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My motto is simple – “Life is for living.” Not just working. Not struggling. Not sitting on your butt and watching soap operas with canned laughter on TV.
I’m an award-winning author, healer, spiritual channel, and a modern-day nomad. A New Yorker for the last 20 years, I grew up in Sweden, raised by Estonian refugee parents, and have lived in six countries across three continents. Guided by my curiosity and inability to remain still, I have studied art, acting, advertising, and finance, and have traveled to more than 75 countries in search of the next adventure.
My parents’ sudden passing in a shipboard accident taught me to live each day as if it were the last. Get out there and explore. Taste that deep fried cricket—maybe it’s good (it really was!). Hang on to your seat in that steaming hot, rusty African bus for eighteen hours, because meeting those women with ceramic plates in their lips will be amazing. Be brave. Take Risks. Live.
My first novel, The Transmigrant, is a what-if story about the Lost Years of Jesus, exploring the possibility of his traveling through Asia and studying Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s an effort to show how all religions are linked, and how they all stem from the same root: love your neighbor as yourself, treat others like you want to be treated, and be kind. The novel has won multiple awards, including the Nautilus Book Award and the International Book Award.
The idea to write a book about the real Jesus haunted me for years. No, not the sad figure promulgated by organized religion, but the enlightened teacher. Because, surely, if the man was of God, he would be wise, humble, compassionate—and inclusive?
When I came across the story of Jesus in India, the seeds took root and flourished into The Transmigrant.
What I’d like readers to take away from my book:
My whole “thing” is about keeping an open mind and questioning everything you read or hear. The idea behind The Transmigrant was to show how all religions stem from the same root: love your neighbor as yourself, treat others as you want to be treated, be kind. What I believe can bring value to others is threefold:
- Never judge, accept others the way they are even though your thoughts and beliefs may differ.
- Everyone is equal, no one is higher or lower than others.
- We are all part of God, we are all holy.
When I’m not writing, I like to read (a lot!), explore new foods, new music, and dance to my own, unique tune of life.
I am a member of the Women’s National Book Association and the Historical Novel Society.
- The process of writing and becoming an author
- Researching for a fictional work set in historical times
- Finding a publisher for your book
- Creating a book platform
- Travel and budgeting for travel
- Living in different countries (I’ve lived in 6!): how to move, how to make friends, what not to do
- Dealing with culture clashes when it comes to living with someone with different values and tastes.
- International advertising (my 10-year career in Stockholm and New York)
- Running a healthcare business (in Estonia when I was 25)
- Dealing with sudden loss and how to find an “awakening” in death
- Learning languages (I speak 4 fluently + 2 on a more basic level)
- I am Reiki master
- Did you always want to be an author?
- Is The Transmigrant your first book?
- How did you end up writing about Jesus?
- What is the message of your book? Why do you feel this is important?
- In The Transmigrant, Yeshua (Jesus) travels through Asia. Do you believe this happened?
- Do you really believe Jesus meditated?
- Do you believe women influenced men at the time the Transmigrant takes place in history?
- Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
- Who are your gurus?
- When is your next book coming out?
- When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
- Who are your favorite authors?
Readers Favorite Review – May 2018
Historical Novel Society Review – May 2018
It’s Write Now Interview – February 22, 2018
Travel Radio Australia Interview – September 2017
Book Reader Magazine Interview – August 2017
Words A Plenty Review – August 17, 2017
Fun Tour Guru Article – August 10, 2017
Kirkus Review – July 28, 2017
Urban Book Reviews – July 22, 2017
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