Kindle Giveaway of ‘In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories’

This week’s Thursday Throng Interview is with Susan Scott, the author of ‘In Praise of In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories’. In addition to her interview, Susan is giving away a copy of the Kindle version of her book to one lucky commenter, see the end for more details. Susan lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been interested in Jungian psychology for many years after her first introduction to the theory of C.G. Jung while doing a post graduate degree in clinical psychology. She was an essential part of The Transvaal Centre for Jungian Studies (a non-profit organization) in the late 1980’s and 1990’s in Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as part of the first group in South Africa to study Jung through Centerpoint, an organization based in the States whose purpose is to bring Jungian teachings to the wider public. She has lectured on Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden to Jungian groups on a few occasions and has also been on radio to a receptive audience. This is her first book. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, is married and has two adult sons.

In Praise of In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories is a collection of stories and essays which explore the sacred feminine and it’s relevance and meaning within modern life. Throughout the book she examines how it can found within the most mundane of situations and events. Through a series of dreams, personal stories and examples Susan has allowed the reader the opportunity to develop a their own personal perspective on the role of women, how it has developed and how it could change in the future. This is a clarion call to all women to stand up and step into the character that was both Lilith and Serpent (the changemaker); taking all that is good from that character and bringing it right up to date in the 21st Century.

susan scottHi Susan and as usual my first question is ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?’ 

I am not happy to admit it, but I am a smoker. Always on my own though.  If, on occasion, I am in a group and another leaves it for a moment to go and have a smoke outdoors, I MAY join that person who would be amazed that I was ‘one of them’.  But somehow I prefer to keep that secret to myself and do not join others. I smoke at my own home, in my study and outdoors.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

A good friend of mine bought my book a while back to take with her on holiday. She is a prolific reader and a scientist and not psychologically minded in any way at all so I was particularly concerned about her reaction. I got a call from her early one morning and she was in tears. ‘What is it Lyndy ?’I asked her, worried that something had happened to her while she was away.  ‘Your book Susie! ‘she said between her tears .. ‘what do you mean?’ I asked. ‘It is so honest Susie and I am so moved by it.  I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying it and so well done!  I can’t put it down and this is why I am phoning you’. I was so blown over .. this was music to my ears.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Undoubtedly, discipline. It is so easy to find reasons or excuses not to write. I know that at the bottom of it though are my fears of writing rubbish, or nonsense, and the difficulty of owning up to that.  Wondering why anyone would find MY writing interesting. And just the difficulty of writing – putting pen to paper or getting my fingers clicking on the computer …

Are you jealous of other writers?

No I am not jealous of other writers, envious maybe. Where do they get that way with words, phrases, sentences, plot, which translate so beautifully onto the page and keeps me hooked almost from the beginning? I have such admiration for them and sometimes feel green with envy. They seem to write with such ease and fluency. O I wish I knew their secret while at heart I suspect they struggled as well. But it doesn’t seem like it ..

Where do you find your inspiration?

Mostly in what happens around me. Conversations, situations, imagination, always wondering whether such and such would make a story or a part of it; something I hear on the radio may set off a train of thought or feeling. And even though it is difficult to interpret my own dreams, I look at them sometimes and wonder whether to use that material in some form or another. My journal as well gives me inspiration. And needless to say, reading others’ works is very inspirational and aspirational.

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Smoking is one of them. Procrastination is another. I also think that the almost automatic reaching out for food when confronted with a difficulty or a conflict, has become a habit. It is perfectly unconscious – another slice of cake, another cookie. The fact that it is unconscious gives me cause for pause.

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How to get a free copy of In Praise of Lilith for your Kindle

Are you on a journey into the psychological and metaphysical realities of the world? Are you interested in how people think, and how you react and interact with others? If the answer is YES to either of these questions then clearly you need a copy of Susan’s book to read. To be in with a chance of getting a copy for your own Kindle then all you need to do is leave a comment below. If you have any questions, I’m sure Susan will be only too happy to answer them along the way. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll draw a winner using Random.org.

Where to buy the book and find out more about Susan Scott

You can meet Susan online on her blog at: gardenofedenblog.com, you can also join her on Twitter @SusanScottSA and on Facebook as well at: facebook.com/susan.scott.37201. If you happen to be a LinkedIn addict as I am, then you’ll find her there as well at: linkedin.com/pub/susan-scott/1b/383/5a2

If you aren’t lucky enough to win and would like to get your own copy of In Praise of Lilith then you can find it on Amazon in the UK and on Amazon in the US too, you’ll also find my reviews of Susan’s Book on Amazon in the US, the UK and on Goodreads too.

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not click here to find out more about how it works.

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11 thoughts on “Kindle Giveaway of ‘In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories’

    • Susan Scott says:

      That’s an interesting question billgcns thank you for coming by … maybe living as I do in Africa with its history and culture, gives me a particular perspective. Specifically South Africa. I feel very rooted in the soil, more so as I have grown older and listen to my own voice. My book was completed post Mr. Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as our first democratic election in 1994. He was and continues to be such an inspiration.

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  1. Vera Price says:

    Lilith is both a blessing and a curse. She was a blessing in disguise – in the form of the serpent – in that by her courageous act of rebellion against the patriarchal status quo, she set in motion consequences that were far reaching, and of which we are really only now taking note. She also shows that striving for consciousness is a worthwhile task even if it means living temporarily in exile. She could stand, or sit, or swim, alone, as an independent woman with her own strengths. Lilith’s energy was fearsome and forceful. Her energy while brooding in the depths of the Red Sea, is the energy with which we need to be in contact. It is of great transformative power and needs to be carefully directed. It is the kind of energy that women used to get the vote, to ban pass books and to demand justice for rape victims. It is not a polite energy and yet becomes strident only when repeated injustices are perpetrated not only against women, but against men too.

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