Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Interview with Michelle Zarrin, author of 'From My Heart to Yours'


With an emotionally secure and sheltered upbringing, Sofia, was in for an unexpected ride when she married Earl. Their stable and unnerving union would take deeper turns as they experienced(?) health issues, betrayal and shattered hearts. With each new circumstance Sofia faced, she shed a layer of naiveté, deepening her perspective of life. Beautiful life lessons learned from preschool children healed her wounds and dissipated her scars. They taught her about the human condition at it’s purest. But then the biggest tragedy happened in Sofia’s life, leading her to seek deeper answers. At the end of the book (her story?), she learns that the art of life is how we deal with it’s struggles. Through a powerful and inspiring journey into the soul, she regains the light and love within. Purchase at: barnes and nobleamazon  

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
My book is an accomplishment I am proud of.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My family is artistic. We all have an outlet to express ourselves through our imagination. And for me, the formation of letters, words and sentences is the creative expression of my soul.
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my book to share with the world all of the life lessons I have learned. As for when I began: it was in my teenage years by keeping a journal.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I find power in words. It was a gradual development through my years to thoroughly express myself with written documents.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
My friends and family would consistently tell me that my writing was very inspiring and emotional.
What inspires you to write and why?
Sharing my life lessons inspires me to write. I believe that by sharing our stories or lessons, it brings the human connection together.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Fiction and nonfiction
What inspired you to write your first book?
The story of my life and all the lessons I learned through the years inspired me to write. I believe the art of life is how we deal with our struggles and wanted to share with my readers what lead me to that discovery and mindset.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My life story and lessons learned influenced my writing.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
People get intimidated with writing because they become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the dedication. Yet, I tell everyone to take it one step at a time. Even if you write one page a day, you will have a novel by the end of one year.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
My ex-husband’s existence became darker through time. And the darker he became, the more I steered in the opposite direction. I began doing yoga, eating better and focusing on my spiritual path. Now I meditate one hour per day and believe in the power of the mind for the advancement of one’s life.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes. I find solace in sitting before my laptop and sharing all that is within me.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
I love clear description and poetic metaphors when explaining a scenario or thought.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
I do not allow writer’s block to get in the way of my goal for the day. I know that eventually I can break through the block.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I have love and compassion for all of humanity.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I can be impatient with getting to what I want. So I find myself stopping to appreciate the moment for what it is, not for what I would like for it to be.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly” ~ Anonymous. This quote is actually on the back cover of my book. There was a period in my life when I knew I was cocooned with troubles and a future to build. That quote helped me know that in the end, I would be set free.



Michelle Zarrin is an author, blogger and entrepreneur, running two businesses. Having meditated over 2000 hours in the past four years, her expertise is the internal world through the tool of the breath. Inspiration, creativity, tranquility, intuition and compassion all reside within our internal world. Her blogs consist of her writings on life and spirituality. She lives in Orange County, California. You can visit her at

From My Heart to Yours Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, August 5 - Book featured at Literary Winner
Tuesday, August 6 - Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
Wednesday, August 7 - Interviewed at Blogher
Thursday, August 8 - Guest blogging at The Self Taught Cook
Friday, August 9 - Guest blogging at Straight From the Authors Mouth
Tuesday, August 13 - 1st chapter reveal at Cheryl's Book Nook
Wednesday, August 14 - Guest blogging at Redroom
Friday, August 16 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, August 20 - Book featured at Plug Your Book
Wednesday, August 21 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Friday, August 23 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
Wednesday, August 28 - Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
Thursday, August 29 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
Friday, August 30 - 1st chapter reveal at Examiner
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