have an open imagination? Write a thriller or mystery. An action or adventure story. I feel funny giving other aspiring writers and authors advice. I am a book promoter for many fine authors of all genres as well, so one piece of advice I can give to first-time authors? Your book takes many hours, days, and months to promote. Book sales and book reviews will not happen overnight, so don’t give up or get discouraged. KEEP writing and keep promoting your books!


“I am a writer and published author by accident” ~Author, Catherine Lyon

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What are your current/future projects?

I am currently co-writing with former NFL pro from the Denver Broncos, Mr. Vance Johnson. We writing his story/memoir and legacy. It has been an amazing experience thus far. My second book is almost complete and will be a follow-up to my memoir. It will be serious, have musings, and ramblings about sharing more of my mental health and childhood trauma side of things and how to “Let The Shit Go!” … Lol.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

I actually started my current book out with “the reasons how and why” I came to start writing in the first place. It was about a suicide of a woman I read about in our local newspaper when I lived in So. Oregon all year round. But, no spoilers here. LOL.

You’ll need to read my book titled; ‘Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat,’ which is now listed here on “Author Shout” and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million.

Again, I write what I know…. Lol. Balance is a challenge for me to fit my own writing time in as I book promote for many other authors and writing another book with someone. It is why it has taken me MANY years to get my next book done and published. So I am still a “two book wonder” at this point.

What do you think is the future for independent authors and do you think it will continue to be easy for anyone to be a published author?

Well, we all know indie and self-published authors are changing the landscape of the “traditional” way authors get published these days. You no longer have to be published by one of the big publishing houses anymore. Now, that’s not to say there are some self-published or indie books that may not be very appealing. (No offense to authors). As I have read a few myself and the authors are no writers, LOL.

However, there are awesome writers and authors producing some fantastic written works and it is refreshing to see that all authors can now be noticed and praised for work well done! That is part of the change with being able to self-publish. I have promoted and worked with authors that were picked up and offered publishing contracts, so the traditional publishing houses are finding many good writers and authors. That is a great thing.

Are you traditional or self-published, and what process did you go through to get your book published?

My current book was picked up by a publishing firm. But my publisher is a smaller independent publisher, however, I received an awesome offer when it came to my royalty share. The Kodel Group, Steve Laible is more like a “self-publish” helper. I had an editor and book cover designer for my current book already, so they just did my format, typesetting, and upload through Amazon’s Create Space for the paperback, and KDP for my e-book.

Going this route was the least expensive way to publish. Now most publishers won’t do any book promoting, marketing for authors except maybe send out a press release about the new book, so authors Beware and do your reseach of publishers! …And be ready to promote your books on your own. I do all my own book promoting throughout social media, PR releases, and use a few places that promote for me in mainstream media and get my books into bookstores. Authors can promote for free at many book sites or place low-cost book ads like right here on Author Shout.

Have you ever changed a title, book cover, or even the content of your book after it was published? What was that process like?

Yes. The only change or difference that I made was to my book cover. I have two different covers that are the same but different in the colors. My  e-book cover has different colors then the paperback as I wanted my e-book cover to have more vibrant Las Vegas catching colors. The book cover designer took car of it.

What opportunities have being an author presented you with and share those memories? (i.e. travel, friends, events, speaking, etc..)

Being a person who maintains recovery from gambling addiction and alcohol for a little over eleven years now, publishing my book was my way of helping others with the same issues and problems as I have and was the only way I knew how to help others by sharing my voice and my story to give others HOPE that they to can recover from this cunning and devastating addiction known as gambling addiction.

Many blessings and doors have opened for me to share my voice and have a platform to help inform, educate, and raise awareness of addicted and problem gambling. I want those who have never been touched by addictions have more understanding, compassion, and empathy for those who suffer. The opportunities for writing recovery articles, writing with others, and for many publications has been 10 fold! Most have come from people seeing and reading my book, an interview, or hearing me on a radio show or podcast.

I had for two years became a recovery columnist for a premier magazine called; “In Recovery Magazine.” My column was called; “The Author’s Cafe.” I am also a writer for a recovery newspaper out of So. California called; “Keys To Recovery Newspaper” and I am an expert gambling addiction and recovery blogger on “Addictionland.” That is just the tip of the iceberg as I have a few more, but I am “blessed, humbled and thankful” for all the opportunities that have come my way. These offerings help keep me in recovery as well.

What are your marketing, advertising, promotion strategies and which one(s) have worked the best for you? If you had to share your most valuable promotion tip, what would that be?

Now this question is an easy answer! Lol. Layer low-cost book ads for your books on several places like right here on Author Shout.

Since I market, promote, and advertise books for authors for living and as my online business, I have a page of what I offer to authors and writers in promoting and marketing their books and I set up all their social media accounts as well. The details are on my website: “Lyon Media, Book Promotions, and Literary Consulting.”
It is my business and home of “Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den.”

I began my online business in order to help new authors learn ‘how and where’ to promote their books. Many just hire me to do it for them so they can just focus on writing more books. I place layered low-cost book ads and maybe run for them a E-book promotion. There is no shortage of authors needing help as they continue to write more books or meet the publishing deadlines, and why among other reasons they hire me to promote their books for them.

My number one valuable tip? Layer your book ads when your book first releases. Do a Beta Reader program to reviews prior to release like on NetGalley. That way you will find your readership. Use many book promo sites like Awesomegang.com or Bookgoodies.net . . . Just a couple of my other “go to places.”

What field or genre would you classify your book(s) and what attracted you to write in that field or genre?

My current book is a Memoir. About my life with many topics discussed throughout which I mentioned above.

What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place like (car, restaurant, bathroom/shower, etc..) and how do you capture that moment before it gets away from you?

I carry a spiral notebook or my laptop with me everywhere I go!

 

How do you think you have evolved as a person/author because of your writing and do you believe your writing has helped others, how/why?

Yes. My writing has evolved so much since I wrote my first book. I feel the more you write, the better you get. Now that I am writing more as a profession as well, I have taken some webinars and use writing software to make sure I continue to become a more seasoned writer.

I would hope writing my book, writing and sharing on my recovery blog where I continue to write my recovery journey is helping others. We just never know who our story will touch or help. I wanted others who still suffer or are stuck in the “cycle” of gambling addiction that ‘Suicide Is Not An Option to Stop Gambling Addiction. It is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” 

Like the woman I read about in my local newspaper. And like my own two failed suicide attempts when I was deep in my addiction. Suicide is never the answer.

How much influence do you believe a title, cover, content, page numbers have in purchasing decisions of potential buyers/readers?

As a reader myself, page count doesn’t matter. The book cover is also part of showcasing your book, so it needs to grab the reader. Same goes with the book title. The content of a book is what we as writer offer up to the reader. If your content and story doesn’t keep a reader interested in the first chapter, they might feel some “buyers remorse.” That won’t bode well for future books you publish.

Do you believe there is value in a Press Release, have you used any press release service, and what have your experiences been?

Yes, I do feel a press release is very important and has value. Many first time authors can not afford mainstream advertising or hire a PR firm. So a press release sent out through PR websites is a good way to let readers and mainstream media know about your book releasing. I do them for my book promoting clients as some PR websites let you send a couple out for free.

A few I like and use are NPR, PR Web and PRNewswire are some good ones. I get some good results in books sales and book reviews.

Do you believe there is value in a review? Do you believe they are under rated, over rated, or don’t matter at all?

Of course, there is value to book reviews for many reasons. Readers who shop for books lets say on Amazon, they look and read reviews before they buy a book and see its ranking. I know as a reader I do. And, Amazon emails me when someone leaves a review for my book or reads a review I have placed. It tells me it helped them decide to purchase.

Reviews on Amazon also helps your books rankings among other books in your same genre. Rankings tell authors how our books sell and compare to other books sold on Amazon. When a reader takes the time to write a review after they read my memoir, I use that as well if they leave suggestions about improving my craft as a writer.

 

If you had the chance to get one message out there to reach readers all over the world, what would that message be?

A message of HOPE to others who suffer from addiction of any kind. We can recover no matter how bad or how far addiction has taken you. We all have that tiny sliver of light within us to turn our lives around if we want it bad enough.

Do you find it easier to connect with your readers with the advances in technology we have today like social media? What platform do you prefer, and why?

The Internet has changed not only the landscape of how authors can easily promote their books throughout social media, but the Internet has also changed how people can find information to get help from addiction and recovery support.

As a book promoter as my in-home business, the Internet has allowed me to work from home and make an income as I have agoraphobia and mood disorder. It has changed the way we do many things for school, work, and not just the book selling and publishing industry.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I read every review I get. I can tell you my current has averaged from Amazon’s Rate scale 1-5, my book is still at 4.8 out of 5 stars. So I must have done something right as a writer. So I have not experienced or had to deal with a bad book review …. Yet. Lol.

What are some events you have attended or participated in that has been a positive experience/influence on/for your writing?

Taking on paid writing jobs has boosted my self-confidence as a writer. That also helped me get the offer to be a columnist at “In Recovery Magazine.” And why I write for several other addiction/recovery publications. For me, it is two-fold. I become a better writer and I have great platforms to showcase my writing while helping others recover.

 

Were your characters based off real life people/events or did you make it all up?

Since my book is a memoir, all the people are real, and I only changed a few of the real names of persons I wrote about as I did not get permission to use their real names.

What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

I really can’t answer this directly as my book was written very unconventional. When I was writing at the time, I wasn’t writing a book. That all happened later on.
I do however recommend using a writing aide software which I do use.

What book(s), author(s), or significant life event(s) have had a positive or negative influence in your life that inspired you to begin writing?

I am really boring in this area. I really didn’t enjoy reading until later in adulthood. I wasn’t a “Catcher In The Rye” kind of reader. I enjoyed more contemporary reads by Stephen King and Nora Roberts. However, as a teen, I did love writing poems but never thought much about the “writing” aspect of it.

 

Do you view writing as a career, labor of love, hobby, creative outlet, therapy, or something else?

All of the above. Especially for therapy and a recovery outlet.

Were there any challenges (research, literary, psychological, or logistical) in bringing your book to life?

None. Seriously. Just making sure my facts and stats were correct.

Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you send them off to an editor? If you send them off to an editor, who/what have you had the best experience with?

God created editors for a reason. Lol. My editor was Julie Hall. She worked for a local newspaper in Grants Pass, Oregon. She isn’t an editor by profession. But she edits and proofread for the newspaper. She had taken my six 1/2 notebooks and performed “magic.” Then she sent the first 50 pages to a publisher friend of hers, and that is how my book made it to being published. My publisher seen the recovery value of my memoir and knew it would it help others and hopefully bring a “Silent Underground Addiction” to light.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of self or traditional publishing?

Cost. Traditional publishing can be very expensive. And many first-time authors may not be able to afford it. That is where self-publishing comes in. There are several good places who offer self-publish services low-cost or even free. Amazon’s Create Space, KDP, and Smashwords are just a few. It is heart-breaking but there isn’t any value of even sending your manuscript to the big publishing houses either as most never get in front of a live person. Very sad.

What motivates you to write and where does your inspiration come from?

Recovery and helping others is what inspires me to write. We who maintain recovery know a persons story can be a powerful tool to help others looking to reach out and enter treatment or recovery. If I can help others by sharing my story through words and my experiences? That makes me happy.

Do you design your own cover? If not who does, why?

No. I used who my publisher had at the time. She did a good job.

What is your most/least favorite part of the writing process, why?

Since I do write for several publications, and for myself, coming up with new topics to write about can be a challenge. Writing is very freeing to me. I enjoy it and hope to continue writing and publishing more books to help others maintaining recovery and for readers to enjoy.

Lastly, do you view writing as a career, labor of love, hobby, creative outlet, therapy, or something else?

All of the above. Especially for therapy and a source of stress release.

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A New Book & Author Guest Interview By My Good Pal & Author Himself, Kevin Cooper…

Hello Recovery Friends and Welcome New Visitor!

I’m very excited to share another Fantastic Author & Book Interview done on me yesterday! I know it is so VAIN of me, but my good pal Kev at: http://Kevs-Domain.net did such an wonderful, and in-depth interview that I wanted to re-share it here too! Kevin Cooper is an awesome author as well, with many good books he has written. I love his writing style, and his blog is no different. So I hope you will go by and take a peek, and grab a copy of his latest book while you visit!
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I also wanted to share a new Goodreads Review from a new reader! He actually has been a recovery supporter of mine on Twitter for a long time, and I appreciate his support in taking the time to read my book. Here is what Dustin said about: “Addicted To Dimes”…..

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Dustin John‘s review

Jul 23, 14

“Great emotional page turner. I could relate to her disease of gambling through my own addiction. Pick your poison- addiction is addiction. Catherine went through a brutal hell as a child at the hands of her twisted parents. She wins the battle by coming out on top and after a destructive bout of compulsive gambling, she finally wins the jackpot of abstinence from “the machine”.
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Honestly, I can not believe the positive reception my book has received. I still remember me talking to my publisher, Steve Laible, Owner of TKG… The Kodel Group. http://KodelEmpire.com  About how scared I was what others might think about sharing all my personal and bad deeds within my addiction. It is really hard as a writer to show and inform insights to my disease, not give blame, denial, or excuses about what I did, or what I went through in life. I think I accomplished that in my book! So I Thank Kevin & Dustin for there support….And Thank You to all who come visit my blog too! You all mean the world to me…*Catherine*

OK….HERE WE GO!

 

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:
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Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Glendale, Arizona

USA

Kev: In a generalized way, Catherine, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

My family life so I thought, was normal as every other kid’s. Until the age 9 to 13, that all changed for me as a little girl. I was sexually abused at that time by a neighbor’s older son, and a family friend of my father’s.

At the same time, there was parental punishment abuse, both verbal & physical on top of all that, which set up the ‘Perfect Storm’ for me later in life. We were told, and taught you don’t speak of things that happen in our house outside our home, nor do you bring shame to the family.

As I got older into adulthood, I went from one bad relationship to another, a curse from being abused as a girl, as your thinking about men is so messed up by that experience. I was married twice, and divorced twice, and that’s all I’ll say about that.

I Was born in Toms River, New Jersey, moved and raised in Southern California, in Highland at age 7. I moved to So. Oregon, from So. California at age 25. And believe me, I did a lot of partying, dancing and living in between, but I always did the right things, took care of myself, had a good working career, and was enjoying life.

I met my husband that I have been married to for 25 years come this Sept, in Oregon at a bank I worked at. We dated awhile, and married after a year living together. We have no children, just are 4 CATS!..LOL.

Things were going good until I started suffering from PTSD, ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression from the abuse as a young girl. I had just turned 34, and all these old feelings of hurt and pain, and the horrible memories started to return. I could not stuff them away any longer. That’s when I started gambling. It was at that time,  I gambled more often, something to pass the time as my husband was doing a lot of out-of-town construction jobs. From 1996 to 2000, I somehow along the way crossed that line into addicted compulsive gambling. It wasn’t until a trip to visit my parents in California with husband that things got bad.

We took a trip with my parents to Laughlin, Nevada where they had casino’s. The last night we were there, my gambling got a bit out of control. My husband saw the ‘Gambling Demon’ for the first time in myself. From there, it all went South! I gambled every chance I got.

Finally my husband had enough and told me to get help. I did, but not after I relapsed on and off for a few years, 2 failed suicide attempts, 2 crisis center treatment stays, many Gamblers Anonymous meetings, and finally got a foothold on long-term recovery! But,… I’m still a work in progress. I have managed to stay in recovery for 7 1/2 years now.

Kev: That’s a lot to take in Cath! How long have you been writing for?

I started writing as a teen, as a release from stress. I always had a diary or journal, but my favorite was writing poems. I stopped around 18. Then about 4 years into my recovery is when I started writing again, around 2010. I never wrote with the intention of writing something that would be published.

Kev: Why do you write?

Again,  I wrote poems when I was younger, and it helped me to stay calm and sane, as later in life I was diagnosed with a few mental health issues, and went undiagnosed for years. It was also a form of trying to come to terms with WHY I was chosen to be sexually abused. I had been so confused, and many who have been abused tend to think it was our fault that it happened to us. But through much therapy, I know that is not true.

Kev: What is your genre?  

My genre is non-fiction, it’s sort of my ‘Memoir’ of my life. I just turned 51, and looking back, I can not believe all I have been through in my half century here on this earth. It’s about giving people insights to the dangers of addicted compulsive gambling, living with mental health issues, and being a sex abuse survivor. The gambling addiction is the main focus of this first book, and how to start recovery.

Kev: Who would you say are your favorite/most influential authors and why?

I’d have to say the authors I love to read are, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and of course Stephen King. Mostly because of their writing styles.

Kev: What is your latest book called and what is it about?
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My current book is titled; “Addicted To Dimes” ( Confessions of a liar and Cheat ) Which has received all 5 Star Amazon Reviews. It is my raw, unpolished account of gambling addiction, living with mental illness, childhood trauma & abuse added fueled to my addiction. It gives insights on how addicted gambling can happen, and it was my way of being honest with myself of all I went through, and the poor choices within my addiction, and into recovery. How dark family secrets and dysfunction can rip a family apart. It’s life.

 

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Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

My first book truly is the work of de-vine intervention really. I read an article in our newspaper about a woman who shot herself in her Casino hotel room. She committed suicide, and a note left said; “she relapsed and could not stop her gambling”…
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This lit a fire in my heart to NEED to see all I did and all I went through with my gambling addiction. I was only 4 years into my long-term recovery. But I felt that woman’s pain in that newspaper article, hell, I almost was her twice within my addiction. This is also how I start the opening of my book.

Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?

To be honest, the only problem I had was the ending. I’m not a professional writer, everything I wrote on paper came from my heart, and my lived experiences. It was healing to write, but also difficult at the same time. WHY?

Because I’m not proud of the choices, or acts I committed within my gambling addiction. I started writing until all of it came out of me on paper, 4 notebooks worth. I wrote it all by hand, not on a computer, as I didn’t have one when I started writing. Later, when my writings became a book manuscript by a friend that needed a final exam project for college, is when I knew I didn’t want one more person to think Suicide is the only option they have to recover from compulsive addicted gambling.

Kev: Did you do any specialized research for your story?
No, not much was really needed since it was my own true testimony, and my life story.

Kev: Is your book part of a series?

No. Although my next book will focus more about Compulsive Gambling the disease, and how to recover and have a healthy balanced life in recovery. A little more humor, tips, and advice. The title is; “I Am Nobody, but I have Something to Say DAMN IT”! …LOL. Really, that is the next book title!

Kev: Which of your works do you like best (feel most proud of) and why?

Well, since I’m still only a “One Book Wonder”, I guess it would be my current book, Addicted To Dimes. LOL.
I am really proud that my book got picked up by a fabulous publishing company, The Kodel Group( http://kodelempire.com) Owner: Steve William Laible.

He took a chance on me with a different type of genre. He is himself a Children’s Author in his own right. It’s a great family of about 30 published authors now, and growing. I wouldn’t have anyone else publish my books!

I’m proud of my book because it has received all Amazon 5 Star Reviews. It is helping many who suffer or have reached out for recovery from Compulsive Gambling Addiction. I hope it is saving lives by telling and sharing my story. We can always turn our lives around from the deep depths of ANY addiction and have our lives back! It has been 18 months since the print version of my book has been out, and it is still opening doors for me to expand my advocacy about gambling addiction, the expansion of casino’s and State lotteries, and have done many Guest Author Radio shows, and a wonderful 4 part article done on me by: http://www.myaddiction.com Gambling Addiction Section.

Kev: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers at this point?

Since my book released in e-book for Kindle just a while ago, my readership has grown. I want to say to all my supportive readers, Thank You for buying and reading my book. I appreciate all my readers, as many follow on all my social media sites and my recovery blog too! That’s been the blessed part of having my story out. I have met some wonderful friends from my readership. I really enjoy interacting with all of them. To those who have not read my book, please do. It will help others understand more about this cunning addiction. I try to raise awareness and inform my readers so they understand, and to help Shatter the Stigma that is still huge around people in recovery from any addiction.

Kev: What are you working on now?

I’m putting the finishing touches on my next book that I already revealed the title here for you. I start looking for cover designs soon. But, I also have launched my book promoting service too. I love my publisher so much, and I have worked as an independent umbrella of TKG for a while now heading the book & social media promoting services for all our new authors. So now I’m offering my service to the public. I have some fantastic new clients with fantastic new books & novels that just released. I just enjoy helping others, both in recovery and other authors & writers.

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

I have to say writing a fiction book now. I have started my 3rd book, and I’m trying my pen at fiction! WOW it’s hard. But, you can really use your imagination with fiction, and I love it! But it really is more challenging. They other challenge I face on daily basis is my Mental Illness. Yes, I do all I do and suffer from mental disorders which makes my writing at times even harder.

Some of my disorders are a direct effect from my past gambling addiction, some from the childhood abuse and trauma. I’m burdened with AADD, PTSD, Bipolar II depression, Agoraphobia with panic. Medications help me tremendously, but I still have a few bad days, but those are the days I can push myself just a bit harder. I don’t let my disorders dictate what my limits are. Recovery has also taught me that as well.

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

Well, since I told you a bit about book #2, all I’ll say of book 3 is,….it’s about a woman, just divorced, no children, and moved to North Oregon Coastline to be a Lighthouse Keeper for some solitude, but ends up fighting some ‘Demons’ of her past …

Kev:  Sounds familiar already, Cath. Do you have any advice for other writers?

As a writer myself, the best advice I received was, with your first book, regardless if it’s fiction or non-fiction? Write what you know. And the second piece of advice my publisher gave me, and turned out to be true, …. Being an Author and Writer is a game of, “Wait -N-See”! If you are not already Famous, a Reality Star, or have been a New York Times Best Selling Author? Your not going to get “Rich” being a writer and authoring books. Fifty Shades Of Grey was a fluke, remember that!….LOL. An unknown author to hit that list is very seldom.

It takes a lot of promoting, time, social media, and networking to get your book noticed. Many hours of promoting, but when your book starts to sell, it’s very, very rewarding! There is nothing like holding your very first paperback book in your hands! Nothing like it in the world.

Kev: Is there a question I haven’t asked that you would like me to ask?

YES! It’s a question you should always ask your Women Guests? Do you like CAKE OR ICE CREAM?….LOL ~ I love Chocolate Cake Please!

Kev: Don’t for one second think you’re getting any! (It’s my favourite too) 😉

My Recovery Blog: http://CatherineLyonAddictedToDimes.wordpress.com “Recovery Journey and Ramblings of Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon”

My Author & Lyon Media:  http://anAuthorandWriterinProgress.wordpress.com

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Amazon Books: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485

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Can purchase there too!


SO Kev,  have I missed anything? Thanks so much for taking the time to Interview Me!

Kev: I think you’ve covered it all, Cath! 😀

Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Everyone!

*Again Thanks to Kevin Cooper and this wonderful interview. YOU ROCK KEV!!*