I am happy to welcome, Kristin Walker to Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den’s “Writer Spotlight.” My name Catherine Lyon, Author, and owner of this Den!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?
Tell us your name and a little of what you do?
Kristin Sunanta Walker is my full name. I am the CEO of a behavioral health technology consulting firm, #everythingEHR and host/CEO of a podcast network Mental Health News Radio Network.
Where are you from? Huntington Beach, California but I now live in Asheville North Carolina
Tell us more about you? Like your education, family life. Etc.
My education is called the school of hard knocks. Severe and undiagnosed ADHD kept me from being any good at regular school. I also had depression and complex PTSD so I channeled all my energy into work. I started working full-time when I was 15. I am divorced but my best friend is my ex-husband who is also the father of our only child.
Do you have any latest news?
We have a book coming out with my podcast network in the Spring of 2018 called #mentalhealthified which is a compilation of many of the guests and podcasters on our network and their journey with addiction and mental wellness.
Are you a writer?
Yes. I have been writing since I was a teenager but not publicly until about five years ago. I have a book www.emotionalimpotence.com that is being written. Many of the essays are published in other author’s books. I’ll be completing it at the end of next year with many authors writing chapters about personality disorders.
When and why did you begin writing?
I needed to use my voice and I’m a horrid singer. I mean …. Feral cats show up to yowl if I sing, Lol, but I have plenty to get out. Writing and speaking became my outlet.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Sexual abuse at the hands of my biological father and getting entangled with a psychopath in my early forties.
How did you come up with the title?
Emotional Impotence was born of dealing with people who objectify other human beings, believe they are their property and have little to no empathy other than for themselves. To me, that is the epitome of being emotionally impotent. I want a book with many professionals and survivors that can explain how much damage these kinds of relationships can do to a person with empathy, especially those of us who have more empathy than others.
The second book “#mentalhealthified” is a hashtag we use for our podcast network. We want everyone in the world to feel positive about their mental well-being. We want them to get “#mentalhealthified.”
Do you have a specific writing style? More an Essay Style.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Chapters I write will be about me and my life. The other chapters are written by clinicians, patients, advocates, etc. about their lives.
To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes. I do travel a lot for business. I visit behavioral health agencies to consult with them about their electronic health record technology. I also go to more mental health conferences than I care to admit. We do live podcasts from these venues.
Who designed the covers?
Dan Cropper who is our graphic designer and web developer. We are still working out the graphics so the covers are not ready yet.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That mental/psychological abuse is just as, if not more, detrimental to your mental health than other types of abuse. No one should be stigmatized for struggling with mental health issues which include addiction.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer?
Hands down Alice Walker – been around a long time. Her writing makes the words you think with more beautiful. Johnnie Calloway – Simple and to the point writing style that packs a powerful punch. And, of course, you Cat!
Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to becoming a published author?
Andrea Schneider. She is a therapist in Southern California. She is also an author and her blog articles about psychological abuse saved my life.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope! But they are still in creation so I am sure they will change a lot before publishing date. We are now in the process of getting the red-line edits and pulling our hair out and dealing with the gut punch from editors.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I can actually do this….And that I don’t have to do it alone. I am so much of a collaborator that I really wanted to publish books with multiple authors. So I am grateful that I have a huge number of people around the globe that are authors and wanted to be a part of my books.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I can’t even fathom, Lol…
Any advice for other writers?
Be nice to your editor. They are actually trying to help you.
Share one thing about you that will surprise readers?
I can stick my entire fist in my mouth, Lol! Made me real popular in High School. Kidding. I was a saint in High School but I can stick my entire fist in my mouth. Dentists love me.
Will you write another book? MANY…
What are you reading now? Weed, Inc. by Ben Cort…
Do you remember the first book you read? Garfield comic books.
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
The Dalai Lama which sounds so ridiculous. I literally just want to be in his energy space for 2 minutes and soak him in. The man oozes peace, contentment, and resilience.
Do you have any hobbies?
Podcasting. Writing. Traveling. Hanging with my friends at their houses until they beg me to leave. They are tired but man do we have intense, life-altering conversations while I am there.
Favorite Music? It’s all over the map but I do love the 80’s.
Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
What do you want to be written on your headstone as part of your Legacy?
If there is any bird shit on this headstone, leave it. It means wherever I am, I don’t care about this crazy thing called; “being a human being anymore.” Thank God.
Kristin, I sure thank you for sharing with me, my readers and friends! I always say God brings people into our lives at the right time and I am blessed he brought you into MINE!
Now friends, please connect with Kristin on Social Media and do go listen to her show as they are educational and informative. I will be on soon as we just taped a show together! I will let you know WHEN!