Today I’m doing something different interviewing a very inspiring woman, Marcela Del Sol who is the author of “Kaleidoscope; my life’s multiple reflections”
Hi Marcela thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hi Kylie! Thank you for making me a part of your fabulous network.
I have been writing since I can remember. I am passionate about social activism and arts, I have ghost written before and I am now launching my first self-signed book so I am very excited about it. I am also a very proud Mum!
Please describe what your book is about in a few sentences.
Kaleidoscope: My life’s multiple reflections is a work of love, insomnia, passion and pain. It is a fictional account of a woman that suffers PTSD and DID, like I do, and the processes these conditions lead her through and her alters.
How would you most like readers to respond to your book?
I am hoping they would feel compelled to educate themselves on the topics of mental health and become aware of what people living with such conditions can achieve. I write, others work in different fields and so on. We are a part of society that also contributes and, like everyone else, have differences that are not always destructive with respect of others.
It is not an easy to digest book, it has quite controversial and raw parts. It is a honest book, above all.
What are 2-3 key points they can learn/take away from reading your book?
People living with mental conditions are capable and intelligent. We are, extremely sensitive and emotionally intelligent. Be compassionate and respectful. Despite all my hardship, I am a grateful person, nothing remains the same so know that things will be fine.
I inspire my readers to create more time and financial freedom in their businesses and to step into their powers as women. How does your book or your journey relate to this?
I really appreciate this question right now as I am a social activist as well as a writer and I am currently in Chile implementing a social project that uses arts as a communication tool for kids at risk. Coupled to this, I count with the generous and brilliant support of an enterprise developer who believes in turning dreams into reality (www.asesoriasconsentido.cl) and we are designing programs to educate girls who have suffered extensively, to gain an understanding on finances and also encourage them to create their own start-ups and become independent and self-sufficient women.
I want to contribute to build a better society by moving the core of people. Sharing and providing resources is not beneficial in the long run but if you change the human; you change the community.
Briefly, what led up to or what was the inspiration behind your book?
My own experience living with PTSD and DID. My life in Australia is rather lonely as I am very aware of the stigma and difficulties that people like me experience and one day I decided I would turn adversity into an asset and decided to start telling my story through a fictional one.
Which writers or other women in business (etc) inspire you to share your message?
I love the work of Anais Nin, Virginia Woolf and Frida Khalo; deep, intense, fiery and honest. I rejoice listening to women bravely fight for their convictions. I am very proud of my daughter who is a brave, just and creative human being and my son who has an understanding of respect and inclusion with regards to humanity, regardless of their gender or circumstances.
When did you decide to become a writer and what impact has it had on your life?
It wasn’t a decision per sei. At least it wasn’t something I consciously decided to do but rather a spontaneous reaction to an essential need to communicate and to explore myself. It is through writing that I can sometimes interpret a lot more about me and I think it is vital to have “external” self-appreciation, if that makes sense.
Writing is how I best communicate and I want to connect with as many people as possible in the world. Imagine how much knowledge you can absorb from every story, every individual’s view on life and then put it into paper. Writing can facilitate sharing whole worlds!
Where do you write from and what is your writing style like, do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when or do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Because of my condition, it is really hard for me to establish a set routine for anything. I also experience amnesic fugues, which makes it even more challenging for me to have continuity.
I write as the urge arises and this is a never ending process. I need to write most of the time, everything is important to me, people and moments are precious and I want to extend their existence somehow. I try to carry pen and paper as I love writing the “old fashion way” but it is not always possible. Having a smart phone helps but it doesn’t look very good when you are in social situations.
I am grateful for being able to enjoy time as I need it. I am currently in a process of recovery in my home country: Chile as despite encountering a lot more ignorance and prejudice about mental conditions, this is where I feel safer and warmer inside. Not whole, as my children are back in Australia but it certainly makes a positive difference, a sort of completing a circle somehow and I write a lot more here but in a more disperse way.
What was the time frame for writing your book? Tell us an interesting detail or two, if applicable. For example, did you finish first draft after one week? Or did you pick it up after 20 years and finally rewrite it?
“Kaleidoscope: My life’s multiple reflections” was an unplanned child. It took me over a year to finish it and it started as a letter to myself that then took many forms and its content changed many times. It has been the hardest work I have done as, despite it being a fictional story, it is intimately married to my reality with the process of dissociation and trauma.
I can’t accurately tell you when the first draft was done, etc but it took me over a year to complete and was re-written a few times. Then comes my wonderful editor, another amazing woman, into the picture and I rewrote some chapters again.
I am glad that it is with the publisher now or I would probably be wanting to make more changes!
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Do you ever get writers block and tips for getting past this?
Wow! Writing a book is hard and the process is never smooth. You are continuously discovering things that better fit your story or drastically changing things around so that on its own is challenging.
But try writing a book having DID! As much as it saddens me to experience it, it also fascinates me as parts of my book were written by my “others” so I would pick up the work and find pages and pages that had been written without my knowing how to tie them to my story but it was a wonderful exercise of unity and we made it happen.
I remember some feedback given to me about the book where the person said to me: “This book sounds as if it was written by two different authors.” And instead of feeling shattered, that gave me a sense of joy and pride for having an awesome team with their own voices. Kaleidoscope was written by me and my others.
How are you publishing this book and why? (Did you find an agent if so how did you go about doing this) (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I decided to go Indie first because it is hard for to me abide by timeframes and structures and it was my own baby I was rearing so it needed to flow without being hurried. This has allowed me a lot more freedom in terms of choice and mobility in regards to the work.
I have a wonderful editor and PR who is working with me and this has also made a brilliant difference.
“Kaleidoscope: My life’s multiple reflections” is expected to be available in April 2016
What were your 1-2 biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?
I had never had to personally deal with this aspect of writing so it has been a great learning experience. A lot more involved than what you imagine it to be.
I think it is very important to have a publisher that is willing to tell you about the whole process and working with an editor who is firmly committed and believes in my book has made a huge difference to me. I have learnt a lot!
Did you have a “marketing/tribe” platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership? (Please add in your links)
I am represented by McDuling PR who has meant brilliant expert support. I can also be found on www.marceladelsol.net (that is currently a work in progress) and on Twitter @https://twitter.com/MarcellaDelsol – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Marcela-Del-Sol-1102838016395312/ and Instagram @Marcelladelsol1
I welcome all opportunities to share my experience!
Do you think that the title, design and cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Absolutely! We live in times when uniformity is no longer the norm and we glorify, but with zeal sometimes, what is new and stands out in terms of product. We are visual first and foremost so I believe that appropriate design and titling are of paramount importance.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? And is there any marketing technique you have used that had an immediate impact on your sales/reach figures?
I would advise to lose fear, not only writers but for everyone to let go of fear and just do those things that rejoice them.
Be proactive and seek advice from the experts. You don’t know everything!
Best piece(s) of writing advice we haven’t discussed?
Be honest and keep your reader in mind. You might have written the best piece of work there is out there but if you are the only person who can relate to it then it will be hard to reach anyone else.
For a bit of fun – Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Which one of me? Haha.
I really want to become a good surfer and also learn how to fix cars.
What’s next? What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
I am working on a collection of poems and have immersed myself into social activism. I am also planning on touring with Kaleidoscope to raise awareness about the immense capabilities that people like me have.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Writing and watching my best creation: Two amazing young people who will help shape society into a much better one.
What is the most important message to women across the globe you’d like to share with them?
You can! Believe and achieve. There’s is nothing, absolutely nothing, you cannot do.
You are a woman: you create life. I believe in you.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Facebook: Marcela Del Sol
Linkedin: Marcela Del Sol LinkedIn
“Kaleidoscope: My life’s multiple reflections” will be available globally in April 2016
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview, I look forward to the release of your book and you inspiring many women around the globe.
Driving & Inspiring Your Freedom