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Author Interview with Cindy Tuttle

Sunday, Nov 02/08

Live Author Interview with www.WomensSelfesteem.com


The evening started as normal with some general chit-chat, settling of nerves and getting comfortable. Soon the interview was underway! Here's how it went:


[Sun Nov 02 16:02:30 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Cindy...thank you for coming and sharing your time with us this evening.
[Sun Nov 02 16:02:41 PST 2008] [] Dorothy I promise to not ask you anything to personal.
[Sun Nov 02 16:02:47 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Thank you for having me
[Sun Nov 02 16:03:02 PST 2008] [] Dorothy It is our pleasure.
[Sun Nov 02 16:03:41 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Lets begin this interview with you Cindy....sharing a little bit about Cindy...where you are from ...ect.
[Sun Nov 02 16:04:42 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I am from Sacramento Calif. I work with adults who have severe mental illness  and I have a sister and a mother who is 95 years old
[Sun Nov 02 16:05:14 PST 2008] [] Dorothy When did you begin writing in your life?
[Sun Nov 02 16:05:26 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Not necessarily this book but other writings.
[Sun Nov 02 16:06:06 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I started a journal about 25 years ago. Started doing poetry 10 years ago and started writing books 1 year ago
[Sun Nov 02 16:06:48 PST 2008] [] Dorothy So you have been on the path of actually writing your own book for a long time.
[Sun Nov 02 16:07:54 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Well I actually started wring Joyful, Surrender about a year ago. But wrote for my own enjoyment over 20 years ago.
[Sun Nov 02 16:08:12 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Do you have any favorite Authors or books that you would say have influenced your life?
[Sun Nov 02 16:09:04 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I like Christian book by Joyce Rupp Merton and lately I have been very deep into Mother Teresa
[Sun Nov 02 16:09:44 PST 2008] [] Dorothy I will join you in regards to Mother Teresa...she is an amazing women..one to be looked up to.
[Sun Nov 02 16:09:50 PST 2008] [] Dorothy What inspired you to write Joyful Surrender?
[Sun Nov 02 16:10:39 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I wanted to share my great love and joy in following God and to help others in their own spiritual path.
[Sun Nov 02 16:11:17 PST 2008] [] Dorothy In reading Joyful Surrender...I will say that you have achieved that goal very well.
[Sun Nov 02 16:11:28 PST 2008] []    
[Sun Nov 02 16:11:43 PST 2008] [] Dorothy About the title...JOYFUL SURRENDER..how did you come up with that?
[Sun Nov 02 16:11:48 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Thank you Dorothy
[Sun Nov 02 16:11:53 PST 2008] [] Dorothy :)
[Sun Nov 02 16:13:11 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle   The title seemed to say how I try to open myself totally to God. To try and surrender my life to God while at the same time trying to bring His compassion to people I meet
[Sun Nov 02 16:13:45 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Joyful Surrender is about you & your Spiritual Searchings....do you feel that writing this book has helped you in any way in your life?
[Sun Nov 02 16:14:56 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  It has helped me alot. It made me reflect on the things I reflected on as I developed my vows and looking back at my life and how God was and is so involved.
[Sun Nov 02 16:15:19 PST 2008] [] Dorothy When did you first begin to realize that your commitment to Serve God was so necessary? Some say they saw a sign...was it like that for you?
[Sun Nov 02 16:16:15 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I don't think I saw a sign. It was more of a strong deep urging is me. Something I just couldn't  ignore
[Sun Nov 02 16:16:41 PST 2008] [] Dorothy What part did the disabled people you mention in your book play in awakening your won awareness in your search?
[Sun Nov 02 16:18:06 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Alot.They helped me see that our cultures views of success and happiness were so different than the people I try and help have. For some of them it was being able to hold a spoon and eat something
[Sun Nov 02 16:19:26 PST 2008] [] Dorothy It is truly amazing how everyone views what is important in life. It only takes a shortcoming or disability to realize the real gifts we have.
[Sun Nov 02 16:19:39 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I agree
[Sun Nov 02 16:19:43 PST 2008] [] Dorothy What does it mean to you, 'To Follow Jesus'?
[Sun Nov 02 16:21:32 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  It means to let the love I have received from Jesus be given to others. To empty myself in a sense so that Jesus can become alive in me in some small way. To let His love be born every day. If that makes any sense
[Sun Nov 02 16:22:10 PST 2008] [] Dorothy That makes complete sense.
[Sun Nov 02 16:22:16 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Was there a difficult part in telling your story and if so...what was it?
[Sun Nov 02 16:24:10 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I wondered if I should tell about the teen ager who was going to kill me. That was such a big event in my life and kind of personal. But after I thought about it I thought that it was the only way I could tell what God has done for me.I wondered if I was trying to make myself a big deal or something
[Sun Nov 02 16:25:22 PST 2008] [] Dorothy I do not look at it that way at all. I look at it as more of a divine intervention. It may just be the catalyst that put you on your course of seeking Spirituality.
[Sun Nov 02 16:25:50 PST 2008] [] Dorothy It is part of who you are and how you came to be.
[Sun Nov 02 16:25:59 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  It was
[Sun Nov 02 16:26:07 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Is there any one who you would consider played a strong part in making your book possible?
[Sun Nov 02 16:27:02 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  I would say the person that helped me work through the abuse and my spiritual adviser
[Sun Nov 02 16:27:50 PST 2008] [] Dorothy You mentioned earlier in the interview that it took you one year to write Joyful Surrender...did you run into any roadblocks on the way?
[Sun Nov 02 16:28:42 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Well- the only road block I can remember is getting the grammar right. That isn't my strong suit
[Sun Nov 02 16:29:24 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Well if that is the toughest part...I will say that someone was definitely watching over you!
[Sun Nov 02 16:29:28 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Have you done any traveling in order to promote Joyful Surrender?
[Sun Nov 02 16:29:54 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  No. I wouldn't  mind doing that though
[Sun Nov 02 16:30:19 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Are you planning another book anytime soon?
[Sun Nov 02 16:31:45 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Yes. I am working with Paulist Press on a book called Every Day with Mother Teresa. I also have two children books that I am trying g to find a publisher for and I am working on a book where I use parts of psalm 27 to help us live with courage and hope
[Sun Nov 02 16:32:19 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Very nice to hear...I look forward to reviewing those for you.
[Sun Nov 02 16:32:23 PST 2008] [] Dorothy Last question for you Cindy & by the way you have been fantastic....Is there a message that you hope your readers will grasp from your story?
[Sun Nov 02 16:33:34 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Yes. I guess it would be that I believe everyone has a purpose and goodness and my hope is my readers know how loved they are.
[Sun Nov 02 16:33:44 PST 2008] [] Dorothy I want to take a minute more to thank Cindy Tuttle for being here tonight ...now I will sit back and allow you very patient ladies to share a few thoughts of your won! Thank you and God Bless you Cindy Tuttle!
[Sun Nov 02 16:34:01 PST 2008] [] Cindy_Tuttle  Thank you Dorothy
[Sun Nov 02 16:34:14 PST 2008] [] Dorothy You are most welcome.




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