We are excited to catch up with one of our favorite contributors to Attune Magazine. The last few years, Melinda Carver has written interviews with major personalities in our industry as well as articles on various magical subjects and book and deck reviews. Today we turn the spotlight on her! Melinda has a brand new book out – Get Positive Live Positive: Clearing the Negativity from Your Life.
Here we are again! It has been 2 years since you yourself were the subject of a cover interview for Attune Magazine. Now you are an author of Get Positive Live Positive. Where did you get your inspiration for this book? Has it been a wild time for you?
First, thank you for having me back! Yes, it has been a very wild time with deadlines, additions and of course traveling now for the book. My inspiration was easy – Get Positive Live Positive is based on a workshop I developed 8 and ½ years ago called Clearing the Negativity from Your Life. That day feels so long ago.
I had been laid off from a financial industry position, as well as hundreds of thousands of others during that period. As I began my job hunt, I was repeatedly told I was overqualified or my salary requirements were too high. This continued on for months. It was very demoralizing time filled with anger and anxiety. I spiraled one day after receiving 9 job rejections. Archangel Michael stepped in, and 45 minutes later I had written Clearing the Negativity from Your Life and 2 hours later I was booked to present it at a large metaphysical expo. The full story is in the Preface of my book.
Did you get whiplash from all the emotions of that day you were in deep despair over 9 rejections and turned it around to write a workshop and booked to speak at an expo?
Yes I was. I was so worried about losing my house, losing my dog. It was a frantic time due to financial and security issues and of course Riley. Up until that point, that was one of the most miserable days that I experienced, minus a loved one’s death. I had never been unemployed longer than 2 or 3 days since I was a teenager and this had been months.
After Archangel Michael prodded me, to turn on that computer to type was very, very hard. But as the day continued, I just started typing and when I was done, I started making phone calls. That day was a true pivotal day for me. Broken from the shackles of fear, to creating this powerful workshop – I had pulled myself from the muck. I moved seamlessly into the metaphysical expo world. It was scary, exciting and joyous all in one day.
Melinda, do you remember that first expo that you presented your workshop at? What was the response to it from the audience?
I presented it at the Gift of Light Expo in Columbus, OH. I remember having butterflies all morning before I was scheduled to present Clearing the Negativity from Your Life. For years, I had presented lectures or headed meeting in the corporate world. Moving into the spiritual world was nerve wracking!
That first time I presented the workshop, I had all the tools laid out on the table and note cards in case I lost my place. I was nervous until the moment I opened my mouth! Once I started going through the examples of the 5 variants that cause negativity, which is when the audience of about 100 people started responding. It was exciting for me to connect with them. I remember people saying “that is me” about the examples or crying because it hit home for them. It was a powerful moment for them and for me.
This workshop is like the Little Engine that could! A live presentation changed into book form. How were you able to take this workshop and turn it into a book? Was that easy or hard?
I presented this workshop in person and on international webinars. So many people told me that I needed to transform it into a book. The writing process took almost 2 months of off and on writing to create the rough draft. The outline was easy to do, as well as plotting out the book. The hard part was choosing someone to write the forward and of course, taking it to the publishers as a proposal. The time after you submit your finished book to the publisher is hard because of all the waiting! It took a year and a half for the book to be formally published by Schiffer. In that time, the editors loved my tagline of Get Positive Live Positive and changed the title to that.
Melinda, how will Get Positive Live Positive help others to transform their lives? Did you share the case studies in the book to show readers the way forward?
This is a very powerful book. Get Positive Live Positive shares relatable examples of the 5 variants that cause negative behavioral patterns or attitudes that affect you personally, your love life, family relationships and career. You will recognize aspects of yourself or the people in your life. Readers will also discover the free or inexpensive tools found in their home, garden, grocery or new age stores to help clear out negativity. The free tools assist readers to start that day they open the book!
The case studies are from people that attended my live workshops or the webinars. They actively chose to work with the tools to transform their lives. These were the letters and emails I received from them. People are resonating with the energy of it and I am blessed with wonderful reviews from amazing authors and readers.
Will you share a bit of wisdom from your book with us today before we say goodbye?
You are the only person that can choose TODAY to stop being miserable, to stop living in negativity. I urge you to take that first step today to change your life. One little step forward with using just one of the tools listed in Get Positive Live Positive will assist you in transforming your life. It is your choice, so chose to welcome positive people, opportunities and events into your life today. Life is beautiful – live it in joy and happiness.
Thank you Melinda for speaking with Attune Magazine! We wish you well with your book.
Melinda Carver is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Psychic Medium. She has appeared on TV, radio, expos, conferences, corporate events and stores. Her articles have appeared in several magazines.
Get Positive Live Positive: Clearing the Negativity from Your Life (ISBN 10: 0764352911) is published by Schiffer Publishing (Red Feather Division). It is available at bookstores across the nation and Amazon, Target, Walmart, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, Indigo and Wordery.
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UPCOMING AUTHOR APPEARANCES
August 20th at 11:30 am: Motivational Talk & Signing at Church of Spiritual Oneness in Erie, PA
August 23rd at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Book Signing at Lily Dale Bookstore, 2 Melrose Dr. in Lily Dale, NY
September 7th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Book Signing at Des Moines New Age Shop, 6307 Hickman Rd. in Des Moines, IA
September 13th at 6:30 pm: Book Signing at Shining Lotus Bookstore, 2178 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver, CO
September 25th at 6:00 pm: Motivational Talk & Signing at Norwalk Public Library, 46 W. Main St. in Norwalk, OH
October 4th at 6:00 pm: Motivational Talk & Signing at Sandusky Public Library, 114 W. Adams St. in Sandusky, OH