What an honor it is for me to have on my blog author, Chariss K. Walker
! She is a very gifted writer, which I can attest to having personally read five of her books. Let’s dive into the interview: Welcome Chariss! You have written seven nonfiction books on personal growth for the body, mind, and spirit; could you give a synopsis of what got you onto the personal/spiritual growth path?
Thank you, Pamela. It’s an honor to be interviewed by a like-minded individual such as you. I grew up in a Christian faith, but when that failed me, I began to ‘search’ for more... more meaning, more understanding, and more cohesion with the Universe. That seeker’s path eventually led me to Reiki, Magnetic Therapy, Releasing Mental Blocks and Trapped Emotions, and so on. It seemed I couldn’t stop studying and learning. As a teacher, I wanted to share what I had learned, but it was more than that - I had to share what I had learned. That’s what a teacher does. They don’t withhold knowledge. When did you begin writing and why did you choose to become an author?
I learned to read as a small tot sitting beside my father’s chair as he read the Reader’s Digest. The words simply made sense to me. I loved the written word and knew from a very early age that I was also a writer. I wrote in the margins of my school books, notebooks, and anywhere else when an inspiration or epiphany came to me. In sixth grade, I entered a forestry conservation essay contest for K-12 grades and won first prize. Any time a local newspaper ran a writing contest, I entered it. However, I had a family to rear and a husband who considered me his personal assistant even though he had a company provided secretary, so other obligations kept me from devoting the time necessary for my craft until the children had left the nest.
I published my first book, Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World
in 2008. Written from a Christian perspective, and in hopes of sharing higher thought about doctrine and vocabulary, it won six motivational/inspirational awards in 2009. The most prestigious of those was Gold in the Mom’s Choice Award for inspirational/devotional books. How does your education and experiences with metaphysics contribute to your role as an author?
I’ve studied metaphysics and religion for over thirty years in an effort to understand why there is such a diverse separation between both groups. My first book bridges the gap between the two. In other words, both factions say the same thing while using different terminology. Semantics, plain and simple. After I wrote that book for family and friends who were trapped in an outdated worldview, I moved forward and began to explain other metaphysical concepts such as spiritual gifts, chakras, meditation, and healing. The majority of authors write either fiction or nonfiction; however, you choose to write in both genes, why?
Nonfiction books reach a smaller audience. First, and foremost, I am a teacher. I share what I know without reservation. I was led to understand that people everywhere have these metaphysical gifts and abilities, aka spiritual gifts. That term frightens them, especially if reared in a society that discounts and persecutes mysticism (the belief that one can commune with the divine through intuition and faith). They feel misunderstood, alone, and outcast. Some were even told they are possessed and others are considered mental. My fiction books share these abilities and concepts in a non-threatening manner because the story is about a fictional character. Still, I believe the reader can identify with these special men and women.
With that in mind, I began to write fiction books about characters that possess special abilities. In my first fiction book, The Journey
, a young woman hears an inner voice that leads her from an abusive relationship to safety. In my second book, The Retreat
, Amanda feels broken and takes a spirit quest to a remote mountain location where she communes with a bear, a wolf, a hawk, and a swarm of bees. Then, in The Vision Chronicles
eight-book series which came to me in a dream, the protagonist stops hiding from his mystical ability and learns to accept it. Each book in the series shares Mike’s evolution, changes, and self-awareness. An Alec Winters Series
is a vengeance-driven thriller series that can be considered a ‘good vs. evil’ tale. In this series, Alec is transformed from a sensitive teenage-jock to an angel-demon overnight. The book shares his struggles as he accepts who he is and hopefully helps the reader understand that every one of us is both good and evil; we all experience this dichotomy to some degree.