Today I have the pleasure of speaking with my friend Rowan Glaser, a local author in the Twin Cities. Rowan is a participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors,
Welcome, Welcome Rowan! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today.
Katelyn- Can you tell us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related.
Rowan-I’ve made my mark in this world by being a custom motorcycle painter.
I’ve had bikes in national magazines, museums, and art galleries as well as receiving many awards at bike shows for my work.
I got into painting because I knew it was time to start a new career having recently left the Navy where I was an air traffic controller, and then driving cab in St. Paul. So one day, I’m standing in the living room and I happen to say out loud, I wonder what career I should do next? To my amazement, a disembodied voice replied, “Auto body.” Figuring it was my guardian angel, I called the local college and asked if they had an auto body program and sure enough they did, and it was starting in a week. I signed up and the rest is herstory.
Katelyn- I love how you were able to listen to your guardian angel and go with it. A lot of people can’t do that because they don’t trust that voice. I have seen your motorcycle painting and it is amazing.
I am always curious what inspires an author to write. What inspired you to start writing?
Rowan- For twenty plus years, I was driven to heal myself from childhood and military traumas. As changes resulted and I became more of who I wanted to be, I recognized the amazing transformations that were taking place and recorded them in journals. Stacks of them! lol
At the same time, when out and about in different social settings, people always ask what everyone does for a living. When I’d share my career, fascination resulted followed by more questions – which allowed me the opportunity to fine-tune my response into an exciting account of the adventures I’ve lived.
The catalyst for the book came in 2012 when my life fell apart and I had to implement all the lessons previously learned, in order to make peace with the chaos swirling around me. Returning to writing, I melded my top life adventures with ways to heal and rise in vibration, thereby lifting my own self back up while hopefully cutting a path for others to follow – knowing not everyone has time to spend researching for 20 years. In the end, I discovered we weren’t born to pay bills and die.
Katelyn- I totally understand journaling transformation. All of my books started in my journals…lots of journals! It is like the book was written for you first so you could grow and then you want to share what you learned so that others can grow.
Do you have a specific genre in your writing and what you read?
Rowan- Biography, Self-help, Personal Growth, Visionary
Katelyn- I can see that in your writing. As writers, we usually have a higher purpose for writing. Why do you write?
Rowan- To raise awareness and effect healing.
Katelyn- That’s a great reason especially in the times that we are experiencing now.
Most creative people get creative blocks. What do you do when you get a creative block?
Rowan- It never happened – I found I couldn’t stop writing. Some days it was 14+ hours in front of the computer. I had to buy a better chair. lol
Katelyn- It sounds like you were in the flow of some powerful inspiration! It is hard to stop when you get to that place because it is so easy.
Do you have writers who inspire you and why?
Rowan-Dan Millman, Lynn V. Andrews, James Redfield, Deepak Chopra, Baird T. Spalding, Vladamir Megre. They help me be hopeful of the good things coming. To discover the Truths that are hidden within us.
Katelyn- Those are some of my favorites too. I especially like the ones like Lynn V. Andrews and Vladamir Megre who come at teaching from the aspect of stories that have so much wisdom in them. Sometimes is it easier for our mind to believe when it comes in story form verse fact.
I imagine there are many people reading this who would like to write a book someday. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Rowan- Write for the love of writing, express what you need to say.
Katelyn-It really is that simple isn’t it?
How can people support you in your writing career and find out about your cycle painting?
Rowan- If you enjoy my book, ask yourself if there is anyone you know in the publishing, marketing, or distribution fields that you can pass this onto to read. Word of mouth is the best advertising. Toni Woodruff, part of the family that owns the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, loves my book so much that she shares it with her people – and is even promoting me at the Bikers Belle symposium even though I can not make it there this year. Situations such as this make me feel truly appreciated for taking the time to record what I’ve discovered.
But since I know not everyone cozies up with a book, I put together a presentation on alternative healing methods along with some readings from the book, into a half hour video. It is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/wIIncX4Vbu4?t=1s
What is your web address or where can people find your books?