Sherianne Angel is a Reality therapist, homemaker, life coach and eternal student. She has experience with group dynamics and workshop facilitation. In her practice she merges ancient wisdom with contemporary reality.
Sherianne has been in the field of healing for many years, is intuitive and teaches awareness techniques that help clients find balance and harmony.
Sherianne is married, has three children and lives in Jerusalem.
Due to a miraculous event Robyn became attuned to spirituality and embarked on a personal journey of inspiration and growth.
This book is one of the fruits of her endeavors. Robyn resides in Johannesburg and is a wife and mother of two adult children.
So glad to meet both of you. I'm excited to visit today.
Fantasy and reality meet in a poignantly written novel laced with wicked humor.
This is the story of Myrrh, unhappily married, depressed and addicted to pills and cigarettes in the throes of a mid-life crisis with tortured family dynamics. As Myrrh reaches breaking point, Methuselah enters her life and expertly draws her out of her cyclical isolation. Applying her dreams as a guide, this wise old man leads Myrrh on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.
This novel has multiple themes. The main theme is an in-depth look at how individuals tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, running around in circles which keep them stuck, and paralyzes emotional growth and spiritual maturity. For civilization to keep up with fast moving modern technical advancement, we need rather to move in an upward spiral - each time growing a little more, each time expanding our consciousness a little more.
Methuselah is fifteen chapters long, each parallels a place where a specific event occurred, each corresponds to healing a particular flawed character trait within ourselves. By tracing the process of the fifteen journeys, we are taught strategies and techniques that will empower us to change for the better. This inspirational book reveals the 15 secrets to self mastery.
Sounds very intriguing. Where can readers find your book?
Web Url: www.methuselahbook.com (the site will be complete in the next week)
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Methuselah/124988334247388
Why did you become writers…was it a dream of yours since you were both younger or did the desire to write happen later in your lives?
Initially it was not our intention to write. We were motivated to learn. We became writers later in life because we realized that we had an important message to relay to the world. We undertook an in depth study of the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt - from slavery to freedom. We thoroughly researched the 42 journeys as they traveled on their way to the Promised Land. This is where we discovered the 15 secrets to self-enlightenment and growth, and knew that we had deep and profound messages to share.
Sounds like very deep research. I'm sure your findings were very interesting.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
This journey has been exceptional in that we both feel that it has been entirely Divinely guided.
Methuselah has an engaging story line and shares many lessons to be learnt. It is kind of like Tuesdays with Morrie meets Celestine Prophecy. The way Mitch Albom and James Redfield used narrative to share wisdom and spiritual messages are something we aspired to.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imaginations?
Our characters are fictitious; however, we did incorporate much of what we have learned through life experience.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
We are both totally fascinated by ancient texts.
We began to research the biblical weekly readings dealing with the journeys and encampments traversed by the Israelites after their freedom from Egyptian slavery about 3,500 years ago. We found the lessons therein to be particularly profound. Our deep delving revealed relevance that resonated with the challenges of contemporary man today! The excitement of those discoveries is indescribable. Our findings suggested that the first fifteen encampments in the desert were a prototype for a successful process toward a destination (goal). We compiled the original manuscript by extracting the spiritual, emotional and practical lessons from each journey with the intention of sharing their wisdom.
Where do you go to do your research?
We did our research mostly at home - on the internet, books, tapes and by attending live lectures. Every year we would meet in Jerusalem, Israel (from USA and South Africa) to immerse in intensely focused learning and to engage directly with our teachers.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
This project took ten years to complete. It began as a research study. The idea of adapting it into a book did not enter our minds until we discovered the 15 secrets. We then put it into non-fiction book form but found that it was too complicated in that format. So we decided to have it adapted to a novel so it would be lighter read and easier to understand. Some of the concepts are complicated and this way we were able to explain the 15 secrets, journey by journey in simple terms.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
We have ideas for future books but right now are putting our energy into promoting the book and getting our message out.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
Neither of the co-authors are full time writers. We lived in different countries in different time zones. We both have families, run homes and have careers. We found ways to fit the writing in late at night or on the weekend. We communicated over telephone, on the internet or on Skype. We squeezed in moments to work on Methuselah whenever possible.
Love that your passion for this subject must have been a driving force in completing this project.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
Methuselah is the result of a long term project. Co- authoring the book, writing it together, has been the most interesting experience. We each had a different approach as to how we viewed the material, but agreed on our understanding of the root truths in what we were learning. This ‘double view’ is what makes Methuselah so rich, deep, multifaceted and layered. We were able to motivate each other, and because of our shared love of the material. Working on this project was never a lonely journey; there was always the other to discuss ideas with.
We rarely had writers block – if one of us was stuck, invariably, we would talk it through after which we would get right back to work. We did find at times though, that we needed to take a break to absorb, breathe and live with the new material for a while until we were able to integrate it and only then could we write about it.
Often we would start a sentence and the other would finish it or we wrote a sentence word by word together until it was complete.
One of the most powerful aspects of writing this book was our ability to trust one another. To the extent that if one author was unable to write for a while, the other would take over. In this way we were able to complete this incredible project.I've never written with a co-author before.
That's great how your collaboration worked so well for you.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
Both our families have been wonderfully supportive. In fact our children are trying to find themselves in the characters of the book which we find quite delightful, since our characters are not based on anyone we know in particular.
Wonderful to have support from family and friends. Sherianne and Robyn thank you so much for stopping by. I've enjoyed our chat.
Readers, to enter the book giveaway, go to their facebook fanpage:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Methuselah/124988334247388 and "like" it and you'll be entered to win a print copy of Methuselah. Two people will be picked to win copies of their book.
Hope you can all stay and visit for a while.