Hey there everyone.
Welcome to the start of another exciting week and a welcome milestone in the Author Interview series.
I have had the pleasure of chatting to author C. Joybell C., the writer of various books on Soul Alchemy, Esoterica, Poetry, Philosophy of Mind, Parenting and Fiction.
She has graciously given me her time, so let’s find out more about her inspirations, motivations to write and writing advice.
Have a fantastic time friends and enjoy the show.
Hi there C. Joybell C., thank you for being our featured guest here today, it is indeed an honour to be chatting to a very inspirational figure and motivational hero.
Let’s start with your books. Please tell a little bit about each of them, along with the themes behind them and your own mantra/philosophies that you infuse into your work when it comes to your writing style.
David, thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to meet you and I am glad to be here doing this interview.
I cannot possibly tell you about each of my books, simply because I have written too many to talk about each one. It would take forever. I can, however, tell you about the things that I write. I think that collectively you could call me a “grassroots author”, and I have been saying this for a long time now, because when I write, my mind is directed immediately towards the reader. I don’t consider the literary industry or its system when I produce a book. I only consider the very straightforward act of getting my message across to the reader. When I was a newborn author, I experimented with the system and it disappointed me deeply. All I saw were authors tearing down other authors and writers clamouring to be noticed by big publishing houses. After dabbling into the game for a short while, I knew that I didn’t want any part in it. I didn’t want to write for publishing houses; I wanted to write for people. I didn’t want to focus on other authors and where they were headed in their own careers; I wanted to focus on getting my message across to people, to the reader. When I realised what I wanted and didn’t want, there was no turning back from that point, onwards. I just didn’t look back. I looked for people, I focused on people, and I grew along with the people. I still do that now.
You could say that every book I produce is produced because I feel strongly that there is a message that needs to be relayed to someone, somewhere. I don’t even think my messages are mass-messages. I think they are messages for a select few. For the elect. It’s only natural that I think this way, considering that I write esoterica. Esoteric literally means, “for the few”. I’m not saying that not everyone should read what I write, but I am saying that I do have messages and I do use symbolism and I produce legend in order to encapsulate what I strongly believe to be Truth, then I deliver this through my writings. My work will be found by who is meant to find it.
I was once told a story, in my childhood, it was a short story and it went like this: Truth was once naked and she complained to God that everybody beat her and mistreated her, kicked her out of their homes and spit on her. God had compassion on Truth and clothed her in a fine robe and told her, “Wear this robe, because Truth must not be naked, Truth must be clothed. Now people will invite you into their homes, ask you to eat with them, and they will love you.” What was the name of the robe? The robe was named, “fables and legends”. Today, I write fables and legends in the form of poetry, novels, aphorisms and discourse, because if I were to speak nakedly of what is in my heart and mind, I know that people would not invite me into their homes. That is what esoterica is.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult thing about writing, is the fact that the more you hurt on the inside, the more writings you seem to be able to produce. I hate that. I completely despise that. In fact, I made a decision to only write from joy and laughter. Because I began to feel like I was given pain purposefully in order to cause me to write more. I didn’t want that, so I decided otherwise.
The easiest thing about writing is that it’s my first tongue. I am a better writer than I am a speaker. I say that writing is my mother tongue. It’s easy because it’s what I know how to do.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
I have been inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, C.S. Lewis, Hemingway, Bukowski. I am also inspired by Christ. I don’t think Christ is who they say he is. I think he is a superhero the likes of X-Men. Far from how he is depicted through religion, and that inspires me. When I read the Bible as a child, I understood something very different from what others understood.
I think that we are used to finding inspirational figures in lonely, sad and pained people. I really don’t want a tragic story to inspire me, and that is because I think that when we love tragedy, we tend to try and create it in our own lives. We start sabotaging our own happiness. So, the people in history that I choose as inspirational figures are really not the typical figures that other people choose. Look at the free people, the happy people, the beautiful people— you are more likely to find someone I admire in their crowd.
The main inspirational figure in history that comes to my mind, is the Comte de Saint Germain. A more modern figure who comes to mind, is Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew. I am very much inspired by the love story he shared with his wife, Kwa Geok Choo, the love of his life. A love story like that is the holy grail of all goals that a human being should hope for. They ask me what enlightenment is and how to reach it. I tell the people who ask me that, “If you love truly and are loved truly, you have reached it.”
I am also inspired by soldiers and figures of historical wars that fought for their nations, families and loved ones. Bravery inspires me. Courage inspires me. Love inspires me. We don’t know all of their names, but, they are all in my thoughts. The soldiers of today inspire me, also. People hate soldiers, while they simultaneously enjoy the freedoms bought with the blood of their nations’ soldiers. I think that anyone can be a soldier at heart. Some of us are born as protectors.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
If I do any research for any of my books, it is most typically done on the website of etymology. I dig down into the root of the word and then into the root of the root of the word! I dig down a word all the way to its origins and historical value. I do this because as a thaumaturge, I believe strongly in symbolism and the value of the power of a word.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I write because writing is my mother tongue and also because I am compelled to write. I have struggled for a long time with the power of the pen. For a very long time, the pen has dragged me along. But I have since mastered it and now the pen obeys me, instead of I it.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I do not experience writers block.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Advice? I wouldn’t give myself any advice. I would simply embrace myself warmly and for a long time, kiss myself repeatedly on the cheeks, and then take myself on a shopping spree!
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I spend my free time either laughing, thinking, or going outdoors and doing something like swimming or taking a hike through the hills. Listening to music and just being a present and active figure in my son’s life is on top of that list, too. I like to be present and active for the people I love. That takes up a lot of my time.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I just released a book called The Conversation of Dragons. This is the third book in my three-volume book of “Conversations”. I believe this book it is the reason I became an author: the culmination, the goal.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
First of all, don’t try to be a writer. Try to be a dentist or a doctor. But if you really are a writer in your blood and you cannot seem to separate yourself from it, then be a writer. And in order to be a writer, you must start writing. Start writing, stop talking, stop planning. Just write. Write long, write hard, don’t look back until you’ve written a dozen books. Then and only then, let yourself look back.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for giving us a lot more to think about regarding you and your books 🙂
Thank you, David! It has been a pleasure. Have a happy New Year!
C. JoyBell C. began sharing her thoughts on her blog in 2009 and from then on her reach widened via book publishings, her mentoring of world-renowned figures, and most importantly the power of the word-of-mouth.
She has today unwittingly become a leading female thought influencer with the followings of presidential candidates, global government aides, and United Nations representatives; individuals who have come to her “in their darkest hours.” But she considers the highlight of her career to be the time when she was compared to Batman! “There’s no greater honour than being called the Batman of our times.”
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