Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and sixty-third, is of children’s and self-help author Stefan Bolz. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look here.
Almost three decades later, his secret passion has finally caught up with him when he accidentally wrote a novel.
“Accidentally?” you might ask, and rightfully so. Yes. Accidentally.
And now from the author himself:
It all started out in a sandbox. This may or may not be a good place to start a novel but in my case it really worked out. You should try it sometime. I have been going to my therapist Julie for a few years now. She has been very helpful through some rough patches here and there. Part of her work includes a sandbox in the corner of her practice. Here’s how this works: Behind the sandbox there is a wall filled with shelves on which you can find pretty much anything, from small figurines to action figures to items like little palm trees, dragons, motor cycles, cowboys, dogs, helicopters, stones, rocks, pieces of wood, train cars, etc. I’d usually pick out some of the items at random, the task being not to think too much about which ones to take and then place them into the sand box. So, I took some of the objects from the shelf and placed them in the sand box. Here and there I pushed the sand to one side, again without thinking much about it. Once I was done, we looked at it together and as we always do, Julie asked me what I saw. It usually makes sense while I look at the landscape as to which of the figurines I am, what’s going on in the box and therefore in my life at that moment, etc.
Not this time. I had no clue what I was looking at. There was a rooster, red and orange colored; there was a wolf, a horse, a Pegasus, a frog, a dragon and, stuck into the sand on the left side of the box, three feathers. That was all. I told Julie that I had no idea what it meant, what it was or what to make of it. All I said was that it sure looks like it would make a nice little fable: The rooster sets out on a journey. On his way, he picks up friends like the wolf and the horse. Then they encounter a Pegasus and a dragon. There is a frog in there somewhere. And in the end they find the three feathers. Nothing to write home about. Or so I thought.
I left Julie, not disappointed but feeling kind of neutral with the sense that nothing had really happened in there. Sometimes a session stays with me for days. Again, not this one. I forgot all about it for a while. Then one morning I thought I’d better write it down before I forget. That was more out of habit as I usually write down what happens during the sessions. So I began with, “Once upon a time there was a rooster who lived on a farm on the Eastern shore…” I stopped at the end of chapter one, I think. I couldn’t believe the force with which the story made itself known to me. I truly felt like a scribe more than an author. Close to none of it came from my conscious mind. It was as if I discovered for myself, and for the first time, what had happened.
Like an archaeologist finding an ancient city under the dessert sand. The Three Feathers was there. Complete and pretty much ready to come through. My duty was only in faithfully writing it all down. There was only a minuscule and insignificant amount of thinking about plot, characters and the story itself on my part. Besides The Three Feathers, there is one other book out already – a spiritual companion to The Three Feathers, called The Dawning of the True Self. Three more books are in the works: A prequel named The Second Searcher, a sequel, The Fourth Sage and the continuation of that one, The Forgotten Future. I have had a couple of author days and one coming up at a local school with 308 kids. Never underestimate the power of playing in the sand.
You can find more about Stefan and his writing via…
- thethreefeathers.com (for a signed copy of his book, to find out more about it and the other books)
- or you can order them from Amazon for kindle: amazon.com/The-Three-Feathers-Magnificent-ebook/dp/B008OYSTK2 or amazon.co.uk/The-Three-Feathers-Magnificent-ebook/dp/B008OYSTK2
- amazon.com/The-Dawning-True-Self-ebook/dp/B00BXQESLM or amazon.co.uk/The-Dawning-True-Self-ebook/dp/B00BXQESLM
- and visit Stefan’s Amazon author page.
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