I am excited to announce to all of you that my OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY for “Healing Tree: An Adoptee’s Story of Hurting, Healing and Letting the Light Shine Through,” will be WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th, 2022!!!!
This book is filled with my heart, my soul, and the light that shone through as I wrote and re-wrote each word. I’m so happy to share my heart with you in this form! I began this project in March 2020, right after the pandemic hit, when suddenly the rhythm of my life had come to a screeching halt. I knew in my gut it was time to write the book that had been brewing in the corners of my mind for over 10 years. It was an intense feeling of then or never!!
Thankfully, I had this blog to help me begin. I copied and pasted every single post into a word document, then went through them one by one, deleting, adding and editing, until finally I could begin to see a book take shape. In July of 2020, once I had my first draft put together, I started working with my most wonderful writing coach, Bonnie Taschler, whose support was immeasurable. Away we went!
“Healing Tree” took several different shapes until finally morphing into what is called a “teaching memoir” – a term that many people are not familiar with. I learned it from a woman named Kelly Notaras, who owns kn literary arts. “kn literary arts is a mission-driven, woman-owned company focused on helping authors get their transformational wisdom into book form. [Their] underlying mission is to help magnify positive change in the world around us, through the medium of books.” – knliterary.com. As soon as I heard about this company, I knew they were the ones I wanted to work with. However, this wish did not come at a cheap price. So, I created a GoFundMe, to which many of you donated, and some of my close students made very large donations, all of which allowed me to be where I am today – with a beautiful finished copy.
Again, “Healing Tree” can be categorized as a teaching memoir. Simply-put, this means that the first half of the book is my memoir. Although I wrote it in the form of small chapters connecting to one another, I consider the first part to really be like vignettes about my life: my childhood, my relationship to my adoptive family, re-uniting with my biological mother, my treacherous inner world and how it came completely undone after that reunion, finding Body & Brain, and the beginning of my healing journey. The second half of my book is the “teaching” part. I share energy practices and principles that aided me towards healing my mind and heart, I lay out the eight steps of Self-Mastery, and I include recommended exercises as well, to give people a chance to practice some of what I’m talking about, if they so choose.
This is just a very brief description, but I wanted to share a little bit of the background story to my blog readers who are so precious to me. You have given me much inspiration over the years, confirming again and again how much sharing love and light with other souls fills my heart with joy. As hard as I’ve searched, I really don’t know what could make me happier in this life.
I will be emailing the Amazon link to those of you on my mailing list first thing on Launch Day!!
Thank you, always, for your support and love. Please know that, to me, you are all part of my Healing Tree! I look forward to continued growth and healing as, together, we become a lush forest full of Healing Trees, covering the Earth with hope and light 🙂
I’m so looking forward to reading your book. I’m sure it will help many.
Aw, it’s so good to hear from you, Mellie! Thank you for your support!!!
Can’t wait!! Do you/ does Amazon also ship to Europe?
So eager and curious to read your book!
And in the end.. A book has it’s origin in a tree (book, paper, wood, tree): Thus book equals tree 😍📖💚🌳
That’s true!!! Thank you for your support, Yvonne! I hope and believe that Amazon will send to Europe! But.I’m going to look into that more closely for you and keep you posted.
I’m very excited about this book. I haven’t encountered many books on this subject. The ones I’ve seen focus on the blessed aspect of being adopted and gloss over the loss aspect. Judging from what I’ve read in your blog, I expect a balanced handling of the journey with thoughtful consideration of all parties.
Yes. I am very close with my adoptive family, but also, in re-uniting with my biological mother, I experienced a huge encounter with a wound I had not understood. At the same time, it opened me up to a deeper healing. So, I try to lay all of it out in the book, just as I experienced it, to the best of my ability. Of course, it’s not easy to really explain such a deeply internal and personal experience, but I tried to give snapshots and paint a picture that others may find relatable in different ways.
BRAVO, BRAVO!!!!!!!! XXOO
Thank you, Jen!!!!! You are one of my inspirations 🙂
Thank you, Jen!!!! You are one of my inspirations! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Congratulations, Danielle! I’m excited for you and look forward to reading your book. 💚🌳
Thank you, Kellie!!
Are you going to do some book signings? I want to get an autographed copy. Soon you will be wealthy and your time limited. Rich dinner parties, speaking engagements, etc. Swimming pools, fancy cars, and big cigars. Yeeehaaa!
Haha. You are very funny, Vinson. I can do a few, yes. But mostly I will be asking people to purchase through Amazon. If you reach out to me through email when the time comes, I will see what we can work out ~
Ok. Great. But if you do some signings I will try to get to one. Is that ok?
Super. But I know you will have long lines and I won’t get any special time. But I want the signing and say hello. I want to show support because I know you have great potential and a bright career.
Thank you, Vinson 🙂
This is SO exciting!! I still remember the day sitting in the lobby of the Ravenna Park Center when you told me your story and we talked about you writing a book… wow, what a journey it’s been! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to read your book. xoxo
I remember that day too :). Thank you so much for all of your support, encouragement and love along the way!!!
I’m so happy for you, Danielle! I feel your excitement within my own being. I remember how exhilarated I felt when I published my first book. The feeling of holding it in my hands was beyond words. It seems accomplishing a task that demands exploring the depth of emotion detaches us from the illusion of who we thought we were and brings us to the precipice of a new awareness. What an adventure! I wish you all good things, my friend. Feel a big hug❤️
Thank you so much Tina!!! You are right ~ and it’s a great feeling of accomplishments for having overcome many limitations and completing mwhat my heart desired to do! I feel your hug, and I’m sending one right back to you 🙂
I am so happy and excited for you! What a tremendous accomplishment. I love that it is a “teaching memoir”- I feel like that that totally suits you! I look forward to reading it and learning more about your story and continuing to learn. Congratulations!
Thank you so much, Stephanie! I so appreciate your support!
I’m so glad you persevered and now have an actual book. I can’t wait to buy my own copy.
Thank you Michela! I SO appreciate your support!