November 5, 2013

Love & The Goddess Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

I am super excited about today's post here on Page Bites.  I have the author of Love & The Goddess, Mary Elizabeth Coen with us.  I love this book and hope you all have picked up your copy and have read this book, if you haven't what are you waiting for.  Today, she is here to share her writing journey with us and after that you can read more about the book and the author herself.  Enjoy! 

My Writing journey
Ever since I won an essay competition as a child, I dreamt of being a writer. I, however took a rather circuitous route to becoming one. Finally after a career as a teacher and lifestyle journalist I’m a published author.

I took creative writing courses and did a novel writing course with author Valerie Blumenthal who lives in Oxfordshire.

I had eleven chapters of Love & the Goddess written when I contacted well known Irish author Ferdia MacAnna and asked him to be my mentor. Under Ferdia’s guidance I wrote the complete first draft in four months. After that I re- wrote the book several times and consulted an editor who suggested I re-structure parts of the novel. Following that I hired a copy editor.

I sent my manuscript out to a small number of agents and publishers and received very favorable reviews. One publisher who was interested in it wanted me to make significant changes and I then decided to self publish. It has been the right decision as I am proud of my book and would not have wished to compromise the integrity of the story in favor of something seemingly more commercial.

About the Book

One woman, One myth, Three Goddesses A woman’s voyage of self discovery begins on the internet leading all the way to Brazil and onto the Andean highlands of Peru. Devastated from her relationship break- up, Kate Canavan is at a loss until she re-discovers a hidden painting of the triple Goddess from Greek mythology. Her interest in mythology and spirituality is re-ignited. A voyage of self discovery begins with internet dating using the names of each of the Goddesses in the triple myth. When a health scare intervenes Kate and her friends go together to visit a famous healer in Brazil and a spiritual guru in Peru, where all three friends begin spiritual journeys of forgiveness, gratitude and learning to live in the now. Read it to find out if Kate finds love along the way. Below is an excerpt from this fantastic book, there will be more excerpts posted on the other blogs for the tour each day. Enjoy!

About the Author

Living in Ireland, Mary Elizabeth Coen is a former Home Economics teacher and lifestyle journalist. Though she always dreamed of being a writer, Mary Elizabeth took a rather circuitous route getting there. You could say she has had several incarnations in this lifetime from Home Economics teacher to Fashion Editor of a magazine, along with being mother to three wonderful children, Mark, Janet and Emily. Due to demand from clients she opened her own pr consultancy firm specializing in fashion; – the dream job for a fashionista, availing of great discounts on wonderful shoes and vintage clothing. Unfortunately the five inch stilettos had to go when Mary’s health deteriorated and she received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Work too, had to take a back seat as Mary sought to maintain optimum health and became interested in holistic medicine and personal development. In the process, she developed a passion for mythology, philosophy and the study of ancient spiritual traditions. As a seeker, she travelled to Mayan sites in Mexico, visited a famous healer’s ashram in Brazil and undertook a shamanic journey through Peru. Mary’s book Love & the Goddess is based on her travels. Mary is now in robust good health, working as a full-time author and stress management lecturer, while also running a website called Goddess MECA. The acronym is for Mary Elizabeth Coen Assists the Goddess in everywoman through sharing her love of cookery fashion and mythology. Mary brings her experience from teaching, using tools that are practical and easily integrated into every day busy lives. Her clients range from private individuals and businesses, to larger corporate bodies.

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Twitter: – @goddessmeca

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We want to thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this great guest post with us today Mary, we really enjoyed getting to hear about your writing journey.  We also hope all our readers enjoyed it as much as we did!