It’s my pleasure to welcome Emily Stroia to my blog today!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an intuitive and spiritual teacher.
I write and teach people on how to connect to your intuition and find healing after loss and trauma.
How long have you been writing for?
All my life.
I started with short-stories as a child. English was always a favorite class of mine in school.
What is your writing process like?
It starts usually with an inspirational idea that nags me until I put it into words. I use post-it notes to build the skeleton of the book. The post-it notes are like reminders of ideas for chapter names, concepts, themes and information.
I may go into meditation for answers or guidance when I am feeling stuck at a particular part in a book. If I am avoiding the book I will take a break and read another author for inspiration, listen to a podcast or practice yoga to gain insight.
It is so important to move the energy the writing process. There are moments of sitting and reflecting on what I am crafting and other times when I am 1000% in the flow and have created a message that feels aligned with the theme of the book.
Another tool that has helped me is recording voice notes of book downloads for what will come next in a chapter or section.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?
My writing practice has become more consistent over the years.
I explore through journaling and free-writing to loosen my attachment to how I “think” the book should look.
I ask myself in a day what I can commit to with writing and some days it is only 15 minutes. Other days it can be an one-two hours.
I brainstorm in the morning and in the evening when I am in the trenches of the book.
What motivates you to write?
Realizing that my message is relatable and one that many people can connect to. I write to inspire others to never give up on the journey of life and find their own healing journey. It is most humbling to receive an email from someone about how my book has touched them or changed their life, or awakened them to finding their truth, courage and special gifts.
What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?
Self-publishing my own books is a great feat! It takes so much courage to not only write a book but to be brave enough to share it with the world. It is truly being the master of my own fate.
Are you currently working on anything new?
I am working on a second book as sibling to Into the Light. This book will explore healing and growth in relationships, trust, and living a transformed life.
If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?
I am a woman of many talents and also coach people on finding their intuitive gifts, connecting to their inner voice and sharing their stories with the world.
What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?
The easiest part of writing is the inspired ideas that come to me. The hardest part is trusting that this is a book people will want and can relate to. The actual writing process without judging it.
What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?
Structure and routine are important to hone the writing craft. I think before it was more spontaneous for me to write.
What is your favorite book or genre? Is there a special book that made you realize you wanted to write?
Sabrina Ward Harrison is a collage artist and writer who changed my life with her books when I was in high school.
She spoke to my heart about the struggle of life and being brave in the unknown. My favorite book right now is Milk & Honey but Rupi Kaur.
Genres of books are poetry, self-help and spirituality.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
To explore writing with being attached to the outcome. Write because it is a part of you that brings you the gift you need.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Writing for me is a constant state of exploration and self-discovery. I write because I am endlessly curious about what my next work will be like, feel like and how I will be different. I get to be the witness to my own growth and transformation in the writing process.
About Emily Stroia
Emily is an intuitive, writer, spiritual leader, teacher, and artist. Her life is a breathing expression of intuition, passion, spirituality, and creativity. Most days you can find her coaching clients, writing, practicing yoga and playing with her dog in Los Angeles. Her life’s work is to inspire everyone to find the gifts in their story and share them with the world.
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Buy Emily’s Book
Into the Light is a memoir-inspired poetry collection in seven parts. The book shares the author’s life from a transformative perspective of experiencing trauma & darkness to finding hope, miracles and light.
In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding one’s inner peace after adversity and healing through brokenness. This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration, and empowerment. This book is for anyone who has ever experienced loss, grief, brokenness, depression, abuse, trauma and heartbreak.