Interview with memoirist Kathleen Pooler

special interview is with non-fiction author
. She’s talking about her new book, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse
Welcome, Kathleen.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
am a writer and a retired family nurse practitioner working on a memoir about the
power of hope through faith in God. Hope Matters. I believe we are all enriched
when we share our stories.
Please tell us about
your current release.
Nothing can rescue her until she decides to rescue
Kathy loses touch with the faith she was brought up
with as she attempts to find her way in the world, leaving her stable roots for
adventure and romance. Despite a spiritual prophecy, self-defeating detours
take her through a series of heartbreaking events.
When her second husband Dan’s verbal abuse
escalates, Kathy finally realizes she must escape before she and her children
become a statistic.
How does a young woman from a stable, loving family
make so many wise choices when it comes to career, but so many poor choices
when it comes to love? Her life and the lives of her two children hinge on her
choices and the answers she finds.
Join Kathleen Pooler on her roller-coaster ride of
self-discovery, from shame and guilt to inner strength, in her tears-to-triumph
What inspired you to
write this book?
I lived with guilt and shame for many years when I
looked at the choices I had made that impacted not only my life but the lives
of my two children. Years later, when I looked around and realized the joyful
life I was living, I decided I had to tell my story to share my hope with
others–it is possible to climb out of the abyss of poor decisions and go on to
live a meaningful, peaceful life.
What exciting story
are you working on next?
working on a sequel, Hope Matters: A
Memoir About Faith (
working title). In Ever
Faithful to His Lead,
I finally find my voice and freedom from emotional
abuse. And it’s a good thing because I was yet to face my greatest challenge—the
simultaneous battles of a cancer diagnosis and a young son’s downward spiral
into substance abuse. It will be a story about how my faith, the source of my
hope, was strengthened through my trials.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
have enjoyed writing since I was about eight years old and wrote plays to
perform in front of Nan, my Italian grandmother, and her lady friends. After
years of journaling, I decided to take a writing course in 1999 but it wasn’t
until I attended a Writer’s Digest Editorial Intensive weekend in Cincinnati in
2009 that I started calling myself a writer. We were told, “you are a writer if
you write.” At the time,it seemed like such a revelation. I claimed it as my
own from that point.
Do you write

If so, what’s your work day like? If
not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
retired from a forty-four year nursing career in August of 2011 and reinvented
myself as a writer. Transition is a better word than retirement because I do
work every day on my writing which includes maintaining a blog, commenting on
other blogs, social media and working on writing projects. I work at least five
out of seven days from 9-5pm in my office on my projects. I tend to work best
in the morning but I’ve been known to stay up late or even get up in the middle
of the night when the muse strikes. In a nutshell, I write because I cannot NOT
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
to connect with me and learn more, include:
Thanks, Kathleen!

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