Claire Montanaro is the author of Spiritual Wisdom: Practical spirituality for people today. She is a spiritual teacher, channel, philosopher, blogger and photographer with a passion for wildlife. Her mission is to give knowledge and tools to support and encourage our human spiritual journey. Claire works and writes in the beautiful mountains of Mid-Wales.
Spiritual Wisdom is the book I wish I’d been given when I started out on my own journey towards understanding 30 years ago. It provides an insight into the landscape of spiritual beliefs and philosophies without digging in deep on one or two areas, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions about what sits right with them.
Claire’s aim is to spread out all the ‘opportunities’ as if it were a picnic or a bowl of cherries, inviting you in to sample, feel and judge for yourself. She does this perfectly and I left the book at the end with a much clearer idea about how I’d got to my own state of belief and what might tempt me to move further forward.
It is full of helpful hints, useful suggestions and resources that the seeker may find useful along their way. Not everything will sit well with everyone, but there is enough there for all to find something of interest and relevance for their current needs.
The Claire Montanaro Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I love to bake (but have never watched the Great British Bake-Off!)
How did you choose a title for your book?
“Spiritual Wisdom”…….this always was the title, even when I was discussing the concept of the then unwritten book with the publishers. It summed up everything I was trying to do, and there was never any question that it should be changed. I do not remember even asking myself the question – what is the title? – for it never was in doubt.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
It is easy, for me anyway, to get so immersed in my writing that I forget about the everyday world and the day to day chores that need to be done, like shopping for food. I need to be brought back to earth sometimes, and that is what my husband does very well!
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
Sadly, I believe there is. As in so many professions, there can be a lot of judgment and comparison in the writing and publishing world to do with sales, awards, media profile and reviews. If a book or a short story gives pleasure even to one person, besides the author, it has served an important purpose. If it helps several, that is wonderful, even if the royalties do not reflect it.
Have you ever written naked?
No, but I often have written in my bathrobe after a bath.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
The biggest hurdle was finding the time to write. My publisher gave me a short deadline to complete Spiritual Wisdom, just a few months, and because of my work commitments with clients, I only had a few hours every day in which to write. I achieved every deadline that was asked of me, but it called for a very disciplined approach, and sometimes was hard.
How do you remain sane while working?
I have a routine for when I write, and I ensure I keep to it. Being uninterrupted is crucial. Most importantly, before I settle down to write, I centre myself, clear my mind, and connect with my spiritual helpers.
Are you jealous of other writers?
No. It is not easy to be a writer by profession, and I respect fully everyone with the passion and commitment to pursue what can be a very lonely path.
Where do you find your inspiration?
From what other people do and say, from what is happening in the world, and from my inner knowing.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
I attended a strict grammar school which gave me a love of literature and of the classics that created the foundation for my way of writing now. It was very disciplined too, and by encouraging me to people-please – which I did very well! – it taught me later the importance of being myself, and not what others expected me to be.
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
Before I write, or do anything creative, I sit in stillness for a few moments, like a short meditation, I suppose. It calms my mind, eliminates any thoughts about what is waiting elsewhere to be done, and always I receive ideas, even words, about what I am about to do.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
I tend not to drink anything when I am writing, and if I have some tea or hot water with me it is cold by the time I remember it! I reward myself when I finish for the day with a large cup of builders’ tea.
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?
Being a Gemini, I like change, and tend to move the furniture in my home around quite a lot. My husband does not like it.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
In a badger sett I know, which is so hidden no-one but me knows it is there.
Where can you find out more about Claire and her book
You can find Claire’s book in paperback and Kindle format on:
You can meet her in a number of places online including:
- Website: inluminoglobal.com/
- Facebook page: facebook.com/inluminoglobal
- Twitter: @inluminoglobal
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/clairemontanaro
- Pinterest: pinterest.com/clairemontanaro/
- Google+: plus.google.com/116806216740480129021
- YouTube: youtube.com/user/clairemontanaro
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