Trisha Watson holds a deep reverence for nature and compassion for those in need, especially animals. Of course that encompasses pets too, and thus all her dogs and cats over the years have been rescues or strays. Her first book, The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog: A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration From the Other Side, takes us on a spiritual adventure that is skillfully crafted. You will laugh, cry and possibly find answers to questions you may have contemplated in your own spiritual adventure. May you be inspired.
Tell me about your latest book and what inspired you to write/create it?
The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog is told by none other than Russell. It is a true adventure of the spiritual kind traversing various lifetimes of a special soul (Russell) who refused his life review in a previous incarnation as a man. The journey of his soul deeply reveals the possible reason from our numerous, frequent lifetimes here on the earth plane, which is evolution of the soul.
The second part of the book’s title is: A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side. It wasn’t my intention to write a book, however, I believe anything is possible. The idea began one day about my dog Russell who had made his transition. My intuition, which is sourced from Spirit Guides, angels, or God, depending on your comfort level, kept at me with mental dialogs, tied to crisp memories of my own life, beginning in childhood, and extending to present day. I resisted because the idea was so much bigger than me or my writing abilities. Plus, I didn’t want to take on the huge project of writing a book.
I have decided I am a different type of author. How I feel about writing is expressed best by Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions and many other books. Here’s how he describes the process:
“I do not enjoy writing at all. If I can turn my back on an idea, out there in the dark, if I can avoid opening the door to it, I won’t even reach for a pencil. But once in a while there’s a great dynamite-burst of flying glass and brick and splinters through the front wall and somebody stalks over the rubble, seizes me by the throat and gently says, “I will not let you go until you set me, in words, on paper.”
And that is what it takes for me to write. I must feel moved by inspiration to the point of not being able to ignore it.
Share your personal publishing story. Did you choose self or traditional? How did you go from book manuscript draft to finished book available for purchase?
Because of the uniqueness of the storyline, I decided I wasn’t willing to give up control over any aspects of my book. It took me four years to go from the manuscript to the finished book, with many anxious moments of love or dread along with every emotion in between.
How do you name your characters (if fiction or names changed for nonfiction)?
Some of the character’s names I automatically knew without any thought. A few are names of people I’ve known. Other names I looked up then went with what hit an intuitive cord.
How many unpublished or unfinished books have you written and set aside? What are your plans for them?
Currently I’m working on The Spiritual Adventures of Maggie the Dog.
How do you go about obtaining book reviews? Do you read them? How do you deal with the good and the bad ones?
This is my first book therefore I found a support team that came together, all with valuable knowledge of the publishing world. Mostly they guided me to do virtual book tours, and Kindle promotions. Each brought a good number of book reviews that I’m grateful to have.
What do you do for book marketing? Describe your plan, how it is working, and what you want to add or change to that plan, if anything.
My book came out at end of January 2020. Mid-February I had my book launch and a few book signings, then the pandemic hit shutting everything down. The book signings I had scheduled were cancelled. It wasn’t an easy time for anyone on Earth.
Since the pandemic I lost my momentum, now I’m trying to revive my efforts. Book signings energize me; so it is my intention to schedule at least one a month.
Do you prefer reading print, audio or ebooks? Why?
I like holding a book. The feel of the pages is familiar which brings a warm comfortable feeling.
There are many trends in self-publishing that have come and gone. What do you think is going to change next in the self or traditional publishing landscape?
I have no sense of what that might be. Everything now, changes at light speed without warning, which is stunning and at the same time aimless. Change for the sake of change produces waste.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Do not give up your guidance, or inspiration, or even question if you should or shouldn’t follow it. If it’s there, and it nourishes good then it is a gift; a gift for you to bring forth to share with those you have something to give. There’s a good chance you won’t get rich from writing, but in the end, you are enriched by giving life to discovering your own inner story. As writers, we learn about ourselves on a level that’s hard to describe.
Who is your favorite author, book? The last book you read?
Many authors names crossed my mind as a favorite. The last book I read is, Through It All: Breaking Through the Dark Clouds of Life by Doug Davis. An amazing, one in a billion true story about one man’s life, suffering and healing. Truly inspiring!
One of my all-time favorites that is another true story, and a game changer, Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss. An incredible book I love to give as a gift, especially for those going through a hard time.
Currently my favorite author it’s Diana Gabaldon. I just started her latest in the Outlander series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. Even after reading all her other books in the series, I’m still in awe of her gift for writing.
More about the author and how to find her books.
Trisha Watson was raised in Denver, Colorado and lived most of her adult life in Evergreen, a small mountain town outside of Denver.
In 2021 Trisha, her husband Mark, along with their two dogs, Cooper and Sadie, moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida to be near family. Trisha is working on her second book, The Spiritual Adventures of Maggie the Dog.
You can purchase The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog on Amazon or order it from a local bookstore. You can also visit the book website.
Here’s to living in inspiration.
About the Author
Trisha Watson, holds a reverence for nature and compassion for those in need, including, and especially animals. Of course that encompasses pets too, and thus all her dogs and cats over the years were rescues or strays. One of her passions is to save animals through adoption, so a portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to an animal rescue organization.
Twenty-six years of self-employment helped her develop a can-do attitude, so writing her first book, while intimidating, was something she felt reluctant yet driven to do. When asked about the process of writing a book she said, “I didn’t want to write a book, but this story wouldn’t leave me alone. Once I got out of the way, much of it flowed easily. Some of it I don’t remember writing, which at first was unsettling, but later made complete sense as the story revealed itself. My wish with the many messages in this book is to hopefully, in some way, touch those who read it.”
At sixteen, Trisha began her spiritual journey. At twenty-six, she had an out-of-body, near death experience, almost dying of pneumonia. She said, “This was the most transformational experience of my life.” Over the years she has delved into many facets of life with an open mind and a dash of healthy skepticism. Always looking forward, she continually seeks to grow, encounter, learn and share with others. Her philosophy says it best, “We are all each other’s students and teachers.”
Trisha was born in Rhode Island. Two years later her family moved to Denver Colorado where she grew up. As an adult she was drawn to the mountains eventually settling in Evergreen, a small mountain town outside of Denver. In 2021, Trisha, her husband Mark and their two dogs, Sadie and Cooper moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
For a more in depth, fun look at Russell and Trisha Watson visit: TheSpiritualAdventures.com