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Interview: Emma Piers, Author of Rosador and the Dark Forest

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Emma Piers was born in 1958 in a rambling old vicarage in Kent.  Ms. Piers’ father was a vicar. During her early years, she developed a deep sense of connectedness with the natural world surrounding her, complete with valleys, moorland, sea and woodland.  These environments represented an extended home to her; places of natural peace and calm. 

A large preoccupation for Emma, while growing up, was creating and writing stories about mythical creatures and people.  At an older age,  Ms. Piers began studying counselling and creative writing, which later extended  to encompass therapeutic storytelling and indigenous mythological storytelling.  The combination of these ideas incorporates understandings of the ways human and environments are part of a whole. 

An author, narrator and wellbeing coach, Emma Piers lives in rural Dorset, UK with her life/working partner Mark Turner. Ms. Piers is busy promoting her latest work, Rosador and the Dark Forest.

To learn more about Emma Piers and her work, please visit her website.

Please tell us a bit about your book and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

This  book takes your child by the hand to the magical land of Rosador’s people.

The stories can be enjoyed just as they are, good old-fashioned and pleasurable adventure story telling, but the themes within the stories can help troubled children to feel safe to talk or think about issues in their own lives that may be disturbing them.

Rosador and her friends are faced with issues such as death, separation of parents and bullying; all issues that parents may find it hard to talk to their children about, especially when they may be feeling emotionally fragile at that time themselves.

The book has many illustrations and the pages are large with a well-spaced typeface making the book attractive to the widest audience of children. It is also suitable for parents to read to their children, and offers solace and comfort for both.

You will be following Rosador and her friends as they make their way through many adventures. Separated into four parts, with each of these comprising two stories, the book has eight bedtime stories in all. Each of these eight bedtime stories will take around 20 minutes to read out loud, and each ends with a reassuring message for the child.

The stories contain lots of metaphor and imagery. This way, children can disassociate themselves personally from the story content, allowing the unconscious mind to absorb the messages. The stories help children let go of developing patterns of guilt, shame, anger and depression that contribute toward negative self identity. Through listening to the reassuring messages and affirmations, children are reminded how special and unique they are.

The other element involved is about showing the child at an early age that they are being handed “scripts” from their environments that aren’t always true. We’ve all heard of the teacher who told their pupil that they would “never amount to anything” and those words becoming a self fulfilling prophecy. Our services generally are all about helping children (and adults) develop the capacity to become watchers of their scripts, so they can choose which parts of it that they truly want to believe.

I hope children everywhere will benefit from this work in a two-fold way. Firstly, by realising that they are special and unique, which in turn can help them develop their own individual purpose for living and contribution. Secondly, to help them start accessing the true peace, joy, stability and self-confidence that arises from within them.

If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?

I can imagine Abigail Breslin playing Rosador because she’s kind, funny, eccentric, intelligent and retains an enduring sense of innocence about her.  Alan Rickman as Fulture King because he has an air of almost cruel detachment about him, and would be perfectly cast in this role. I’ll just go and phone him….

What are your favorite aspects of writing?

Being in flow, creating characters and feeling inspired.

Your least favorite aspects of writing?

Feeling stuck, editing and re-editing to death (my death) and doubting my writing capacity.

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda; No Destination by Satish Kumar, The Living Soil by Lady Eve Balfour, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

What are you reading right now?

Success Intelligence by Robert Holden

If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?

William Shakespeare, Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Satish Kumar and Julia Cameron. A fresh crispy salad.

What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?

The Living Soil by Lady Eve Balfour because I feel ecologically illiterate in practical terms.

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

Before you judge another, try walking for a mile in his moccasins, and just for one day, allow everything to be as it is instead of how you think it should be.

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