Woohoo! Time for another interview today. We’re hosting an interview for creative non-fiction / inspirational / memoir “When All Balls Drop”. Enjoy!
Q: Please tell us about yourself.
I’m an author and adventurer. I love to write, inspire, travel, and learn. I’m originally from small-town Wisconsin, but I currently live in Kauai. I have hung my hat in many locations, including Boston, Madrid, South Florida, and Alaska. My accolades include running the Boston Marathon in 2004 and triumphantly recovering from breaking my neck in 2009 and living to write about it in my memoir When All Balls Drop.
Q: Tell us about your book.
When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Everything is my true story of surviving a traumatic accident and losing everything: health, love, and career. I fought to regain my life piece by piece, during which I redefined having it all. Through When All Balls Drop, I show how it’s possible to look up in spite of pain, deceit, and loss. Rich with hope and humor, it is inspirational for anyone who’s had to confront tragedy and reassess their life in the wake of life-altering events.
Q: What inspired you to write When all Balls Drop?
In 2009, I was an ambitious, globetrotting professional, married, and a homeowner with an active, healthy lifestyle. That fall on one of my travels, I was visiting New York’s Hudson River Valley when in a split second, a thousand pound tree limb struck me, breaking my neck and leaving me unconscious for days. After neurosurgery and release from the hospital for a multiple month recovery far away from home, which was South Florida at the time, I also discovered my husband had been living a double life. If that wasn’t enough, I received a call from my employer forcing me to resign, thus losing my professional identity. It was a triple whammy of loss. My juggling act of health, marriage, career, and more was forced to a screeching halt. And, that’s the When All Balls Drop moment.
During this time, I wrote in a journal keeping track of daily occurrences, the gamut of every changing emotions, and bullet point lists of questions. My writing combined with walking was my therapy. Through both, I gradually reframed my circumstances. I decided that I had lost everything, but I had the opportunity redesign my life, having it all. It was nearly a year and half after the accident while on a multiple week walkabout in South America when I decided to write When All Balls Drop.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
As a goal, I try to concentrate for only two hours a day by setting an alarm on my phone. However, I find that the majority of time, I pause the alarm to continue a thought or until it feels that I’m not making any good progress. There are days where I’m on a roll and I forget to eat, go to the gym much later than usual, and work all-day. Also, remember that I spend at least one to two hours of each day aside from writing on building my audience, marketing, and PR.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, and Lisa Genova.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently writing a sequel. It will pick up where I left off in When All Balls Drop. It will begin with revisiting my roots in small-town Wisconsin. It will continue on in South Florida where I started to rebuild my life: finding a job, dating again, and changing my home. It includes a crucial therapeutic walkabout to South America. Its main theme describes the healing components of travel whether to a foreign place or somewhere as familiar as your hometown. The perspective gained from getting away completed my life change sparked by the tree in 2009.
I plan on releasing my next book in the fall of 2015. Until then, I will be promoting When All Balls Drop in Florida, Wisconsin, Kauai, and Massachusetts. You can check out my events on www.heidisiefkas.com and my Facebook page. Don’t worry! If you are in remote area, you can attend one of my virtual events.
About The Book
Author: Heidi Siefkas
Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir
The true story of a survivor
who through losing everything,
redefined having it all
Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly “had it all”—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious. Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped. She lost her independence. She lost her career. She watched her marriage disintegrate as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life.
She had lost all that mattered, but she was a survivor. She fought to restore her health, repair her broken heart, and rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, ultimately coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all.
Through down-to-earth, short vignettes, When All Balls Drop shows us how it’s possible to “look up” in spite of pain, deceit, and loss. Heidi’s memoir–rich with hope and humor, inspires anyone who’s had to confront tragedy and reassess their life in the wake of life-altering events.
Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently crafting a sequel to this memoir, embracing both her wanderlust and love of writing by documenting her many travels. You can connect with Heidi at www.heidisiefkas.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for 5 paperback copies (US only). Contest will end on September 26, and winners will be announced on September 27. Additionally readers who sign up via the author’s mailing list, will get a free excerpt of the book.