Today, I bring you an interview with Marnie Swedberg, author of Feeling Loved… Connecting with God in the Minutes You Have. Be sure to check out the end for the give-aways…
Q. Does your book have a handle?
A. Feeling Loved provides “The Marnie Method” for connecting with God. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all super busy. The book explains how I meaningfully connect with the Creator of the Universe in the minutes I can, and how anyone can become best friends with God–even if you’ve never done it before for whatever reason.
Q. Who will enjoy this book?
A. Women, but specifically women who are too busy to think. It will connect best with women who juggle a lot of balls and sort of beat themselves up for not spending more time with God. It provides hope and a fast-track toward spiritual success.
Q. Aren’t busy women too preoccupied to read?
A. Not at all! Most busy women read a lot, they simply choose their reading material more carefully than those who have more leisure time. The book must apply to a felt need – and, honestly, I meet a lot of women who feel the need to grow closer to God.
Q. Is Feeling Loved just for super busy women?
A. It’s for everyone, of course, but the women who can best relate to me fall into two main categories: Those who are busy and loving it, and those who come seeking my help because they are too busy and hating it.
Q. How do you combine the writing life with home life?
A. I’ve almost always needed to write in the night: it’s the only time I can be uninterrupted. I try to be accessible to family and employees during the day and sometimes I succeed. It’s never easy to find time to write.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing this?
A. Finding time. That’s always the hardest part. As the owner and manager of a restaurant, retail store, espresso café and several mega websites, it is hard to fit the writing of books between catering orders, bills, vendors, traveling to buyers’ shows, speaking at live engagements, taking kids to college, managing our home, and still finding a few hours for some sleep.
Q. What do you want readers to take away from reading your book?
A. Inspiration. Most of the people who read my stuff or hear me speak say that they feel motivated and inspired after spending time in my brain. This makes me happy. I hope many women will grow closer to Jesus as a result of this book!
Q. Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
A. I just do social networking. I have a blog, numerous SN sites and thousands of connections, but my main line of communication is the “Marnie Minute” which goes out to thousands of email friends every week.
Q. You are giving away free stuff. If so, what?
A. For sure! There are two free offers with no strings attached, plus other offers to those who purchase books during our launch party, November 8-11. The totally free offers are 1) an online personality test and 2) my online memorization tool, both available from www.Marnie.com. The book-buyer’s offers are also cool. If you buy one book from any source between November 8-11, you can request the downloadable audio book for free (a $19.99 value). If you buy more, there are other great offers! Check it all out at www.Marnie.com.
Q. Is there anything that you would like to add?
A. I hope readers will find out when I’ll be speaking in a city near you – and come meet me! That would make my day!
Q. Where else can readers get in touch with you? Twitter, Blog, Facebook, etc?
A. I am MentorMarnie at Twitter and MarnieSwedberg at Facebook and LinkedIn. I’d love it for people to keep in touch!