There is Hope by Carla Huelsmann: Interview
About the Book
Book: There is Hope
Author: Carla Huelsmann
Genre: Journal, devotional, memoir
Release Date: August, 2018
52 life lessons for those struggling with major illness will inspire hope and encourage those suffering to take back control of their lives.
Carla Huelsmann dealt with the daily impact of seizures since age two. Her life-long battle with epilepsy impacted all parts of her life, family, career, self-confidence, and independence until corrective brain surgery ended the seizures. Free from the debilitating seizures and their accompanying residues of doubt and fear, Carla Huelsmann lives independently and shares her story to help others along their own journeys.
Part journal, part devotional, and part memoir, this is a book of hope, faith, and inspiration. The book addresses the fears, challenges, and questions about the future those going through a major illness, debilitating injury, or life crisis may have. Designed as a traveling companion for those facing challenging circumstances, each one-page entry is accompanied by blank space for the reader to journal his or her own thoughts and prayers.
My goal is to give hope, help, healing, and resources. I want to walk alongside others and assure them they are not alone; there is hope. -Carla Huelsmann
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What do you owe the real people whom your characters are based on?
I could not pay them enough of all the real people in my book did to help me . My heart felt appreciation and compassion to them for all the help and life they have given me to have my life back to live life again .
Have you ever had problems with anyone who feels you’ve written about them?
Yes, I have had problems with just one person only . I didn’t realize it was a problem til years later. They were ok when I as writing it and I Spoke with them one and one to hear what the concern was – was fine after that .
How does writing non-fiction affect you personally?
Getting to the heart felt issues on my inner being feelings of what I was experiencing and putting it in writing and not be so close to it. Distance makes a difference in transparency of my writing
Are there books you want to write, but can’t (for one reason or another)?
I want to write a novel Romance love story suspense and leaves the reader seeing how it ends . Hope to write a bestseller. The only reason I can’t is because I work so much on computer all day for my full time . Need a public in person job and then writing will be easier for me.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of writing a book?
I have been so close in my emotions on writing my first and second book .. I have learned to take my emotional side out of it – it’s a process and time thing for me…. Being to close it hired a editor to edit it and that helped a lot.
If you’ve written more than one book, which one is your favorite?
<My second book is my favorite
What do you like to read?/What books are on your nightstand at the moment?
I like to read romance books or Fiction books – I have ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver by Penguin.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When not writing I like being outside . Like to walk the beach , hiking , bike riding , 5k walks. Also enjoy family time and seeing my daughter and my brothers and there family also . Like to entertain and cook and outdoor camping, fishing, boating, and traveling . I think better and get my thoughts of my next book when I am outside in the nature.
What is your favorite thing about writing non-fiction?
My favorite thing about non fiction writing is it real and heart felt of what is lives of others and what I can learn from others . I was a school teacher fro 16 years and learned so much from all the students and parents. It helps me relate to others in a heart to heart matter – Its real and to see how it helps others better themselves and reach goals they never dreamed of doing is the best !!
About the Author
Carla Huelsmann earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, subsequently taught grades five through eight, and now works for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO. The alumnus of a fiction-writing course at Southern Illinois University, and the CLASS Seminar with Marita and Florence Littauer, she is also the author of articles on her experiences, and is available to speak.
More from Carla
I want to inspire and equip others struggling with epilepsy or other major illnesses to take back control of their lives. Eighteen years after corrective surgery, I live a seizure-free life that I feel in control of. And, I want to share my story and lessons learned with others facing serious challenges. My goal is to give hope, help and healing and resources of helpful information in one book. I want to walk alongside them and assure them that they are not alone and there is hope!
I’ve dealt with seizures, epilepsy and their daily impact since the age of two. It has impacted my family, career, self-confidence, independence and much more. Through it all, family, friends and faith have provided bedrock sources of strength. In addition, timely interventions by doctors, new contacts, new techniques and self-discipline came at opportune times through perseverance.
Now free from the tunnel of doubt, fear and debilitating seizures, I’ve gathered up my collection of personal journals and thoughts in order to help others along their journey. “There Is Hope: Bloom Where You are Planted” is a devotional for someone going through major illness, major injury, or life crisis.