I am so delighted with our guest today. Erica and I have been Facebook friends for awhile now and I am always so impressed with her wisdom, gentleness, and poise!
Erica Tucci had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Her most recent venture has been her Sarah’s Gift series, chapter books for 7-12 year olds about a young girl with psychic abilities, which speak to the children with special gifts, helping them deal with different life situations. Her other books include Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys (1998), Anything is Possible, a novel based on a true love story (2011), Zesty Womanhood at 40 and Beyond (2011), Radiant Survivor (2013 - Amazon bestseller), and most recently the first book of the Sarah’s Gift series Standing Up for Yourself (2016 - Amazon bestseller). The second book Believing In the Magic was released July 18. I will be posting a review sometime in August, so keep your eyes out for it! In the mean time, let's get on to the interview!
Hello Erica, how are you?
I’m doing quite well. I’m still working on my recovery from the stroke that I had in 2011, but I just take it one day at a time, knowing that I will fully heal. And of course, I keep myself very busy with my writing.
I am delighted that you were able to take time to join my readers today! What is the current book you are promoting?
Believing In the Magic (Book 2 in the Sarah’s Gift series)
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Sarah, since she’s modeled after me so I can really relate to everything she feels and encounters.
Who is your least favorite character and why?
The freckle-faced pug-nosed boy in chapter 10 who makes fun of Leila, Sarah’s friend. He’s obnoxious and represents the kind of person that taunts anyone who is different, which both Sarah and Leila are. Since Sarah knows what it’s like to be teased by her peers, she protects Leila from him and others like him.
What inspired this book?
I think I will talk about the Sarah’s Gift series instead of just one book of the series. Earlier this year, I encountered my inner child who felt like she wasn’t getting the attention she needed. So I gave her a vehicle through which she could speak her piece: the written word. Through the childhood stories that she reminded me of, came the memory of Bear, who came to me in a dream when I was six years old. So when I found Dr. Steven Farmer’s Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, I used them as the basis for the series since each card is of an animal and its “spirit” message. Animals have messages for us all that can help guide us in our lives. In my first book of the series Standing Up for Yourself, Bear helps Sarah to develop confidence in herself, to believe in herself and stand up to the school bully she encounters. In the second book Believing In the Magic, Crow comes to Sarah and Leila to teach them that their thoughts have power and that they need to believe in the magic that is all around, that they can manifest anything that they desire.
Very cool concept. What is your next project?
The third book of the series, which will be based on Coyote. It will be co-authored by a twelve year old girl who can see spirits and auras. My plan is to have several books in the series co-authored by youngsters. I think this will add a nice quality to the series since it’s written for 7-12 year olds, and will give budding young writers the chance to get their work published.
Wow, it is awesome that you are giving kids a chance to share in the creative process. I use my psychic Clear Angel to highlight "differently-abled" people as well. Sometimes it is easier to address these difficult topics in fiction and have people be more open-minded.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
To instill love into everyone’s hearts so that there would be no more separation and dissent among people.
Wouldn't that be great? How do you write your books?
I don’t follow the rules about disciplining oneself to write at a certain time each day or a certain number of words. I just write when I choose to do so. I am disciplined enough in my own way that when I have a deadline to meet (usually self-imposed since I work for myself), I will do what it takes to meet it. But since I had my stroke in 2011, I have also learned to pace myself so I don’t get stressed out. And if I find myself getting overwhelmed, I step back and take a break. I try to get out in nature as much as I can during my work hours to breathe creativity into my being, however, summers in Houston Texas are unbearably hot and humid, so I have to be satisfied with just looking out the window as I work. :-)
Ha, ha, the hot humid summers are one thing I DO NOT miss since leaving the South! Where do you come up with your stories?
Like most authors, my stories, whether they’re for a non-fiction or a fiction book, are from my own life experiences. My first book Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys (1998) came from my concern about being able to raise boys and having to deal with their masculine energy. My novel Anything is Possible (2011) is a love story based on my own encounter with a wonderful man who is still present in my life. The complete story behind the novel is fascinating since I manifested the story into reality nine years after I started writing it. I wrote my book Radiant Survivor (2013) two years after my stroke. It’s a compilation of stories of me and 14 other “survivors” of life-altering experiences, and the lessons that I learned as I traveled down the road to recovery (which I’m still on). And of course Sarah’s Gift series (2016) is based on my childhood memories.
Tell us something unique about you:
Hmmm, if I tell you this, I don’t want you to think I’m crazy. :-) I often feel that I am not of this planet. I feel like I come from somewhere else in the universe. I am introverted and often feel uncomfortable being around others socially, much like Sarah in Sarah’s Gift. If I’m performing on stage something that I know well (I was a pianist and dancer in my younger years, and a successful speaker in my corporate years), I’m fine, but put me in a social environment and I clam up somewhat.
I do better in front of groups than one on one too! We are all weird in our own unique ways. I say, embrace the things that make us unique! Thank you so much for joining us today Erica, it has been a delight! For those who want to know more about Erica, visit her website. Want to keep in touch with Erica? Follow her on Facebook,Twitter, or Linkedin.
Who loves goodies? Me too!! Well, this delightful interview was a part of Erica's release tour and as such, she has graciously offered up 10 Copies of the first book in the series, Standing Up for Yourself, winner’s choice Kindle or Paperback. Enter here for your chance to win.
And keep your eyes peeled for my review of Sarah's Gift, Believing in the Magic coming in a week or so!