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Irene Watson is the award-winning author of The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference and The Story Must be Told. She’s also the Managing Editor of Reader Views, a book review site author_12catering to readers, writers, and the publishing community. Currently, Irene is touring the blogosphere to promote her memoir, The Sitting Swing, a candid, uplifting book about her sad, dysfunctional childhood and how she was able to find the path to recovery, healing and hope.

Thanks for being here today, Irene. Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourself?

My life has taken me on many paths, with breakthrough results and exemplar growth, to find my authentic and true self. I’ve designed and facilitated workshops and retreats throughout the United States and Canada. I hold a Masters Degree in Psychology, with honors, from Regis University in Denver, CO. My emphasis was spirituality and psychosynthesis. At present I live with my husband of 42 years on the banks of Barton Creek in Austin, Texas along with our Pomeranian, Tafton, a rescued cat Patches, and a rescued cockatiel Clement.

When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

I had a story to tell, and I felt my story was going to help others heal from dysfunctional experiences in their childhood. I believe it’s never to late to find a way to re-write our scripts passed down for generations. By telling my story, I feel it gives hope to others.

Do you have another job besides writing?

Yes, I am the Managing Editor of Reader Views, a book review and publicity service based in Austin, Texas.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

No, I wasn’t an avid reader as a child. Reading and education weren’t encouraged in my family or culture I grew up in. The emphasis was to become a “good wife.”

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

My pretentious life could go no further until I faced my past. My memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where I had gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt and uncertainty. My story is a testament that it’s never too late to change your life, never too late to heal.

The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference shows us how guilt, fear and ignorance are borne by our children. Two distinct parts of the book look at an abusive child rearing and the process of recovery that takes place years later. On many levels this is a classic story showing us that change, growth, forgiveness and recovery are possible. It is also a heart warming healing story and a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit. In the end it gives hope and freedom to those that accept the past and move forward by rewriting life scripts that have been passed down for generations.

What was your goal when writing this book?

I want readers to parallel their lives with mine, and know there is a way to make a change in their lives and move forward. Sometimes our lives become enmeshed with what I call “stuff” that gives us a sense of hopelessness. My hope is readers will grasp the fact there IS hope.

The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference not only has my story, but it has much information about recovery, dealing with the first 3 steps of the 12-Step program, and a lot of explanation and clarification of how the recovery process takes place.

What will the reader learn after reading your book?

They will learn many tools to help them create a life they want for themselves. Although The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference is a memoir, it is also a book of inspiration and self-help, not only for mind but for the spirit also.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Yes, I sure do. My personal website is www.irenewatson.com and my blog can be found here. My blog has articles pertaining to life, re-writing scripts, spirituality, addictions, and musings.

I love to communicate with people and I promise to answer all emails, as well as respond to comments on my blog.

Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?

Another book? Oh my, possibly. Right now I am concentrating on facilitating at retreats and workshops. That is a passion of mine. The facilitation I do goes in line with my book, my philosophy and my experience. My goal is to help others find tools to help them take their lives to higher states of consciousness – a place where their dysfunctional past no longer controls their lives. I want readers to find their authentic self and live the life they were meant to live – full of fun, love, and laughter.

Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure to have you here!

Thank you, the please is also mine.

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Freedom is something most of us strive to attain. But, firstly healing must occur in our lives before we can move forward in attaining the freedom we so desire. I wrote The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference so those that choose to read my book, can heal their own lives, regardless of how shattered they feel they are.

Not knowing where to start I just started writing. I started in a chronological order and reflecting on my life from birth. I am gifted with a memory that goes back as early as 2 years old. My experiences are very vivid and clear. (And, confirmed by my mother.) As I started writing a lot of “stuff” came up for me; mostly memories of the emotional, and sometimes physical, abuse I received growing up. But, I kept on writing, and writing, and writing…. It was very cathartic for me. And, I got a lot of aha moments.

Even though I had already been at the recovery center in Quebec and was able to deal with much of the trauma I experienced, re-visiting the experiences seemed to solidify and allow me to even move more forward in my life than I had before. The 28-days in the recovery center is what saved my life and gave me the understanding of why I behaved as I did, and why I accumulated the addictions I did. Of course, the experience at the center had to be part of my story. It shows how I rebelled against anything they were telling me as well as finally “getting it.” It was my turning point.

However, The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference isn’t just about my story. Although many readers express paralleling their lives to mine, there is more for them. The book is full of explanations of the “why” we behave as we do, “why” we act and react the way we do, and there is a lot about finding our spiritual self – the authentic place we all have. In the end, it shows how we can re-write the life scripts that have been passed down for generations. We no longer need to be prisoners of someone else’s beliefs and thoughts, we can actually create our own lives. That’s the bottom-line message of the book. And, it works, because I know – I’ve been there.

Irene Watson is the author of The Sitting Swing. She’s also the owner/founder of Reader Views. Check out her website at www.IreneWatson.com

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