Maria J. Andrade, M.F.T., is a licensed therapist author and poet. Her eco-social book for children, Youngen Finds Her Song, was published last year. She is founder of the “Heart Magic” workshops based on her book Heart Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well. This book focuses on important “Select Principles” and Dos and Don’ts found in marriages that endure and are happy. She lives in California and has a private counseling practice with her husband Sy Cohn. You can visit her website at www.magicunion.com. See Twitter : birdchat or find her on Facebook under her name.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Maria. Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
My latest book is a novel based on a true family saga about love, betrayal, loss of fortune and redemption. It is an epic story about the lives of 3 women whose friendship through a span of 50 years allows them to survive many of life’s challenges. However, this novel is looking for a publisher. I am here to talk about love from another perspective. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I have written a book, which has been translated into Spanish. This little book is a guide which will help people truly live, “happily ever after!” The title is, Love Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well. By reading it you will gain the knowledge of what keeps couples together for life!
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
Heart Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well, is a self-help book and it was the first book I wrote. Since then I have written an eco-social book for children which teaches them about the importance of self-respect, love for others and earth stewardship This book was released to major book stores last year. I have since written 3 other children’s books and a novel all awaiting publishing.
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
I do not experience writer’s block but what I do experience is frustration in not having more time to write! I heard a good writer once say when you have writer’s block just go on to the part of the story you can write about and the rest will catch up. In other words, keep writing.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
I have readers from the US to Australia. Those who purchase the book are offered an opportunity to discuss their individual problem. It is also wonderful to hear from people and learn that my book has been helpful to them. Here in our country marriage one out of 2 marriages ends in divorce. We seem to be better at the search for Mr. or Ms. Right rather than how to get along with that person after we found them. My book, Heart Magic, focuses on the latter.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
I have a counseling practice in the mornings and I write in the afternoons.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
I meditate. This is part of my daily ritual in the mornings before I start and at the end of the day.
Q: What book changed your life?
I think, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, the autobiography of the Psychologist, Carl G. Jung had a transformative impact on my life. I was also very recently impressed, by Deepak Chopra’s, The Book of Secrets. It is a very powerful book.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
I think it would be similar to the title of my latest novel, Love Across an Ocean of Time.
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
A: that love and relationship is central theme, which revolves around both in my personal as well as my professional life. I see a world where people consider themselves a human family and where they get along, respect each other and this beautiful earth.
Thank you for this interview Maria. I wish you much success on your book, Heart Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well.